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Principal Software Engineer - Performance and Availability

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We’re always looking for talented people to join us on this journey, to work within a team of 100+ great software engineers. Our Engineering community have a passion for tech, our customers and ensuring our solutions are the best they can be.

We’re looking for Principal Software Engineers to join our fantastic Software Engineering team within our new Performance and Availability squad.

Our engineers are already hard at work on one of our most ambitious rebuild projects to date, migrating our website application into a new microservices architecture, this includes a brand new Node.js and React presentation layer, as well as a new CMS and using a full CI/CD development and deployment model.

We are looking for Engineers to specialise in Performance and Availability within this area. Developing tools and services that will allow our CI/CD pipeline to deliver code with confidence.

Our Principal Software Engineers work as Tech Leads within autonomous product teams delivering products that are part of the rebuild and in squads aligned to our other key business goals. Our Principal Engineers will take responsibility for the technical delivery of great software and they will lead the technical direction for the team.

The ability to coach and mentor team members is essential to this role, as is experience of Agile software development techniques such as BDD, TDD and pair programming. We are looking for people who can explain very technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders, carry out technical prioritisation and work well with colleagues in and outside of the team at all levels.

What do we value?

We have an ambition to build a truly world class Engineering capability at Shop Direct. Capabilities that deliver change at pace, scale and quality for our customers like never before. We are looking to create a truly agile world in which with the right of use of technology, architecture, and mindset we can build the right thing, build it fast, and build it right first time.

About you :

As a software engineer you’re the technical driving force within the delivery space. You will recognise and challenge the art of the possible from a technology perspective and you will strive to deliver the absolute best outcomes for customers, whilst ensuring stable secure systems are underpinning the continued success of the business. Being part of a likeminded group to deliver incredible things you will be encouraged to learn, share, and develop not only yourself, but all those around you.

We are looking for people with enthusiasm, passion and proven leadership abilities to support this as well as our other key business goals. We want people who have a passion for tech, a passion for our customers and a passion for ensuring that our solutions are the best they can be.

You’ll share your passion for all things technology, engineering, and ultimately Shop Direct products with the wider communities and should become an advocate and ambassador for your work, your team, and the business.

What do we look for?

We value people who can demonstrate a passion and curiosity around technology allied to a good understanding of modern software engineering methods, tools and processes.

We look for people who have great interpersonal skills, love working collaboratively, take ownership of the conversation on quality, are fearless in their approach to work, and continuously seek feedback to learn from.

Our teams work in an Agile development environment and we challenging perception and emerging technological landscapes as hugely important to getting it right first time.

We like to use Test-Driven approaches to software engineering to ensure our QA is efficient and effective. We are constantly evolving our technology stack based on what is most efficient in engineering terms to deliver a safe and secure environment for our customers to transact within, whilst delivering an architectural estate that ensures a maintainable and easily deployed environment.

Self-development is really important for us. We see both learning together as a team through the process of delivery and individual learning to build specific skills to able to contribute more to the team, as really important. We will give you the time and tools to do this.

Our Tech

For rebuild, we have chosen AWS and will be utilising multiple technologies including:

Java Spring Boot, Node.js, React, AWS microservices architecture, Groovy, Gradle, Jenkins, Docker, AppDynamics, Kibana and Elastic Search.

Within the Performance and Availability stream we will also be utilising AppDynamics as our main APM plus test tools like JMeter, Locust, Gatling, Jaeger and Grafana.

Our benefits.

  • Generous and competitive starting salary
  • Regular salary reviews and career progression
  • Flexible benefits allowance (can take a part as salary uplift)
  • Bonus
  • Matched pension at 6%
  • 1x Life Assurance / Private Medical* subject to role grade
  • Brand discount up to 25%
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • 27-30 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Free on-site parking *subject to post code
  • Free on-site gym
  • Discounted coffee houses and food outlets
  • Flexible working
  • Training & Development

How to apply.

If you're interested to find out more please contact Steven Williams in the talent acquisition team at Shop Direct or apply online.

If you are an internal candidate looking to refer someone in please follow the referals process and guidlines

Please note that the talent acquisition team are managing this vacancy directly, and if successful in securing this position, you may be required to undertake a credit, CIFAS and CRB check.

We're an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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