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Senior PHP Developer (m/f/d)

Permanent employee, Full-time · Berlin HQ

About us
HolidayPirates (www.holidaypirates.com) is one of Europe’s fastest growing, free-to-use, travel search platforms and apps, providing users with the best value for money international travel deals. Since its inception in 2011, the company has grown to become the largest online travel community in the world.

HolidayPirates Group continues to expand its online presence in Germany, UK, Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Poland, France, Spain, Switzerland, and most recently, the USA. Our 220 employees from 38 different countries work on 10 websites in 7 different languages.

HolidayPirates Group operates the following domains: urlaubspiraten.de, HolidayPirates.com, urlaubspiraten.at, PiratinViaggio.it, VakantiePiraten.nl, VoyagesPirates.fr, wakacyjnipiraci.pl , ViajerosPiratas.es, SemesterPiraterna.se, Ferienpiraten.ch and TravelPirates.com

Companies founded under HolidayPirates Group are: VoyagesPirates SAS in France; HolidayPirates Ltd. in London; Pirate Technologies d.o.o in Serbia for new technologies and the advancement of our own product; and TravelPirates Corp. in the US, launched in February 2016.

Facts and figures: 

  • Global headquarters in Berlin, Germany
  • Management: David Armstrong (CEO)
  • More than 10 million Facebook fans
  • 10 million App downloads
  • 800.000 Newsletter subscribers
  • Over 1 million WhatsApp subscribers

HolidayPirates Group is an equal opportunity employer and evaluates applicants regardless of an individual’s age, musical taste, race, color, gender, religion, ice cream flavor preference, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or veteran status.


Ahoy mate!
Do you spend your time thinking about how to make things you’ve already made, better?
Do you get excited when you are able to implement something completely new where the only limitation is your imagination?
When you come across a new piece of technology, do you automatically think of all the amazing new superpowers it will give you and new things that you will be able to do with them?

Yo-ho-ho! Then you are the pirate we are looking for!
Duties on deck:
  • Write a qualitative, clean and maintainable code
  • Implement and tweak awesome features
  • Stay on top of the latest advancements in backend technologies and architectures
  • Coach and mentor other team members
  • Optimize and tweak high traffic websites and apps that are used by millions of users
Your treasure of experience:
  • At least 4 years of experience as a backend developer 
  • A good understanding of MySQL, including complex queries and optimization
  • High proficience using object-oriented PHP
  • Experience with composer (bonus points for creators of open source packages)
  • Knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, Javascript
  • Automated Software Tests
    Self-motivation and a passion for learning new technologies
  • Very good English skills
Our ship & our crew offer you:
  • A fast-growing company with an open culture, where you can share your ideas
  • Flexible working hours
  • Inspiring mates from all over the world
  • Regular “Hack days” in order to try out new and interesting technologies and capabilities, as well as regular team events
  • MacBook Pro for private and business use
  • Support for relocation
  • Free German and English classes
  • Opportunity to join the company pension scheme
  • Legendary team and company events
  • Social area with table tennis, table football, darts, xBox and a nice dining area
  • Barrels of juice and boxes of fruits – as much as you like!
  • Pirate bar with bottles of rum – yo-ho a pirate's life for me!
  • Anchoring berth directly at the Spree with a great view

Remember, only a fully loaded ship can set sail - We are looking forward to receive your application documents in English. And don’t forget to let us know about your salary expectations and start date. 
Samples of your code in zipped plain text files, a link to your Github or Stackoverflow profile is highly appreciated.

Work like a captain, play like pirate!

Your application

Thank you for considering a career at HolidayPirates Group. Please fill out the following form. In case you are experiencing problems with the document upload, mail your documents to jobs@holidaypirates.com.

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