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About us.

Hey, we’re The Very Group. Home of Very, Littlewoods, and a team of 4,500 super-talented people.

We’ve been reinventing shopping experiences for over a century. Technology has played a huge part in that, helping us transition from catalogues’ to pureplay online retail, but we’re not the finished article.

As the UK's largest integrated retail and financial services provider, we have a pretty unique position across three huge industries (retail, technology and credit) and our ambition is bold, to build the number one shopping destination for shoppers who value credit anywhere online. But we believe with our passion and track record for reinvention, we can improve how the world pays and shops for the things they love. Think you can help us? Read on...

About the role.

We’re looking for a Principal Software Engineer to join our fantastic Software Engineering team.

We are looking for Engineers with enthusiasm, passion and proven leadership abilities to support this as well as our other key business goals.

For rebuild, we have chosen AWS and will be utilising that tech stack so we’re talking around:

Java Spring Boot Microservices, Node js React microservices, AWS microservices architecture, Groovy, Gradle, Jenkins, Docker, AppDynamics, Kibana and Elastic Search.


Our Principal Software Engineers will work as Tech Leads within autonomous product teams delivering products that are part of the rebuild and in squads aligned to our other key business goals. Our Principal Software Engineers will take responsibility for the technical delivery of great software and they will lead the technical direction for the team.


The ability to coach and mentor team members is essential to this role, as is experience of Agile software development techniques such as BDD, TDD and pair programming. We are looking for people who can explain very technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders, carry out technical prioritisation and work well with colleagues in and outside of the team at all levels.




About you:


  • Experience of working within an agile function
  • Hands on experience with one or more programming languages such as Java, Python, SQL or Scala
  • An understanding in AWS, or Google Cloud, Azure, Hadoop etc
  • Experience improving software deliverables utilising engineering best practices such as, reusability & continuous integration.
  • A proven ability to adapt in an ever changing fast paced environment whilst still being able to deliver value.
  • Superb communication skills that can adapt the right style and tone to different stakeholders
  • Prior experience working with TDD, BDD or Pair Programming set ups.
  • You are an individual that thrives on change ensuring that you stay ahead of new upcoming technologies through attending regular forums, meet ups or online courses.


Our benefits.

  • Generous and competitive starting salary
  • Regular salary reviews and career progression
  • Additional flexible benefits allowance (can take a part as salary uplift)
  • Generous scalable bonus
  • Matched pension at 6%
  • 1x Life Assurance / Private Medical
  • Flexible working
  • Self development time
  • Brand discount up to 25%
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • 30 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Free on-site parking *subject to post code
  • Free on-site gym
  • Discounted coffee houses and food outlets


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