Job title: Senior Software Engineer
Department: Digital Platform
The UK’s fastest growing and largest independent energy supplier is seeking a Senior Software Engineer with experience in both client and server side development to join their expanding team. First Utility is committed to helping customers reduce their energy bills through the use of innovative technology, by offering cheaper tariffs and campaigning for industry change. This opening comes at an exciting stage and offers a fantastic opportunity for you to be part of a team hungry to make a difference as we start to expand our business into the Broadband market.
We are the ‘Growing Business Awards’ Growing Business of the Year 2014 and the only energy company to have been listed in the fast track 100 for four consecutive years
A key role within the development team responsible for developing, maintaining and innovating the digital experience for new and existing customers.
Our highly agile software development team has an established reputation for delivering pioneering web apps that drive customer engagement with a diverse range of customer offerings. A recent project was to build the online registration experience for customers to support First Utility’s move into the Broadband market and offering this product to existing energy customers.
Going forward the team will be focusing on iterating the existing broadband registration app to add in support for a wider customer base. High on the list will be creating new features to augment the self serve aspect of broadband so customers can have greater control of their account online.
Areas of specific responsibility
You will create mobile and web based services, helping to define the approach to development and developing features.
Work collaboratively as part of an agile team consisting of developers, designers, and cross platform testers to deliver innovative experiences that continue to build upon customer experience within the energy sector, as well as branching out into other product areas i.e broadband, and other media.
You will lead and take ownership of specific areas and ensure that you meet required project timescales and our rigorous quality standards.
We really value the test driven development approach to developing code, and you will be fully involved in making sure the code you produce is fully tested.
You will contribute to the product strategy and be responsible for presenting ideas for both new technologies and ways of working.
To maintain a strong subject matter expertise, and develop your expertise further through professional development. We give you 12 research days a year to help you on your way, and we look forward to knowledge sharing sessions where you tell us all about what you have learnt.
The desirable candidate will have
You have strong subject matter expertise and a desire to grow in a rapidly expanding firm that seeks to differentiate itself through technology innovation. This role will suit you if you are already a solid developer and looking for a new challenge, and you are willing to apply the correct technical solution for the required product, and all the implications of investigation, collaboration and application this involves.
Knowledge of popular frameworks, such as React, Redux, Nodejs and SASS is highly desirable with a strong interest in applying these frameworks to deliver maintainable, production ready code which is highly performant and works well across multiple browsers and devices.
- Proven experience in delivering web experiences
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- HTML5 and associated API’s
- Responsive, Mobile first Web Design as an approach
- Node JS
An understanding or awareness of the following frameworks and approaches would also be desirable:
- ES6 and related ES5 compliers i.e. Babel
- Webpack, browserify ( or any front end packaging frameworks)
- Grunt, Gulp
- OOCSS, BEM, SMACSS
- Automated testing frameworks
- Adobe Photoshop for extracting and modifying assets as required
- Lean, Kanban methodologies
- Continuous Integration/Delivery
- A working understanding of PHP applications and PHP Frameworks (Yii, Zend, Symfony) would also be an advantage
- An eye for design and/or UX would be a bonus. Knowledge and experience of automated or multi-platform testing is desirable, too.
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 fresh fruit available every week for all employees.