Lead Developer (SaaS)

Cape Town, Western Cape
Work Type: Full Time

After having grown fast during the past 6 years, it is time to take charge of the sustainability of RoomRaccoon's code and rethink how our base is set up, split it up, and make use of Micro Services as well as internal APIs. We are using our own, custom-built framework (except for the front end, for which we are using Vue.js). We are looking for someone who takes the needed time to understand the full scope of dependencies in the system before applying changes and identifying opportunities. 


The successful candidate will be working closely with the Head of Engineering and Product Manager. At RoomRaccoon, we are not just about empowering hoteliers, but also about empowering our Raccoons.


Reports To

Head of Engineering


Job Overview:

This is what you tell people at parties:

I am part of an international super-fast-growing tech company and we are revolutionising hoteliers around the globe. RoomRaccoon is awarded the world's best Hotel Management System for 2 years in a row and empowers hoteliers to run their property way more effectively. Our growing team of 91 heads is working from 10 offices all over the world!


Your role:

Your mission will be to help RoomRaccoon become the world’s most adopted hotel management system in the world, by ensuring the execution of our expectations, as defined by our Head of Engineering. Additionally, you will be responsible for ensuring that the Developers in the squad work productively.  Your duties and responsibilities are;


  • You are not responsible for the architecture of RoomRaccoon but rather to be a helping hand to our Head of Engineering in this regard

  • Guide the developers in the specific squad to write code according to the architecture set out by our Head of Engineering

  • Ensuring that there are no overdue issues at any point in time

  • Working with the Head of Engineering to ensure that sprint items are completed according to an agreed upon timeframe

  • Code production and quality is up to the required standard, as defined by our Head of Engineering

  • Standard Operating Procedures have been adhered to at all times by the squad

  • Timelines and time management is being tracked and reported on

  • Working with the Head of Engineering to ensure that we have the right people on the bus in our respective squads


You will be accountable for:

  • Ensuring that the squad adheres to SOP’s

  • Being part of Development Team, not only writing PHP code and contributing to defined sprints but guiding the squad in this manner

  • Design and deliver scalable, secure code that enables our digital offering


Our perfect fit has/is:

  • Preferably a degree or diploma in computer science/software development/information technology or proven industry experience. 

  • 5+ years of technical hands-on experience as a Senior Developer 

  • 5-7 years experience in Vanilla PHP and Software Development

  • Solid experience in PHP, MySQL knowledge, HTML/CSS, GIT, Vue.js

  • Experience REST APIs and security protocols

  • Experience as a Lead Developer 

  • Solid experience with microservice architectures

  • Experience leading and mentoring a team, managing expectations and performance

  • Previous experience guiding a team of developers or managing a project.

  • Deep understanding and experience of developing end-to-end scalable and distributed cloud applications.

  • Able to research new technologies and make suggestions on improvements

  • Understanding of latest development best practices and standards

  • Drive best practices and do code reviews

  • Familiarity with agile development frameworks, e.g. Scrum

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Work well in and across teams as well as independently

  • Be passionate and self-driven

  • Exhibit strong attention to detail and analytical skills

  • Must come from high-growth SaaS business background

  • Solid experience and the full software development lifecycle

  • Familiar with SOLID, KISS and YAGNI.


Shares our core values:




4. 🤝  DEAL’S A DEAL  




  • Working in a vibrant international fast-growing company

  • Unlimited learning & growth potential

  • Your ideas and performance making a big difference in our organisation and the global hotel industry

  • Work hard, Play hard mentality. We love celebrating successes together!

  • Employee Equity Scheme

  • Regular trips to Europe for trainings & celebrational ceremonies (International Week)

  • Annual RoomRaccoon Hotel Experience

  • Friday lunches are on us

  • Annual salary increases

  • Training & Development opportunities


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