What does a Senior Software Engineer do?

On the most basic level, software engineers write, debug, maintain, and test software that instructs a computer to accomplish certain tasks, such as saving information, performing calculations, etc. A software engineer will convert what needs to happen into one of many programming languages, the most common of which being Java, C++ and Python.

While many are self taught, most software engineers have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science or computer engineering. The career of a software engineer typically follows one of two primary paths: they either progress through greater responsibility and ownership over technical architecture and systems or they progress into managing teams of software engineers and help orchestrate larger projects and help develop and mentor more junior engineers.

  • Analyze, design and develop tests and test-automation suites.
  • Design and develop a processing platform using various configuration management technologies.
  • Test software development methodology in an agile environment.
  • Provide ongoing maintenance, support and enhancements in existing systems and platforms.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with data scientists, business users, project managers and other engineers to achieve elegant solutions.
  • Provide recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Work alongside other engineers on the team to elevate technology and consistently apply best practices.
  • Hands-on experience working with technologies like Hadoop, Hive, Pig, Oozie, Map Reduce, Spark, Sqoop, Kafka, Flume, etc.
  • Strong DevOps focus and experience building and deploying infrastructure with cloud deployment technologies like ansible, chef, puppet, etc.
  • Experience with test-driven development and automated testing frameworks.
  • Experience with Scrum/Agile development methodologies.
  • Capable of delivering on multiple competing priorities with little supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or equivalent experience.
  • We’re looking for someone with 3-5 years of experience in B2B, has a BS degree in computer science or similar, and is familiar with the following software/tools:
    • Experience with infrastructure automation technologies like Docker, Vagrant, etc.
    • Experience with build automation technologies like Maven, Jenkins, etc.
    • Experience with monitoring technologies like Nagios, Ganglia, etc.
    • Experience with modern programming languages like Java, Python, etc.
    • Experience with building APIs and services using REST, SOAP, etc.
    • Experience with scripting languages like Perl, Shell, etc.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Software Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£59,173 /yr
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£40K
Median: £59K
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“I personally find that to be one of the most fun and challenging facets of being an employee!”

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“My manager was fantastic and it was always great talking to them whenever I got the chance”

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“open and transparent culture makes it one of the best places to get amazing work done”

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“Product is amazing to work on and is a good product of value in my opinion”

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“Flexible working arrangements let me control my schedule and allow my spouse to stay late and flourish.”

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“When i complaint about the rude and unprofessional behaviour of one of the my senior.”

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“Personal development plans are not yet really developed and there is not a formal framework of career progress.”

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“Cisco is one of the best places to work because the people here are amazing and helpful.”

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