Senior PHP Developer

October 21st, 2022
Senior PHP Developer

Despark is a digital product agency based in the United Kingdom and Bulgaria. We create human-first products which move the world forward, with over a decade of experience bringing great ideas to life across multiple sectors, from health to education. We’ve worked with startups, charities and large corporations.

?We’re now looking for a Senior PHP Developer to join our team in Sofia or remote Bulgaria.

At Despark, we are:

  • Using PHP ~7.3 + Symfony and Laravel;
  • Storing and querying our data mainly on PostgreSQL, but also on MySQL;
  • Hosting our projects mostly on AWS;
  • Loving the little whale ? (Docker);
  • Exploring TDD and BDD in our development lifecycle,

    but most importantly,

  • Creating products that solve problems, not create ones.

You will:

  • Participate in the conceptual/planning phase of the project;
  • Take responsibility and ownership of the code being produced;
  • Keep up to date with emerging technologies, actively seeking and creating new ways to solve problems and improve the team's workflow;
  • Work closely with the team, make and receive code reviews,

    but most importantly,

  • Build well-thought-out system architecture ?for our clients' projects .

To apply, you will need to:

  • Have at least 3 years of professional experience with client-facing applications;
  • Have knowledge of Symfony, Laravel, PostgreSQL and MySQL;
  • Have deep knowledge of OOP, design patterns, domain driven development, Linux, as well as the ecosystems around those technologies;
  • Have experience with CI/CD and Docker;
  • Be able to test your code ?;
  • Be a patient and effective communicator,

    but most importantly,

  • Be responsible and care deeply about the work being produced.

We offer you:

  • Additional days off and a flexible “work from home” ?️policy ;
  • Seasonal gatherings - Christmas dinner, spring picnic and team building by the sea;
  • Free perks and benefits incl. additional health care, snacks & beer in the office, donation matching, individual learning budget, etc.;
  • A cosy, spacious office in the city centre, just across from the Parliament building in Sofia;
  • A brand new company Apple laptop ?;
  • А competitive salary,

    but most importantly,

  • A supportive atmosphere within an ambitious, happy and caring team ?.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the job and meet all of the criteria above, please email your CV to us at Candidates who are deemed suitable for the job will be contacted and invited to an online interview.

Get to know us a bit more on our About us page. 


For the last 15 years, we’ve built and nurtured a team of some of the most talented minds in the industry. We’ve followed our curiosity and built ways of working that are efficient, challenging and fun. We’re an agency known for our hands-on approach and strategic, BS-free development processes. We’ll take time to understand you, asking the hard or boring questions to help you prioritise your product’s features. We want you to succeed, not just create pretty software with a fancy UI and a slick website.