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Staff Software Engineer - Java

Location(s) London Job ID 29380 Closing Date 30/04/2023 15:08 Contract Full time Hours 40 Contract Type Permanent Salary and Benefits Competitive

Advance the world of digital through M&S

Leading the transformation of an industry. The continuous pursuit of new information, resourcefulness and invention. Thousands, if not millions of people benefiting from your product-led ideas, every day. That’s why you join M&S Tech. Here, you’ll be proud of your projects, enhance your understanding of new technologies, and shape the future of a new, digitally prevailing brand of retail. Progress isn’t in the pipeline, it’s already happening. And we’re as determined to advance technology through M&S, as we are to advance M&S through technology. Want to help us?

It’s a mindset, a special drive and an enthusiasm that says, ‘We can’t wait to solve this problem’. It’s growing closer as a team through deep discussions about the technologies we love, whether next-gen or old classics. Most of all, it’s wanting to share that excitement with our customers and colleagues – reinventing retail into its most innovative form, then unlocking fresh potential and raising the bar yet again.

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Staff Software Engineer - Java

Staff Software Engineer (Java)

We are looking for a passionate Staff Software Engineer to help craft, develop and operate core parts of the M&S digital platform.

A role within M&S Software Engineering means you’ll be joining a well-loved historic brand, working on a digital platform that serves millions of loyal customers and thousands of colleagues.

With ethical values that run right through the company’s core and technology leaders that truly understand software engineers and engineering, it’s an exciting time as we’re redefining into a digital first and engineering-led organisation, with the quality of our engineering team being a key differentiator.

M&S Software Engineering is a friendly, passionate and humble team, where everyone has a voice and is encouraged to contribute ideas and talk straight. You’ll get the opportunity to learn and grow, take true ownership, influence our technology and help us solve interesting problems for our customers and colleagues.

We have a genuine ambition to become engineering first, building and operating an elite digital platform. We are looking for people to join our community of engineers to support this transformation, build a modern digital ecosystem using exciting technologies, participate in our hackathons and do the best work of their careers.

Key responsibilities
  • Produce build high-quality, reliable software and own it with a high degree of automation in the cloud
  • Own complex tasks in the backlog and deliver them routinely with no significant issues
  • Demonstrate responsibility for the entire team’s objectives
  • Progress work consistently without significant need for support from more senior colleagues
  • Solve problems collaboratively, communicating decisions through tech-talks and white-boarding sessions
  • Deliver high-quality software design through proficiency in design patterns, algorithms, and data structures
  • Help other engineers to produce clean, quality code through code reviews and pair programming
  • Engage with product colleagues to improve value for the customer and to understand ambiguous requirements
  • Approach and contribute to product planning and roadmap with an agile approach
  • Demonstrate and champion pragmatism in terms of commercial delivery and software quality
  • Support the technical platform out of hours as a member of the support rota
  • Promote technology, values and ways of working within the team and wider software engineering community
  • Contribute actively to M&S engineering communities with a focus on positive momentum
  • Coach, mentor and develop lesser experienced engineers
  • Lead and take responsibility for initiatives to support senior colleagues
  • Assist with recruitment and new starter onboarding activities
What you need to succeed

Technical skills

  • 7+ years of professional experience building enterprise application with the JVM ecosystem
  • Strong understanding of OOP concepts, design patterns and coding best practices
  • Expertise with distributed version controls systems like Git, SVN or equivalent
  • Proficiency with TDD and/or BDD and non-functional testing with common JVM testing frameworks Junit, Mockito, Spock or equivalent
  • Experience of DevOps: you build it, you run it
  • Experience with containerisation frameworks like Kubernetes and Docker
  • Advocate and experience of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery
  • Expertise with Java microservice technologies such as Springboot, Quarkus, Micronaut or equivalent
  • Demonstrable experience with Spring framework, JPA/JDBC
  • Strong expertise in RDBMS and NoSQL database
  • Solid understanding of event driven architecture and technology such as Kafka (preferred), RabbitMQ, Azure Service Bus
  • Strong understanding of cloud infrastructure platforms and concepts such as Azure (preferred), AWS, GCP
  • Experience with monitoring platforms such as New Relic, Grafana, Datadog or equivalent
  • Should have worked in a dynamic and agile environment
  • Proficiency with documenting software design, technical decisions and recommendations
Critically Important Attributes
  • A healthy thirst for learning and knowledge
  • Ability to work well with others in multi-functional teams
  • A passion for all aspects of software engineering
  • Good communication skills, both written and spoken and able to adjust for different audiences
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback to team members
  • Humbleness, humility and honesty
  • Cares about the business and the bigger picture
  • A leadership mentality that is willing to take responsibility
  • Constructive pride in being reliable, and delivering high-quality product
  • An ambition to be an open-source contributor, technology writer or speaker
Working together

You’ll be working closely with other Software Engineers, Engineering Managers and Product Managers to collaboratively tackle problems. There will be day-to-day interactions with Scrum Masters, who you’ll work with to constantly evolve your team’s ways of working. Depending on your team, you could also interact with other specialists such as Data Scientists, UX/UI Designers and analytics experts.

As a member of M&S Software Engineering, you’ll also have the opportunity to work with and learn from other engineers and specialists in the organisation via our teams (Squads), sets of squads (Tribes), communities of practices (Fellowships), strategic assemblies (Orchestras) or special interest groups (Guilds).

How you will measure success
  • Consistently delivering high-quality reliable software with thorough automation
  • Always demonstrating the company’s ‘M&S Way’ values
  • Completion of personal development plans and objectives
  • Positive feedback from colleagues
  • Engagement with and contribution to Engineering communities
  • Upskilling of more junior colleagues and initiatives to help set a higher standard
  • Clear and open communication within the team and outside
  • Identified leader of part of the platform or go-to authority on specific technology
  • Ability to learn, apply and instruct new technical concepts and skills quickly


M&S is ready to push boundaries to lead the retail industry into a greener, speedier, more inspiring digital era. That’s why we’re revolutionising how we work and offering our most exciting opportunities yet. There’s never been a better time to be part of our team. Marks & Spencer aims to be an inclusive organisation, trusted and admired by our colleagues, customers and suppliers. Join us and make an immediate impact.

We are committed to an active Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy, which starts with our recruitment and selection process, and we are happy to talk flexible working.

If you consider yourself to require reasonable adjustments to any part of our recruitment process, we invite you to share those requirements with us when completing your application. We will make every effort to ensure your needs are met to provide a fair and transparent process of assessment.

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