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Lead Application Developer

PA Consulting

Location: Bristol City

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 4000 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists.

We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Job Description

As the Lead Software Engineer on the team, you'll be leading the development of the web components of our Patient Catalyst application – a AI-enabled operational decision support platform of Healthcare staff. You'll help steer the direction of projects with your ability to make pragmatic design decisions that deliver value to our clients whilst still adhering to best practices. You know what good looks like from an architectural best practice sense and understand the importance of a robust path to production and why adopting a DevOps culture in your teams is important. Whilst not necessarily the top contributor on Stack Overflow, you're a solid coder in your chosen stack and are not afraid to pick up new programming languages or technologies. You're comfortable in client situations and at articulating technical problems to non-technical people. You may have a team of people to support, be leading a development team, or else you could be working across multiple teams, providing some centralised expertise necessary for a larger programme of work.

Our Lead Software Engineers:

  • Lead by example, applying best practice Agile and DevOps principles.

  • Have a pragmatic, product focussed mentality to ensure what we build consistently delivers value to our clients.

  • Get their hands dirty across a variety of technologies and understand common patterns across the full stack of an application.

  • Take pride in building and nurturing those around them.


To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • 6+ years experience working with C# .NET. 

  • Extensive experience of all aspects of the software development lifecycle.

  • Experience developing cloud-native applications (AWS, Azure, or GCP).

  • Experience defining testing strategies and applying test automation, ideally drawing on TDD or BDD.

  • Experience implementing CI/CD practices such as git, branching, automated tests and automated deployment pipelines.

  • Extensive experience working in an Agile team using Scrum or Kanban processes.

Personal qualities

  • You'll have a passion for delivering fantastic technology enabled products that deliver value to our clients

  • You'll be a great communicator and a collaborative team player - passionate about building great relationships with your colleagues and clients alike.

  • You'll be armed with initiative and will strive to solve problems yourself - Google'ing is half of the job!

Your team members will look to you as a trusted expert and will expect you to define the end to end software development lifecycle in line with modern best practices.

Your application experience typically covers .NET and more recently .NET Core based solutions in C#, and you’ll have experience building web applications using ASP.NET/Core and Entity Framework. You should be comfortable across the full-stack and may have done both SPA and MVC based implementations as well as tinkered with both relational and non-relational database engines.

Your experience spans across projects with different architecture approaches, you have an understanding of SOA or Microservices and you are familiar with asynchronous messaging architectures. You recognize the importance of using logging and monitoring best practices and you have experience in applying security principles to your applications.

You enjoy working within cross-functional Agile teams and you are familiar with Scrum ceremonies.

DevOps principles underpin everything you do, and Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment will not be new terms. You’ll understand and have realised the value of these practices through past experiences and will have helped design and build deployment pipelines using tools like Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS), command line utilities and infrastructure templates.

You’ll be comfortable designing and building for the cloud, and will have designed and worked on architectures that include Platform-as-a-Service components and perhaps even serverless and container technologies. You will have experience designing microservices, cross-cutting concerns such as logging, security and monitoring and you’ll have a strong understanding of reference application patterns and architectures.



Additional Information

Life At PA encompasses our peoples' experience at PA. It's about how we enrich peoples’ working lives by giving them access to unique people and growth opportunities and purpose led meaningful work.

We believe diversity fuels ingenuity. Diversity of thought brings exciting perspectives; diversity of experience brings a wealth of knowledge, and diversity of skills brings the tools we need. When we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, identities, and minds, embracing that difference through an inclusive culture where our people thrive; we unleash the power of diversity – bringing ingenuity to life.

Find out more about Life at PA here.

We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and financial well-being of our people. Check out some of our extensive benefits:

  • Health and lifestyle perks accompanying private healthcare for you and your family
  • 25 days annual leave (plus a bonus half day on Christmas Eve) with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Generous company pension scheme
  • Opportunity to get involved with community and charity-based initiatives
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • PA share ownership
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)

We recruit, retain, reward and develop our people based solely on their abilities and contributions and without reference to their age, background, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), political belief veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and experience. We are on a journey towards ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels and that our firm is representative of the world around us. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Adjustments or accommodations - Should you need any adjustments or accommodations to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us.