London, United Kingdom

Senior 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 impressive returns 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 and working with some of the brightest minds in their fields.

You should be an established Software Engineer and practitioner of the latest technologies; building best in class applications, serving users on the modern technical landscape, whatever that may be. In particular development of Node and Java applications and systems integrations, API design and development, DevOps activities, provisioning and implementing Servers, Databases, Serverless Architectures as well as implementation of Security mechanisms and Monitoring; on AWS, Azure or GCP Cloud hosting.

  • Hands on development on medium to large scale projects
  • 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 whilst maintaining high levels of productivity
  • Architect, implement and achieve buy-in of solutions
  • 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

You will be a self-starting technologist who can draw parallels across a technology landscape and isn’t restricted by a specific skill set. However below is a list of skill sets we would expect;

ROLE REQUIREMENTS

  • Expertise in JavaScript Development (ECMAScript6+, Node)
  • Expertise in Java Development
  • Expertise in architecting, writing, publishing and consuming packages (npm)
  • Expertise in Database; SQL and no-SQL Development and/or Memcache
  • 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)
  • Expertise in producing quality Unit tested, modularised code
  • Experience in Serverless Architectures, Event driven Architectures, Microservices, MACH and ‘JAMStack’
  • Expertise in CI/CD Pipeline development and architectures (AWS, Azure, Jenkins, Atlassian tools, GitHub), and code branching strategies
  • Experience integrating SaaS products, such as Headless CMSs, and other API first  SaaS Marketing and Experience Technologies
  • Experience with workflow tools such as JIRA and/or Azure DevOps
  • Experience with application performance, security and pen-testing
  • Experience implementing test strategies in a DevOps environment

EXPERIENCE THAT EXCITES US

  • Experience in Client-side JavaScript Development  such as REACT or Angular
  • Experience developing PWAs, Web workers and Web APIs
  • Other programming and scripting languages such as Python and Ruby
  • Alexa or other Home assistant application development
  • AI data modelling and Machine Learning principles
  • Multi-user, gaming or Dual screen casting experiences
  • Native or Abstracted Mobile Development for iOS or Android
  • Machine learning, chatbots/conversation solutions, AI services integration
  • Personalisation and Experimentation
  • Data Engineering
  • Decentralised applications running on the Blockchain

QUALITIES AND CHARACTERISTICS

  • Computer Science Degree or equivalent industry experience
  • 5+ years’ 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, color, 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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