Backend Software Engineer - Ocasta

Brighton and Hove

Closing date: 02/10/2018

Hello! We're Ocasta - a friendly team who create things for apps, web and everything in-between. We work towards building simple solutions to complex problems across Android, iOS, server and the web.

Job Description:

Your role as a Backend Software Engineer at Ocasta will be designing and developing the highly-scalable micro-services behind our award winning applications using NodeJS, Go, and PHP with MongoDB and SQL databases. We have a mix of product and project work, from short three week prototyping projects to multi-year business critical tools used by our customers - including till systems, eLearning games and digital comics. Working with us you'll have the chance to influence the projects we work on and technologies we use.

You will be involved in all parts of the development process; product inception, design and development.


  • Writing NodeJS, MongoDB, SQL, Go and PHP/Hack with Wordpress to develop APIs for our award winning mobile apps
  • Being involved in operations and deployments using Docker and Rancher and AWS
  • Creating automated tests
  • Designing how our products should be structured
  • Helping decide on the best technologies and approach for projects and use them
  • Continuing to learn and improve
  • Working with our app teams to define and develop RESTful and GraphQL APIs
  • Support and bug fixing new and existing projects
  • Sharing thoughts on designs and concepts
  • Doing code reviews - helping you and other team members write better code
  • Giving feedback in stand ups
  • Helping improving our process through retrospectives
  • Estimating tasks and user stories
  • Demoing the projects you've worked on to the team

If these sound like the sort of tools you'd like to be working with everyday then get in touch! We'll happily train you up and help you learn if you've not used them all yet.


To support your progression we'll sit down for structured monthly one-to-ones with agreeable actions for both of us. Everyone has a personal improvement budget for conferences, books and learning.


To allow for a better work-life balance we offer flexible hours, including leaving at 13:00 on a Friday after completing 35 hours through the week. For personal wellbeing we offer private healthcare and mental health support. We are a flat organization; everyone's opinions are heard and shape the direction of the company. We have a weekly fika where the whole team can sit down and chat about anything (with vegan cake). To help burn off that cake we're in the cycle to work scheme and get 50% off gym membership at Pure Gym.


We offer twice yearly bonuses based on Ocasta's performance as a team. To plan for your future - pensions are matched up to 3%. If you're thinking about expanding your family we have enhanced maternity, paternity & adoption pay, or Pawternity if you want to re-home a rescue animal 🐶. We'll provide you with a competitive salary based on your experience.


We recognise the diversity problem in the digital industry and support local schemes like CodebarSpring Forward and BDMA work placements. You'll join us in promoting change in underrepresented minorities in technology and encouraged to give suggestions and improvements in how we can help.


I encourage anyone applying to read some of the Five minutes with... series of posts we have talking to the Ocastars about why they enjoy working here and their interests! 

Thank you,




p.s. we've got good coffee (and some tea).

Skills Range:

If you have experience writing for NodeJS and using MongoDB and are able to learn quickly then we're confident you'll pick up (and help us improve) how we do things. Experience with the rest of our stack is a benefit but not a requirement. Ultimately we are looking for people who are able to understand complex problems and solve them with simple straightforward solutions.

There are no strict educational qualifications requirements - we'd just like to see what you've done that demonstrates your abilities.

We're looking for applicants with at least a couple of years full time experience. Salary will be in the range £35,000 - £45,000 depending on your knowledge and skills.

Unfortunately as a small company we are not in a position to help with visa or work permit applications so we cannot consider non-EU applicants at this time.

Key Area: Programming/Developer 15-1131.00Programming/Developer
Salary: £35,000 - £45,000
Attendance: Full-Time
Additional Information:

Just so you know - we have a collaborative hiring process, so other members of our team will be able to see your application. You can request a data correction or to be deleted from our database at any time. Otherwise after 365 days we'll automatically remove you from our system.


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