Principal Software Engineer (Back-End)

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8311 United Kingdom remote (within UK) IT Permanent

We’re on an exciting journey; as part of the Flutter group we form a key piece of the world’s largest Betting and Gaming company with brands such as PokerStars, Paddy Power, BetFair and SkyBet. We’re expanding our team as we use our technical and sports betting expertise to deliver a best of breed Sportsbook.

What you will do

Reporting into an Engineering Manager and working under guidance of our Senior Principal Engineers, this is a key role, providing technical leadership across one or more teams delivering key parts of our strategy to build and own the industry’s best sports betting and trading platform.

Salary and benefits packages reflect the high standard across our team. We offer excellent training and development opportunities for all engineers, including dedicated L&D time every week.

You will be self-motivated and willing to contribute at all levels, listening and learning from those around you. Culture is the foundation of our success and we want you to be a part of it and drive it.

Principal Engineers are key technical decision makers and leaders.

How you will do it

  • Owns the technical vision for their team(s)
  • Take a leading role in designing, implementing and operating our products and platforms
  • Drive team focus on technical delivery goals whilst balancing quality and user value
  • Work with our product teams and other disciplines on short, medium and long term technical strategy
  • Hands on with deep and current technical expertise in your area of specialism
  • Work with engineering managers in developing staff and evolving our teams
  • Mentor other engineers in your area of specialism
  • Coach and encourage the team to be autonomous in their work
  • Be clear and set a clear direction
  • Builds systems that serve as a definitive example for engineers
  • Be a disciplined custodian of the software design of our products
  • Support Solution Architects in designing technical solutions
  • Utilise extensive experience with microservices to your advantage
  • Advocate and evangelise engineering best practice
  • Have familiarity with security and operational best practices

Normally based in our Leeds city centre tech hub, you’ll enjoy being part of a strong team culture, with the flexibility to work remotely around that. You will be part of a global team.

Our technology stack

Technology is at the heart of everything we do. We build our software with stability, scalability and flexibility in mind. As such, we need to have a platform that can support this. We have a vast array of technologies that we utilise and would expect experience in the following:

  • AWS or another cloud platform
  • Event streaming e.g. Kafka
  • CI/CD utilising technologies such as Jenkins or GoCD
  • Java or similar JVM flavoured language

It would also be useful to have an understanding of:

  • Message queues e.g. RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ etc
  • SQL Databases e.g. MySQL
  • NoSQL databases e.g. Mongo

How we work

We believe in providing the best career for everyone; your progression begins on the day we first meet.

Career progression, staff engagement and satisfaction are paramount to us. We want an environment where engineers can do their best work and be the best that they can be.

  • Our engineers work closely with colleagues in all positions, so communication and interpersonal skills are important for this role
  • Effective Principal Engineers are T-Shaped, we expect deep expertise in one or two areas but an essential knowledge across the Software Delivery Lifecycle – our most senior engineers are able to jump in where there may be a gap to help keep work flowing
  • Modern software engineering relies on iterative, incremental development and fast feedback – we expect a good understanding of the mechanics of this including a solid understanding of automation and its role in modern software delivery
  • Have experience of working in a modern agile environment (e.g. Scrum / Kanban)
  • You will be comfortable working independently or collaboratively with good time and prioritisation skills

What’s in it for you?

The salary for this job is based on experience, so whilst we are not able to go into detail at this stage, we can say that we offer great salary packages and a discretionary annual performance bonus. We can also provide advice and dedicated assistance to those moving to Leeds.

We offer health and dental insurance for you, your partner and your children (if you all live at the same address). If you have a baby whilst you work for us, we will give you 1000 GBP as congratulations.

In addition to that, we provide the opportunity for a discounted gym membership.

Our in-house training and development team deliver fantastic support in terms of developing your skills and helping you progress your career.

What happens next?

We will aim to get back to you as soon as possible. If you meet the criteria, then we’ll invite you to a first stage zoom call and if that goes well we’ll meet you for a second zoom call.

The Group

PokerStars is part of Flutter Entertainment Plc, a global sports betting, gaming and entertainment provider headquartered in Dublin and part of FTSE 100 index of the London Stock Exchange, which brings together exceptional brands, products and businesses and a diverse global presence in a safe, responsible and ultimately sustainable way.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We do not discriminate on any protected characteristic as defined by applicable law.

We will look to provide reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process. If you need assistance, please contact

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