Job Details


Belfast, Northern Ireland


Commensurate with Experience


Dec 4, 2017


Software Development Manager (Blockchain)


    Blockchain technology is poised to become the next big computing paradigm, disrupting existing processes and unlocking new business models through secure multi-party computation.   In a rapidly evolving digital economy, blockchain technology will form the backbone of the next era of distributed enterprise and consumer applications with its business value surging to exceed $3.1 trillion by 2030 per Gartner.  Businesses are looking to understand and apply the distributed ledger technology that started with Bitcoin to streamline and innovate their business problems.


    This position is located at the Rakuten Blockchain Lab in Belfast city centre. We have grown an engineering team of 10 during the first year of operation and have multiple active blockchain projects due for production launch in the next 3-6 months.  The existing team collectively has many years of experience in building secure, high availability enterprise platforms for financial services, health and consumer electronics sectors. We will be growing the team to 20 over the next 12 months and as a result are now actively seeking a passionate and motivated Software Development Manager.  The projects are both interesting and challenging, providing an environment that should satisfy ambitious career aspirations through growth opportunities.  This is an exciting opportunity to be at the core of delivering blockchain based solutions and integration services that will enable the transformation of Rakuten businesses. You will work be managing small agile teams creating solutions for individual Rakuten companies as well as common platforms and services to be used across the organisation

    The responsibility of the Software Development Manager is first and foremost to get the product “out the door”.  To do this you need to make sure the development team can work as efficiently as possible. This means making sure they have clear goals, both short term and long term, and that nothing prevents them from doing their work


    In the Rakuten Blockchain Lab, we take ownership of the full end-to-end solution from inception through to production and beyond. Our services are built in Node.js with various relational databases and follow a micro-services architecture. We work with multiple public and private blockchain protocols & frameworks depending on the requirements. We package our services with Docker and use Google Kubernetes for automating deployment, scaling and management of these containers in both public and private cloud environments. We value short feedback loops and have implemented a CI/CD pipeline as well as automated unit, integration and acceptance tests. 


    We are looking for a Software Development Manager who has both breadth and depth of knowledge, taking responsibility for leading the delivery of complex solutions.  You should have a track record delivering end to end platforms and services in an enterprise environment.  It is likely that you will come from a software development background as you will need to have a broad knowledge of all aspects of the software delivery process from scoping and planning, through development, testing and release as well as operations. You will also need to be confident in agile project management and team management.  Candidates should be motivated by a lot of variety in their day to day job and be able to deal positively with the many challenges that they will come up against. 

    You need to have an interest in new and emerging technology and be eager to take on new challenges outside of your comfort zone.  You will understand that delivering great software requires a high degree of collaboration both internally and with other stakeholders.  You will be need to be comfortable with an approach to delivery that encourages experimentation as well as taking ownership.  You will be motivated to improve the overall process of software delivery from coding best practices and continuous integration/delivery to performance engineering and analytic


    • Help build a world class team and cultivate innovation.
    • Work with key stakeholders to identify, define, and drive product release plans.
    • Collaborate with VP of Engineering & Principal Architect on technology strategy
    • Using Agile project management methodologies, provide technical leadership and project management for all aspects of the software development lifecycle.
    • Oversee and manage the design, architecture, development, testing, deployment, and operation of our platforms
    • Deep-dive on both technical and business issues, leading system troubleshooting and problem solving across platform and application domains
    • Evaluate new technology options and vendor products.
    • Recruiting, managing, mentoring, and developing high performance engineering team.
    • Contribute to pre-sales activities for Blockchain business opportunities, by conceptualising and developing relevant use cases, proof-of-concepts (POC) and proofs-of-value (POV)
    • Act as a blockchain evangelist across the organisation



    • 5+ years’ experience in building and managing software engineering teams and delivering commercially successful technology products within a distributed system environment
    • 5+ years’ experience in agile project management methodologies on software development projects
    • Experience with professional software engineering practices and best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations
    • Strong leadership experience: Leading meetings, presenting, technical go to person, and cross-functional leader
    • Excellent communication skills: Demonstrated ability to explain complex technical issues to both technical and non-technical audiences
    • Experience in CI/CD lifecycle using Git, Maven, Jenkins, etc.
    • Sound business judgment, proven ability to influence others, and strong analytical thinking skills are critical
    • Excellent organizational and written/verbal communication skills
    • A basic understanding of blockchain fundamentals


    • Experience delivering scalable, highly-available applications
    • Familiar with delivering secure software using modern security principles
    • Experience in delivering cloud based systems (i.e. deploying and running in AWS, Azure, OpenStack, Google Compute Environment, etc.)
    • Experience of delivering REST APIs and micro-service based architectures
    • Prior experience of working with high availability, secure enterprise platforms in the financial services sector
    • Previous experience of working with blockchain frameworks such as Hyperledger Fabric or Multichain
    • Experience of working with application containers such as Docker and container orchestration technologies such as Docker Swarm or Google Kubernetes


    Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) is a global leader in internet services that empower individuals, communities, businesses and society. Founded in Tokyo in 1997 as an online marketplace, Rakuten has expanded to offer services in e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications to more than 1 billion members around the world. Since 2012, Rakuten has ranked in the top 30 of Forbes Magazine’s annual “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list. The Rakuten Group has over 14,000 employees, and operations in 29 countries and regions.

    Our mission is to empower people and society through innovation and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to be Global Innovation Company. We believe in innovation as a driver of global change – enriching the lives of people around the globe and bringing joy to the everyday. We embrace new and disruptive ideas, the commitment to act on them and the venture spirit that believes in our potential to change the world. That’s why we were selected by Forbes magazine to be in the Top 20 of World’s Most Innovative Companies in four consecutive years!

    This is where you come in: Rakuten is built on a philosophy of empowerment where everyone has the chance to make an impact. We believe in taking on new challenges and driving innovation. Together, we get ahead through success and learn from failure. In the end, truly empowered people produce amazing results. No matter your area of interest, we need your spirit, energy and drive to push us further and help unlock our potential.

    If you are interested in becoming part of an organization that aims to empower society and become the World’s best, join the company where YOU shape the future. Come and work with us!