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Lead Software Engineer
Minneapolis, MN  |  Remote, Onsite
Contract Position
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Applied on January 28, 2023
Job Id #61035 Posted December 30, 2022

  • Java Spring – APIs\Microservices
  • The candidate will work as an individual contributor and Lead Software Engineer, as part of a team replacing a legacy monolithic service bus \ SOA integration platform with cloud based, API enabled, microservices developed in Java using the various Spring projects (e.g., Spring Boot, Spring Framework, Spring Cloud, Spring Integration, and Spring Vault). These services run in Docker containers on Kubernetes.
  • Successful candidate will also collaborate and mentor other engineers with respect to Java projects using Spring, review solutions and code, and help design \ review design of integration solutions.
  • Successful candidate will own InnerSource software projects which will support mission critical applications. Candidate must be an adaptive learner, be very collaborative, and have excellent communication skills.
Ideal Background:
  • Don’t need a specific industry background (e.g., healthcare). The key difference in this and the other position is leadership.
  • This needs to be the main expert\architect. We expect them to direct design, review team members’ work, and be the main expert that is sought out.
  • Specifically with Java and the various Spring projects.
  • They need to be able to communicate with technical and non-technical resources.
  • This is an Agile project in which we need to speed up our velocity.
  • So they’ll need to adapt fast.
  • None of the existing engineers are Spring experts.
  • We will be bringing in an expert for interviews from another department.
  •  Demonstrated technical leadership in Java and Spring Boot and the other Spring projects, especially in a cloud based microservice architecture on Kubernetes.
Top Requirements:
  • a. 8+ years developing applications in Java
  • b. 5+ years using Spring Boot and other Spring Projects (e.g., Spring Boot, Spring Framework, Spring Cloud, and Spring Integrate)
  • c. 4+ years of experience working on container platforms in cloud infrastructure (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes, Open Shift, etc.)
Team and Team size:
  • We have two scrum teams of avg. nine developers and testers.
  • There are specifically four developers in total that work on the existing legacy middleware product. The other developers are Salesforce developers.
Top Responsibilities:
  • Serves as a leader / mentor to software engineers, quality engineers, and support engineers
  • Enforces good development and quality practices
  • Reviews the work of others
  • Develops simple, bulletproof, but innovative approaches, reducing the complexity of the existing design
  • Sought out as the expert
  • Actively involved in direct design and development using core Java technologies, Spring Boot and other Spring Projects (e.g., Spring Framework, Spring Cloud, and Spring Integrate), Jenkins pipelines, and cloud enabling / containerizing microservices and their API’s
  • Perform all phases of software engineering including requirements analysis, feature refining, user story refining, points estimation, application design, canonical data design, development, and testing
  • Develops best practices and principles
  • Design and implement product features in collaboration with business and IT stakeholders
  • Design reusable components, frameworks, and libraries supporting enterprise integration patterns
  • Work very closely with Architects and Product Owners to drive solutions to successful delivery
  • Participate in Agile / Scrum teams to deliver high-quality software releases every two weeks through Sprints
  • Review code and provide feedback relative to best practices and improving performance
  • Mentor and guide other software engineers within the team
Skills/attributes Required
  • 10+ years in the software engineering profession
  • 8+ years developing applications in Java
  • 5+ years using Spring Boot and other Spring Projects (e.g., Spring Boot, Spring Framework, Spring Cloud, and Spring Integrate)
  • 4+ years of experience working on container platforms in cloud infrastructure (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes, Open Shift, etc.)
  • Demonstrated success designing and building high-quality software applications
  • Expertise implementing microservices and RESTful APIs
  • Expertise with authentication and authorization protocols including OAuth 2.0 w/ token management
  • Expertise with secure patterns and secrets management products such as HashiCorp
  • Expertise with of a variety of modern open-source technologies (e.g., Apache Kafka, Redis, MySQL, Mockito, JMS, Swagger, etc.)
  • Proven experience delivering software using an Agile / Scrum methodology and CI/CD
  • Expertise in cloud architecture solutions
  • Expertise across the entire SLDC
  • Excellence in communication with technical peers and non-technical colleagues

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