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Technical Architect - Java / AWS / Greenfield

  • Location: Greater Manchester
  • Salary: £70000 - £85000 per annum + Bens
  • Job type: Permanent
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Job Description

Technical Architect - Java / AWS / Greenfield

*** Greenfield product / platform build and a role that's exclusive to Oscar as part of a campaign that we are running on behalf of our client.***

A new joint-venture organisation formed out of a partnership between a global software products firm and a high-profile advisory body, are putting together a new team to build develop a greenfield SaaS platform based around a Java 8 / Spring Boot micro-services architecture, on the AWS cloud.

This will bring together our clients expertise in building and scaling software products, with an already unique physical and partially digital product - effectively building a better product that is better for consumers and will create a SaaS platform that can be monetised!

So far, our client has completed high-level designs using some of their in-house team, supplemented with contractors, and development work is in early stages but they are now scaling their Squads to get the pace of the work increased.

So what will you be working on?

Due to commercial sensitivity surrounding our clients intentions for their platform, we apologise for how cryptic the following description is!

The platform itself aims to take a previously developed ecosystem that has been created to a manage content & communication to the advisory organisations millions of customers & replace that with a scaled platform that not only has many improved features, but also offers a huge loyalty / commerce aspect and leverages the use of extensive user data (trends, buying behaviours, etc), which is around 7m+ registered members, all within a unique demographic

As such, the intention is to follow as SAFe model and scale a dual-located function, made up of 6 Squads, developing a mixture of backend API's, Services, UI, Integration, iOS & Android apps, aiming for a first version release of the product in Autumn (with a cadence of daily > weekly code releases) and then further releases thereafter, adding in features and scalability.

The aim of our client is that once they have made a success of this platform, they will also be able to white-label it and license it to other similar organisations.


What will you be doing day-to-day?


Initially the Technical Architect will be aligned to one of the Squads overseeing the design & development of the backend Java-based aspects of the platform, including RESTful API, web-services, plus cementing together the backend and frontend aspects. The design work is based around Java 8, with Spring (Boot, MVC, Core, Security, etc), Hibernate, AWS, Docker, Gradle, Node.js, JavaScript, Kafka, etc. The Technical Architect will combine providing low-level designs, with ensuring the code-quality within their squad remains high and may require 5-15% daily work reviewing code, depending on spikes in workload.

The successful person will be just as comfortable in front of a white board as programming. The right person loves learning new technology and is a Java guru, who understands AWS and user interface technologies. Along with their proven delivery experience they will understand the importance of a DevOps culture.

Essential skills:

  • A Java guru
  • Amazon Web Services - AWS (a certified Associate/Professional Solution Architect would be a very nice-to-have)
  • Server-side API design and development for mobile devices
  • Java Spring Boot
  • Practical experience delivering micro-service-based architectures
  • Automated unit and automated functional testing
  • Proven experience of providing day-to-day hands-on technical leadership
  • Capable and willing to learn new technology - we may change direction!
  • Agile / Scrum

Optional skills:

These are nice to haves, if you've got them fantastic, if not we'd still like to talk to you, as long as you have the essential skills.

  • DynamoDB
  • TDD or BDD
  • Python
  • Demonstrable experience of DevOps tooling, one or more of - AWS Opworks, Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Jenkins
  • Container technologies - Docker, Kubernetes

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