Senior Back End Developer / Team Lead

About 15gifts

At 15gifts, we’re obsessed with the psychology of choice. We study the key consumer psychology principles that enable consumers to make confident choices on the high street, and we replicate these within our digital guided selling technology to enable consumers to make the same confident decisions online.

We work with some of the world’s leading telecommunications and media brands throughout Europe & the U.S. with our technology powering millions of confident customer decisions across brands such as Verizon, T-Mobile, O2, Sky, Virgin Media, EE, BT, Tesco and Vodafone.

With every interaction, we learn more about our clients' customers. Gathering insights to generate increasingly accurate product recommendations, whilst building up a detailed profile on each individual consumer.

We’re a fast growing organisation with continued ambitious growth targets over the coming years and we’re extremely 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 Senior Back End Developer to help us grow and meet the demand of a constantly evolving service. You’ll be working alongside a team of developers to develop our product’s API and integrations, internal back-office system and adding new and exciting features. We are in the process of replatforming from Perl to JavaScript, so experience with Nodejs, websockets, and GraphQL is really helpful.

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’re looking for

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

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

  • Is a great communicator and comfortable with providing technical leadership

  • Takes ownership over issues, big or small

  • Loves learning and taking on challenges

  • Wants to work at the cutting edge of applying human psychology to online interactions

You’ll be responsible for

  • Supporting and mentoring other developers.

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

  • Working closely with the architecture & development teams to develop external product optimisations and internal tooling

  • Reverse engineering partner websites to find new ways of integrating

  • Maintaining and improving the existing back end codebase

  • Designing/implementing our new back end in NodeJs

  • Proposing and building new features for the platform

  • Inputting into development tools and best practices

Skills and experience 

  • 3 or more years of experience working in software development

  • Experience with either NodeJs or Perl

  • Familiarity with Linux and AWS cloud services

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

  • Database experience with mySQL and NoSQL

  • Experience building scalable web services and applications

  • Ability to quickly learn new languages, tools and libraries

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience with security measures in backend systems

  • 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.

Our 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 and remote working

We can confidently say that our sea-view office is one of Brighton’s best, and we’re really excited that we’ve been able to open up the office to our entire team again. It’s been great to reconnect with everyone in person and to meet the newer members of our team for the first time! 

Whilst we see huge benefits to being able to collaborate and socialise together again, we’ve also learnt a lot about the benefits of working from home. Therefore, we plan to offer our team the flexibility to be in the office when they want to be, and when they need to attend key meetings and workshops, and to work from home on the days when that suits their lives and their workloads best.

When in the office, we have flexible workspaces, which means 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.

Benefits include

  • Employee Assistance Programme (confidential counselling)

  • Medicash healthcare scheme (reclaim costs for dental, physiotherapy, osteopathy and optical care)

  • easitBrighton travel scheme (discounted public transport options)

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Life Insurance scheme 

  • 33 days holiday (including bank holidays)

Other extras in the office

  • On site changing rooms, showers and internal bike storage

  • Breakfast, fresh fruit, snacks, beers

  • Yoga and other fitness activities

  • Regular social events, including Friday drinks and book club

  • Visits from friendly office dogs

For more information on what it's like to work at 15gifts, check out our Talent Talk with Wired Sussex

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