Software Developer

Software Developer

Location:
Guernsey or Manchester
Salary:
up to £44,000 (doe) plus excellent benefits package
Department:
Technology and Data
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We’re First Central Insurance & Technology Group (First Central for short), an award-winning innovative insurance and technology organisation, delivering market-leading motor insurance, underwriting, distribution, finance, technology and legal services.
 

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Software Developer to join our Technology and Data  team in either Salford Quays, Manchester or our offices in Guernsey. 

You will work in close collaboration with our internal Platform Support team, improving the Group’s Core Application portfolio, supporting the development of our internal tooling and providing technical consultancy on a day-to-day basis

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to:

  • Have extensive knowledge and experience of Microsoft .Net and SQL development, with knowledge of Angular 11+ being highly advantageous.
  • Possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Have good stakeholder management skills with the ability to work in a cross-skilled team.

Job responsibilities:

  • Provide First Central with technical expertise in developing the Group’s core software applications.
  • Provide technical expertise into the Platform Support team that supports the Group Core Applications.
  • Working collaboratively with the team to assist the operation of the production applications, the applicant will improve the production platform, develop our internal tooling capability and provide day-to-day technical consultancy.
  • Provide upskilling and mentorship to Platform Support, with an aim to "shift left" repeatable capabilities currently carried out within the development teams.
  • Develop technical capabilities to forward the Group Core Applications as directed by the IT Technical Operations Manager.
  • Work within a team of Developers, delivering technical solutions through the common software delivery approach.
  • Support relationships with the other areas of IT to ensure that the IT Technical Operations team works in harmony with the other change and IT functions, with a particular focus on a DevOps culture.
  • Work with the Solution Architecture function to ensure Solutions support the architectural direction of First Central technology.
  • Work to the agreed prioritisation for development by understanding stakeholder priorities, the technical capability of the platform and the strategies of both the business and technology.
  • Design, produce and update any necessary supporting documentation to enable IT operations to manage components/ processes.
  • Identify and feedback any potential improvements to the organisations technology architecture.
  • To ensure compliance with company and other relevant standards/ regulations at all times.
  • Any other reasonable duties as required.

Experience & knowledge

  • Good experience of enterprise service-oriented development.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience of Microsoft .Net development.
  • Good experience of Angular 11+.
  • Understanding of Agile Development and DevOps practices.
  • Good experience of Microsoft SQL Server.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Good stakeholder management skills and the ability to work in a cross-skilled team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good time management and organisation skills..
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    Complete understanding of a service-based approach to technology, including component, service oriented and event driven architectures.

Behaviours

  • Commercially focussed and results driven.
  • An open and collaborative DevOps aligned mindset.
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic.
  • An organised and pro-active approach.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • A flexible approach and positive attitude.
  • Emphasis on attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strives to drive business improvements to contribute to the success of the business.

What can we do for you?


We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…

  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working
  • YOUday – we give you an extra day off to celebrate a special day
  • The opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work
  • A health cash plan
  • Help with travel expenses
  • The opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension scheme
  • Group life assurance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Professional subscription fees paid

Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

For further information on what we can offer and to learn more about this role, feel free to contact our dedicated Recruitment team.

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Flexible working

We support colleagues who wish to work flexibly whilst meeting the needs of the business.

YOUday

If it’s your birthday or you just fancy some me-time, get an extra day off for whatever you want.

Holiday Extra

We give you two opportunities each year to buy or sell up to five days of holiday.

Volunteering

Get a day off each year to take part in volunteering activities.

Health cash plan

Claim money back on your healthcare costs, such as dental check-ups and eye tests.

Season ticket loan

We provide interest-free loans to cover the cost of season tickets for rail, bus or car parking.