London, United Kingdom

Principal Software Engineer

At AKQA, we believe in the imaginative application of art and science to create beautiful ideas, products and services. With an entrepreneurial and collaborative approach, we design adaptive digital services and applications that capture the imagination, delivering immersive experiences for our clients. 

Located in London (Farringdon), United Kingdom, you will be working in a progressive, meritocratic environment, with access to world renowned thought leadership from all disciplines. As a Principal Software Engineer at AKQA you will be working with some of the brightest minds in their fields.

You should be an established Principal Software Engineer and practitioner of the latest technologies; building best in class applications, serving users on the modern technical landscape, whatever that may be. 

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Hands on development on medium to large scale projects as a Principal Software Engineer.
  • Work closely with others to ensure good collaboration across all disciplines and to facilitate the solving of day-to-day challenges.
  • Collaborate, coach and mentor other team members.
  • Understand client’s business goals and objectives in order to build the right technical solutions.
  • Minimise technical risk and ensure a high-quality output. 
  • Implement testing strategies and promote rapid but high-quality development practices.
  • Identify bottlenecks within delivery processes as they occur and be able to help influence behaviours within the team to help resolve these and protect the technical delivery.
  • Operating in Lean and Agile methodologies or Hybrid approaches.

 

TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES

  • Expertise in Java Development (version 8 & 11):
    • Core Java principles, data structures and collections
    • JVM and Memory Management
    • SOLID principles
    • Maven / Gradle
    • OOP
    • Patterns
    • Spring
    • Spring Boot
    • Concurrency and multi-threading
    • Testing: JUnit, TestNG, Mockito 
  • Expertise in JavaScript Development (ECMAScript6+, Node):
    • TypeScript
    • Promises
    • NPM, NVM
    • Webpack
    • Testing: Jest, Mocha
  • Expertise in Database and SQL and no-SQL Development.
  • Expertise in Cloud Hosting Providers (AWS, Azure or GCP).
  • Expertise in Server deployment for High availability and scalability.
  • Expertise in designing and developing API endpoints (REST & GraphQL).
  • Experience in Serverless Architectures, Microservice architectures and distributed systems.
  • Expertise in CI/CD Pipeline development and architectures. (Azure, AWS, Jenkins)
  • Experience in Client-side JavaScript Development such as REACT or Angular
  • Alexa or other Home assistant application development.
  • AI and data modelling and Machine Learning principles.
  • Data Engineering.
  • Multi-user, gaming or Dual screen casting experiences.
  • Native Mobile Development for iOS and/or Android.
  • Machine learning, chatbots/conversation solutions, AI services integration
  • Personalisation and Experimentation
  • Headless CMS and other SaaS product integrations.

 

QUALIFICATIONS & CHARACTERISTICS

  • Computer Science Degree or equivalent industry experience.
  • Advocate of Technical Delivery methodologies such as Agile (SCRUM & KANBAN) and opinion on the strengths of each.
  • Advocate for improvements to processes, quality, and security.
  • Analytical and positive mindset with a personable and professional approach.
  • Sharp attention to detail and a passion for new technology.
  • Be able to talk for Technology to Non-technical audiences such as clients, stakeholders, and non-technical team members (especially UX & Creative).
  • Be able to talk for Yourself, expressing opinions backed up by reasoned argument.

 

AKQA is an Equal Opportunities Employer, we believe that diversity is vital to AKQA’s ability to provide our clients with the best recommendations and are committed to fostering a varied and inclusive work environment. Your race, colour, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or veteran status have no bearing on our hiring decisions. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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