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Senior Software Developer - SharePoint and Front End Specialist and Technical Lead

From gravity to computers, evolution to pulsars, for 800 years the University of Cambridge has helped brilliant minds collaborate and create.

An opportunity has become available at University Information Services (UIS), for an experienced SharePoint and Front End Developer.

You will join a growing team of engineers working on digital products and services used by the University's ~60,000 students and staff.

Your work will be varied and unique; including work on a programme to transform the experience of engaging with the University on its digital platforms, ensuring it reflects the values of excellence our reputation is built on.

You will get the chance to collaborate and interact with some of the finest minds in the world, sharing data, insight and expertise to make a meaningful difference to the University's success.

You will be responsible for creating the architecture and components that will support responsive, accessible, scalable, and secure intranets for the University of Cambridge.

You will:

  • Analyse new technologies and systems to solve existing integration problems.
  • Work with other engineers to plan and organise product development.
  • Develop solutions that take responsiveness, accessibility, and scalability into account and optimise performance.
  • Manage the development life cycle. Ensure the quality of the production code through exhaustive code reviews, following good practice and programming standards, in a DevOps and agile environment.
  • Influence how and what we build, so it is aesthetically and functionally impeccable.

You will work with other engineers that are proud of the code they produce and take pride in working in the open. Most of the code produced in the team is open sourced:

You will also work with other team members on other areas: UI Designers, User Experience Researchers, or Content Designers.

We are a cross-functional team that likes to deliver good solutions that meet user needs in a fast agile environment. We follow the GDS Service Manual for the delivery of our services.

This is a position usually based on the University's West Cambridge Site. However, currently you will be expected to work remotely.

The successful candidate should have:

  • The ability to work and collaborate in a cross-functional team with all areas that may be involved.
  • The ability to adapt and improve. We are looking for versatile and flexible people, who do not mind adapting to new or existing technological changes.
  • Curiosity about new frameworks and technologies and eager to acquire and transmit knowledge.
  • The ability to manage problems and see them as a starting point for improvement.
  • The capability of transmitting confidence in uncertain environments. Have and transmit a positive attitude.
  • Sharepoint Online experience: Knowledge of Sharepoint Online APIs; experience building websites with SPFx, TypeScript and React on Sharepoint Online; experience developing reusable Sharepoint Online components; experience migrating Sharepoint on-prem sites to Sharepoint Online. To have applied Microsoft Patterns & Practices during this migration.
  • Familiarity with front-end technologies such as ReactJS or AngularJS.
  • Experience in responsive design development for web and mobile platforms.
  • Experience managing software development life cycle using git, merge requests, reviews, automated testing.
  • API integration skills.
  • Knowledge of front end testing and selenium testing.
  • Knowledge of Agile / Scrum project methodologies.
  • Knowledge of DevOps.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For queries regarding this post please contact Abraham Martin: The closing date for applications is Friday 30 October 2020.

Please note that this is a rolling campaign and applicants will be reviewed periodically.

Please quote reference VC23598 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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