Lead Server Side Engineer (Back End)

MAQE is looking for a Lead Server Side Engineer to come join our team in Bangkok.

You know PHP like the back of your hand, while not being afraid to do HTML/CSS and JavaScript when needed. You understand how to design and write robust, maintainable and extensible code, and how to help people to write their best code as well; all while maintaining proper testing and keeping dependencies up to date. Equally important, however, is that you keep up to speed on changes in software architecture, web application development, and continually upgrade your skills.

In addition to this, you have a good command of English and, preferably, Thai. Most importantly, you pride yourself in being honest, sensible, and frank—just like we do.

At MAQE we use a combination of design thinking and agile development techniques to create websites and applications that meet user needs and fulfill business objectives.

For more detailed info about our Engineering stack and capabilities please check here.

PathAbout the role


  • Contribute to server side direction, goals and competency at MAQE
  • Help to coach and mentor the server side team
  • Oversee server side software architecture for new and existing projects
  • Keep MAQE up to date on new server side technologies and trends


  • Architect and build complex websites and web-apps
  • Oversee server side software architecture for new and existing projects
  • Contribute to server side engineering hiring, 1-2-1’s, and performance reviews
  • Conduct regular, ongoing code reviews
  • Assist with the build, testing and deployment tools in coordination with DevOps
  • Assist with project estimation in relation to server side effort
  • Collaborate with the other teams and guilds to produce the best work possible

PathAbout you

Must haves

  • 4+ years of professional experience
  • A relevant degree (BS/MS) or comparable years of experience
  • Experience leading various projects or a small team
  • Excellent knowledge of PHP, SQL and/or NoSQL languages
  • Excellent knowledge of the server side ecosystem, including frameworks and tools
  • Experience translating business processes and business logic into working code
  • Thorough understanding of the challenges of maintainable and extensible code
  • Experience measuring and ensuring optimal server-side application performance
  • Experience with client-side languages (HTML, CSS and JS)
  • Good level of English: Written, Reading and Speaking
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Strong teamwork, believe that communication is a key to project’s success

Nice to haves

  • Multi-cultural organisation exposure
  • Familiar with industry standards (coding standards, patterns, best practices, etc.)
  • Commercial coding experience (e-commerce, payment gateways, 3rd party integrations, etc.)
  • A passion for testing – unit, e2e, selenium/webdriver, etc.
  • Experience with agile practices – scrum, kanban, etc.
  • Experience with DevOps – Linux, AWS, Google Cloud, Containers, etc.
  • Experience with DCVS (ideally git)

PathWhat we offer

  • Autonomy; freedom to do something great
  • Competitive salaries, plus bonus scheme
  • Open plan office right next to Ploenchit BTS
  • Agile and efficient work processes
  • 27” iMacs or MacBook Air/MacBook Pro 13″ + Dell 24″ Screen, Dual Fibre and VDSL Internet
  • Free drinks / snacks / fruit at work, free beer on Fridays
  • 15 days annual paid vacation
  • Flexible work hours (e.g., 9AM-11AM to 6PM-8PM)
  • Relaxed atmosphere, little to no overtime
  • Lots of creative freedom and responsibility
  • Provident fund

PathHow to apply

Step 1: Go to maqe.github.io and do the tests there, zip them up and attach them to your email.

Step 2: Create a 1-page cover letter. Please keep it personal. And please answer the following question:

Give us an example of one of the most satisfying server side challenges that you have encountered on a previous project. How did it come about and how did impact your build?

Also include links to your Github or Bitbucket profiles if you have either.

Step 3: Attach a short resume/CV of no more than two (2) pages long and email all of the above to recruit+maqe@maqe.com

Note: Dear Foreign candidates – We’re happy to hire non-Thai’s however, the Thai Board of Investment (BOI) has strict guidelines on who we can issue a work-permit for. Please ensure you have the following:

  • Relevant degree to the position you are applying for. E.g. Web Developer + Computer Science Degree
  • At least 2 years relevant experience with a degree
  • At least 5 years relevant experience without a degree or relevant degree
  • Please have proof of certificates/transcripts handy (you won’t believe the paperwork required!)
  • Patience. The foreigner application process is more art than science 😉