Senior Developer (HPCC, Big Data, Front-End, Cloud)

Reed Business Information Limited
Up to 56k basic + bonus + benefits
19 Oct 2016
17 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Senior Software Engineer/Developer

Based in Sutton, London SM2 5AS

Proagrica is looking for an experienced Software Developer with a strong background in data to join its expanding Data & Analytics group. This represents an exciting opportunity to join Proagrica and implement and utilise a range of advanced Big Data, Search and Semantic analysis tools.

The successful candidate will be expected to work within the Core & Analytics team on the implementation of ETL pipelines, data integration components, data query layers and data-rich front ends - as such, proven experience with Data platforms is essential.

Whilst the bulk of the work would evolve around the High Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC) platform and it's Enterprise Control Language, any experience with SQL Server, REST/Web APIs and ElasticSearch is highly desirable, since they form an important part of the platforms ecosystem.

Skills & Experience


- Highly competent in data programming skills, such as SQL.
- Experience of working in a data-centric environment (working with and manipulating data)
- Experience of working with RDBMSs
- Strong interpersonal and stakeholder skills
- Excellent problem solving skills
- Agile Development (Scrum)
- A real interest and passion for software development and high quality code


- Experience in HPCC, Big Data, Search or other distributed computing environment (e.g. Hadoop, Elastic) is highly desirable.
- Experience in machine learning & data visualisation.
- Competent front-end coding skills in HTML, CSS and JavaScript
- Experience of TDD and Object Oriented principles
- Testing Automation
- Jira / Confluence (or similar)
- Amazon Web Services, Azure (or similar)

So who are RBI and ProAgrica?

RBI is a global online data and information business cited amongst the world's top-100 'online superpowers'. We have an international portfolio of market leading brands (including ProAgrica, ICIS, Accuity, Flight Global and New Scientist) that spans Western Europe, North America, China, Singapore, Australia and beyond; we're also part of the FTSE100 RELX Group, a global media and publishing group with a history spanning several hundred years and revenues in the region of $10bn.

As one of the fastest growing brands within RBI, ProAgrica is a leading multi-media information service for farmers and agriculture businesses online, in print and face-to-face. It provides news, market prices, technical advice, opinion and vital interactive services for farm businesses.

How important is technology to ProAgrica?

Technology is a central part of the ProAgrica business. The technology team develop and maintain the online products that help UK farm and rural businesses effectively manage business records and meet legislative, cross compliance and performance management requirements. We provide news and views about the business of farming. ProAgrica magazine provides topical technical information from independent experts, designed to help farmers manage their businesses more effectively. We use modern technologies, work almost exclusively in the cloud and focus on agile development approaches.

What's it like to work here?

Outstanding - you've probably already got a feel for what we do and the technology we're involved with but what's really stands us out from the crowd is our culture. We're an agile, dynamic and forward thinking organisation who understands the importance of looking after our staff. We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality products, providing our employees with interesting challenges for their personal and career development whilst also striking the right balance between work and family life.

In addition to all of this we offer the following 'core' benefits:

- 29 days holiday
- 2 paid charity days (as a business we do a lot of charity work)
- Pension and life assurance scheme
- SAYE Share Options Scheme

There are also AIP (bonus), car allowance, and medical benefits available at more senior levels within the business.

And what about your career?

Career development is a big thing for us and we take our PDP (personal development plan) process very seriously; we want you to learn and progress quickly in the direction you want to go and we will provide you with the training and support to achieve that at the right pace. The great thing about us career-wise is that we're a company made up of leading online businesses so you can develop in three dimensions, vertically through the business, across different brands, and across different functions (if you fancy a change). We're also an increasingly international business and are often able to offer overseas opportunities either as secondments or on a permanent basis.

RBI is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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