Senior Java Developer

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Company: PA Consulting
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Sector: Information Technology
Sub Sector: Development
Position Type: Permanent
Employment Type: Competitive
Salary: Competitive
Date Added: 26/03/2019

Job Description
Bringing Ingenuity to Life

We’re an innovation and transformation consultancy that believes in the power of ingenuity to build a positive-human future in a technology-driven world. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking with breakthrough-technologies to progress further, faster.

With a global network of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients, we’ll offer you unrivalled opportunities for growth and the freedom to excel. Combining strategies, technologies and innovation, we turn complexity to opportunity and deliver enduring results, enabling you to build a lasting career.

Isn’t it time you joined us?

Become part of the Team

Do you find yourself frustrated working with legacy tools or processes; constantly finding the need to innovate new and fit-for-purpose solutions? These are the problems our clients ask us to solve. You'll also need to be a pragmatist, to understand the design constraints of projects and get the job done.

As a Senior Java Developer you will operate within a pod, you and your teammates are responsible for successful delivery of the project release using an agile methodology. We put a lot of trust in you and your pod to meet deadlines, and to find the rhythm and ways of working that suits our clients. You get ownership and control of the processes for taking your code into live.

Pods are a small team with a mix of technology skills, we supplement development expertise with DevOps (we emphasise the Dev in DevOps) and Test Automation specialists. The pod works together in a collaborative environment and you might get the chance to develop your DevOps or automation expertise. We also need you to also contribute to developing the pod, perhaps by sharing your expertise in a tool or mentoring teammates.

Job Requirements
Our clients have a vast array of technologies, and so we're looking for a variety of skills to satisfy their requirements. We don’t expect you to have everything, but we're looking for engineers with a combination of the following:

  • Experience in Java:

    • Proficient in Java 8+
    • Familiar with MVC, JDBC and RESTful
    • Understanding of JVM, its limitations, weaknesses, and workarounds
    • Familiar with build tools such as Ant, Maven and Gradle
    • Experience of external and embedded databases, relational and NoSQL, such as MongoDB, MySQL, Flink, Cassandra, SQL Server.
    • Experience of working with a range of technologies and libraries in the Java ecosystem.

  • Sound experience working in an agile development team, applying strong development practices, such as;

    • Working in agile sprints to deliver incremental code.
    • TDD and/or BDD approaches, considering outcome at design. Understands test automation.
    • Secure development and architectural practices, as well as an understanding of non-functional considerations at design and implementation.
    • Using tools like JIRA for tracking progress and traceability.
    • Working with others in the team to develop design, elaborate user stories and deliver estimates during story pointing.
    • Working with others to review code and provide assurance on a release.
    • Developing code using CI/CD tools.
    • Working against a branching strategy, committing code regularly to repo E.g. git, svn or cvs.
    • Capable of root cause analysis and troubleshooting solutions.
    • Strong understanding of OOP.
    • Familiar with and can implement design and concurrency patterns
    • Writes clean, readable, maintainable and reusable code
    • Understands scaling, high availability and disaster recovery requirements, and can consider these in design and implementation.

  • Experience in web application frameworks E.g. AngularJS
  • Experience in developing solutions in the cloud, using either AWS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or Microsoft Azure.
  • Experience in microservices architecture, including an understanding of containers and serverless implementation. This could include Kubernetes, Docker, OpenShift, AWS Lambda, Cloud Functions (GCP and Azure).
  • Experience in microservices architecture, including an understanding of containers and serverless implementation. This could include Kubernetes, Docker, OpenShift, AWS Lambda, Cloud Functions (GCP and Azure).

Education and Qualifications

We value experience, attitude and aptitude over qualification, but typically we see successful candidates in the role who have:

  • An honours degree in a STEM subject
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics


About PA Consulting Group
Benefits package at PA:

  • Private medical insurance
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Company pension scheme
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • Life and Income protection insurance
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn, childcare benefits)
  • Voluntary benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)

PA is committed to building an inclusive and supportive culture where diversity thrives, and all of our people can excel. We believe that greater diversity stimulates innovation, enabling us to fulfil our purpose of ‘Bringing Ingenuity to Life’, supporting the growth of our people, and delivering more enduring results for our clients.

We only recruit, promote and reward our people based on their contribution, without regard to gender, race, disability, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.