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Principal Engineer (PHP, JavaScript) - Leeds

Company: Sky Betting and Gaming
Job type: full-time
Category: Information Technology and Services

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Job description

At Sky Betting and Gaming we don't have team Teams we have Tribes. Each Tribe is made up of small, agile and autonomous squads who work collaboratively with a shared purpose.

So whether you join our Bet Tribe, Early Careers Tribe or anything in between, you will work with a group of people with raw energy, natural talent, and the kind of spirit that helps us think big, act bold, and change the game.

It all means that we've created the kind of workplace that wins awards such as a place on the prestigious list of Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For.

The Challenge

At SB&G a tribe is a collection of loosely coupled autonomous teams of 8-12 people. In the Gaming Tribe one such team is the Vegas Product Squad. As our flagship gaming product with daily stakes over 2 million pounds and 100s of transactions a second, this is our most critical squad. It's responsible for evolving the online gaming customer experience at and its operational performance at scale (you build it, you run it).

This squad is in search of a new leader. A leader we describe as a 'Principal Engineer'. A leader to define technically how we build this product. A leader to improve its delivery pipeline, and drive engineering best practice and quality. A leader to set the product's forward architectural strategy with the in-squad architect. A leader to manage and mentor the in-squad engineers. A leader assert and co-ordinate the squad's responsibility for operating what they build, 24/7.

Who are you?- For you, engineering means more than authoring quality code. It includes the end-to-end delivery pipeline; code driven deployment infrastructure; automated test safety nets; and effective operational instrumentation and incident response.
- You are comfortable working in an architectural domain, at ease at a whiteboard debating system design with the squad's Solution Architect. You are an expert in sustainable software architecture, but don't gold plate or prematurely abstract for a re-use than never materialises.
- You can manage and mentor engineers effectively, regarding the quality and motivation of your team as valuable as the quality of your product. You set the bar high for team membership. You promote learning through mob or pair programming, incident post-mortems, and squad retrospectives.
- You are unafraid to challenge aspects outside your direct remit. That might be A/B test results that guide whether we are building the right thing. It might be wasteful red tape that isn't helping your squad.

What you've done- You are a proven leader, both technically and of people. You've previously managed a small team and have been a respected technical leader. You have worked in an agile environment, and know what a high performing team looks and feels like.
- You have extensive engineering experience with PHP, JavaScript and MySQL. Nodejs is our evented language of choice, and our frontend uses React with a Flux-pattern event lifecycle. PHP is our choice for simple RESTful HTTP APIs. We find MySQL a good pragmatic datastore, even if unfashionable.
- You have worked with an application at scale. A scale which demands performance be considered and benchmarked. Where heavy work is offloaded via message queues and a caching strategy using technology like Redis essential. Where a datastore like Couchbase might actually be needed.
- You have previous operational experience. It might not have been at the coal face, but you understand the importance of instrumentation, good alert design and fabulous logs. Ideally you will have been part of or co-ordinated an on-call response team.
- Experience in the gambling industry is not essential, most of your colleagues are here because of the interesting technology challenge rather than a love of online gaming. But you will have worked on a product where you obsessed about your customers. Tracking their experience from page load timing to journey drop-off funnels, acting scientifically on customer information to improve the product.

Based in Yorkshire, we have grown to become one of the UK's leading online betting and gaming companies. A business driven by bleeding edge technology, that brings the excitement of sports betting, casino games, poker and bingo to over 200,000 customers a day and growing!

It's a workplace like no other, with a mission to make Betting and Gaming better.

And we want you to be part of it.

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