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PHP Backend Engineer - Smoobu (m/f/d)



Software Engineering
Berlin, Germany
Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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.

How you’ll add value:

  • Building and perfecting a variety of APIs to enable seamless integration with external partners as well as inter-service communication
  • Work hand-in-hand with business stakeholders to identify requirements, plan milestones, and polish features by measuring their performance
  • 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 (latest PHP versions)
  • Are proficient with relational databases (MySQL)
  • Practical experience with TDD, BDD, SOLID Principles and distributed architectural patterns
  • Experience working with Docker and container orchestration technologies
  • Have good communication skills and the ability to work efficiently in a distributed cross-functional team
  • Are fluent in English

Nice to have:

  • Familiarity with Frontend technologies (React)

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: HomeToGo Group has achieved an industry-leading “Low Risk” (16), awarded by Morningstar Sustainalytics, and is a proud member of Leaders for Climate Action
  • And so much more…

*Certain conditions apply

About us:

HomeToGo is the SaaS-enabled marketplace with the world's largest selection of vacation rentals, listing millions of offers from thousands of trusted partners, including, Vrbo and TripAdvisor. From vacation homes, cabins, beach houses, apartments, condos, house boats, castles, farm stays and everything in between, HomeToGo combines price, destination, dates and amenities to find the perfect accommodation for any trip worldwide.

Founded in 2014, HomeToGo operates localized apps & websites in 25 countries across Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Asia-Pacific. HomeToGo also operates brands such as, AMIVAC, atraveo, Casamundo,, e-domizil, EscapadaRural, Kurzurlaub, Kurz Mal Weg, and Wimdu.

HomeToGo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring and nurturing exceptional talent, representing various backgrounds, perspectives and skills. We are authentically candid and open-minded, fostering a safe environment for diverse opinions. Our hiring decisions are based on qualifications, merit and business needs. We do not discriminate against race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political, ideological or religious views, disability or age.

We are committed to creating and maintaining a workforce of equality and diversity at HomeToGo and to provide opportunities to everyone. We therefore welcome your application even if you aren't completely confident that your experiences fit the job description criteria. We would really love to get to know you!