Senior Back End Developer

Senior Back End Developer

Reporting to: Development Team Leader

About 15gifts

At 15gifts, we’re obsessed with the psychology of choice. We study the key principles that drive people to make confident choices on the high-street, and we pour this insight into our intelligent decision-engine technology to replicate the experience online.

We work with some of the world’s leading brands, powering thousands of confident customer decisions every day. Our partners include Verizon, O2, Sky, Virgin Media, EE, BT and The Times.

We also love data; with every interaction, we learn more about our customers - gathering insights and generating increasingly accurate recommendations.

We’re a fast-growing company and we’re excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. We’re a team that’s made of driven, ambitious and exceptional individuals and we’re looking for like-minded people to become part of our success story. 

About the role

We’re looking for a backend developer to help us grow, add new and exciting features, and maintain our product API’s and internal back-office system. We are in the process of rewriting our back end, from Perl to JavaScript, so any experience with Nodejs would be advantageous.

Our technology is already used by some of the largest brands in the world, and we’re only just getting started. This is a pivotal moment to join a company that has a huge opportunity ahead of it.

The person we are looking for…

  • Has a passion for technology and an excellent eye for detail.

  • Is eager to learn new things and excited by problem-solving.

  • A great communicator and team player.

  • Takes ownership over issues, big or small.

  • Loves learning and taking on challenges.

  • Most of all you want to work at the cutting edge of applying human physiology to online interactions.


You will be responsible for...

  • Building new implementations of the decision engine across different clients, platforms, and continents.

  • Ownership and responsibility for a selection of systems/technologies/processes.

  • Working closely with the architecture, product & back end teams to develop new product features.

  • Reverse engineering partner websites to find new ways of integration.

  • Maintain and improve the existing back end codebase.

  • Designing/implementing our new back end in NodeJs.

  • Propose and build new features for the platform.

  • Input into development tools and best practices.

  • Reviewing pull requests, and mentoring others on best practices.

  • Explain complex processes to non-technical stakeholders.


Skills and Experience Required

  • 5+ years experience with NodeJs or Perl.

  • Experience of developing with REST APIs or other programmatic interfaces to apps or devices.

  • Experience architecting and contributing to solution design.

  • Database experience with mySQL and NoSQL.

  • Experience building scalable web services and applications.

  • Ability to quickly learn new languages, tools and libraries.

  • Familiarity with Linux and cloud services.

  • Knowledge and desire to mentor junior members of the development team.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Skills and Experience Desirable

  • Experience with security measures in backend systems.

  • Replatforming from one technology to another.

  • Experience of working in an Agile development process (e.g. SCRUM).


Why choose us

Our Culture

Our success is underpinned by our cultural values. These values are not something we stick up on a wall – they don’t need to be. They are behaviours that we recognise and celebrate in each other. They are what we live by every day.

15gifts cultural values

  • Celebrate brilliance

  • Take ownership

  • Share Insights

  • Look for a better way

  • Support each other

Our values are driven through Culture Club – a staff team that rotates every quarter. Advocates for our culture as we grow, Culture Club activates ideas, makes improvements and helps everyone to connect.

Our Office

We can confidently say that our sea-view office is one of Brighton’s best. Our flexible

workspaces mean you’re not tied to a desk, unless you want to be. You could work in a

sociable spot on floor 4, or set yourself up with a screen on floor 3. This is everyone’s space and it’s available after work – our staff host everything from gaming and craft nights to adventure film screenings.

Other benefits

  • Free breakfasts, fresh fruit, snacks, beers, locally-roasted coffee

  • Food for thought: free lunch and talks every Friday

  • Lunchtime yoga, mindfulness and other fitness activities

  • Regular social events, from Friday drinks to tea clubs and volleyball

  • Visits from friendly office dogs

  • Quarterly reviews that involve everyone in strategy planning

  • EAP (Employee Assistance Programme): confidential counselling for work and

  • personal issues

  • Cycle to work scheme and free eye tests

  • 33 days holiday (including Bank holidays) and your birthday off work

  • On site changing rooms, showers and internal bike storage  


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