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Software Engineering Lead - BTS

IT/Technical & Product Development
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Who are we?

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that help you make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries in science, health, and technology. We serve researchers, professionals, and clinicians, through the application of technology and analytics to content, empowering them to create knowledge, contribute to social progress, and enhance human well being. We are delivering next-generation professional information solutions and technology to our broad client base – and we need a team of exceptional sales leaders and professionals to join us on the journey.


Elsevier publish over 2,500 journals and more than 33,000 book titles, and provide web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Evolve, Knovel, Reaxys and ClinicalKey.


Job Purpose:

A key role in delivering software development and application devops in a diverse technical environment. The role requires skills and experience to combine hands on software engineering with the leadership and day to day delivery of a motivated and technically talented squad of developers. Responsibility for ensuring code, testing and design quality and act as a key point of contact for technology users and customers, translating their requests into solutions and dealing with service escalations as they arise. Play an active role to shape and deliver a microservices architecture whilst getting to learn and work with a host of exciting technologies

Key Result Areas

1 Successfully lead a team of technically talented developers

Guide the way in which the team works

Proficient in a wide range of technical systems

Providing technical leadership, coaching and mentoring the team, promoting knowledge sharing and adoption of good practice


Review and maintain operating practices, using data points to identify areas of strength and weakness


Develop and execute a plan of improvements

Continuous improvement



Functional and Technical Competencies

·         Hands on’ lead or senior Java software developer, backed up with at least 8 years’ experience within a Cloud based environment

·         Strong technical analysis and problem solving skills

·         Ability to lead and mentor a talented software engineering team in an Agile environment

·         Experience of working with Development Managers to ensure that projects deliver to time, cost and quality

·         Critical thinking and fascination for trying out new ideas & technologies

·         Experience of best software engineering practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations


·         Experience or desire to learn the following technologies:

·         AWS ECS container orchestration

·         EKS / Kubernetes

·         ELK Stack

·         No SQL databases – MongoDB and DynamoDB

·         JSON/RESTful web services

·         Java 7 / 8, Scala, Spring 3. * & 4. *, Spring Boot and Spring Cloud

·         Build automation tools: Maven Jenkins 1 & 2, GoCD, Packer, Terraform and Docker

·         AngularJS and HTML, CSS

·         TDD and BDD

·         Automation testing frameworks: Junit, Selenium, Cucumber and performance testing using JMeter

·         Apache web server, Jetty and Tomcat 7 & 8

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Experiences (and any other requirements)


·         Strong analytical skills

·         An aptitude which demonstrates learning capability and a thorough problem solving mindset, either collaboratively or based on one’s own initiative

·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills. The successful candidate will be somebody who can clearly and concisely, explain an issue, its cause and resolution

·         A willingless to own a problem, clearly working towards a solution.ac

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