A Diversified Financial Services Group listed on the JSE has the following exciting opportunity: Senior Applications Developer

Applications developers translate software requirements into workable programming code and maintain and develop programs for use in business.

The role usually involves writing specifications and designing, building, testing, implementing and sometimes supporting applications using programming languages and development tools.

They often work as part of a team with other IT professionals, such as software engineers and systems analysts, and write programs according to their specifications.

They may also work on generic products or for individual clients providing bespoke solutions.

Primary purpose of the role

The Application Developer contributes to the development of software, web, and multi-media applications that facilitates the achievement of business outcomes and improves business efficiencies and processes through leveraging technology.

Key accountabilities

·       Prepare specialised code as required by the product definition to enable application development

·       Contribute technical expertise to requirements analysis to enhance the quality of the solution design

·       Complete testing and gather feedback to improve the quality and reduce operational risk of the developed application

·       Undertake post-release activities to develop a base of knowledge to be incorporated in future build and release cycles

·       Provide 3rd level application support and problem resolution to minimise the impact of application related service outages

 Key challenges

Balance competing demands to ensure project objectives are delivered based on business need and priority.

Knows things such as:

What are the non-functional requirements to the system and how does the architecture reflect them,

What are the stakeholders development plans for the application and why the architecture do not hinder this development in the future,

What components are in the system and what are their responsibilities,

What are the interfaces and available connections between components,

What kind of technologies, standards and limitations are used to create the application.

For instance, he can clearly tell where to find a certain functionality of code, as well as which components may communicate with database and how.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main duties and responsibilities of the application developer role are as follows:

Work as part of a project team, reporting to a I.T managers.

Work closely with business staff to ensure solutions adhere to client standards and fit their strategic enterprise architecture

Definition and management of non-functional requirements, including working with others to ensure these requirements have been met

Definition and organization of development tasks and accurate estimation of these tasks

Work closely with members of the development team to ensure that the software design and implementation meets the architectural goals and quality standards

Provide support to the business analysts, and other project team members, during functional requirements definition to ensure that functionality is both technically achievable and feasible within the project constraints

Identification and ownership of technical project risks and issues, including owning mitigation activities and resolution of issues

Undertake other duties as directed by line managers commensurate with the post

Actively seeking opportunities to contribute improvements to Client’s applications

Mentoring junior members of the development team including training

Acting as a focal point of expertise on key technologies or skills

Essential Experience and Knowledge

Experience of the full software development lifecycle

Experience of architecting software solutions with demanding non-functional requirements such as performance, high availability, reliability, security, etc.

Extensive development experience

Knowledge of a wide range of open source projects and components (Optional)

·       Excellent knowledge and understanding of object oriented design techniques and patterns

·       Knowledge of several standard software development methodologies

·       Knowledge of integration patterns and technologies

·       Client interaction experience, including experience of running workshops with clients

·       (Beneficial) – Experience working in an agile environment

·       (Beneficial) – Knowledge and/or experience with SOA architectures

·       (Beneficial) – Knowledge and/or experience in systems such as service bus

·       (Beneficial) – experience in web technologies such as angular

Desirable Experience and Knowledge

·       Insurance experience

·       Database design experience such as SQL and Mongo

·       Network/infrastructure design experience (Optional)

·       Experience of enterprise architecture definition

·       Essential Skills and Attributes

·       Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

·       Will be confident, articulate and literate, presenting him/herself as a professional at all times

·       Must be self-motivated, disciplined, able to work on own initiative and take responsibility for own work

·       Will be committed to the achievement of excellence

·       Constantly strives to discover and learn new technologies

·       Ability to balance client business priorities with technical requirements

Desirable Skills and Attributes

Resilient and able to work in an organization that is undergoing change due to growth

Education and Qualifications

Computer Science or other relevant technical degree (2:1 or higher)

Additional Information in regards to Developer Requirements

·       Key Measurement Factors

·       Problem solving

·       Self-development

·       Quality and detail

·       Customer Excellence

·       Value creation and innovation

·       Productivity and time management

·       Communication skills and relationship with users (including upward management)

·       Team Player

·       Time keeping/Punctuality/Absenteeism

·       Adherence to IT processes

 Major responsibilities of the function

Implement development projects of all description (either IT related or not)

Liaising with Development Team, Test Analysts and Business Analysts for technical development

Maintenance of projects as well as enhancements.

Maintenance and enhancement of Legacy systems.

 Job Competencies

·       Good organizational skills, task/project driven, deadline oriented

·       Good communication and interpersonal skills

·       Good decision making skills

·       Good problem solving ability

·       Ability to prioritize and work under pressure

·       High attention to detail

·       Exposure to Agile development methods a bonus

Back-End Skillset (minimum)

·       C#

·       Web API or MVC ( 3,4,5 )

·       ASP.NET

·       Working knowledge of RDBMS like MSSQL (2008 and up)

·       and MongoDB (nice to know)

Back-End Skillset (bonus)

·       Securing web applications

·       Dependency Injection , IOC

·       Test driven development

·       IIS

·       RESTFul Web Services

·       Message Bus experience

·       OWIN experience

·       Mobile Development

·       CORS experience

·       Service bus

Front-End Skillset (minimum)

·       UX/Usability experience a must

·       Html (XHTML, HTML4 and HTML5 )

·       JavaScript:

·       Ajax

·       Exposure to Client-size MVC Frameworks
[knockout, backbone, ember but Angular especially]

·       JQuery

·       CSS2 and CSS3

·       Debug tools such as Firebug / Chrome Dev Tools

·       Cross Browser/Platform development

·       Consuming Data formats such as JSON/XML

Front-End Skillset (bonus)

·       Responsive UI Experience

·       CSS Preprocessors (LESS/Sass)

·       HTML5 Apis ( Video, Geolocation etc. )

·       Website speed / performance optimization experience

·       Twitter Bootstrap 3

·       Signal R

Other skills (minimum)

·       Understanding of OOP

·       Visual Studio

·       Integration experience between front/back end

·       Exposure to Version Control with Git/Subversion /Bitbucket and branching strategies

·       Clean code

·       B.Sc. with Information Technology or Computer Science majors

·       OR

·       B.Eng. or other B.Sc. degree with notable computing and mathematical content

·       Additional relevant IT Development certification would be advantageous

Other skills (bonus)

·       Knowledge of multi-threaded, multi-tiered applications

·       Experience with Service Orientated Architecture

·       ReSharper

·       Domain Driven Design

·       Build and continuous integration frameworks like teamcity, octopus

·       Team Foundation Server

·       Distributed Systems design

How to Apply

Apply by submitting your CV online and in absolute confidence ensuring we have all your contact details including:
Mobile telephone number and personal e-mail address or contact us for an informal discussion.

Should you not have been contacted within 3 working days you can assume on this occasion you have been unsuccessful however we may contact you about similar vacancies.

Level : Senior

Package : Market Related


Contact Details :

Kas Govender
Phone : (083) 586 1464
Reference : KG-HRP1
Job ID : SAP-HRP01

Apply Now

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