Systems Developer

Abel & Cole
London (Greater)
06 Apr 2018
14 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Systems Developer

We’re seeking a driven C#.NET developer to join our in-house team and take a key role in the development of Abel & Cole’s Operational Systems, covering Warehousing, Logistics and Customer Services.

Our internal systems are completely bespoke, designed by a dedicated team of systems developers who forge close relationships with all parts of the business to understand the unique challenges and opportunities of our supply chain and delivery model. We deliver constant updates and improvements and lead the design of new tools. We enjoy the freedom to innovate whenever we identify a problem we can solve.

As part of a growing development team in an established company, this is a highly varied role, requiring a mix of business analysis, design, implementation and incremental delivery to business users. Interaction with non-technical staff and cross-functional teams is vital to ensure that new systems continue to delight users and contribute to the continued growth and profitability of Abel & Cole.

Responsibilities of the Systems Developer

·Work under the direction of the Systems Architect and Senior Developers to design, build and maintain core business systems across a variety of platforms.

·Engage with end-users to understand requirements and refine solutions.

·Refine user stories, plan and track progress of tasks and monitor risks.

·Present ideas, estimates and plans effectively to the rest of the team, to story owners, managers and directors.

·Demonstrate, document and train internal users and others with respect to prototypes and new features developed.

·Maintain the performance and responsiveness of systems; identify opportunities to improve maintainability and re-factor.

·Identify opportunities for future development; research into products and technologies that will enhance the function or performance of systems.

·Adhere to strategy and implementation standards as set out by the Development Manager.

Skills, experience and requirements


·Proven C#.NET experience.

·Good Object-Oriented Design skills.

·SQL development skills, ideally T-SQL.

·Analytical, methodical, but creative.

·Experience creating both desktop applications and websites.

·General understanding of version control (Git, SVN, Mercurial, etc)


·Experience of Agile development.

·Experience of DevExpress, WPF, XAML other GUI tools/frameworks would be an advantage.

·Experience in developing for portable devices (anything from Windows CE to Android/iOS).

·Experience of Warehouse, Stock Management, Retail or Ecommerce businesses.

·Knowledge of Continuous Delivery / Continuous Integration practices.

You’ll be familiar with and have experience in most of the following technologies/platforms:

C# / .net, T-SQL, MVC, HTML, Javascript, CSS, WinForms, XAML, Xamarin, jQuery, SQL Server, REST, SQL Server Reporting Services

Personal Characteristics

·Good communication skills with high standards in visual, written and oral communication.

·Ability to build strong relationships with both technical and non-technical team members.

·An eye for good GUI design and a passion for delivering a good user experience.

·Disciplined and independent personal management skills - can work to deadlines and standards with a minimum of supervision when required.

·Excellent problem-solving skills; able to find innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems, with the curiosity to challenge requirements.

·Strong Initiative with a desire to improve and progress established systems.

·Commitment to a hard-working, ethical and professional culture within a growing company.

·Strong desire to develop personal skills through knowledge of new development methodologies, technologies and industry developments.

About us

Abel & Cole is an award-winning online food retailer based in south London. Famous for our seasonal organic fruit & veg boxes, we deliver a wide range of excellent organic food to over 50,000 people’s homes every week, across London and the South, the Midlands and the Northwest. No air freight, no silly packaging, no nasty chemicals – just great food produced by people who really love what they do.

We are proud of our company culture, which combines friendliness, supportiveness and humour with outstanding levels of achievement at work. The company firmly believes that corporate responsibility is not just compatible with commercial success—it underpins it. For such reasons as these Abel & Cole has won much praise and many awards, including the Soil Association’s Organic Retailer of the Year, and the National Customer Service Award for three years in a row.

Our achievements would not have been possible without a fantastic website, supported by comprehensive bespoke in-house systems which run everything. Our systems, based on SQL Server and Microsoft Technologies, manage everything that we need to run the business including setting up products, ordering stock from suppliers, printing labels for production, managing stock levels and organising delivery routes for drivers.

The hours of work for this role are 8.30 – 17.30, Monday to Friday, although there is some flexibility in this.

To apply, please send us your CV and covering letter.

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