Senior Software Engineer

This is a remote first role, with an option to work in the Manchester office for those who want to. You may be asked to occasionally attend meetings in Manchester.

Engineers play a huge part in our Digital Technology team at Co-op.

We are the makers. The people who design, build, and operate the products that support our members, customers and colleagues. From Food to Funeralcare, Legal Services to Insurance, and everything in between. The systems we work on range from cloud-based services, through apps for customers and for colleagues, to tills in stores. We’re a complex organisation supporting multiple tech stacks, including JavaScript, Python, JVM, and .NET. Our cloud implementations are on Azure and AWS.

We’re a historic organisation, founded on principals of mutuality and support for local communities. Our vision is to co-operate for a fairer world, and collaboration is part of who we are. We work in small, multi-disciplinary teams with an Agile approach and we value knowledge sharing so we often use pair and ensemble-programming. We also provide career and technical coaching, and we run communities of practice to support continuous learning.

What you’ll do  

•    work collaboratively to build, maintain, and support Co-op applications and systems
•    have a hands-on focus on developing software iteratively
•    make sure that our technical quality keeps up to our internal standards
•    share your knowledge and skills with others in our Communities of Practice
•    influence decisions at a team level, and communicate concepts to a wide range of technical and non-technical colleagues
•    provide guidance, coaching and training to other engineers to support their development
•    lead colleagues in smaller product teams as the software engineering subject matter expert
•    resolve technical challenges, making sure that solutions fulfil overall business objectives

What you’ll get out of joining us

•    opportunities to learn, grow and build a career
•    a co-operative team where you can always be your true self
•    the ability to work flexibly and remotely, so you can achieve the right balance between work and your personal life
•    pension with up to 10% employer contributions
•    annual bonus and incentive scheme
•    28 days holiday (rising to 32 in line with service) plus bank holidays
•    discounts on Co-op products and services

This role would suit people who have

•    significant experience in a hands-on software engineering role, implementing and maintaining applications and services
•    experience of delivering iteratively towards an end-goal
•    solid programming expertise in a relevant stack (JavaScript, Python, JVM, and/or .NET)
•    experience of tooling and practices for automated build, integration, and deployment
•    expertise in software patterns and practices, such as Object-Orientated or Functional programming
•    a good understanding of architectural patterns and practices, and the ability to make trade-offs between design decisions
•    experience and understanding of TDD (test driven development)
•    a strong understanding of Agile methodologies and practices

Building an inclusive work environment

We’re committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

We can make reasonable adjustments to our interview process according to your needs. And we offer a flexible working environment so you can adjust your hours to suit your personal circumstances. You can find out more about Co-op people policies at

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