Farringdon, Greater London
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£40,500 - £45,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The role will initially be home based until June 2021 and then can be based in any UK office (Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London or Manchester).

The job of a Save the Children’s UK Java Engineer is broad and complex.

  • Are you a hands on and experienced Java Engineer?
  • Are you passionate about developing great software?
  • Do you thrive in an autonomous cross-functional team?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!


About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.


Job Purpose

Reporting directly to the Digital Technology Lead, the Java Engineer is responsible for designing, developing and maintaining the next iterations of our applications and platform. 

Using technologies such as Java, REST API, Github and JUNITs to develop back-end services and microservices, the Java Engineer will be an active member of a cross-functional Scrum team whose role it is to keep deliver great features and value to current and existing fundraising supporters.

We believe all our software should be responsive, scalable, and resilient to failure. Our pursuit of these qualities means that we use leading technologies and practices such as automated testing and continuous integration and constantly look to nurture  our culture of continuous improvement.

This is a hands-on technical role and the Java Engineer will play a key part in the implementation stage of our digital transformation programme.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The Senior Media Manager will also support our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.



Main Accountabilities

The Java Engineer will have responsibility for building and maintaining high quality and maintainable code that is well performing, secure and follows all coding standards. Key duties will focus on:

  • Building shippable software following Engineering standards in place


  • Developing, building and maintaining all aspects of the platforms Java code


  • Ensuring the code delivered is on time and is of the required quality


  • Helping to maintain the high standard of the code by following TDD and BDD


  • Reviewing code of other developers to ensure the overall code quality and to encourage a collaborative development environment


  • Ensuring a globally robust and highly scalable approach to development to support our growing number of global users and services


  • Working with other developers across the entire technology real estate


Person Profile


  • Successful, hands-on experience working in a Java Development role


  • Solid experience of developing online transactional applications


  • Deep understanding of Java, JEE, servlets and Java frameworks (e.g., Spring, Hibernate)


  • Experience in developing RESTful microservices using Java 1.8 or later


  • Experience in integrating/consuming Web Services and Rest API’s within Java web applications


  • Understanding of security standards and how to make sure they are met e.g. oAuth, PCI


  • Understanding of code performance and how this can affect a websites overall loading


  • Experience using distributed version control systems e.g. Github, Bitbucket




  • Ability to independently and proactively execute tasks with precision


  • Ability to work with collaboratively with cross-functional and remote teams





  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment


  • A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity



Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Refreshed on: 05 March 2021
Closed date: 19 March 2021
Tags: IT