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Belfast, Northern Ireland


Senior Google Engineer

  • Bringing Ingenuity to Life

    We’re an innovation and transformation consultancy that believes in the power of ingenuity to build a positive-human future in a technology-driven world. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking with breakthrough-technologies to progress further, faster.

    With a global network of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients, we’ll offer you unrivalled opportunities for growth and the freedom to excel. Combining strategies, technologies and innovation, we turn complexity to opportunity and deliver enduring results, enabling you to build a lasting career.

    Isn’t it time you joined us?

    Job Description

    Become part of the Team

    Do you find yourself frustrated working with legacy technology or processes; constantly finding the need to innovate new and fit-for-purpose solutions? These are the problems our clients ask us to solve. You'll also need to be a pragmatist, to understand the design constraints of projects and get the job done.

    As a software engineer you will operate within a pod, where you and your teammates are responsible for successful delivery of the project release using an agile methodology. We put a lot of trust in you and your pod to meet deadlines, and to find the rhythm and ways of working that suits our clients. You get ownership and control of the processes for taking your code into production.

    Pods are small teams with a mix of technology skills, and we supplement development expertise with DevOps (we emphasise the Dev in DevOps) and Test Automation specialists. The pod works together in a collaborative environment and you might get the chance to develop your DevOps or automation expertise. We also need you to also contribute to developing the pod, perhaps by sharing your expertise in a tool or mentoring teammates.


    What We’re Looking for

    PA is a Google Cloud Premier Partner and we create innovative solutions using the whole spectrum of Google Cloud products and services, as well as other leading cloud platforms.

    One project might need you to modernize and transform a legacy application with cloud technologies and the next might see you creating an innovative new digital product through a series of agile sprints.

    You probably have a core skill set, either in Java, JavaScript or Python, but it's your understanding of data structures, algorithms, libraries and development methods that are most important. You will likely have some experience developing applications on Google Cloud, perhaps using serverless technologies like App Engine and Cloud Functions, or possibly writing containerized applications for Kubernetes.

    Working in an agile development team is highly sought after, where you're applying development practices which may include;

    • Agile sprints to deliver incremental code.

    • TDD and/or BDD approaches, considering outcome at design. Knowledge of test automation.

    • Secure development and architectural practices, as well as knowledge of non-functional considerations.

    • Working alongside others in the team to develop design, elaborate user stories and deliver estimates during story pointing.

    • Reviewing code and merge requests with your teammates to provide assurance on a release. • Developing code using CI/CD tools, such as Google Cloud Build, Jenkins or similar.

    • Working against a branching strategy, contributing code regularly to repo E.g. git, svn or cvs.

    • Resolving root cause analysis and troubleshooting solutions, perhaps using Stackdriver logs and debugging tools.

    • Using your working knowledge of OOP and implementing design and concurrency patterns.

    • Writing clean, readable, maintainable and reusable code.

    • Appreciating scalability, high availability and disaster recovery requirements and how these relate to Google Cloud services.

    • Using fundamental tools and languages E.g. Google Cloud SDK, SQL, Unix, PowerShell, Shell Scripting, HTML and CSS.

    • REST APIs and web application frameworks E.g. Spring, Jersey, Python, Flask, Node.js, ASP.NET, React. • External and embedded databases, relational and NoSQL, E.g. MySQL, Postgres, Cloud Datastore, MongoDB, Flink, Cassandra, SQL Server, Postgres. Developing schemas for supporting business logic and data.

    • Developing solutions in the cloud, using Google Cloud Platform (GCP), AWS or Microsoft Azure.

    • Microservices architecture, including containers and serverless implementation. E.g. Kubernetes, App Engine, Docker, OpenShift, AWS Lambda or Cloud Functions.

    • JIRA for tracking progress and traceability.

    PA’s common technology components:

    Google Cloud

    • App Engine, Cloud Functions

    • Cloud Endpoints

    • Kubernetes Engine, Compute Engine

    • Cloud SQL, Cloud Spanner and BigQuery

    • Dataflow, Apache Beam

    • DialogFlow


    • Microservices patterns

    • Event-driven architectures and message queues

    • Relational and non-relational databases

    Languages and frameworks

    • Java 8+, JavaScript, Python, C# • Common frameworks such as Spring Boot, Guice, Jersey, Node.js, Flask, .NET Core

    • Client-side scripting and JavaScript frameworks, such as React.js, Angular.js and jQuery

    • Knowledge of JVM, its limitations, weaknesses, and workarounds

    • Building tools such as Maven and Gradle

    • CI/CD tools, such as Jenkins and Google Cloud Build

    • Using a range of technologies and libraries in the Java ecosystem.

    • Image authoring tools.

    • SEO principles and developing compliant applications.

    Your Accountability

    As a Senior Software Engineer (Consultant), you are a practicing member of the team, designing, writing and testing code. You'll be competent at owning and delivering solutions and being the design authority for how features are implemented.

    • You can expect to use your knowledge of architecture; our clients will look to you for advice and contribution in higher level architectural discussions.

    • You're familiar with the development process and take ownership for certain aspects of the process by putting appropriate methods and tools in place.

    • You will have regular conversations with clients and be a point of contact between the client and the project team.

    • Coaching and mentoring more junior members of the team, and deputising for the team principal, will be important in the role.

    • Your involvement in shaping bids (working with a bid team) will assist to create approaches or proposals, and perhaps you may also add valuable contributions during presentations to clients in a formal selection process.

    • You'll play an active role in account management.

    Additional Information

    Benefits at PA:

    • Private medical insurance
    • Travel allowance
    • 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
    • Company pension scheme
    • Annual performance-based bonus
    • Life and Income protection insurance
    • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)
    • Additional optional benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)

    PA is committed to building an inclusive and supportive culture where diversity thrives, and all of our people can excel. We believe that greater diversity stimulates innovation, enabling us to fulfil our purpose of ‘Bringing Ingenuity to Life’, supporting the growth of our people, and delivering more enduring results for our clients.

    We only recruit, promote and reward our people based on their contribution, without regard to gender, race, disability, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

    We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.

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