Back-End Engineer

Back-End Engineer Remote

Alternative Airlines
Full Time Remote 40000 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description

Back-End Engineer – Remote, UK

Are you an Engineer looking for a new challenge? Are you a problem solver, someone who relishes the chance to tackle complex coding challenges and craft elegant solutions? Do you want to work on exciting projects that will make a real difference to people's lives? Do want to join a business that is agile, ambitious and supports and encourages our developers?

If so, please read on.

Alternative Airlines is a fast-growing flight search and booking site. We have built a strong online presence,, with a friction-free flight booking capability and an expanding, global base of delighted global customers.

We are seeking a talented engineer who is passionate about creating innovative back-end web solutions. Our ideal candidate is a detail-oriented problem-solver who is adept at collaborating with others as well as working independently. You should be well-versed in the latest PHP frameworks and technologies and have a proven track record of delivering high-quality, reliable code. If you're someone who is versatile, creative, and thrives in a fast-paced, agile environment, we want to hear from you.

What does our Tech Team look like?

Technology is central to everything that we do at Alternative Airlines!

Our in-house tech team is always pushing the limits. We rapidly design, develop and test new products to improve both the flight search and booking experience and streamline our internal processes. Our tech team are back-end and front-end engineers, digital experience and product specialists. We use mainly PHP for our backend system and React, JS, Prismic for front-end frameworks.

Alternative Airlines is enjoying high growth with yearly rates over 100% from £9m in 2020 to £28m in 2021 and £63m in 2022. We are targeting £100m in revenue by 2025. Our site and the booking process is a key part of our success and we constantly improving the platform and process.

Our tech team is defined by these characteristics:

1) Flexible working – Choose where you work – fully remote or in the office. It’s up to you.

2) Fast-paced culture – We deploy daily and spend less time in meetings

3) In-house tech team – no agencies. Your work has a direct impact on a growing business

4) Work -life balance – Things outside of work matter

5) Grow your skills – work on code that will teach you new skills and help you develop

6) Challenging problems – Endless number of interesting and complex projects to solve

A typical day for a Back-End engineer

As a engineer with Alternative Airlines, your typical day may start with reviewing code from the previous day and checking for any bugs or errors. A

You may then move on to collaborating with other team members to plan new projects, which could include anything from adding new airlines APIs to the site to adding a new 3rd party payment integration.

From there, you may spend the bulk of your day writing code and working on various aspects of back-end web development, such as implementing new features, optimising performance, and debugging issues.

Along the way, you'll likely interact with other members of the team, including project managers, stakeholders from across the business (customer service, finance, commercial, marketing), and other developers, to ensure that everyone is on the same page and the project is moving forward smoothly.

At the end of the day, you'll likely wrap up by reviewing your progress and planning for the following day, all while keeping an eye out for new tools, technologies, and techniques that can help improve your work and the work of the team as a whole.

Person Specification:

  • 3+ years developing PHP and MySQL driven websites essential
  • Experience with Laravel useful, but not essential
  • Comfortable working with HTML and basic JavaScript
  • Experience with building or consuming web services and APIs
  • Understanding and experience of version control including Git
  • Experience with cloud hosting providers (AWS), desirable but not essential
  • Self-starter attitude, taking ownership and driving forward projects to completion

Benefits & Perks:

  • Flexible working – we allow our people to choose where they work best
  • Highly competitive salary which is regularly reviewed
  • Social events throughout the year
  • Plenty of holiday

If the above hasn’t already told you that Alternative Airlines is a great place to work then, we also have some amazing benefits when working for Alternative Airlines:

  • Flight credits of up to £1,000 per year based on length of service
  • 2 extra wellness holidays per year focused on employee wellness
  • Enjoy a 2-week paid sabbatical for every 5 years of service

Why work for us?

Our people matter, they are what drives our success.

Therefore, we have created a culture where we put our people first:

  • We understand the importance of having a good work-life balance
  • A focus on personal progression and development
  • Opportunity to join an innovative and talented team
  • Influence the next stage of growth of a dynamic and ambitious company

Great Place to Work 2022-23

Alternative Airlines is officially certified as a Great Place to Work 2022-23.

This certification was independently awarded by Great Place to Work ® after they conducted an employee survey that showed:

  • 97% of employees agree that Alternative Airlines is a great place to work
  • 97% of employees agree that they’ve treated as a full member regardless of their position
  • 100% of employees agree that they’re made to feel welcome when joining Alternative Airlines

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Respectfully, no recruiters.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £40,000.00 per year


  • Additional leave
  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • On-site parking
  • Work from home


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: Remote

Back-End Engineer
Alternative Airlines
Horley, United Kingdom
$5 to $25 million (USD)
1 to 50 Employees
Company - Private
Travel Agencies
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