PHP Backend Engineer Smoobu | HomeToGo | $70k-$105k | Remote (Germany)

PHP Backend Engineer Smoobu | HomeToGo | $70k-$105k | Remote (Germany)

70,000 - 105,000 / year
Application ends: July 13, 2024
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Job Description

Highlights of the Job Offer

  • Company and Product: Smoobu, a subsidiary of HomeToGo Group, offers an all-in-one SaaS solution for private hosts in the vacation rental industry, managing over 70,000 properties in 120+ countries.
  • Role Focus: The role focuses on backend engineering, specifically in PHP, with tasks including decomposing monolithic architectures and migrating applications to AWS.
  • Key Technologies: Recent PHP & Symfony versions, relational databases (MySQL), and Docker.
  • Technical Requirements: Candidates should have experience with clean coding, test-driven development, SOLID principles, and familiarity with layered architecture and CQRS patterns is a plus.
  • Communication and Language: Fluent English communication skills are essential, with emphasis on strong collaboration abilities.
  • Professional Development: Opportunities for personal and career growth through feedback systems, mentorship, and language courses.
  • Compensation and Benefits: Competitive salary range ($70,000 – $105,000/year), visa sponsorship, relocation assistance, and comprehensive benefits including health insurance and a 401(k).
  • Work Environment: Flexible work policies allowing up to 50% remote work per year and additional benefits like a travel industry card.
  • Cultural Values: Smoobu operates with a startup spirit, emphasizing speed, nimbleness, and results, supported by their leadership principles.
  • Sustainability Commitment: A leader in green travel with a top ESG rating and a member of Leaders for Climate Action.

Job Offer Details

Explore a new world of possibilities:

Smoobu (, a subsidiary of HomeToGo Group, is a fast-growing startup in the vacation rental industry. Smoobu’s all-in-one SaaS solution for private hosts currently manages over 70,000 properties across more than 120 countries. Smoobu’s priority is to help its hosts efficiently manage and grow their business.

Smoobu’s team is the secret to our success. We are an ambitious and international team that are motivated to exceed our customers’ expectations through expert advice and action. We are searching for new colleagues who are looking to take on the exciting challenge of transforming the vacation rental industry and taking it to the next level.

Your future contribution:

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How you’ll add value:

  • Work hand-in-hand with business stakeholders to identify requirements, plan milestones, and polish features by measuring their performance
  • Decompose the monolith, building and perfecting a variety of APIs to enable seamless integration with external partners as well as inter-service communication
  • Migrate the application environment from the private cloud to the AWS platform
  • Choose adequate technical and business metrics to monitor features and manage the risk
  • Apply engineering best practices to the current team environment 
  • Contribute to the resolution of technical design issues

You’ll be successful in this role if you:

  • Have solid relevant experience in Backend engineering
  • Demonstrated expertise in our technical stack 
  • Recent PHP & Symfony versions
  • Relational databases (MySQL)
  • Have a practical knowledge of:
  • Decomposing monolithic architectures
  • Clean Coding
  • Test-Driven Development
  • SOLID principles
  • Docker
  • Have good communication skills and the ability to work efficiently in a distributed team
  • Are fluent in English

Nice to have:

  • Familiarity with layered architecture and CQRS patterns
  • Understanding of Domain-Driven Design principles

Note: We operate a rolling recruitment approach  – no deadlines, just opportunities. Should the volume of applications become too high, we might briefly remove this posting to provide our hiring team the space for thorough and unbiased review. The role will be made available again if we decide we’re still looking for the right fit.

Why Smoobu?

Your journey with Smoobu is a two-way street – we’ve got you covered! We offer a diverse variety of benefits to enable your career development and make Smoobu a great place to work, including:

  • The essentials: Competitive compensation package, visa sponsorship & relocation assistance*, full IT support & equipment, corporate benefits, modern offices, 27 paid vacation days a year (+ one additional day per year of employment until 32)
  • Career growth: 360° feedback, open feedback culture, buddy and mentorship programs from an international team of passionate industry experts 
  • Personal development: German & Lithuanian language courses, internal and external workshops & trainings, company & team events, Gympass, clubs & sports (e.g. volleyball, running, yoga classes), psychological support
  • Startup spirit: Driven by our Leadership Principles: We are fast, nimble, and results-driven – embodying a startup mentality even as a global, public company. We encourage ownership and enable each other to succeed
  • Flexible work approach: Office-led and remote friendly approach; employees are offered remote work flexibility for up to 50% of the year, including work from abroad benefits. Plus, access to a  Travel Industry Card 
  • Climate action: Committed to being a pioneer in green travel: We’ve achieved an industry-leading “Low Risk” ESG Rating (16), awarded by Morningstar Sustainalytics, and are a proud member of Leaders for Climate Action
  • And so much more…

*Certain conditions apply

Salary and compensation

No salary data published by company so we estimated salary based on similar jobs related to Design, SaaS, Cloud, PHP, Engineer and Backend jobs that are similar:

$70,000 — $105,000/year


💰 401(k)

🌎 Distributed team

⏰ Async

🤓 Vision insurance

🦷 Dental insurance

🚑 Medical insurance

🏖 Unlimited vacation

🏖 Paid time off

📆 4 day workweek

💰 401k matching

🏔 Company retreats

🏬 Coworking budget

📚 Learning budget

💪 Free gym membership

🧘 Mental wellness budget

🖥 Home office budget

🥧 Pay in crypto

🥸 Pseudonymous

💰 Profit sharing

💰 Equity compensation

⬜️ No whiteboard interview

👀 No monitoring system

🚫 No politics at work

🎅 We hire old (and young)


Berlin, Berlin, Germany