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  • Senior Software Engineer

  • Business: Travis Perkins PLC
  • Sector: IT & Digital
  • Location: Northampton, Northamptonshire
  • Salary: Competitive + Benefits
  • Hours of work: 40
  • Position type: Permanent
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Date posted: 10-Dec-2019
  • Job reference: 23325

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Job Description

The Senior Software Operations Engineer will be responsible for providing expert technical skills within a team, taking the lead in development, maintenance & support of software services in scope, including automation where appropriate, taking the lead in ensuring best practices are followed in all areas.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Be an internal UniVerse Subject Matter Expert, providing code, configuration and support services to meet business requirements. Specialising in i.e. developing an in-depth process knowledge as well as detailed technical/functional configuration knowledge of specific business process areas, with a basic configuration working knowledge of other processes.
  • Change, enhance and support the service configuration, based on detailed business process models by working closely with business process owners, architects and business analysts to ensure the system can support the approved models. Analyse, propose, test and promote any appropriate changes through the system landscape, using prototyping as appropriate. Capturing relevant training material and knowledge articles, for wider use across the business and IT support functions. Ensure the system stays on the upgrade path and ensure system upgrades are planned and fully tested.
  • Provide 2nd line support, meeting the agreed SLAs and OLAs including out of hours support on a rota. Working closely with 3rd party suppliers to understand how the system is configured to support change.
  • Implement high quality software and conduct assurance reviews throughout the software development lifecycle. Produce the simplest possible solutions to business problems with highly testable and maintainable code. Work using TDD and BDD (where appropriate) to design the software and lower both code complexity and nesting depths. Support the aims of Technical Design with respect to software quality and design patterns and automation of delivery pipelines.
  • Monitor and tune service health end to end through optimisation, with a view to proactively avoiding service incidents. Manage problems to remove service affecting incidents.
  • Continuous improvement - Act on the development metrics and retrospective feedback to maintain and continuously improve the performance of the team. Be prepared to offer constructive feedback to team members and act on feedback from others.
  • Be an active participant in the appropriate development methodology, be enthusiastic and communicate clearly to all stakeholders, building relationships both internally and with external 3rd party providers as required.
  • Be prepared to carry out the team lead role as required. 
  • Mentor junior members of the team to help build their skills and confidence. Provide technical guidance and ensure that quality, standards and best practice are adhered to. Proactively develop skills as required to support changes in technology and for personal development.

What can we offer you?

You may not know much about Travis Perkins plc but if you look a bit closer you might be surprised. We are the UK leader in the building materials and home improvement markets. Recognised as one of Britain’s Top Employers since 2010, we offer our employees access to extensive career opportunities across 19 leading businesses including Travis Perkins, Wickes and Keyline. We operate out of more than 2,000 outlets nationwide (and Ireland) and have over 30,000 colleagues.

We are one of the largest employers of IT professionals in the East Midlands area. We're Agile, we're Lean, we've gone Google and we're providing in-house designed & built bespoke software and applications to support our company. We have grand plans to increase the size of our business further and are forward-thinking enough to recognise that investment in IT will give us the leading edge on our competitors. We've restructured, we've adopted new methodologies, and we've brought in award-winning IT professionals to take us through this transformation.

Our strong family values and 'cornerstones' lie at the heart of the success of our journey. If like us, you put customers at heart of everything you do, you can expect to be rewarded with a full package of benefits on top of a salary that grows with you as you grow in our business.

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