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Software Developer - Student Placement 2019/20

Midlands - West
Salary Details:
£Competitive + Excellent Benefits
Advertising End Date:
15 Feb 2019
About The Role

This position is in the Development team of our Engineering department, a rapidly evolving department made up of Developers, Test Engineers, Test Automation Engineers, Build & Deployment experts and DBAs.  This collective family of expertise comes together to drive forward our award winning products to the global market.


We understand the importance of providing the right environment for our fantastic staff to be their best, it’s this that makes it possible for us to deliver high quality software to our many clients.


Some of the tech you’ll get your hands on:

  • C#, .NET, .NET Core
  • Microservices, RESTful Services
  • SQL Server, Elasticsearch, Entity Framework, EF Migrations
  • Team City, Docker
  • TDD & self-testing code
  • Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR)


The typical week of a Synectics Developer:

  • Start your day with your squad stand-up
  • Get a cup of tea and the latest gossip from our nurturing staff as they visit your desk on their morning rounds
  • Pull a piece of work from the backlog, get-together with your buddy to discuss the approach, and then get coding!
  • Reached a tricky coding problem?  Not an issue, there is lots of support and training tools to hand to help you overcome it
  • Login to the online canteen menu, create your very own dish or select from one of the daily specials (always with a veggie option) and await delivery at your desk
  • Lunch time = decision time! Walk in the park, hit the gym or wander over to the board games club? Games club wins – you need to conserve your energy for tomorrows Couch25k run right?
  • Pair up with a fellow squad member to test & push CI a piece of work – ensuring the keep the monitors green
  • As your Architecture Owner and Product Owner argue about which piece of work should take priority, suggest the only honourable way of settling the debate: a pool-darts-table-tennis triathlon championship in the break-out area
  • Decide a bit of peace and quiet is needed to polish off this bit of code, so retreat to the airplane mode room for a few hours
  • Get together with the Squad for your retrospective to look at what’s gone well and what could improve, make changes to ensure that the next sprint is the best to date
  • Attend the monthly Best Practice meeting, debate when it’s ok to use var in C# and when it isn’t (again)
  • Finish off your week with a well earned pint at one of Burslem’s many traditional real ale pubs


Those first few weeks;

We get that starting a new job can be daunting: you don’t know the products, the people and sometimes even the tech stack! So we’ll pair you up with your ‘Buddy’ (another developer) for as long as you need. 

They’ll guide you through the induction process and show you the ropes of the role (and probably introduce you to the pool table and the pub pretty quickly!)

About You

What we’re looking for:

  • Attitude: self-learning, self-starting, individuals with initiative – you can’t know everything and you will face new challenges and need to reckon with new technologies on a regular basis
  • Passion & enthusiasm: dedication to high quality, maintainable code and a love of problem solving
  • Mastery: desire to be the best developer that you can be, we will help you reach your potential
  • Team-player: collaborate with the whole company, within your squad, across squads, and across departments
  • An ability to perform at a high level in a fast paced, dynamic environment, sometimes against tough deadlines
  • Embrace Agile methodology & attitude, help us to make positive change

About The Company

Benefits & the cool stuff
25 Days Holiday + bank holidays (with increments), holiday purchasing, subsidised canteen & food delivered to your desk (this is why we need -->), local subsidised gym memberships, weekly on-site exercise classes, protected time for learning & personal development, online training memberships, hack days, pension scheme, cycle to work scheme and loads more…

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