Lead Backend Software Engineer

Lead Backend Software Engineer
Salary: depending on experience + bonus
Location: Manchester
Benefits: 25 days’ holiday / 5% Pension (matched) contribution / Cycle / Life assurance

Amplify Your Experience

Amplience dramatically simplifies how clients plan, create, manage, and deliver content. With a modern API-first approach, the Amplience solution can unleash the creativity and productivity of content and technology teams. Amplience serves more than 200 of the world’s leading retailers including Otto.de, Crate and Barrel, Boohoo, Mulberry, Shop Direct, and TUMI.

The Opportunity
We are a team of Engineers who build SaaS software to help e-commerce retailers create and deliver great content experiences for their customers. Over 100 major e-commerce sites rely on our work, sending more than 1 billion API calls a day.
We have a multi talented team comprising Frontend Engineers, Backend Engineers and Devops Engineers. We rely on each other's expertise to solve the problems we are given. Most things we build have full stack implications, often involve new technologies and require us to think creatively.
Finally, we like to be an active member of our tech community too. We founded and run a tech meetup in Middlesbrough called NE-Dev (http://www.meetup.com/NE-Dev/) and we have some open source projects.

What we're looking for
We are looking for a Lead Backend Engineer to join our growing team. Day to day you will help design and build cloud Java micro services. We would particularly love you to apply if some of the statements below describe you.
• You have experience as a scrum-master or team lead. Specifically organizing the team, owning the quality of the team's technical product as well as mentoring and motivating the people you work with
• You have a very strong understanding of Java, object oriented programming and design patterns
• You have built medium or large Java applications, requiring you to use frameworks like Spring and solve associated problems like dependency injection, configuration and modularization
• You are principled about technology and have opinions about programming and tools
• You care about software architecture
• You believe automated testing is important and that code should be well tested
• You have experience with specific technologies in our stack

Our systems are cloud native, we make extensive use of Amazon Web Services, allowing us to build better, reliable, scalable software.
Backend systems are mostly Java using lightweight frameworks like JAX-RS. We combine this with a range of supporting technologies including Cassandra, Solr Cloud, Hadoop and many AWS managed services.
Frontend is mostly single page applications, built using AngularJS and modern build processes like Gulp and Sass. We also maintain an open source library of frontend components for our customers to use.
All of this is managed and deployed by devops using technologies like Cloudformation and Puppet.


What else do I need to know before I apply?
Amplience is a fast paced, exciting and growing business. Our plans for growth and market domination are fierce and we believe that our people are a fundamental part of its success. We want to work with people that share the same values as us.  Is that you?