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Lead Software Engineer

About us

At Arbor, we’re on a mission to transform the way schools work for the better.

Our products are transforming the way schools use data to bring about positive change by empowering schools and teachers.  Arbor reduces the amount of time spent on administrative tasks, and increases their time where it matters, with the students!

Role Overview

We’re in scale up mode and in need of a people focussed Lead Software Engineer to lead our Assessments & Exams team. You’ll be a hands-on coding member of a team that maintains and innovates our core systems and platforms.

The role is a mix of setting technical standards for the team by demonstrating best practice as a hands on coding member of the team, architecture design and day-to-day management of a team which is split between our Leeds and Belgrade offices.  Our lead engineers also work closely with product to define the roadmap.

A day in the life of a Lead Engineer at Arbor

  • You’ll provide day-to-day management and mentoring to your team, helping them to develop and grow as product engineers.
  • Complete associated people management tasks including reviews, monthly target setting and feedback sessions.
  • Be the link between the business and engineering, working closely with Arbors Product Managers to create appropriate documentation for new feature developments, including diagrams where appropriate.
  • Ensuring your team maintain a high level to be compliant with engineering standards
  • Producing your own well written code using standard design patterns and methods.
  • Carry out code reviews and pair programming with your team.
  • Participating in internal and external tech-talks and team based learning to ensure knowledge sharing across the business

Role Progression

Within 1 month, you’ll: Establish a working baseline for the team, working with the product manager to ensure clear progress on tickets, and a clear way of working for the team

Within 3 months, you’ll: Provide a technical strategy for the ongoing development and simplification of the Assessments and Exams modules

Within 6 months, you’ll:  Implement new capabilities across both School and Group MIS systems, and implement a strategy for sustainable development of both modules

About you

We’re looking for a passionate team leader, with great mentoring skills.

Beyond that, we’d love to see you have:

  • Past experience successfully leading engineering teams.
  • A passion for PHP or at a willingness to learn
  • Strong communicator, able to express ideas and solutions clearly to management teams.
  • Extensive experience of Object Oriented languages and software development.
  • An understanding of relational database technologies.
  • A positive and proactive attitude towards problem solving.
  • A team player mentality, willing to muck in and help others when needed,
  • A nature of asking questions and actively participates in discussions.
  • Good written and spoken English – our HQ is based in London.

Bonus points if you have:

  • Past experience with enterprise solutions
  • A familiarity with Scrum methodology or other agile development processes
  • Experience with cloud computing
  • Experience with Docker and containerisation
  • Familiarity with software best practices such as Refactoring, Clean Code, Domain-Driven Design, Test-Driven Development, etc.

What we offer

The chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday. We also offer:

  • We believe in supporting your professional growth so we provide you with a set training budget and give you the freedom to choose how you spend it.  We also provide a subscription to Udemy for engineering training resources
  • We promote positive well being and as part of this you’ll have access to our Employee Assistance Program as well as being able to speak to trained mental health first aiders
  • Frequent internal Tech Talks, opportunities to learn from colleagues, and dedicated time off to attend conferences or training
  • We are all currently WFH due to covid and will continue to provide flexible work arrangements post covid
  • We offer additional discretionary holidays, including half day Fridays during the school summer holidays.

Refer a friend: Know someone else who would be good for this role? You can refer a friend, family member or colleague, if they are offered a role with Arbor, we will say thank you with a voucher valued up to £200! Simply email: careers@arbor-education.com

Arbor Education is an equal opportunities organisation

Our goal is for Arbor to be a workplace which represents, celebrates and supports people from all backgrounds, and which gives them the tools they need to thrive – whatever their ambitions may be.

We want to make sure we build the best products for our schools, and we passionately believe that starts with building a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve. We’re actively working on this, and we’re always open to feedback. Let us know your thoughts!

If you need any adjustments to be made to support you through the recruitment process, let us know at careers@arbor-education.com

Please note: We are unable to provide visa sponsorship at this time.

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

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The Pinnacle
Leeds
LS1 5AA

sophie.elms@arbor-education.com
https://arbor-education.com/

Job Vitals

Type: Full Time

Reference Number: 103026

Who we're looking for: A passionate team player with great mentoring skills. Demonstrated experience working full stack with a passion for PHP and React or a willingness to learn Extensive experience of Object Oriented languages and software development. An understanding of relational database technologies. A positive and proactive attitude towards problem solving. Experience writing API’s and services within a service oriented environment. A team player mentality, willing to muck in and help others when needed, A nature of asking questions and actively participating in discussions. Good written and spoken English - our HQ is based in London.

Type: Full Time

Extensive experience of Object Oriented languages and software development. Understanding of software engineering principles, such as SOLID, DRY etc. Understanding of relational database technologies. A positive and proactive attitude to problem solving. Experience of writing API’s and services within a service oriented environment. A team player, willing to muck in and help others when needed, driven personality who asks questions and actively participates in discussions. Good written and spoken English so you can present your ideas - our HQ is based in London. Minimum 2 years experience in software development.

Type: Full Time

Project coordinator, project management or software background. : Able to project manage complex, overlapping projects to tight timeframes within budget. : Experience in guiding organisations through systems change management. : A proven track record in building relationships with Key Stakeholders to understand their needs and communicate clearly with them throughout the project lifecycle. : Experience implementing software within a SAAS environment would be desirable. : Project Management qualification (ie Prince2) would be desirable.

Type: Full Time

Experience working in either a project support, coordinator or software background desirable. : Understanding of the national educational landscape desirable. : Experience of working directly with Key Stakeholders to understand their needs and communicate clearly with them throughout a project lifecycle. : Capable of working effectively within an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, and results-oriented culture, by demonstrating strong operating instincts, organisational skills and discipline. : Ability to use a CRM/MIS database systems; ability to interpret data in order to understand school needs : Proficient in Microsoft and Mac OS Platforms, able to use Excel/ Google Sheets to a high level of expertise. : Willingness to travel frequently to client sites at least 20% of your time.

Type: Full Time