Senior Software Engineer - JavaScript

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About us

At Perlego, we’re working hard to make education accessible to all. In this digital age, we believe that anyone should be able to learn anything at any time. Knowledge should be more accessible, not locked behind sky-high price tags.

Over the past 4 years our goal has been to support students across the UK & Europe to access high quality academic books via an online library. The next stage of Perlego is two fold: 1) expand our support to students globally, and 2) build a product that goes beyond the book, a platform that helps students study smarter and more effectively.

What we’re looking for

A Senior Software Engineer with experience in Javascript, React, Node.js, AWS & TDD. You'll be joining our engineering team, working in a product squad with a data-driven mission to help our users have the best learning experience possible.

How we work together

We organise ourselves into cross-functional squads, with each squad working together on a common goal. Each team consists of 6-8 team members - a Technical Lead, 3-4 Engineers, a DevOps Engineer, QA Engineer & Product Designer/Owner.

It’s the perfect role for you if you have:

  • Experience in implementing web applications using Javascript, React, Node.js, HTML & CSS.
  • An strong understanding of architectural practices including: Microservices, REST, object-oriented & functional programming.
  • An understanding of web security principles (OWASP) and deployment (Webpack)
  • An understanding of Relational Database Design and NOSQL Databases
  • Experience working with Cloud computing providers (AWS).
  • Experience leading a team in an Agile environment with Test Driven Development, CI/CD
  • 4+ years of commercial experience as a software engineer
  • A strong interest in application speed & performance.

⭐️ It’s a plus if you have:

  • Degree - preferably in a computing related subject
  • Experience in a startup environment
  • Have a general interest in books, reading and always learning new things!

🔥What you’ll do🔥

You will work in a self-organising team within our product ecosystem providing technical leadership within the squad, solutioning and getting hands-on implementing the solutions to help your squad achieve its goal.

You will contribute to the design of distributed AWS cloud systems, Serverless Node.js application back-ends and React front-ends.

With your squad you'll bring these solutions to life, writing high-quality code utilising test-driven development (Jest /Cypress), continuous integration (AWS), code review (GitHub) and servant leadership practices.

You and your cross-functional squad will look after application features from inception to production working with customers and business stakeholders to bring them to life and support them in production.

You will take on scrum master responsibilities within the squad coordinating, planning, advising and facilitating with other squads & engineering management.

You will assist the team in implementing and monitoring engineering standards within the squad.

Why should you work at Perlego?

Apart from our mission, we foster a unique company culture championing collaboration, personal development, direct communication and mutual support. We’re proud of our 4.8 Glassdoor reviews and the fact that 97% of our team would recommend Perlego as a place to work.

🌈 Benefits include:

✨ Flexible

Like many, we’ve adapted our flexible work policy off the back of this year. We offer the option for you to choose to work from home or the office. However, we will likely require you to be available to come into the office at least part-time following Covid-19.

🌱L&D budget

There is an annual training budget for everyone's personal development

🌴 Base holiday

30 days base holiday (22 days + 8 bank holidays)

🎅🏼 Christmas break

In addition to your base holiday - the office will be shut for certain days over the Christmas holidays to allow everyone to have a break


Competitive salary and discretionary share options

🚲 Cycle to work scheme

Perlego will buy a bike up-front and you can salary sacrifice to pay-off over the next 12-36 months

🌻 Wellbeing subsidy

Subsidy towards your choice of: gym or Vitality health insurance

🎉 Subsidised social activities

Encourage everyone in the team to hang out so we have regular team socials and activities

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

1 Waterhouse Square

138 Holborn
EC1N 2SW London Directions View page

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