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Lead Back-End Engineer (Java)

at Kin + Carta Europe

Location: Manchester

Department: Back-End

About Kin + Carta

Want to help build a world that works better for everyone? Kin + Carta is a global digital transformation consultancy that makes a difference to the billions who now work, play, shop, communicate and share online.

Join 1,600 curious and diverse minds in connecting people, data and technology to produce amazing experiences for some of the world’s most influential companies. Become a maker, builder or creator as we explore the possibilities of sustainable digital technology, helping clients to rapidly innovate, modernise their systems, enable their teams, and optimise for continued growth. 

We focus on tech but we’re a proudly inclusive business with trust and human connection at its heart. People, the planet, and profit matter equally to us which is why we’re a certified B Corporation in the United States and Europe. With additional offices in South America, there is a place for you here wherever you’re based.

The Lead Java Engineer role in a nutshell:

As a Lead Software Engineer, you will lead a development team to design and deliver innovative, world class software that pushes the boundaries of what we can achieve. You will also still be hands-on and willing to build and deliver awesome products.

You will research and advise on the latest software that helps Kin + Carta and our clients maintain a competitive advantage. Whether it's new tooling, new languages, voice, AI or IOT, you will have an opportunity to stay on the cutting edge: for example, using Azure Spring Cloud or scaling using Kubernetes.

Although as an Engineering community we take a technology agnostic approach and have backend engineers on projects delivering value across a number of technology stacks, we are currently seeing a high level of demand for specialist Java engineers and as such are focusing on that skill set, however an openness to usings the right tools for the job is needed. There will be opportunities to skill up in new technologies and this is something that the person we are looking for should be excited about.

At Kin + Carta, you will become a great leader in your field. You’ll be encouraged to work with others to shape Kin + Carta’s engineering propositions for new clients and grow our in-house team of experts.

What you can expect:

  • You’ll join our growing team of software engineers who all share your passion for building great products
  • You’ll benefit from knowledge sharing sessions across the business, such as the Web and Back-End team’s weekly meeting
  • You’ll build market-leading products, directing a program of work across a number of Java based Pods (3-5 engineers)
  • You’ll help shape your program by owning the technical strategy and how it evolves, setting the best practices for the teams to follow, reviewing architecture decisions and helping the engineering teams grow as new pods are added to the program. 
  • You will take part in new business & pitching by working with our demand team to advise on technical design and approach for new business opportunities
  • You will help your teams by providing client & customer context for decisions, offering management and mentoring support where required. 
  • You’ll contribute to our continued growth by helping identify and interview great new teammates

The type of person we would love to meet:

  • You are a highly skilled engineer, who is always looking to further your craft
  • You have Experience delivering Microservices in Java with Spring boot and are able to set the best practices for the use of those tools and technologies at a program level. 
  • You are an expert in Microservice architectures, patterns and best practices and are able to set the direction for the implementation of Microservices at a program level.
  • You have experience with Azure and understand the tools and services offered by Azure and how to use them to build and maintain a complex application. 
  • Experienced with building and delivering enterprise scale applications
  • Confident working with cross-functional, agile and continuous delivery environments
  • Interested in advising or implementing practices that promote DevOps
  • An excellent communicator, able to work effectively in a collaborative team
  • Successful with developing and executing technical strategy and leadership
  • Able to tackle challenging technical and non-technical problems independently and autonomously
  • An expert and trusted adviser to the business; willing to support and mentor your team to success


Our benefits

Curious minds are nurtured at Kin + Carta through a wide range of benefits including:

Continuous learning £1,000 annual learning budget
Hybrid working policy Hybrid remote working policy
Leadership icon Global leadership programmes
Flexible working icon Flexible working hours
present icon Enhanced Christmas leave
dog icon Dog friendly offices
Discounted private healthcare Subsidised private healthcare
Affordable gym membership Discounted gym membership

Apply for this role

Whoever you are, wherever you’re from and whoever you love, you’ll find an open door at Kin + Carta. It’s yours to walk through if you’re passionate about building a better world for everyone, and you’re keen to be part of a diverse and inclusive culture that plays to people’s strengths and thrives on togetherness.