Software Engineer - Java

Posted 26 January by rentalcars.com

At Rentalcars, we’re on a mission to help people discover and do more. Putting the customer back in control, giving them maximum choice, great value, total transparency, and customer service that really cares.

Today, there are three members of the Rentalcars family.

Rentalcars.com: The world’s biggest online car rental service, with over 1,500 staff speaking 42 languages, empowering travellers at 50,000+ locations worldwide.

Rideways: Finding the best way for each customer to get from A to B, in pre-booked taxis and chauffeur-driven cars.

Rentalcars Connect: Bringing the magic of Rentalcars.com and Rideways to partners’ sites, so customers enjoy a seamless booking experience through brands they already know and love.

Engineering is a multi-skilled group of over 250 people responsible for providing the technology to enable the Rentalcars.com business. It is a fast paced, dynamic, exciting and driven environment providing services on a 24x7 basis. We provide all the touch points for our online customer experience through a market leading app, a great web site and all the software services and business systems to manage our customers and products. Our goal is to create a great customer experience across all platforms which help us deliver growth for our business.

Where we are going

  • Cross functional agile teams who own their products in a Continuous Delivery DevOps environment
  • Revolutionise our online customer experience through a great web site and mobile app
  • Data driven decisions using Kibana, Hadoop, monitoring, Big Data, MI and MVT testing
  • Continuous improvement, keeping it simple and developing the team
  • Great engineering practices with a focus on TDD and BDD principles and a strong focus on non-functional requirements at the beginning rather than an afterthought
  • Decoupled service orientated architecture with resilience and availability built in

What we offer in return

  • Ownership of your work and a great technical challenge
  • A great new office to work in the heart of Manchester
  • Great facilities including subsidised canteen and Starbucks, free breakfast & fruit and cycle hub
  • An exciting and dynamic place to work
  • 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
  • Great discounts on car rentals and other group benefits
  • Opportunity to shape the future of the team
  • Software development kit that works

Key Responsibilities

  • Write high quality robust code including tests
  • Sense of ownership and the quality of the solutions you produce
  • Adhere to the defaults principles for Architecture, quality and non-functional requirements
  • Build, design and deliver high quality solutions in line with guidance and best practices of the department
  • Collaborate with the team and others to deliver high quality solutions
  • Design and develop reusable libraries, APIs and code that are easy to maintain, understand and re-use
  • Learn new technologies and keep abreast of existing technologies and be able to apply these to your work
  • Contribute to the evolution of best practices of the department
  • Write, review and take responsibility for clear, concise and comprehensive technical documentation
  • Supporting live products in a DevOps environment where required
  • Have fun

Skills we are looking for

We are looking for a superb and enthusiastic Software Engineer who will push the boundaries on engineering brilliant solutions and contribute to shaping our new future. We expect you to have the energy and passion to deliver using a whole range of technologies and have a solid understanding of engineering principles. As a minimum, we expect all our Engineers to have:

  • A solid understanding of web development and web technologies
  • A good understanding of how the web works starting at the request through to the response
  • A good understanding of design patterns and frameworks such as MVC or Spring
  • An understanding of Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery and Agile
  • An understanding of major browsers (including dev tools) and platforms (Linux, AWS)
  • A good understanding of security principles and secure coding
  • A proficient in writing good quality object-oriented code using that is simple, fast under load and robust

We have a large diverse technology estate and therefore our Software Engineers typically work in one of the following areas but are also free to move between areas as part their career development and aspirations:

Web Development

Developing features for our web site across mobile, tablet and desktop. Our web site is the high-volume site handling millions of searches and bookings a year with a strong focus on A/B testing.

  • Proficient with HTML 5, AJAX, Bootstrapping, XHTML, HTTP, JQuery, JSON and XML
  • Good understanding of styling and applying design to web pages using CSS
  • Proficient with JavaScript frameworks such as Node.js, React.js and Angular.js
  • Proficient with the use of JSP and Java
  • Experience of using Spring/Struts

Service development

Developing services and components within product domains that do not have public facing web site components for example our Search and Pricing Engines.

  • Proficient with the use of Java or PHP
  • Good understanding of web services and REST based APIs using JSON and XML
  • Good understanding of database technologies such as MySql, SQL Server
  • Understanding of domain driven design
  • Understanding of SOA
  • Understanding of ORM technologies such as Hibernate

Full Stack Development

  • Web Development & Service Development

Other beneficial skills

  • Good understanding of asynchronous systems and messaging for example RabbitMQ
  • Quality first mind-set for writing code using techniques such as TDD or BDD
  • Good understanding of Agile practices
  • Commercial experience in an e-commerce background and A/B testing
  • Cloud technologies such as AWS and container technologies such as Docker
  • Good understanding or knowledge of web server technology such as Apache or Tomcat

Required skills

  • Agile
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • MVC
  • Software Development

Reference: 34325918

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