Senior Back-end Engineer (PHP) in Barcelona or Remote

Mad Collective

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Job Description

Mad Collective is a digital entertainment company founded in Rochester (NY) in the early 2000s and with offices in Barcelona since 2007.

We're 180+ people energized about our future and enjoying everything a high-growth company has to offer. We're technologists, marketers, business operators, video producers, and VR experts from over 32 nationalities.

We are looking for a talented and passionate Senior Backend Developer to join our Dating team!

What will you do?

Our main goal is to maintain and improve our dating sites, with more than 100K new users per day, mainly from the US. We are also exploring and testing new dating products. We do this by using the most modern technologies including AWS, Kubernetes, Docker, Terraform, Cypress, using micro-components, Domain Events... As well as using good practices and DDD. We’re proud to be working with Symfony, PHP 7+, Vue.js, and a wide range of modern technologies. This is all done using agile methodologies, working with Kanban, and Jira daily. Continuous improvement, learning, and practicing new things are always welcomed.

Just as important, we like to work in a nice and safe environment, where everyone is accountable, friendly, and always willing to help. We work as a team and encourage opinions.

Main responsibilities

  • Maintain, modernize, and add new features to our dating products and their components.
  • Triage, diagnose, and solve high traffic production problems.
  • Share knowledge with your colleagues about best practices and new technologies.
  • Advice on issues relating to improving performance and scalability.
  • Develop unit, functional, integration, and E2E tests.
  • Be involved throughout the full lifecycle development process.
  • Document existing and new systems and components.
  • Goat friendly person


  • Strong knowledge and practice of PHP, OOP patterns, SOLID principles.
  • Good knowledge of Domain Driven Design (DDD).
  • Experience with PHP 7 and at least one modern framework.
  • Experience with Docker containers.
  • Experience with AWS services.
  • Experience with Kubernetes and HELM.
  • Experience writing SQL (MySQL).
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, debugging, and troubleshooting skills.
  • Business Level English: all spoken and written business communications are in English.
  • A great teammate with excellent communication skills.

Extra points

  • Experience with JavaScript and at least one modern framework: Vue, React, Angular.
  • Experience working in high traffic environments
  • Experience with queues systems.
  • Experience in Golang programming.
  • Experience with non-relational databases.
  • Experience with CI and CD.
  • Experience with observability services like DataDog.

Hiring process

  • First interview with our Talent Acquisition Specialist. To know about your profile and explain to you about the company and the role.
  • Second interview with the Hiring Manager and the Tech Lead. To know more about you, review your technical skills and give you more information about the team and the position.
  • Technical test. You do it when you can, no time constraints.
  • Third interview with the Tech Lead and one Developer from the team. To review the technical test together and ask you questions about it.
  • Offer


  • Private Health and Dental Insurance plan for employees.
  • Subsidized gym memberships and fitness classes.
  • Monthly internet allowance.
  • Working from home setup allowance.
  • Company sponsored Spanish, Catalan and English classes.
  • Sponsored training and development.
  • Quarterly company bonus programme.
  • Top notch Apple equipment.
  • Remote policy and flexible working hours
  • Flexible Bank Holidays. Design your own working calendar with a lengthy consecutive vacation day policy.
  • Day off for your birthday.
  • Hybrid remote model office.

Sounds good? Apply now for this position!

*Please note: All applications must be submitted in English

  • Agency

  • Barcelona, Spain

  • 50 - 200

  • 2002


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