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Senior Developer - City

£60,000 - £80,000 DOE - IT
Ref: 92 Date Posted: Friday 15 Nov 2019
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Senior Developer

  • Leeds City Centre

  • £60,000 - £80,000 DOE

We’re thrilled to be working with a Fintech that specialises in property crowdfunding, which is moving into the peer-to-peer loan space in their search for an experienced Senior Developer to joining them in their brand-new Leeds city centre office.

The Role

This role will involve taking over control of their production and development environments from their development partners (also based in Leeds.)

It will be hands-on and you will ultimately be responsible for the oversight of the entire tech stack that powers our platform.

Responsible for maintaining and improving their platform through sprints and planning of new functionality and consolidation of existing functionality.

The team will be growing with your help and you will become the Department Head.

Our client is looking for someone who shares their vision of building a simple, easy to use platform that delivers a world-class user experience. An eye for details and strong interpersonal skills to help manage a team of junior developers are critical and someone who can lead by example and takes a strong structured approach to clean code and test-driven development is a must.

Current Stack:

  • Ruby 2.4, Rails 5.2 (4 Apps: Frontend, API, Admin, Transaction Processor)
  • Background Tasks: Sidekiq, Redis
  • Database: MySQL
  • AWS Services: Route 53, EC2, RDS, S3
  • Server Setup: Docker, Rancher, Ubuntu, Nginx, Phusion Passenger, HA Proxy
  • Source Control: Git (Bitbucket)
  • Continuous Integration: Teamcity
  • HTML, CSS and ES6 Javascript frontend


  • Deep expertise developing, testing and deploying APIs written in Ruby (Ruby on Rails) that are proven to scale efficiently and effectively. Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, ideally closer to 10.
  • Like to work with different languages to solve different problems.
  • A good understanding of HTML, CSS, ES6.
  • Come from Agile practices and is open to a lean-approach.
  • Understands the importance of writing clear, intention revealing code.
  • Strong academic background, preferably in Computer Science, minimum of 2:1 or equivalent in CS from a good university (post-graduate qualification even better)
  • Experience of working in a start-up / scale-up environment, with a good understanding of how to balance technical and feature requirements with resource constraints at speed.
  • Able to take responsibility for ensuring stability and security of the platform – oversee availability, system security/information governance, testing frameworks and benchmarking.
  • Able to collaborate as part of a product focussed team to design APIs and make architectural decisions that match the business requirements.
  • Help support the growth of our engineering team, mentoring, leading and supporting less experienced developers in the team.
  • Comfortable working in an agile environment, on all stages of development, from building quick MVP-style prototypes, iterating over multiple feedback cycles until getting to a polished product, to debugging and maintaining our live systems.
  • Customer-oriented - enjoy working with stakeholders to help design and build solutions.
  • Don't need to have finance experience but are happy solving finance industry problems and feel excited by working in this industry.
  • Leeds-based with full UK working rights and no criminal convictions.


  • Generous and competitive salary.
  • Good employer contributory pension scheme
  • Training budget, and a supportive environment for furthering your skills.
  • Central Leeds location, open to some working at home and flexible hours.
  • Complimentary drinks fridge, snacks, and coffee, alongside social events - evenings out, team lunches.
  • 35 days holiday per year.
  • Generous parental leave.
  • £30 Gym membership budget.
  • Annual Headspace subscription.
  • Discounted golf membership at Leeds Golf Centre.
  • Friends & family discount at Roomzzz aparthotels.