Senior Software Engineer (PHP)


We’re hiring! We’re looking for smart, innovative software engineers to join our team and build technology to help us change the way people send and receive parcels. We offer flexible working hours, competitive salary, an exciting work environment and a chance to be part of a fast-growing business that is disrupting the ecommerce delivery landscape in South Africa.

The Role

You are an experienced software engineer that will join our team to assist in developing our ecommerce delivery services. Your focus will be on developing our core platform features and API’s. You will be involved in all aspects of the development from the initial specification, through to developing, testing, launching and supporting. You will measure your own development success by monitoring the operational efficiency of your solutions and the positive impact on business metrics.

Your responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with product owners to design technology driven delivery solutions
  • Develop new delivery platform features and extend our client API’s
  • Apply foresight in solution design for the longevity of the platform
  • Contribute clean, well-designed, performant, peer reviewed code
  • Improve development processes and apply environment standards
  • Focus on scalability and efficiency for high throughput services
  • Track the latest technology trends to constantly improve our platform
  • Constant consideration of the metrics driving your work
  • Make sure your internal and external customers needs are met
  • Have a keen interest in ecommerce delivery services and trends
  • Work collaboratively with our engineers to be part of a high performing team


Because we are a fast growing start-up you need to be able to work efficiently and expediently to achieve outcomes rapidly, cope with change, and have an entrepreneurial mindset. We are looking for someone that meets the following requirements:

  • Minimum of two years performing professional software development
  • A technology related Bachelor’s Degree (Computer Science, Engineering etc.) OR equivalent experience in the industry with a track record of delivering solutions.
  • Solid knowledge of one or more PHP Web Frameworks
  • Know how to build RESTful API’s and an awareness of other communication protocols
  • Experience in working with relational databases such as MySQL and/or PostgreSQL
  • Ideally experience in asynchronous messaging systems
  • Experience in containerization and orchestration deployment (Docker, Kubernetes)
  • Proficient in using development tools such as Github, Jira and following collaborative development processes
  • Understanding of front-end technologies, such as JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3
  • Linux skills for performing basic server administration and resource analysis
  • Exposure to Cloud environments and infrastructure as code a bonus
  • Participation in open source projects is a plus
  • An interest in more than one language and the right tool for the job
  • General awareness of technical trends and architectures

Our Approach

Our vision is to create access for anybody in Africa. Our approach to achieving this is to:

  • Take action
  • Execute exceptionally
  • Embrace change
  • Be transparent
  • Prioritise our customers and lastly and most importantly
  • Dream BIG

What we're looking for

Someone who is aligned to our values and approach and is:

  • Self motivated and excited by the possibilities of technology
  • Has a systematic approach with an analytical mindset
  • Is driven to complete tasks beyond expectations
  • Thinks deeply, explain carefully
  • Assists others who need help, reach out for input
  • Actively participates in continuous improvement
  • Is responsive and quick to resolve requests
  • Is flexible and open to suggestions
  • Focuses on the outcome
  • Upgrades their knowledge constantly
  • Enjoys their work
  • Based in Cape Town and can be in our office in Woodstock


We have a great young team of hard-working colleagues who enjoy the following benefits

  • Valuable learning opportunities from seasoned professionals with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Insight into the runnings of a high growth, innovative start-up
  • Competitive remuneration
  • Compelling bonus structure
  • Contribution to medical aid and life cover
  • Flexible work hours
  • Encouragement of own initiatives
  • Space for self-growth
  • Enrolment into personal training programs
  • Exciting office space located in Woodstock and remote working options
  • Monthly team activities
Pargo is a convenient logistics solution changing the way people send and receive parcels. We are addressing head-on the challenges of last-mile distribution. We understand that you have a busy and active lifestyle, and waiting around all day for a courier to arrive can be frustrating. Relying on the opening hours of the local post office doesn’t seem to work either. We solve these problems by allowing people to send and receive parcels at dedicated drop-off and pickup points throughout the country. Our extensive network with over 2000 Pargo points makes us the most consumer centric and broadest reaching Pickup Point network in South Africa with thousands of people sending and receiving parcels every day. There will always be a Pargo Parcel Point around the corner from you, ensuring you can collect your parcel on the go. Pargo was started by a team of ambitious, smart and solution focused entrepreneurs who were frustrated with the way parcels were delivered. We are a young, fast-growing company with a team of creative, innovative, hard working people who understand how to dream big, get shit done and have don't forget to have fun and enjoy the awesome journey that we are on. We’re looking for like-minded people to join our team and build technology to help us change the way people send and receive parcels. We offer competitive salary, flexible working hours, an exciting work environment and great team which you will be working on a daily basis. You'll have insights into the running's of a high growth, innovative start-up and a chance to be part of a fast growing business that is disrupting the logistics landscape in South Africa.