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Bolton Hybrid


North West


Greater Manchester

Job Overview

About The Role

Calling all tech enthusiasts! Are you passionate about software development and hungry for a challenge? At AO, we're on a mission to revolutionize software delivery with our agile approach and stellar teams.

We're seeking a Principal Developer to lead our talented tech squad. As a technically excellent generalist, you'll thrive on taking ownership, providing strong leadership, and showcasing your technical talents across our full tech stack.

If you're ready to step into a role where you'll be at the forefront of innovation, guiding our team to new heights of success, then we want to hear from you! Join us in shaping the future of software development. Apply now and let's get to work!

Here's What You Can Expect To Be Doing

  • Lead relevant teams on improvements in software domain boundaries, applying efficiencies in provisioning, build, deployment, run/maintain, DevOps cycle.
  • Be a technical point of escalation for software teams. Mentoring and coaching on what good looks like re software and architectural principles.
  • Be an advocate and lead on domain driven design and object orientated architecture.
  • Lead collaboration to make technical changes based on informed decisions, rationalising tooling/technology throughout the DevOps Cycle.
  • Lead collaboration, design, standards, and provision of robust, scalable solutions. Using .Net framework, C#, HTML, CSS, Node.js, react and TypeScript on full stack development across server and client.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving. Refactoring/rationalising legacy code bases/applications. Removing technical debt and improving coding standards.
  • Evolving our technical landscape such as modernising legacy monoliths, migrating CMS, PIM platforms and building bespoke software for the business.
  • Lead campaigns for technical improvements, e.g. improve our security posture, improve clen code and visibility of engineering KPIs.
  • Be a lead in agile delivery, coaching on value slicing, WJSF and focussing on low lead times.
  • Establish software design approach, lead adoption and community practice, C1-C4 as relevant.
  • Advise and work with leadership to establish technical transformation landscape regarding software domains, tooling, and application strategy.

A Few Things About You

You do not need to be an expert in all the below, we ask you highly proficient in a broad range. With a bias for leading, ownership critical thinking, collaboration, efficient software development and a fervent desire to learn.

High value

  • Strong leadership traits and high ability to lead collaboration and evolving software.
  • You enjoy ownership, providing solutions or critically thinking on and fixing problems.
  • Able to communicate with a ride range of stakeholders with varying degrees of technical understanding. Have good empathy and can influence.
  • Have ability in leading, mentoring and developing others, leading relevant teams.
  • Have strong proficiency in C#, ASP.NET/NET Core, SQL, Node.JS, JavaScript and front-end framework, code patterns and AWS/cloud architecture.
  • You can design and build secure, scalable, distributable, maintainable, and high-performance software.
  • You have a particularly good understanding of working with legacy code basis and refactoring code.
  • You are proficient in agile delivery, value slicing, WJSF and WIP and are passionate about agile deployment and low lead times to ship software.
  • Desirable and added value.
  • Care about and lead on purging out technical debt to aid efficiency/security, with a desire to learn and apply learnings to measurably improve the DevOps cycle.
  • You are familiar with/proficient in C4 modelling, value collaboration and whiteboarding out ideas, then applying technical design to code.
  • A lead advocate on applying SOLID coding standards, Clean Code, re-use and working consistently with the development community to improve standards.
  • A lead in collaboration on modernising the use of AWS estate.
  • You ‘enjoy critical thinking around domain driven design, SOLID standards applied principles and patterns and how they translate into modern software development.
  • You are passionate and proficient in finding efficiency, rationalisation, and automation in software development throughout the tooling and approaches for code ideation, creation, development, provision, build, commit, deploy build, and run, cycle.
  • Applied experience with a wide range of tools across the DevOps lifecycle.

A Bit About Us

When it comes to appliances and electricals, we’ve got the lot. Washing machines? Yep. TVs? Check. Laptops? Absolutely. Everything except doorbells (just kidding, we’ve got those too).

We’re known for helping our customers brilliantly - and it’s no different for AOers. We care about more than what’s on your CV, because together we can do extraordinary things.

Our Benefits

Our benefits are designed to cover the moments that matter to AOers. From health and wellness to giving back - you’ll be rewarded inside and outside of work.

  • Our Value Creation Plan; We've created a unique long term bonus plan for every AOer to share in our success, giving you the opportunity of an exceptional reward in return for exceptional business performance.
  • Holidays; 25 days, plus bank holidays (increasing to 27 days after 2 years with us!)
  • Pension; Contribute 5% of your annual salary and we'll do the same, giving you a little extra support for the future.
  • Be a VIP at the AO Arena; we have loads of opportunities to win free tickets and pre-sale access!
  • Health & wellbeing; discounted gym membership, an onsite spa and our Help @ Hand scheme giving you access to virtual GP’s, Mental Health support and much more.
  • Discounts; exclusive discounts across our product range.
  • Family leave; Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption leave.
  • Making a difference; 2 fully paid days a year to donate your time to any charity of your choice.
  • On site perks; start your day with free on site parking, grabbing a complimentary breakfast and a coffee at our subsidised Starbucks!

To see all our benefits and perks, visit our AO Benefits page.

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