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Job Introduction

When you join Saga we welcome you with open arms and we fuel your career possibilities. We support. We encourage. We champion you to reach your full potential

We are looking for Java Developers to join our CHMC part of the Saga business based in Southampton.  It’s an exciting time to join.  These roles will focus on our new IT systems that are key to our ability to personalise and target communications to our customers, improve the experience of members for Possibilities, our customers and employees, and achieve operational efficiencies. 

These roles are within our IT department and we are looking at all levels of experience, so don't worry if your skill set doesn't hit all of the below criteria.

You will be responsible for programming of largely pre-analysed requirements for program fixes and system enhancements, unit testing, system testing and user training and assist users with their acceptance testing.

You will bring relevant programming skills and knowledge as well as a thorough understanding of HTML, CSS and client-side scripting.

And in return, you can look forward to all of the responsibility and involvement of an integral role, providing you with a rewarding and fast paced career with an excellent benefits package including life assurance, pension, high street and online discounts, and concessions for holidays and travel.

Role Responsibility

  • You won't have direct line management responsibilities unless nominated to deputise for the Manager in their absence.  You may mentor new team members though, which could include knowledge transfer, provision of advice/guidance and ensuring adherence to standards.
  • Work allocation to other members of the team within parameters set down by the Manager.
  • Provide regular progress reports to Manager.
  • Adhere to Company and Departmental standards.  Recommend improvements where appropriate.
  • Reporting of progress/problems/concerns/issues to IT Management.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and complex technical concepts clearly in plain English.
  • Any instances of system unavailability for whatever reason to be notified to the IT Manager immediately.
  • Undertake business analysis in order to establish business requirements.
  • Produce Terms of Reference where applicable.
  • Produce feasibility studies and cost/benefit justifications.
  • Detailed analysis of user requirements for new systems and the continued maintenance/enhancement of current systems.  Provide advice where alternative solutions exist.
  • Provision of estimates for fixes/enhancements/new systems requested by the business.
  • Produce Functional Specifications using jargon free language which can be understood by users.  Give formal presentations where appropriate.
  • Produce Technical Specifications where appropriate.
  • Systems design.
  • Programming in relevant languages as appropriate with adherence to best practice in security, usability and accessibility.
  • Unit testing, system testing and user training.  Assist users with their acceptance testing.
  • Ensure that all work undertaken has been documented on the correct forms with authorising signatures in place before putting the fix/enhancement/new system forward for application to the ‘live’ environment using the Change Management Procedure (Fast Track or Release).
  • Ensure that appropriate levels of documentation are in place.
  • Manage any risks or controls delegated to this position as detailed in the relevant risk registers, in line with the business's risk policy.

The Ideal Candidate

Capability, Knowledge and experience:

  • Relevant programming knowledge (JAVA, JSP).
  • Thorough understanding of HTML, CSS and client-side scripting.
  • SQL Server T-SQL/SSIS/DTS would be advantageous.
  • Experience of technical project management and development methodologies.
  • Systems analysis and sesign knowledge.
  • Good database design skills.
  • Understanding of web security, usability, accessibility and general web standards.
  • Keeps up to date with industry standards and best practice.

Education and qualifications:

  • Degree level qualification is preferred, however relevant business and/or technical experience would also be considered.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Good analytical, systems design and technical skills.
  • Ability to communicate with users, team members and managers.
  • Good time management.
  • Ability to move into other development or support teams and to quickly become effective.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and complex technical concepts clearly in plain English.

Package Description

The standard benefits when you join Saga include:

  • Option to purchase a further 5 days annual leave per year
  • Free private medical insurance after 1 years service
  • Pension
  • AXA Be Supported
  • Apples Nursery (Folkestone only and on a waiting list basis)
  • Free fruit 
  • Give as you earn
  • Free eye tests
  • Honeymoon benefit
  • Sharebuy
  • Salary finance
  • Discounts on Saga holidays and insurance products
  • A range of reductions and offers from leading retailers, travel groups and entertainment companies
  • Long service awards

About the Company

When you join Saga you will see that we are committed to treating all employees fairly and to offering equal opportunities in all aspects of employment and advancement. 

We value diversity not just because it is the right thing to do, but because diverse teams perform better. Creating a culture in which everyone feels welcome and offering equal opportunities in all aspects of employment and advancement is incredibly important to us. Fair consideration is given to applications from all applicants, including those with disabilities. If you need support at any point with your application please let us know as we will be happy to help.

Learn more about the Saga business by watching our Saga plc 2019 AGM film below:

To all recruitment agencies: Saga does not accept agency CVs unless specifically engaged on the role by the HR Recruitment Team. Please do not forward CVs to our recruiters, employees or any other company location. Saga is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs.


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