Contract Type
Permanent
Contract Type
Full Time, 08:30-17:00 or 09:00-17:30
Location
Chorley

Summary

Utiligroup is a market leading provider of innovative technology and services to the utilities and energy industry. We are creating a more competitive utilities sector, improving our customers lives through better service and greater choice and guiding our clients through complex industry change. Our purpose is to make utilities smarter for everyone. We deploy our technology and talent to deliver innovation and automation through our SaaS and Business Process Management solutions from which we create actionable data analytics and insight. To date, Utiligroup has enabled a significant number of new entrant energy suppliers to enter the industry and we manage several million customers on behalf of suppliers and metering companies. Clients include a host of well-known energy providers, both UK and overseas-based.

As a Developer within the R & D team, you will focus on the the investigation and implementation of new technologies and frameworks/architecture, to design and prototype new solutions and work closely with other departments across the business with a focus on the longer term technical strategic direction.

The key focus of the department alongside new and innovative products is to utilise new technologies and frameworks to improve:

  • Ease of development
  • Performance
  • Scalability
  • Usability

You shall be expected to develop and unit test software to the Utilisoft Java Development Standards to ensure that all products are of acceptable quality.  You should have an understanding of how technical decisions impacts all stakeholders, development, internal customers (app support, industry ops) and external customers.

You shall be managed and report directly to Research and Development Manager.

Description of Responsibilities

  • Provide consultancy to customers or developers as required.
  • To respond to queries raised by suppliers; review products produced by suppliers.
  • To assist in the definition of feasible, cost-effective solutions to meet the agreed functional and non-functional requirements.
  • Intimate knowledge of technical frameworks.
  • up to date with latest technology.
  • Ability to choose technologies on best technical fit against the business roadmap.
  • To understand GUI standards and assist users in interpreting these as required; liaising with the users and undertaking GUI design and prototyping; to participate in quality reviews.
  • To design parts of the physical system; define the system processes; map the processes onto the data model; describe the life cycle of the data entities; define and design user interfaces; contribute towards the production of the physical design specification; to participate in quality reviews.
  • To assist in the identification of opportunities for component and technology re-use.
  • To assist in the resolution of conflicts between functional requirements and technical or resource constraints.
  • To appreciate the importance of design and software specifications; produce and amend software specifications; resolve queries arising from software specifications; to undertake and participate in quality reviews.
  • To raise queries and resolve queries.
  • To construct and document new and amended complex software in accordance with Utilisoft standards, to meet the requirements of the design/program specification; to undertake and participate in quality reviews.
  • To understand the principles and objectives of user documentation; assist in the preparation of user documentation.
  • To understand the principles and objectives of operational and systems management documentation; assist in the preparation of operational and systems management documentation.
  • To contribute to the project planning process by providing estimates of effort and elapsed time for the assigned work; to advise of any deviations from the plan, and recommend corrective actions.
  • To ensure all project issues and risks are properly reported; make recommendations for corrective actions.
  •  To understand the importance of quality control, to comply with all relevant standards and procedures and participate in quality assurance and control activities.
  • To understand the importance of change control and work within a formal change control system.
  • To understand the importance of configuration management and participate within the formal configuration management system.
  • To report progress and participate in progress meetings.
  • To understand the concepts of solutions implementation; understand data conversion; understand the transition, fallback and business change strategies; assist in the implementation of new and amended solutions.

Project Work

  • To understand the principles and objectives of user documentation; assist in the preparation of user documentation.
  • To contribute to the project planning process by providing estimates of effort and elapsed time for the assigned work; to advise of any deviations from the plan, and recommend corrective actions.
  • To ensure all project issues and risks are properly reported; make recommendations for corrective actions.
  • To understand the importance of quality control, to comply with all relevant standards and procedures and participate in quality assurance and control activities.
  • To understand the importance of change control and work within a formal change control system.
  • To understand the importance of configuration management and participate within the formal configuration management system.
  • To report progress and participate in progress meetings.

Skills & Attributes

  • Experience of software development, with one or more of the following technologies:
  • Java, Javascript (Nodejs) or similar backend programing languages
  • Spring/Rails/Ember or similar MVC based web application development frameworks
  • Experience working with SQL to produce reports and write ETL jobs with SQL Server, Postgres or MySQL
  • React, Vue.js or similar frontend libraries to build dynamic client side applications with rest api’s
  • Proven experience of software development projects and a commitment to utilising development methodologies is essential
  • Ability to provide software process improvements is essential
  • Excellent written and oral communications
  • Working knowledge of the Energy Industry is desirable, but not essential

ISO Awareness

  • ISO Responsibilities
  • ISO Staff Awareness
  • Follow IMS Policies
  • Reporting of Incidents

Qualifications, Experience and Attributes

Desirable:

  • A minimum 2:1 Degree in Computer/IT related discipline

You will have:

  • Good problem solving techniques
  • Good inter-personal skills

Good understanding of full IT lifecycle, with detailed knowledge of at least one of the following; Analysis/Design, Software Engineering, Testing, Implementation