Software Engineer

Bristol, UK
Come join an award-winning tech business in the heart of Bristol where we’re making the lives of retailers simpler by automating the back office.

Location: Bristol, UK

About the role

Brightpearl exists to automate retail. We manage over 10m transactions and $2bn of business a year with our cloud platform. We are looking for talented software engineers to join our polyglot teams in the UK.

About the team

Our products and services are designed, built and cared for by our engineering teams in Bristol. Each team owns a slice of the product portfolio in close collaboration with product managers. We believe in letting teams self-organise and self-determine by supporting them with design and project expertise when needed.

We use Java, Go, PHP, JS, TypeScript and SQL in a diverse suite of applications. Our service oriented architecture processes thousands of transactions an hour while maintaining high-availability and reliability. Our uniform deployment platform (Kubernetes on AWS supported by our global Infrastructure team) means that everyone gets hands-on experience with the full lifecycle of each product.

Your day-to-day life

  • Work in a small cross-functional team to deliver new features, improve existing features, prototype new applications, improve our SaaS infrastructure, develop in-house tools or integrate with partner services.

  • Design, implement and test new components, products and integrations.

  • Diagnose problems seen in production and advise on solutions.

  • Work collaboratively with other engineers, system administrators, product managers, customers and partners.

  • Work in a virtualized environment using docker and kubernetes to create, and manage the provisioning of the services.

  • Develop expertise in diverse technical and business domains.

  • Expand your knowledge of programming languages and technical stacks.

About you

  • 1 year+ experience writing well-tested Java.

  • BSc (or equivalent) in a technical subject (comp.sci./science/engineering)

  • Integration experience with HTTP APIs (e.g. REST).

  • Good understanding of relational databases and SQL.

  • Experience tracking down bugs in a production environment.

  • Experience developing concurrent and distributed applications.

  • An attitude of continual improvement, lifelong learning and an interest in new technologies.

  • Ability to work with a variety of languages and technologies day-to-day.

  • Ability to assess the relative merits of different languages and technologies according to requirements.

  • Motivation to create high quality products within the eCommerce domain.

  • Good communication skills.

  • Fluent in English.

  • A good team player capable of delivering excellent results under pressure and to strict deadlines.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and occasionally clients.

  • Quality focused.

To be successful as a Software Engineer at Brightpearl, ideally you’ll have..

  • Experience with any of the following languages is going to be considered a plus: PHP, Go, Javascript (node.js, React, Typescript).

  • Linux command line, basic administration and shell scripting.

  • Background in high scale systems development.

  • Experience with queuing technologies (e.g. RabbitMQ).

  • Understanding of NoSQL stores (e.g. MongoDB, ElasticSearch).

  • Understanding of performance tuning and optimisation.

  • ELK / monitoring experience.

  • Experience with docker and Kubernetes.

  • Good understanding of web services and REST API design best practices.

  • A robust understanding of automatic code testing and development in CI and CD contexts.

  • Experience in refactoring and improving legacy platforms.

Ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace where we collaborate and learn from each other is core to Brightpearl’s values. We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and a supportive place to work.

“I joined Brightpearl in May 2019 and have to say it was a non-stop learning process. I was just a Java developer when I joined and within the first four months I was able to work with PHP, Ruby, JavaScript, Docker, Kubernetes, etc. For me the key to achieve this in such a short time is our very skilled Engineering Team. There is also life outside of engineering! There is always something going on at Brightpearl. From a Greek cold coffee master class to virtual board games nights or book club to mention just a few.”
Jacqueline Rodriguez-Perez Software Engineer