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Centrica • United Kingdom

Principal Software Engineer

Employment type:  Full time


A little flex time

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Job Description

We are Centrica! We’re so much more than an energy company. We’re a family of brands revolutionising a cleaner, greener future. Working here is #MoreThanACareer - we’re powered by purpose. Together we can make an impact that will truly change tomorrow. Whether you’re developing cutting-edge green tech, helping customers on the front line or simplifying operations behind the scenes.

Your work here isn’t just a job – it’s a mission. We all play a vital role in energising a greener, fairer future.

An opportunity to play your part

You'll be joining a cross functional team in Digital Technology Services, a core function that provides engineering services to the rest of Centrica. Our cross functional teams are responsible for building, testing, and running their platforms in production.

As a Principal Software Engineer in the Centrica Field Operations Platform, you will be part of the team that improves how we forecast and plan colleague availability to match customer demand, sending engineers with the right skills to customers' homes efficiently. You will work alongside the ‘Head of Engineering’ and the ‘Head of Product’ on the platform strategy, roadmap, and delivery. You will be responsible for the design and non-functional requirements of the Field Operations Platform and have a significant influence on the team's technical path that matches the Centrica strategy.

Location: You can work in Windsor/home; we have people working all over the UK but also a range of office locations.

We have tailored our well-being & benefits package around our employees as follows:

  • Competitive salary and bonus potential

  • Car allowance

  • Employee Energy Allowance at 15% of the government price cap

  • Pension scheme

  • Company Funded Healthcare Plan

  • 25 days holiday allowance, plus public holidays, and the option to buy up to 5 additional days

  • Excellent range of flexible benefits, including technology vouchers, electric car lease scheme & travel insurance

This role will require you to:

  • Work on innovation projects in hackathons both in Centrica and with our partners (Microsoft, Datadog etc)

  • Influence and define the technical strategy for your team and how it interacts with the rest of the platforms.

  • Influence and drive specialist areas like Security, SRE, and Quality if you are passionate about that space

What we need from you

  • Demonstrated track record of helping shape and deliver a technology strategy

  • Are a hands-on engineer with a strong expertise in at least one programming language - we hire based on engineering skills rather than a specific language, so don’t worry if your experience does not match our stack

  • Hands-on expertise in Microsoft Dynamics platform & Azure Dev Ops, automated build, and deployment processes

  • Have a strong knowledge of engineering best practices and continuous delivery and how best to implement these

  • Enjoy collaborating and improving Dev Ops capability and feeding into wider communities of practice

  • Proactively address performance considerations, scalability challenges and security issues


  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to ensure technology initiatives meet both technical and business requirements

  • Act as a champion for continuous improvement, fostering a culture of learning and innovation

  • Possess excellent communication skills, conveying complex technical concepts in a clear and understandable manner to both technical and non-technical stakeholders

  • Are motivated by owning platforms and services, from inception to continuous improvement

  • Enjoy coaching and mentoring team members as needed in technical and functional areas

We are proud to be recognised as a disability-confident employer. Our customers come from a variety of different backgrounds, and so do we. We hire great people from all walks of life, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. We will continue championing inclusivity while investing in our local communities to create a better, more sustainable world for everyone. We are incredibly proud to have been recognised by The Times for being one of the Top 50 Employers for Women.

Our people are the beating heart of our business. We are incredibly proud of our commitment to being FlexFirst. From childcare to furry friends, we listened to our people and understood that they work best when they are comfortable and have a flexible working model that suits their individual needs.

At Centrica we embrace diversity and actively seek to attract individuals with unique backgrounds and perspectives. To build a more sustainable future, we need the best team – a team with a diverse mix of people and skills, where everyone feels welcome and able to succeed. We are dedicated in helping to close the diversity gap and would love to see more females, people of colour and LGBTQ+ employees, as well as those from a variety of cultures and ethnicity to veterans and the differently abled. Supporting diversity and inclusion is a big part of who we are, we are not looking for people to fit into our culture but to add to it!

PLEASE APPLY ONLINE by hitting the 'Apply' button.

Applications will ONLY be accepted via the ‘Apply’ button.

This role is being handled by the Centrica recruitment team and NO agency contact is required.

Company benefits

Adoption leave
Open to part-time employees
Enhanced sick days
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Gym membership
Health insurance
Mental health platform access
Compassionate leave
Dental coverage
Fertility treatment leave
Season ticket loan
Buy or sell annual leave
Optional unpaid leave
Shared parental leave
Enhanced maternity leave
Carer’s leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Pregnancy loss leave
Cycle to work scheme
Pension match/increase
Equity packages
Life insurance
Annual pay rises
Share options
Financial coaching
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Company car
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel like the company culture is brilliantly inclusive and equitable
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

Working at Centrica

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

Windsor, London, Cardiff, Leicester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin, Stockport, Staines, Hampton, Aberdeen, Barrow, Hull

Hiring Countries




United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

2nd – Large companies

2nd – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
3rd – Consumer Goods

3rd – Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023

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