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Software Engineer – PHP/API Rest Services

ThoughtRiver addresses a fundamental problem for lawyers: you simply don’t know which part of a contract to focus on without reading it all. Our pre-screening technology automates this review process by reading the contract, answering key questions and suggesting what to do next. 

Established in 2015, we are a fast-growing UK-based company with a global client list. We work closely with Cambridge University and include technologies and lawyers at the heart our business. Our product encompasses leading-edge AI technology, an innovative legal ontology and one of the world’s largest legal intelligence data sets.

The Role

We are seeking Software Engineers to be responsible for developing our RESTful API and the interchange of data between clients and servers. Your primary focus will be the development of server-side logic, definition and maintenance of the central database, and ensuring high performance and responsiveness to requests from varied front-end applications.

Successful candidates will have a minimum of 1-year commercial experience working in a similar or related field.


Designing, Developing and Maintaining the PHP RESTful APIs which underpin our product.

Completing product work against ThoughtRiver’s application stack including new feature development and maintenance changes.

Assessing new requirements in the form of stories; generating tasks, estimates, impact assessments.

Ensuring own and team code meets PSR standards; completing unit tests.

Adhering to technical development standards; working with Software Architect to implement architectural patterns.

Providing support to operations team in terms of release planning and operational handovers; assessing issues arising in production which cannot be resolved by support teams.

Ensuring all work is impact assessed and documented.

Reporting To

Head of Applications Engineering

Technical Skills Required


A high degree of knowledge and experience with Modern PHP.

A clear and demonstrable understanding of OOP principles.

Experience working with frameworks such as Slim, Lumen, Silex etc


REST API development

MySQL (or similar)

Test-Driven Development, Domain-Driven Design – highly desirable

Advantageous but not essential


Javascript, modern JS libraries such as Angular, React or similar


We offer all of our employees equity in the form of share options.

Additionally, competitive salary, 25 days holiday per annum, 4% employer pension contribution.

Person Profile

Accomplished engineer who relishes working in an ambitious, customer-driven company in the field of “expert systems”. Ability to work under pressure, enjoys a varied workload, and has excellent track record of self-development.