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Technical Lead

Type of contract

Full-time | Fixed hours | Remote

Start date

ASAP

What are we looking for?

CobbleWeb, a leader in online marketplace development, is looking for an experienced technical lead for our international software development team. Our ideal candidate is adept at providing strong technical direction, resolving technical bottlenecks, and managing the technical quality of team deliverables.

Your hands-on approach ensures the team uses appropriate software development practices (e.g. automated testing), makes continuous improvements to minimise technical debt, and adapts in an agile manner to the business goals and challenges of each project.

You are comfortable collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to design optimal solutions from a technical point of view, i.e. making sure the application architecture fits the business context. 

In short, we are looking for a big picture thinker who is always looking for the best way to execute a project or task. Someone who has the proven ability to plan, design, lead, and execute technical solutions and improvements that deliver superior outcomes. 

Areas of responsibility

Our Tech Lead will be involved in the following aspects of each project:

Team management

Ensure the smooth running, and where necessary improve, the development workflow by validating, proposing and communicating information about new technologies and processes, e.g. the documentation of coding guidelines or investigating new third-party applications.

Manage the productive utilisation of team assets by allocating work among developers according to their skills, experience and work load.

Manage the orderly running of sprints by prioritising tasks and using sprint kickoff to explain how the order of tasks fits into the sprint strategy.

Ensure all tickets are estimated accurately by organising and leading ticket estimation sessions.

Ensure technical challenges are analysed, addressed and documented before development commences.

Drive good time management (predictability) by ensuring that developers provide realistic delivery dates for sprints. 

Avoid misunderstandings and promote teamwork by promoting healthy communication flow within the team. 

Technical leadership

Support purpose-driven development by designing (together with the management team)  solutions that are aligned with each project’s business model and user flows. This includes active involvement in client demos, meetings and grooming documentation.

Interrogate the specifications to ensure optimal outcomes. We don’t expect developers to just follow specifications blindly. At CobbleWeb, we believe that a collective approach produces best-in-class solutions that help our clients succeed. 

Organise the work by breaking down feature epics into stories and tasks. 

Help remove blockers. E.g. researching the suitability of new technology or clarifying acceptance criteria on a ticket.

Establish clear reference points that can be accessed by the whole team by documenting  the technical choices for new projects and features.

Ensure high-performance, scalable and maintainable platforms by choosing the right technical architecture, data model and framework.

Oversee the deployment of applications to different environments (INT / UAT / PROD).

Quality control

Promote client satisfaction by ensuring sufficient and meaningful test coverage.

Drive code quality through regular code reviews and automated testing.

Reduce QA engineer workload by making sure tests are launched and passed before each deployment.

Servant leadership

Lead from the front by being a role model that follows CobbleWeb’s general expectations (ownership, quality assurance, speed).

Help team members to grow and perform in their roles by coaching them in the use of technologies and processes. Always be available to help team members.

Understand the value and timing of delegation. 

General developer duties

Application of Object-Oriented Programming and Agile methodologies such as test-driven development, continuous integration and continuous delivery. 

Implementation of GIT (GitFlow), REST APIs, Docker for local and production environments, backend frameworks like Symfony, frontend frameworks like React, NextJS and Bootstrap, database management systems like MySQL, and test automation using Behat, Jenkins, Selenium or other testing frameworks. 

Integration of 3rd-party applications such as Stripe, RabbitMQ, Redis, AWS and Elasticsearch.

Job requirements

    Education

    Bachelor’s Degree within Information Technology or Computer Science or related Software Engineering Qualification.

    Experience

    • At least 5 years hands-on software development experience using cloud-native & open-source technology stacks to build commercial applications.
    • At least 3 years in an Agile environment that utilised methodologies such as Behaviour Driven Development, Test Driven Development, Event Driven Architecture, continuous integration and continuous delivery.
    • 5 years’ experience managing a software development team. 

    Recommended

    • Exposure to e-commerce platform development, in particular, online marketplaces

    Leadership Skills

    • In depth functional and technical understanding of software development and platform architectures
    • Strong oral and written communications skills.
    • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills.
    • Finger on the pulse of up-and-coming software development trends 
    • Strong influencing skills.
    • Strong problem-solving abilities
    • Strong critical and analytical thinking skills
    • Ability to drive innovation
    • Data driven approach that underpins the ability to identify risks, opportunities, trends, anomalies etc.
    • Situationally aware – ability to think ahead and anticipate challenges and find solutions. 
    • Conflict resolution – must be able to facilitate discussions and find alternatives or different approaches to resolving challenges.
    • Coordinator – building good professional relationships with cross-functional teams spread across different regions of the organisation.
    • Mentorship – able to help team members achieve their aspirations and grow, whether it’s conquering a new technology or implementing a new methodology.

    Development skills

    • Expert with Symfony framework (3+years experience)
    • Expert with PHP5, PHP7 (5+years experience)
    • Expert with MySQL / Doctrine 2 (3+years experience)
    • Expert with ExpressJS framework (3+years experience)
    • Expert with NODEJS (5+years experience)
    • Strong understanding of frontend frameworks like React, NextJS and Bootstrap
    • Very strong Object Oriented Programming skills
    • Excellent understanding of GIT (GitFlow)
    • Excellent understanding of REST APIs
    • Use of Docker in local and production environments
    • Experience with test automation using Behat, Jenkins, Selenium or other testing framework would be advantageous
    • Experience with integration of third-party applications like Stripe, RabbitMQ, Redis, AWS or Elasticsearch is a plus

THIS JOB IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR AGENCIES.

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