Java Job: Back End Software Engineer

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London, England - United Kingdom

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Location: London Office / Hybrid (3 days a week working from home)

Reporting to: Engineering Manager

The role

As a Software Engineer you will be responsible for delivering high-quality software and products, able to be deployed frequently and safely into production. Working with similarly minded people, you will help to shape the way we use and adopt technologies and practices, with a modern engineering mindset. You are an advocate of test automation and have a clear view of where to make the best use of it.

At Rightmove we work as part of autonomous cross-functional teams in an agile environment. Each team owns a part of the Rightmove experience made up of design, product and engineering. You will be responsible for defining solutions to business and technical problems in a way which ensures maintainability, scalability and high performance standards. We work collaboratively across a mix of product and centralised teams, together working towards Rightmove’s strategy.

Our Promote team focus on giving our customers the best opportunities to promote their brand, properties and services. We always have one foot in the consumer world and another in the customer world to ensure that the new products we make are engaging and beneficial to both. One of our major focuses in 2023 is the introduction of more self-service tools for our customers, such as Ad Manager, which will allow customers to update elements of their purchased products whenever they like. We’re also focused on the migration and creation of services and databases to the Cloud, and updating other areas of our services to ensure they are kept up to date with modern tech. Throughout all this, we’ll continue to work on other projects where we see opportunities to deliver meaningful value to our customers.

A typical week as a Software Engineer might involve:

  • Developing features and improvements to our applications using Java, Spring Boot, Elasticsearch, Kafka, Gradle, Hibernate, Couchbase, SQL, Docker
  • Collaborating with internal contacts and the team to find solutions to complex problems
  • Contributing to key decisions, including which features to include during team sprints
  • Estimating user stories
  • Reviewing other developers’ code and debating options as a team
  • Investigating and promoting the latest, emergent technologies
  • Working in an Agile environment
  • Coach and mentor less experienced engineers to help them develop their technical skills

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Has commercial experience of writing applications with Java
  • Has strong problem-solving skills
  • Is passionate about the importance of testing and promotes TDD
  • Has a genuine passion for delivering high quality code and likes to debate the merits of different solutions
  • Wants to use the latest technologies and takes initiative to improve the way the team works
  • Has a keen interest in the performance of live applications and how our user’s use them
  • Wants to use the latest technologies and takes initiative to improve the way the team works
  • Looks to share their knowledge with the rest of the product development team
  • Isn’t afraid to ask questions and use the experience of those around them
  • Has a sense of ownership and responsibility for the work you and your team deliver

Ultimately, we care much more about the person you are, how you think and approach things, than a list of qualifications and buzzwords on a CV. Even if you can’t say ‘yes’ to all of the above, but are self-motivated and passionate about delivering great products then get in touch