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Principal Engineer (Back End)
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Recruiter: Sainsbury's
Listed on: 1st February
Location: London
Salary Notes: Competitive plus benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 17000LNR
Contact Name: Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury's are one of the largest retailers of quality food, general merchandise, clothing and financial services in the UK, with an annual turnover of £30 billion and over 26 million customer transactions every week.

We are looking for a skilled Principal Engineer with a specialist interest in back end applications to work across our business on a variety of platforms and technologies. You will collaborate closely with engineers and other colleagues to understand their needs and their constraints so you can help shape our engineering approach through spreading good practice, setting standards, teaching, coaching and mentoring.

We want you to continuously improve the way we work so we can delight our colleagues and customers.

What I need to do
         •       Lead as a practioner, writing clean, well abstracted and maintainable code, and supporting others to do the same
         •       Take a test and behaviour driven development approach, and support others to do the same
         •       Work collaboratively and be an active contributor to continuous improvement across the teams and communities of practice
         •       Help create an environment where providing honest and open feedback is the norm
         •       Lead the creation and maintenance of standards
         •       Contribute to the definition and execution of our technology strategy
         •       Instill the benefits and practices of a DevOps culture in our engineers
         •       Ensure there is always an appropriate focus on quality
         •       Teach, coach and mentor other engineers
         •       Take the lead in architecting systems and applications
         •       Facilitate the relationship between engineering and architecture

How I will succeed
         •       Show that you have an excellent understanding for a number of technical skills, attitudes and behaviours, and can instil them in others
         •       Proactively seek opportunities to share your knowledge and abilities
         •       Build strong relationships with engineers and other key roles
         •       Demonstrate empathy with other people's context and constraints
         •       Lead and contribute across Communities of Practice
         •       Be an ambassador for technical excellence

What I need to know
We look for "T-shaped people" - those with broad experience and knowledge, but who also have deep expertise in areas such as mobile, web, back end, quality and operability.

We expect all our Principal Engineers to demonstrate:
         •       The ability to write clear, maintainable code that is well factored
         •       Advanced understanding and experience of TDD and BDD
         •       Advanced understanding and experience of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, including the design and building of pipelines using effective test approaches
         •       Strong experience of mentoring and coaching team members
         •       Strong knowledge of a DVCS, ideally Git
         •       Strong understanding and experience of agile and lean practices, when they are appropriate and why they work
         •       Experience of leading people, ideally across different teams
         •       Experience of working with business owners and other stakeholders
         •       The ability to look at technologies in a strategic context, beyond personal favourites
         •       Awareness of new technologies and how they may be applied
         •       Experience of pair programming, and able to articulate the benefits
         •       Experience of working in a DevOps culture and understanding of the benefits
         •       Able to present clearly and concisely
         •       Willingness to challenge the status quo

The back end specialist will also demonstrate:
         •       Experience of several different programming languages, including both static and dynamic, including at least two of Java, C#, Scala, Python, PHP, JavaScript and Golang
         •       Experience of high traffic, transactional applications
         •       Advanced OO design, including SOLID principles
         •       Advanced understanding and experience of relational and non-relational databases
         •       Advanced understanding and experience of service-oriented architectures, and knowledge of microservice design and implementation
         •       Familiarity with web services, particularly REST and caching
         •       Advanced understanding and experience of framework agnostic development
         •       Good understanding and experience of Linux administration
         •       Understanding and experience of network and web server administration
         •       Experience with cloud infrastructure and services, preferably AWS
         •       Experience of working with legacy systems, ideally including maintenance and phased decommissioning
         •       Experience of working with and integrating with COTs products
         •       Understanding and experience of messaging, ideally across several implementations
         •       Experience of operating as well as building software

What I need to show
         •       Communication and Influencing - Uses a range of techniques to influence, adapts to situation
         •       Analytical Thinking - Pushes boundaries in solving problems
         •       Aptitude to Learn - Actively seeks feedback from multiple sources and contributes to wider community in own area of expertise
         •       Team Work - Supports a collective effort to resolve problems, uses strengths of team to deliver increased value, builds strong internal/external relationships and bridges where none existed
         •       Leadership and Mentoring
         •       Commitment and Planning - Delivers ahead of expectations

Resources available to me
         •       Line manager providing on-going support through 121’s and SMART objectives
         •       Enterprise Architecture team
         •       Wider development community sharing knowledge and support

What decisions I can make
         •       Influence technology choices for multiple teams
         •       Shape the technical landscape using your experience
         •       Shape tool choices and standards across multiple teams

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