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Belfast, Northern Ireland

Closing Date

2022-08-08 23:00:00


Technical Lead (hybrid)

  • About Us


    The world isn’t standing still, and neither is Allstate. We’re moving quickly, looking across our businesses and brands and taking bold steps to better serve customers’ evolving needs. That’s why now is an exciting time to join our team. You’ll have opportunities to take risks, challenge the status quo and shape the future for the greater good.


    You’ll do all this in an environment of excellence and the highest ethical standards – a place where values such as integrity, inclusive diversity and accountability are paramount. We empower every employee to lead, drive change and give back where they work and live. Our people are our greatest strength, and we work as one team in service of our customers and communities.


    Allstate operate a very flexible hybrid working policy that will allow you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager with a blend of remote and office working for NI based employees as well as condensed working patterns (4 day week/9 day fortnight).


    Join our team and you’ll find challenge and reward in a culture of innovation, support and balance. 






    Belfast/ Derry-Londonderry/ Strabane



    Your role in the team


    Allstate Northern Ireland provides a wide range of IT Services across the Allstate Family of companies and we are excited to be partnering with fellow group member Squaretrade, in standing up a new team to support the company’s rapidly growing European growth strategy.


    Squaretrade specializes in extended warranty services for consumer electronics and appliances.   The EU Business is experiencing hockey-stick growth and has ambitious goals to be a $500 million business by the end of 2022. The business plans to grow aggressively in the Consumer Electronics category as well as the B2B segment of providing protection plans for small businesses.


    The Squaretrade Allstate NI Engineering team will play a critical role in supporting the EU business meet its growth targets and contribute to the delivery of key offerings that will facilitate the growth strategy.


    If you're looking for an exciting, high profile opportunity, then you've come to the right place! We are looking for a talented and energetic Lead Software Engineer to be a key member of a team that uses technology to solve challenging business problems.


    You will develop complex business offerings using a test-and-learn methodology, continuously evaluate new technologies, and support our best-in-class claims processing applications. You will be an active contributor to the ongoing evolution of our platform to a microservices-based, distributed and event-driven architecture that supports transactions at internet scale. You will be working closely with software architects, product managers, business analysts, and collaborating with a team of onsite & remote engineers.


    Our Ideal candidate will be self-motivated, passionate, and always looking for new ways to improve themselves and their peers. Contribute to an engineering culture that promotes learning and development and rewards curiosity, risk-taking and innovation.



    Responsibilities include (but are not limited to)


    • Design, Code, Test, Document and Release new application features that contribute to the hyper-growth of the business, while creating a great experience for our customers.
    • Lead critical initiatives, mentor team members, and promote a quality-first mindset.
    • Build resilient and highly-responsive cloud native and containerized applications that can scale horizontally and vertically.
    • Release code when ready and manage deployment risk by leveraging patterns like canary deployments, feature toggles and circuit breakers to maximize application availability and responsiveness.
    • Take a domain-driven approach in designing and implementing your SaaS APIs and reduce tight-coupling and dependencies by implementing an event-driven architecture.
    • Full-stack ownership of applications through development and production, including managing your releases, performance testing of your APIs, implementing monitors and alerts and owning availability and production incident SLAs.
    • Participate in an Agile environment using Scrum software development methodology.
    • Continuously evaluate and do POCs on new technologies to improve team productivity and engagement.





    So, what are the essential criteria to apply?


    • All candidates must evidence an existing right to work in the UK'
    • 4+ years of software development experience
    • Demonstrate technical leadership skills with experience in application architecture and design to support web scale transactions
    • Strong development skills in Java with knowledge of RESTful APIs design and Spring/Spring Boot 2.0 framework
    • Experience authoring high performance, production quality code



    We also have some desirable criteria



    • Ability to multitask and handle multiple complex tasks at the same time
    • Experience with relational databases like MySQL or Postgres, and event streaming systems such as Kafka
    • Familiarity with Agile/Scrum
    • Degree in Computer Science or equivalent



    What we offer


    As Digital DNA’s Workplace of the Year 2020 & 2022 winners, we offer a generous benefits package that includes flexible annual leave entitlement, dental and healthcare insurance, an attractive pension package and discounts on gym memberships, public transport and parking.


    Allstate invests heavily in your development, as an employee you will have access to multiple world-class learning platforms and courses from our award-winning in-house Learning & Development team.


    We pride ourselves in providing clear career paths and opportunities for internal mobility allowing you to further develop within the organisation.


    We encourage a better work life balance and you’ll have the opportunity to apply for various flexible working arrangements.



    Statement on Fair Employment and Equal Opportunities


    Allstate NI wishes to ensure equal opportunity is given to all job applicants.  This company will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender (including gender reassignment status), sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, marital status, age or disability.


    We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented in our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from women. All appointments will be made on merit.


    Applicants should note Allstate NI complete AccessNI background checks on all candidates offered a position.



    The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 9th August 2022

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