Top NI tech jobs to apply for in 2020

  • The New Year is upon us, and for some that may mean it's time for a change of career.

    If you're planning to really go for it in 2020, there are dozens of roles available in some of Northern Ireland's most impressive tech companies over on Sync NI's regularly updated Jobs board.

    We've selected five roles that are currently open for applications and have varied requirements suitable for a wide spectrum of individuals hoping to broaden their tech career horizons. However you might need to hurry as most of the offerings currently available are closing for submissions in January.

    [View Job Page] Instil – Software Engineer [closes 31 January 2020]

    “We are looking for a software engineer with two or more years’ experience to help with the development of our products and custom cloud/mobile software solutions.”



    Key Responsibilities include:

    -          Help deliver a wide range of cloud and mobile projects into production

    -          Develop and write great code (mostly Kotlin, Java, C#, Swift, and JavaScript) on a daily basis

    -          Working as part of a team to build software systems of the highest quality

    -          Learn, grow and adopt the skills to become a confident, independent software engineer

    Instil are also hiring for principal and senior software engineers, so if you are a more experienced technologist, head over to our jobs page to find out more about these roles too.

    [View Job Page] Queen’s University – Electronics Technician [closes 6 January 2020]

    “You will be working as part of a world-leading research team, where you will help to develop exciting new technologies that will contribute to future wireless applications such as 5G+ and the Internet-of-Things (IoT). In this fast pace environment, you will have the opportunity to develop your own skills and expertise through exposure to the innovative technologies and measurement techniques that are helping to drive these fields.”

    The successful candidate must have:

    -          HND/HNC, NVQ level 4 in Electrical Engineering (or equivalent) discipline and/or Apprenticeship in a microwave industrial / academic environment

    -          Evidence of lab supervision and management experience

    -          Experience of and ability to understand, conceptualise and interpret the technical requirements of staff, students and other clients

    -          Four years technical experience in a relevant role

    -          Experience of training staff/students on routine fabrication and measurement techniques

    [View Job Page] Allstate NI – Software Test Engineer (RPA) [closes 3 January 2020]

    “The test engineers provide test execution on software development projects, focusing on the creation/ execution of functional and automated test scripts for medium to high complex projects including database validation and web services testing. They are responsible for developing the test strategy for the team and are the quality champion responsible for identifying acceptance criteria and defining the test conditions when stories or requirements are created.”

    Essential criteria include:

    -          Minimum four years software testing experience

    -          Practical experience with at least one of the following areas: Java, C#, Python, .NET, SQL

    -          Experience of a test automation framework (e.g. Selenium, Cucumber, UFT, etc)

    -          Experience of writing test scripts

    -          Experience in Robotics Process Automation (Blue Prism, UIPath, Pega)

    Visit the job page to find out more. If this job isn’t for you, Allstate are hiring for lots more positions, including senior manager, data analytics lead consultant, and a senior Unix engineer. Visit our jobs portal to find out more – but hurry, closing dates vary and are fast approaching!

    [View Job Page] Signifyd – Graduate Data Scientist [closing date unconfirmed]

    “You will have the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge of machine learning, statistics and your analytical skills to develop models detecting fraud patterns. You will ideate, test and deploy advanced predictive signals to improve fraud detection performance. You will collaborate with other data scientists and engineers to build data pipelines, do feature prototyping, and implement analytical algorithms to test the model performance.”

    What you’ll do:

    -          Processing and analysing data collected with research prototypes Ideation, prototyping, measuring predictive features by transforming data into actionable solutions

    -          Writing algorithms to boost or validate a  model performance

    -          Deliver analytics content to help make key business decisions

    -          Writing or modifying data pipelines to process and mine historical data

    Signifyd have lots more roles to fill, including a quality assurance engineer and technical support specialist. Visit our jobs portal to find out more and find a career suitable for you!

    [View Job Page] PwC NI – DevOps Engineer [closing date unconfirmed]

    “As a DevOps engineer you will be involved in a range of DevOps practises such as working with cloud technologies, continuous integration and delivery, automation and more, using the best technology in the business such as; Azure, Splunk, HashiCorp, Docker, and Kubernetes. You will be responsible for the underlying infrastructure of Operate Technology, ensuring smooth daily operations, alongside our development team, of a wide range of PwC platforms and applications.”

    Required skills include:

    -          Experience as a DevOps Engineer or equivalent software-engineering role

    -          Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills to identify and resolve production issues

    -          Practical knowledge of container technology (e.g. Docker, K8s)

    -          Good background in security, networking and cloud services

    -          Automation tools (e.g. Puppet, Ansible)

    Visit the job page to find out more, but if this job isn’t for you, PwC have plenty more roles to fill. These include a senior tester, technology associate and data visualisation engineer.

    James Milligan of Hays recruitment explored his predictions for the best upcoming tech jobs of 2020. They are as follows:

    1. BI analyst
    2. DevOps engineer
    3. Software engineering lead
    4. Software developer
    5. Web developer
    6. Security engineer
    7. Cloud engineer
    8. Data scientist
    9. Cloud architect
    10. Scrum master

    Sync’s advice to anyone seeking a new career in tech is to use the New Year as an opportunity! Belfast was rated one of the best UK cities to work in for tech this year, but as a whole, the country is lacking people with appropriate skills for the varied careers the tech trade has to offer.

    Spend time up-skilling or perhaps think of a sideways career step to gain more diverse understandings of different roles. Gaining new experience is always invaluable and the tech industry is full of exciting sub sectors. Take the ever-growing fintech sector for example; Belfast was ranked the third fintech location of the future for 2019/20 and within the next decade, who knows what new career roles may arise from this.

    Keep your eyes peeled for Sync’s always-updating jobs portal, and read more about Northern Ireland’s recent digital transformation here for a deeper insight into the country's exciting tech sector development.

    About the author

    Niamh is a Sync NI writer with a previous background of working in FinTech and financial crime. She has a special interest in sports and emerging technologies. To connect with Niamh, feel free to send her an email or connect on Twitter.

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