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Remote PHP/Laravel developer

OpenPlay is a B2B SaaS Product focussed for the sports and leisure industry – think booking of football pitches, opening gates in your local gym, Putting your child onto a tennis course and everything in between

Some of our achievements include

  •    Supplying booking solutions some of the largest sports centres in the world
  •    Working with the Olympic park to get more people active
  •    Providing activity and coach management for multiple premier league clubs (West Ham, Liverpool etc)
  •    Partnering with Nike and other brands to promote sport across various media campaigns
  •    Powering the largest indoor sports arena in the UAE, handling check-in and bookings for over 10K people a day
  •    Helping thousands of people find other players and matches via our online marketplace and app
  •    Supplying online booking for some of London’s largest parks such as Hyde Park, Regents Park, Finsbury park, Clissold Park and countless others

The Position

we’re developing V2 of our offering (we’re around 6 months in) based on the knowledge we’ve gained over the previous years, as such this is very much a greenfield style project where you wont be held back by legacy code and instead have the opportunity to shape the product going forward. This is a full time role

How we work

Whilst we have an office in London the dev team is based remotely over the UK and broadly follow an agile approach to working, including

  • Daily standups over Zoom
  • Sprint planning/retrospectives
  • Code reviews
  • Show and tell/sprint demos

You need to be available/online during standard office hours, ideally UK based but we will consider anyone 2 hours around GMT and be able to come down to our UK office (where appropriate) once every few months (we’ll pay for your travel) for everything from catchups with other parts of the business, planning/architecture sessions as well as some more fun activities- we’ve recently had company outings to escape rooms, VR gaming sessions and outdoor bowls (we are a sports startup after all!)

What we’re looking for

You’ll need experience of modern PHP practices (via Laravel, Symfony etc), git workflows and real world testing experience (phpunit/dusk) but more importantly an easy going nature (no prima donnas/rockstars please) and self starter attitude – you will have a high degree of autonomy in your day to day work as well as development decisions – we don’t like to micro-manage.

What we offer

  • We’ll supply hardware of your choice (windows/macbook/linux etc)
  • Ability to decide on tooling that you use day to day – sublime/phpstorm, sourcetree/kraken etc
  • No deploy Fridays – we use Friday afternoons to scratch your own itch on other parts of the codebase you feel might need improvement or to improve your own knowledge in other related tech stacks
  • Access to learning materials (udemy/laracasts etc) or conferences – we recently sent all devs to Laravel Live UK including hotels

Nice to haves

  • Experience in SPAs (react/vue etc)
  • Eye for design – we don’t need to create UIs from scratch but ideally you would be able to create new pages based on other designs
  • Willingness to look at other tech stacks e.g react native, go, electron etc

Day to day tasks

As with any startup the work is varied, but here’s a random selection of things we’ve recently been working on

  • working with NFC readers/wristbands as well as turnstiles/gates for access control
  • Creating API endpoints for our booking widgets
  • Creating a theming system to handle out white label offerings
  • Handling contactless payments via websockets
  • Point of sale module with a react frontend built for touch screens

Tech stack/approach

The main stack at the moment is:

   Laravel 5.7,


   Bootstrap 4


   React / react native

   Circle CI build process

   Docker /docker swarm for development and production

How To Apply

Please send an email to with details of your availability, CV and any other details you may have such as GH links etc

Finally, although the product is sports focused, only around 20% of the team could actually explain the offside rule to you, so please don’t let that put you off