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Lead Developer

  • Full-time
  • Developer
  • Regular Homeworker


Full-time, permanent

£50,000 per annum - £80,000 per annum plus home working allowance

We are a fast growing, reputable and innovative company with a successful hybrid working style in this digital age. Hood Group is a dynamic, forward thinking customer management business that provides outsourced customer services for well-known UK trusted brands.

Lead developer to join a fast-paced, agile C# development team delivering flexible, robust and innovative solutions that meet Business and Partner requirements. The role gives the opportunity to work with a number of well-known partners designing and delivering solutions for customer acquisition, management and engagement, working across the Microsoft stack, from data access tier through to presentation in web.


Sitting within our internal development team, in this role you will focus on providing advice for technical frameworks and use of enterprise/ leading development technologies. You will lead development on projects following the design cycle of analysis, planning, design, implementation, testing - integration and maintenance


This role will be split between working in the Southend on Sea Office and from home.



What will I do in the role? 

  • Following company agreed methodology to maintain and update an in-house web and back office system according to business needs
  • Leading on innovate design solutions; from new product development, enhanced customer engagement and Contributing to Project and Change Requests with relevant solutions and ensure all software development complies with the overall I.T design and architecture strategy
  • Engaging in the full development lifecycle from analysis and implementation to testing, debugging, release and handover
  • Creating clear, concise documentation based on company templates to record all changes made including handover to testing, releases, release documentation and support handover
  • Leading, Mentoring and supporting a small team of developers
  • Any other adhoc duties as required.



What do I need?

  • Extensive knowledge of software development and its technologies
  • Experience in leading development projects/teams
  • At least five years commercial experience in software development position
  • C#, ASP.NET (MVC, Web API) .Net Core, Visual Studio
  • Azure DevOps and familiarity with pipeline setups
  • Source control via bitbucket or similar
  • Entity Framework or similar, IdentityServer
  • Ability to confidently discuss and demonstrate technologies at every level
  • Design code that adheres to the SOLID principles that is efficient and maintainable
  • Ability to evaluate and recommend improvements for software effectiveness.
  • Highly numerate and literate, with the ability to produce top quality written specifications and documentation.
  • Working to strict quality standards
  • Proactive and highly organised with strong time management and planning skills including the use of Jira
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff across the IT, Development and the wider business.
  • Used to reviewing business requirements (functional/non-functional) and technical specifications
  • Ability to understand the importance of confidentiality in handling customer personal data
  • Keeping up to date with industry trends and technology developments


Additional skills you may have?

  • Web: Bootstrap
  • Tools: JIRA, Bitbucket
  • Data Frameworks: MSSQL/TSQL
  • Http Services: WebAPI, Web Services, HttpHandlers
  • Testing Frameworks: Selenium
  • Source Control: Azure DevOps, Git
  • IoC: Microsoft Dependency Injection
  • Client/Frontend: Razor, Vue, SASS
  • Others: Mobile app development, Xamarin, DevOps
  • JavaScript, jQuery, Ajax, HTML5, CSS3,



Ideally degree educated or equivalent in experience 


Why work for us?

To be part of a fantastic, supportive team with great progression opportunities, with access to the following benefits;

·        “The best job ever!“ feeling

·        Various high street discounts – including discounted local theatres tickets, Merlin attractions

·        We are offering 31 days annual leave (including bank holidays)

·        Employee Assistance Program

·        Health & Wellbeing Program

·        Incentive of £250 on Refer a friend scheme

·        Learning & Development assistance Program

·        Loyalty rewards

·        Season ticket loan taken after tax (after 1 month)

·        Private Medical Health Care

·        Private Health Insurance

·        Eye Care Vouchers

·        Pension Scheme

And there’s more benefits…….

We have a new, modern, airy office based right in the heart of Southend-on-Sea, just off the high street. This is a key part of our hybrid model, having a space where people can work together collaboratively and catch up in person. Whether that’s coming in for training, meetings, workshops or simply coming in to work! We offer home working for all staff, whether regularly or occasionally, allowing flexibility and a good work life balance around other commitments and family life.

We will provide your laptop and any other professional equipment required and you will also receive a working from home allowance.