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Software Engineer (PHP)

The Product and Technology Group is the idea and application development team that creates and maintains the large-scale digital publishing and classified listings systems that enable iCar Asia to distribute to and monetize buyers, private sellers, dealers and advertisers while always maintaining a significant innovative and market leading position.

About the job

To use PHP to develop applications to support the deployment of content and classified listings. To develop web applications using PHP and Object Oriented programming techniques to support a variety of web interfaces.

Who are we looking for?

Software Development


  • Work as part of the development team in design, optimisation, support and maintenance our website
  • Build effective web modules that will aid and enhance user browsing experience
  • Support and maintain existing web applications
  • Assist in overall planning, researching, developing and testing
  • Keep up to date and stay abreast with latest web technologies, standards and programming techniques
  • Produce design documentation in line with the project scope and deliverables; comprising the following:
    • Data Design
    • Activity Diagrams
    • Other design artefacts as required
  • Mentor and assist other developers to use proper PHP development techniques – role model and set the standard by which PHP applications are developed at iCar Asia
  • Strong knowledge on web design technologies, protocols, standards and frameworks
  • Development using Test Driven Development (TDD) methodology

Process Improvement


  • Constructively challenge and discuss opportunities/alternatives
  • Optimize queries, indexes, stored procedures and other to increase throughput, availability, scalability, redundancy, superior performance and quick recoverability
  • Perform PHP technology reviews during implementation to ensure that the organisation is ready to adopt the project changes
  • Gather stakeholder feedback at various phases of the project

Code Documentation


  • Maintain code of existing applications
  • Analyse and fix data irregularities and write code when necessary to fix problems
  • Optimize code to increase throughput, availability, scalability, redundancy, superior performance and quick recoverability
  • Ensure that all code for the project is version controlled, kept up to date, circulated as appropriate in an agreed standard format

Essential knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent, preferably in an IT-related field
  • Sound knowledge in:
    • Technologies/Languages: PHP, mySQL, Open Source and commercial CMSs
    • Operating Systems: Linux, Windows
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to independently time manage, and deliver to deadlines
  • Ability to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities
  • Ability to read communication styles of team members and stakeholders who come from a broad spectrum of disciplines. Hence, able to proactively initiate, develop, and maintain effective working relationships with team members
  • Familiarity and experience working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Very high standard of accuracy, presentation and attention to detail
  • Solid experience working for a multinational organisation where English is the primary business language
  • Previous experience in automotive and/or online media industry
  • Big plus if you have knowledge and/or experience with any of the following: Apache SOLR, ELK stack, RESTful Services & MVC frameworks such as Yii2Experience of unit testing, test driven development and continuous integration.

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