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Senior/Principal Developer

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Recruiter: Cambridge Assessment
Listed on: 20th February
Location: Cambridge
Salary Notes: c£54,000 DOE
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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We have a start-up mentality within a 150-year-old organisation 

What we're looking for

Are you a strong Senior Developer with the experience, ability and ambition to help us as we scale our digital product development team? We are growing our team and so are recruiting senior developers with expertise in building cloud-scale, web and native consumer-grade products to help lead and build the technical delivery.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a big impact for our team and our industry. Our products are used by millions of English language users globally, but we are just at the beginning of achieving our ambitions.

You will be working on a combination of API, web and native products. Our core stack a combination of Node and Java on the backend, React and React Native on the frontend, all deployed on AWS increasingly using infrastructure as code. While we are comfortable on these, we are looking for your experience to help us accelerate our development and make use of new technologies and techniques.

About the New Product team in Cambridge Assessment English

The New Product team is focused on delivering new products and capabilities through user centred design, agile development, R&D and collaboration with university research. The cross-functional team brings product owners, UX, assessment and market expertise along with a strong development team to build impactful digital learning and assessment technology. To give us an edge in finding and developing great ideas, we constantly research new, emerging and maturing technology and combine this with industry standard practices such as serverless, cloud-native architectures and CI/CD. We collaborate with deep, fundamental research in machine learning while building products for a global audience. This demanding but exciting combination is unusual in any team.

 Our work involves experimenting in hackathons with new technologies such as AR, VR, Minecraft, blockchain, stress sensors and more. This keeps us innovative and brings fresh new ideas to our team and the organisation.

Work on global products

Cambridge Assessment English develops and produces Cambridge English qualifications, courses and tests, taken by over 5 million people every year in 130 countries and recognised by more than 20,000 universities, employers and governments. Ultimately your contribution will enable the world's leading education specialist to make a real difference to learners worldwide. 

 In your toolkit

  • You will have strengths in either front- or backend technologies, but should be comfortable working or collaborating in either to keep the team moving.
  • If backend, solid Node or Java in production and at scale.
  • If frontend, React and React Native as well as the associated libraries, frameworks and tooling
  • Solid dev tooling knowledge such as git, Linux command line, scripting, build tools and similar
  • You will be comfortable being the tech lead on product development, making decisions with the team and the Product Owners and Product Managers.
  • Experience of collaborative software projects and processes such as branching, build processes, codebase conflict resolution, refactoring. You will be able to bridge the tech-business discussions.
  • All roles will require modern architecture built across multiple cloud services. Experience of AWS an advantage.

 Ambitious deadlines

You must understand how to structure code to be clear and understandable, while being pragmatically refactored. You will be working in an agile team with ambitious deadlines, so you will have experience of modern CI/CD processes and following scrum. 

Surprise yourself - and shape your future

Working in a tight-knit team you'll grow your skills and grow further than you thought possible on challenging and stimulating projects that will enrich your career.  

Who we are                                   

Cambridge Assessment English is a part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge. We are the global leader in English language assessment. We help people learn English and prove their skills to the world. We provide exams in English for speakers of other languages taken by over 5 million candidates worldwide each year, as well as the leading range of qualifications for language teachers.


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:

  • Generous contributory pension
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Annual salary review and discretionary company bonus 
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay 
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
  • Cycle scheme
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Subsidised staff restaurants
  • Support for professional qualifications
  • Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.

This role closes on 16 March. There are a number of roles available and this campaign is therefore being recruited on a continuous basis until the roles are filled. Please apply ASAP to avoid missing out as it could close at any time. Please include descriptions and/or links to recent work.

We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone's contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you. 

To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter please click the APPLY button.

If you're successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.