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Principal iOS Engineer

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iOS vs Android…

It’s one of the biggest debates of the modern day.

Some prefer the perceived better battery life and the customisability of Android and others prefer the camera and the security that comes with iPhones and iPads.

One area that is vital to the majority of people who use either or, are apps.

We have both an iOS and an Android app, and we are looking to at ways to massively improve them and the experience our customers have when interacting with them.

At the moment, our apps are hybrid apps, however we will be looking to build with native wherever this adds value (using Swift and Kotlin)

As a result, we're looking for a Principal iOS Engineer to join our App Squad, within our Digital Customer Experience (DCX) Tribe.

The Digital Customer Experience (DCX) tribe is striving to create a world class customer experience across our Mobile and Web platforms. We are in control of building this exciting future and are looking for like-minded individuals to help make this a reality. We need people with strong backgrounds in digital retail to help us on this journey as we strive to define, design, build and run frictionless experiences that sets The Very Group apart from other online retailers.


We know a person brings much more than a technical skill set to the table. Strong Swift experience is a must, as that's what we want to build the majority of our app in, but outside of that we are all ears.

At a Principal level, you'll be able to take charge of projects and also want to generate ideas and have a say in the way we do things. If you feel there is a better way for us to do things, then tell us.

We value people who can demonstrate a passion and curiosity around technology allied to a good understanding of modern software engineering methods, tools and processes.

We look for people who have great interpersonal skills, love working collaboratively, take ownership of the conversation on quality, are fearless in their approach to work, and continuously seek feedback to learn from.

We like to use Test-Driven approaches to software engineering to ensure our QA is efficient and effective. We are constantly evolving our technology stack based on what is most efficient in engineering terms to deliver a safe and secure environment for our customers to transact within, whilst delivering an architectural estate that ensures a maintainable and easily deployed environment.

Self-development is really important for us. We see both learning together as a team through the process of delivery and individual learning to build specific skills to able to contribute more to the team, as really important. We will give you the time and tools to do this.


  • Generous and competitive starting salary
  • Regular salary reviews and career progression
  • 30 days holiday + bank holidays
  • £1000 benefits allowance per annum
  • Bonus
  • Matched pension at 6%
  • Flexible working
  • Brand discount up to 25%
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free on-site gym
  • Discounted coffee houses and food outlets
  • Training & Development

About Us

We’re The Very Group, home to, and a team of 4,000 super-talented people.

We’re the UK’s largest integrated digital retailer and financial services provider, and we’ve been helping customers say yes when it matters most for over 100 years. In that time, we’ve consistently reinvented our business to adapt to economic conditions and industry changes – going from bricks, to clicks, to mobile.

But despite our passion for reinvention, we’ve never wavered from our purpose; to make good things easily accessible to more people. It means giving our customers the brands they love, an outstanding shopping experience and flexible ways to spread the cost.

We’ve continued to deliver for our customers throughout the Covid-19 outbreak – and we’ve done it by transforming the way we work.

We’re fired up for the future and the next stage in our development. We’ll give customers access to more great brands for themselves and their families, a seamless shopping experience and even more control of their finances through innovation in flexible ways to pay.

Ready to re-invent?

How to apply.

If you're interested to find out more please contact Jordan Barlow in the talent acquisition team or apply online.

If you are an internal candidate looking to refer someone in please follow the referrals process and guidelines

Please note that the talent acquisition team are managing this vacancy directly, and if successful in securing this position, you may be required to undertake a credit, CIFAS and CRB check.

We're an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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