Lead Software Engineer

Flexible hours
Various work from home options
Dog friendly
Employment type
Full time
Key skills
Agile, Agile / Scrum, Software Development, Engineering
£63900 - £81000 per annum

Made Tech are public sector technology delivery experts. We help the UK public sector, from health to government, transform the way they deliver technology.

We're now a team of 145 people across 5 locations (London, Manchester, Bristol and Swansea), and plan to treble in size over the next 3-4 years.

Our Lead Engineers lead teams to deliver digital, data and technology outcomes that improve society. They do this by establishing and leading teams to deliver software in public sector organisations.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Hiring at Made Tech continues as usual. Our team are now all working remotely so all interviews will be facilitated remotely too. Hopefully, this will still be a good experience for candidates. (feedback welcome)

We're even set up to onboard any new starters remotely should we need to. All our projects are set up to continue remotely as well :)

What does the job entail?

We primarily write and deliver custom software for the public sector. We work across central and local government, as well as in health, and our past lies in the technology startup world. Technical excellence for us isn’t about delivering to feature lists. We place a strong emphasis on outcome-based delivery; ensuring our customer’s goals are understood and achieved with the technology we deploy.

Lead Software Engineers combine technical excellence, drive to deliver, and coaching, to achieve outcomes for our customers and their users, and to establish strong engineering cultures within our customer's organisations. They find themselves working on a variety of different problems from monoliths to microservices, upskilling colleagues and customers, always finding themselves learning from others, while constantly striving to be nice humans :)

Depending on our customers' needs our Lead Software Engineers may play one or more roles. Sometimes the role is very hands-on and you'll be the most senior engineer on the team delivering software, other times you will play more of a technical architect within a single team.

We need flexible individuals who enjoy a varied workload, are happy to switch between being more and less hands-on, but don't see themselves stepping away from code any time soon. It might be that you're stronger as a Tech Lead or as a Tech Architect, or only have experience in one area, that's okay as long as you have an interest and willingness to broaden your expertise.

Our teams have used Ruby with Rails and Sinatra, ES6 with React and Angular 2, C# with .NET Core. We don’t limit ourselves as a company and we expect all our Engineers to be keen on learning new technologies. Automation is important to our teams, so we make sure there is a CD pipeline set up to build, test, and release many times per day.

High performing software delivery teams need to be empowered to iteratively and rapidly deliver changes all the way through to production. To do this we combine our extensive cloud automation knowledge with DevOps culture.

We've been using AWS from the start and as Advanced Partners are go-to experts within the public sector. We use a range of IaaS, PaaS and FaaS depending on the needs of our users, in this case, software teams, such as EC2, Lambda, ECS, Kubernetes, Heroku, CloudFoundry, Azure App Services, and more. We use VPC and PrivateLink for connecting to on-premise, legacy systems. We also use API Gateway, S3, CloudFront, SQS, SNS, SES, RDS, and many other services provided by AWS.

We ensure we document our architecture and infrastructure as code, using technologies such as Terraform and OpenAPI. Containerisation is a big part of empowering our teams to develop, deploy and scale their applications, but so too is using AWS Lambda and avoiding the complexity of stateful services altogether. The right tool for the job.

For us, DevOps is about culture rather than roles and titles. Even though this role is for someone with strong DevOps experience, the biggest impact you will have is coaching and helping teams use the platforms you build. You won't be building infrastructure in isolation or charged with deploying other peoples work into production. You'll empower teams with the mantra: you build it, you run it!

We grow a team of polyglot programmers, which you might already consider yourself to be, who are versed in a mix of paradigms such as object-oriented, functional, declarative, event-based and aspect-oriented. To create this environment our Senior Engineers need to embrace sharing their knowledge and skills with others, and they need to keep an open mind – we’d love to hear some examples of mentoring, coaching and growing team members. Maybe you will have written some blog posts about your discipline, or perhaps even delivered a talk or two.


What experience are we looking for?

While we will look for you to have experience in these things, if you don’t have one of these don’t let that stop you applying.

  • Working directly with customers and users
  • Working within multidisciplinary teams with product, design, and technology working within the same cycles
  • Agile practices such as Scrum, XP, and/or Kanban
  • Showcasing and presentation skills
  • Written code with test-driven development
  • Worked with many programming languages
  • Worked with many databases
  • Worked with APIs
  • Experience in influencing architecture and teams
  • Debugging experience in a range of systems
  • Evidence of self-development – we value keen learners
  • Drive to deliver outcomes for users
  • Desire to mentor others
  • Empathy and people skills

Optional experience

  • Don’t forget to mention any of the experience listed below. While it’s optional, it’s all highly desired!
  • Consultancy
  • Pair programming – we pair around 50% of the time
  • Component-based design techniques such as using pattern libraries, styled-components, CSS-in-JS, BEM, and/or SUIT CSS
  • Debugging infrastructure
  • The React ecosystem including a test-driven approach
  • Infrastructure as code technology like Terraform and Cloud Formation
  • Use of architectural decision records
  • Writing blog posts and giving talks

What we will provide you

Balancing life and work:

✈️ Flexible Holiday – We trust you to take as much holiday as you need

🕰️ Flexible Working Hours – We are flexible with what hours you work

🗓️ Flexible Working Days – We are flexible to the amount of days you work in a week

👶 Flexible Parental Leave – We provide flexible parental leave options

👩‍💻 Remote Working – We offer part-time remote working for all our staff

🤗 Paid counselling – We offer paid counselling as well as financial and legal advice

🏖️ Paid anniversary break – We celebrate your 3 and 5 year anniversary with us by buying your family a holiday

Making work as fabulous as possible:

💻 Work Ready – We'll buy you a Macbook, ergonomic equipment, books, conferences, training, and more

💡 Learn Tech – We spend every Friday afternoon learning rather than working

🍽️ Friday Lunches – We randomly match up 8 colleagues every Friday and pay for lunch

🍻 Friday Drinks – We pay for social drinks on a Friday

Compensating you fairly:

💷 Transparent Salary Bands – We publish salary bands so you know you're being fairly compensated

👌 Annual Salary Reviews – We review your salary on an annual basis

⛷️ Pension Scheme – We provide a pension scheme so you can save for your future and we'll contribute to it

🚄 Season Ticket Loan – We provide loans to help you pay for your travel

🚲 Cycle To Work Scheme – We offer the cycle to work scheme to help pay for your bicycle

🚕 Expenses Paid – Taxi to a meeting? Want to take a customer to lunch? Expenses are no hassle!

Made Tech
Public sector focus
Digital delivery
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More than 2 days at home per week
Dog friendly