Technical and Engineering, Engineering general

Java Software Developer

Last updated: 1 day ago
Expires: 1 month from now
Job Role:
Technical and Engineering, Engineering general
Aircraft type:
United Kingdom

Job description

Job Summary

The department develops and supports a number of software products to operate complex satellite payloads designed at the Airbus Defence & Space UK sites in Stevenage and Portsmouth. These key products use a mix of architectures and languages satisfying various customer (internal and external) needs.

As well as maintaining and developing current software products, a number of legacy Python/C++ products need to be re-architected in Java to fulfil customer requirements.

The prime reason for this role is to help develop a new Java based application for forthcoming satellite program. It will involve in utilising some of the existing components developed in the past and common to all programs.

Job Profile

The successful candidate should demonstrate experience in software development utilising Java, Spring technologies across windows/Linux application archetypes as well as with Relational/NoSQL database server, setup, performance tuning, replication etc. Experience of modern development methodologies is paramount, with fluency in Maven, CI (Jenkins) and Test Driven Development.

The developer will work as part of a small team under a software architect, working within an agile project environment to develop, integrate, test and debug software both in simulation and in payload hardware environments.

Skills/Experience Required

Essential -

  • UK SC clearance required
  • Demonstrable experience of Core Java development for distributed software systems.
  • Problem solving and the ability to think laterally as part of a team or individually to meet the needs of the project.
  • The ability to work unsupervised, within a team on multiple and concurrent tasks to tight deadlines

Technical Knowledge:

  • Java 8 onwards
  • Spring Framework
  • Message-based parsing (JSON & XML)
  • Importance of TDD & BDD
  • Agile team working using JIRA
  • Experience with both Windows and Linux platforms
  • Scalable, distributed software systems
  • Enterprise Design Patterns
  • Understanding of database
  • Software Modelling (UML)
  • Documentation skills (UML)
  • Unit & integration testing JUnit , Mockito
  • CI/CD (Jenkins / Maven / Nexus)
  • Git, Bitbucket

Desirable -

  • Java 11+
  • Functional Programming
  • Reactive Development & Actor Based Concurrency (AKKA)
  • Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) with Cucumber
  • Container & Cloud Technologies (Docker / AWS / Azure / OpenShift)
  • Understanding of network connectivity (LAN) and protocol stacks (TCP/UDP)
  • Relational & Non-Relational Databases

Target Industries -




Working Pattern

Monday to Friday days




Probable extension after initial contract duration

Base of Work

Following a familiarisation period on site this will be a hybrid working role - averaging two days per week on site and three days WFH

From time to time the post holder may need to work more days per week on site.

Reason for vacancy

Start of a new program

Interview Process

One or Two stage interview - virtual

Guidant Global (Airbus) is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.


SC clearance, Java 8 onwards