Lead Software Developer

Application deadline: 26/08/2022

Founded in 1981 as a commercial venture with Oxford University’s business college, Oxford Economics has become one of the world’s foremost economic consulting firms with over 20 offices around the world and 400 employees. Our unique data assets and analytical platforms provide best-in-class global economic and industry models to forecast external market trends and assess economic, social and business impact. We are proud to be ranked top in the global Best Economic Forecaster Awards, more than any other forecaster over the past three years by FocusEconomics; also to be recognised as one of Britain’s top mid-market private companies for fastest-growing international sales by The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.

At Oxford Economics, we have a deep respect for the role we play in an increasingly complex, interconnected world where economics underpins many of the phenomena unfolding around us every day. We understand the responsibility we have in informing our customers’ most critical decisions with our expert-curated datasets, adaptive forecast models and analytical software. Our leading brand, global scale and growth trajectory represent a rare opportunity to develop world-class skills and deliver meaningful impact. We offer the kind of working environment and competitive compensation you would expect from a global leader, but also a unique heritage and sense of belonging.

Overview of Position

As a Lead Software Developer, you will supervise and lead a team of manly remote developers overseeing technical support and continuous improvement of internal systems. You will work in a growing in-house team developing Oxford Economics’ online software services and product lines. You will join an established team of customer-focused individuals who are passionate about solving complex problems at scale. Our content publishing systems, databanks and modelling software provide clients across the world with advanced economic forecasting technology coving a range of industrial and commercial scenarios. You will work with your team to break down problems, explore technical approaches, and develop and deploy solutions in a way that continuously delivers value to our customers. Your team will own and maintain its own software and be responsible for ensuring high-quality, working in an agile way and focusing on continuous improvement.

As a lead Software Developer at Oxford Economics, you will work in tandem with our Economists, Analysts and Business Development teams to develop state-of-the-art product and service features driven by client needs. You should absolutely love to create great software, love learning, and be passionate about your role and profession as a software developer. An active appreciation for the role economics plays in the world and how technology can contribute to our evolving client value propositions will be key to your success.

Main Responsibilities
  • Responsible for the creation and implementation of the end to end technical design and ensuring alignment to the strategic technical architecture
  • Develop internal software tools and applications to help our data curation team capture, cleanse, transform, analyse, validate, visualise and publish economic data sets
  • Develop internal software tools and applications to help our economists consume, model, transform, analyse and visualise economic data and produce forecast data sets
  • Develop cloud infrastructure and automation that supports the organisation scale and deliver new capabilities
  • Support the design and implementation of cloud infrastructure as part of the lifecycle of projects
  • Apply a product mindset to balance trade-offs between quality and delivery
  • Work effectively with product and design disciplines to develop world-class software to help our customers consume, analyse and visualise our economic data
  • Represent your team during cross-team collaboration by staying focused on all aspects of your development projects and ensuring they are handled with consistently sound judgement
  • Actively participate in continuous improvement of the team’s processes by proactively sharing knowledge, demonstrating success and day-to-day mentoring of others
  • Work and succeed in a fast-paced and agile development environment to drive tasks to completion while ensuring high quality of code that is robust and easy to maintain
  • Apply quality assurance practices such as peer design/code reviews to measure and improve software development quality, timeliness and efficiency to ensure high quality of code that is robust and easy to maintain
  • In addition to improving and innovating products, all team members share the load of maintaining, managing, operating and supporting the existing technology portfolio (most of which is very new)
Key Working Relationships

  • CIO / Software Developers
  • Economists / Business Analysts
  • IT Support / Infrastructure Architects
  • Cloud providers
  • Software vendors
Skills and Experience: Required
  • At least 10 years of software development experience across the product lifecycle in a modern engineering environment (APIs, CI/CD, Cloud infrastructure, Tests, Git, Agile, Scrum)
  • Highly proficient in the Microsoft technology stack, including .NET Core, C#, ASP.NET Core MVC and WebAPI) and at least working knowledge of Node.js, React and TypeScript (JavaScript)
  • Expert knowledge of REST APIs and experience in backend database technologies including MS SQL Server including good knowledge in query optimization
  • Working understanding of Dev Ops, CI/CD and integrating systems into a deployment pipeline including cloud development (Azure preferred)
  • A solid understanding of object-orientation, idiomatic and pattern-oriented, modern software design, programming principles and development best practices

About Oxford Economics

Oxford Economics was founded in 1981 as a commercial venture with Oxford University’s business college to provide economic forecasting and modelling to UK companies and financial institutions expanding abroad. Since then, we have become one of the world’s foremost independent global advisory firms, providing reports, forecasts and analytical tools on more than 200 countries, 250 industrial sectors, and 7,000 cities and regions. Our best-of-class global economic and industry models and analytical tools give us an unparalleled ability to forecast external market trends and assess their economic, social and business impact.

Headquartered in Oxford, England, with regional centres in London, New York, and Singapore, Oxford Economics has offices across the globe in Belfast, Boston, Cape Town, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Paris, Philadelphia, Sydney, Tokyo, and Toronto. We employ 500 full-time staff, including more than 300 professional economists, industry experts and business editors—one of the largest teams of macroeconomists and thought leadership specialists. Our global team is highly skilled in a full range of research techniques and thought leadership capabilities, from econometric modelling, scenario framing, and economic impact analysis to market surveys, case studies, expert panels, and web analytics.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Oxford Economics family.

Oxford Economics is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by governmental or local laws.

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