Lead Software Engineer

Kainos·Belfast·£35K - £65K plus £15k travel bonus


As a Lead Software Engineer in Kainos, you’ll be responsible for developing high quality solutions which impact the lives of users worldwide. You’ll work as part of a team and report to the Solution Architect. It’s a fast-paced environment, so it is important for you to make sound, reasoned decisions. You’ll do this whilst learning about new technologies and approaches, with talented colleagues who will help you learn, develop and grow. As the technical leader in the team, you will also interact with customers, share knowledge and mentor those around you.

Minimum (essential) requirements

  • Expertise in designing, building, testing and maintaining modern software applications 
  • Technical leadership of teams building and testing modern, scalable, secure, performant applications in line with software development principles, practices and patterns e.g. XP, TDD
  • Experience of technical ownership for a product/software project, including architecture, estimation, product planning and user story/requirement creation
  • Expertise in software design and development across all layers of an application 
  • Experience of mentoring and coaching members of your team and wider community
  • Experience with the latest Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery techniques


  • Good communication skills, with the ability to communicate issues to technical and non-technical people
  • Active participation in knowledge sharing activities, both within the team and at a wider capability level and externally where appropriate.
  • Experience of debugging and troubleshooting live applications
  • Experience of multiple programming languages and data storage technologies
  • Knowledge of public cloud platforms, such as AWS and Azure, including SaaS and PaaS offerings

Who you are:

Our vision is to enable outstanding people to create digital solutions that have a positive impact on people’s lives. Our values aren't abstract; they are the behaviours we expect from each other every day, and underpin everything that we do. We expect everyone to display our values by being determined in how obstacles are overcome; honest when dealing with others; respectful of how you treat others; creative to find solutions to complex problems and cooperative by sharing information, knowledge and experience. 

These values, applied collectively, help to produce an outstanding Kainos person, team and culture. 

About us 

Kainos is a high-growth IT services company providing digital technology solutions and agile software development to enterprise customers. Across our 30-year history, we have worked on transformational projects across government, NHS and a myriad of private sector clients.

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