Principal Software Engineer

London
£65000 - £80000 per annum

Principal Software Engineer

London

Up to £75,000

The Company

One of the leading retailers in the UK is giving you the opportunity to join a team of Software Engineers, working on a project from the ground up! You will shape the company and project the way you want. They're hugely investing in Software Engineering and new technologies in order to push growth of the company and their employees. Harnessing an immensely collaborative culture they support the teams progression and adopt a philosophy of trust.

The Role

In this role you will be trusted to work autonomously on a variety of changing projects, using Java, all within the supply chain remit. You will be transforming their systems from batch-based chunks of code into well-designed solutions, using new platforms and cloud based automated systems. You will:

  • Give technical guidance & support for outsourced software development using Java
  • Use modern design techniques to create and maintain code using Java
  • Deliver quick insights and software solutions using Java and JVM technology

Key Skills and Requirements

  • Cloud experience specifically in AWS
  • Strong knowledge and experience with Java and JVM technology

HOW TO APPLY

Interested? Please register your interest by submitting your CV directly by applying to this advert.

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