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Principal Software Engineer (Devops) - Warwick

Company: First Utility
Pay: £70000.00 - 80000.00 Annually
Job type: full-time
Category: Human Resources, Recruitment

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Job description



The UK's fastest growing and largest independent energy supplier is seeking a Principal Software Engineer with expertise in Devops 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.

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
Role overview

This is a key role within the development team building advanced software solutions for our growing energy and telco business. Projects cut across a wide range of areas, including:

Many of the systems that support our customer facing teams
Accurate billing for our customers
New business opportunities
Expanding the capability of our smart meter platform

You will be working in a highly agile company that continues to encourage DevOps principles and practices to make the software delivery process more efficient, reliable and able to react to the changing demands of a dynamic fast growing business. The DevOps team are critical to these aims and will be responsible for developing and innovating ways to accelerate delivery in order to react to the changing needs of the business.

The way that we build and test is critical to the successful delivery as we continue to move towards microservices architecture and continuous delivery as more and more of the steps required to deliver changes becomes 'hands off'.

You would be responsible for a team whose time is split into the following areas.

The first involves working with the various development areas to encourage DevOps principles, support their work towards continuous delivery and ensure a consistent, resilient and dynamic approach.

The second is to build, improve and shape our microservices platform and delivery systems so that our software is naturally resilient, scalable and cost effective and so that our delivery teams are able to deliver changes fast and reliably with minimal bottlenecks.


Areas of specific responsibility

Work with the DevOps team members and technical operational engineers to continually improve the infrastructure and microservices platform
Investigation and introduction of new technologies to solve specific problems
Development of tools and scripts as part of the platform and delivery processes, working towards self-serve software delivery and ownership amongst the software delivery teams
Encouraging and actively working towards infrastructure as code
Work closely with the technical operations team to evolve a consistent roadmap for application hosting and delivery
Work with delivery teams to support their delivery of quality software solutions through the use of automation
Work with delivery teams to support their ability to monitor and manage their own applications in the production environment
Encourage good test practice in application delivery and how that can work in a Docker environment
Delivery automation will encompass a variety of technologies, including databases, web services and web front ends
Producing appropriate documentation and other methods to share knowledge about the solutions, processes, frameworks and other technical subjects

The desirable candidate will have

Essential Skills
Proficient in at least one programming language
Proficient in at least one programming language
An understanding of RESTful services
An understanding of web UI technologies, e.g. HTML, JavaScript
The ability to write clear, concise code that adheres to commercial standards
Experience with Linux, e.g. Ubuntu, CentOS
Knowledge of scripting languages, e.g. bash, python, ruby
Willing to learn new technologies and apply them
Knowledge of continuous integration servers, e.g. Jenkins
Monitoring applications, using tools such as nagios, newrelic, statsd

Essential Experience
Experience working within agile frameworks, e.g. Scrum, Kanban
A strong understanding of DevOps principles
A strong understanding of continuous integration/delivery principles
A strong understanding of microservices, including service discovery and service scheduling
A good understanding of the Docker ecosystem, including swarm, compose, registries and how these tools can be used in development and testing environments as well as a production environment
A good understanding of good software testing principles and how to apply different types of automated testing to software delivery

Desirable Skills
A range of programming languages; e.g. Java, JavaScript (Node.js), Groovy, Scala, Ruby
Configuration management; Puppet
Technologies related to microservices; service discovery (Consul), service scheduling (Swarm, Mesos, Kubernetes)
Queuing technologies; JMS, HornetQ, ActiveMQ, Kafka

Desirable Experience
Supporting applications in a production
Automated testing
Cloud platform; AWS
Virtualisation; VMWare, Vagrant, Virtualbox
Infrastructure as code; Terraform, cloudformation

The Benefits
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 "Fruity Friday" where fresh fruit is available every week for all employees.

Key Words: Software Engineer, Devops, Principal Software Engineer, Software Engineering, Agile, Restful.


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