Lead Software Developer

Recruiter
First Utility
Location
Warwick
Salary
50000.00 - 55000.00 GBP Annual
Posted
17 Jul 2017
Expires
14 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Here at First Utility we want to make a difference. We are changing the face of the energy industry by campaigning for more transparency, better communication and a speedier switching process. Through pioneering technology and sharing our knowledge, we put our customers firmly in control of their energy, so they can spend less on what they need and more on what they want. We are proud to deliver award winning service and as we continue to challenge the industry, our talented people are integral to our journey; our people make that difference. As we continue to grow our Team and expand our service offering, we now have office locations in Warwick, Coventry, London, Krakow and Hamburg. We're looking for a Lead Software Engineer to join our Core Platform Team to help us continue to make that difference. A hands on technical role within our Core Platform, you will lead a team who are focused on building advanced software solutions for our on-line energy and telco business. This is a key development role, building advanced software solutions and supporting and enhancing existing products for our growing energy and telco business. Projects cut across a wide range of areas, including: - Online registrations and customer self-serve - Many of the systems that support our customer facing teams - New business opportunities - Expanding the capability of our smart meter platform You'll work within and lead a multi-skilled agile team that has a focus on reducing cost to serve customers and is able to react to the changing demands of a dynamic fast growing business. - Run the engineering disciplines of small to medium sized projects and be seen as the technical owner and go-to person for one or more of First Utilities functional areas. - Work closely with the business to understand issues and to come up with both tactical and strategic solutions depending upon the critical nature of the issues found - Be responsible for leading a team to deliver software changes in an iterative manner, so you will need to work within a multidisciplinary team that includes business stakeholders, architects and product managers to deliver these requirements on time and to budget - Be accountable for leading various agile activities such as estimating, planning and reviewing activities effectively to maintain and/or improve quality of the software developed - Provide coaching and mentoring for less experienced members of the Agile Team - Deliver high quality, efficient, defect free code following the basic agile principles. - Take an active role in the various agile activities like planning and estimating sessions - Encourage and implement testing best practices - Analyse requirements, specifications and decompose systems to generate a testing model and automate them efficiently across functional and non-functional requirements - Responsible for reporting on progress, risks and issues Essential skills - Extensive experience of the Java programming language including Java 8 within an Agile environment, and be passionate about all things Java - Experience of the Spring framework and dependency injection - An understanding of RESTful services - Experience of working with Java Persistence Frameworks such as Hibernate - Experience of working with Java Messaging Frameworks - The ability to write clear, concise code that adheres to commercial standards - A good appreciation of coding standards, design best practices and keen desire to apply them - Experience working with relational databases, e.g. PostgreSQL/Oracle Essential Experience - Experience with various testing methodologies and best practices, e.g. the test pyramid - Experience working within agile frameworks, e.g. Scrum - JUnit with an understanding of BDD and at least some experience with BDD testing tools, e.g. Cucumber, JBehave - A working knowledge of continuous integration practices - Experience with version control systems, e.g. Git - A working knowledge of Linux operating systems and some exposure to shell scripting Desirable Skills - A range of programming languages; JavaScript (Node.js), Groovy, Scala, Ruby - Queuing technologies; JMS, HornetQ, ActiveMQ, Kafka - NoSQL databases; Cassandra - Configuration management; Puppet - Docker/containers Desirable Experience - Continuous delivery - Microservices - The energy industry Our people are our business, so our mind-set is people first. Spending much of your time at work, we know it's not just about a rewarding career, development opportunities and competitive salary - the work space, relaxation areas and coffee matter too! First Perks is our benefits portal where you can access BUPA Private Healthcare, childcare vouchers, pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, our staff tariffs and exclusive savings and discounts from nearly 900 retailers - including holiday deals to help you make the best of your 25 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays). First Perks features discounts for many of the biggest brands - from Lastminute.com to Amazon, from John Lewis to Tesco; there is something for everyone. We're proud to support our charity partner the NSPCC and offer regular fundraising events from bake-offs to London Marathon entries. Our teams enjoy quarterly socials, some more adventurous than others! One tradition we've held on to as we've grown is "Fruity Friday" - heaps of free fresh fruit for all, every Friday. So if you like the fast pace of an evolving business, feel it's important to reach your full potential and enjoy your time at work, then a career with us could be your next move. To apply please click the APPLY button.Criteria

- Exposure to SQL Server administration tasks, such as job scheduling and process monitoring
- Exposure to SSIS and SSRS
- Experience of producing innovative, interactive and intuitive visualisations in tools such as Qlikview and Zoomdata
- Experience of the Energy Supply market

The Benefits

As well as a rewarding career, development opportunities and competitive salary, you'll also enjoy 25 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays), pension, option to purchase childcare vouchers, and become eligible for our staff energy tariff along with other great ad-hoc offers.

We believe in putting energy into looking after our teams, so you'll benefit from BUPA Private Healthcare, cycle to work scheme, a great working environment with relaxation areas to recharge your batteries and free soft drinks available all day. We also have "Fruity Friday" where fresh fruit is available every week for all employees.