Sr Software Engineer - Backend/PHP

Engineering Burlingame, California

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Sr Software Engineer – Backend / PHP

Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) is a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP games such as Cooking Dash, Deer Hunter, Covet Fashion, Design Home, Racing Rivals, TAP Sports Baseball, and branded IP games including Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, on the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, Facebook, Mac App Store, and Windows Phone. We have worldwide studios in North America, Russia and India. Our headquarters are in the heart of the bustling SOMA district of San Francisco.

Team Overview:

At our CrowdStar studio in Burlingame, we believe that there is a huge opportunity in interactive entertainment products for women, and CrowdStar’s goal is to build products which engage, enrich and empower them. 

With our two top grossing titles, Covet Fashion and Design Home, CrowdStar has developed new ways for users (players) to enjoy fashion and interior design. Not only are we changing how women game, we’re also changing how they discover and shop for everything from clothing to shoes, or furniture to home decor. As a team, we are passionate not only about creating fun and engaging games for women but enriching lives outside of the game.

Role Overview:

We are looking for an experienced backend developer to help prototype and build an unannounced mobile title.


  • Develop throwaway/rapid prototypes
  • Design and implement new systems and pipelines
  • Optimize and fine tune code for performance
  • Work closely with QA to help define test cases
  • Maintain existing codebase with other team members
  • Tackle new challenges that arise during development


  • 4+ years of recent PHP development experience
  • Strong knowledge of OOP, design patterns, algorithms, and data structures
  • Experience building LAMP based server-side REST APIs
  • Experience with relational databases (preferably MySQL), SQL and NoSQL.
  • Experience with leading PHP frameworks like Laravel, Symfony, Zend Framework, etc
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn new technologies as needed
  • Ability to work well as part of a collaborative development team
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, flexibility, and ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Passionate about building games that will be played by millions around the world
  • BS/MS in Computer Science or equivalent


  • Experience with prototyping
  • Experience with Go
  • Experience with HTML, CSS and Javascript
  • Experience with NoSQL databases like Mongo DB or Couchbase
  • Experience with caching technologies like Memcache or Redis
  • Experience with PHP debugging and testing
  • Experience with Linux shell scripting
  • Experience with Git

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.  Glu is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. We welcome people of different backgrounds and experiences to ensure a diverse and inclusive workplace.