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Lead Java Developer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

** Remote/home working allowed **

With market-leading, innovative insurance, and financial products the transformation of our business makes the Saga Group an extremely exciting place to be as we move toward the Saga 70th anniversary in 2021. 

Our IT systems are key to our ability to personalise and target communications to our customers, improve the experience of members of Possibilities, our customers and employees, and achieve operational efficiencies.

…And right now, we are looking for a lead Java Developer at an exciting time in Saga’s history. As a Group, Saga is taking to the seas in our brand new, luxury cruise ships, leading the market with innovative insurance and financial products.

As our Lead Application Developer, you will be contributing to a business area for processes to deliver world class technology operations for our systems and services. You will be doing this through excellent operational focus on system stability, security, performance and reliability.

Using technical leadership you will be responsible for the delivery and maintenance of application developments within the Technology department.

And in return, you can look forward to all the responsibility and involvement of an integral role, providing you with a rewarding and fast-paced career with an excellent benefits package. 

Role Responsibility

  • Building and changing software applications in line with Business needs and requirements
  • Integrating software components and third-party applications
  • Ensuring any deliveries are of high quality and any development side testing is complete
  • Working collaboratively with other Technology professionals to deliver technology programmes, projects and workstreams
  • Ensuring deliveries are secure, in line with best practice and aligned to policy
  • Creating and maintaining technical documents
  • Remaining up to date with development best practice
  • Assisting with troubleshooting systems and work collaboratively to resolve and prevent any defects, risk or issues
  • Providing technical expertise
  • Performance managing Application developers

The Ideal Candidate

Capability, Knowledge and Experience 

  • Knowledge of coding languages and frameworks relevant to area
  • Agile development methodologies
  • Ability to learn new coding languages and technologies
  • Track record of successful delivery

Education and Qualifications 

  • Good education background
  • Application developer or similar experience

Personal Characteristics 

  • Communication skills
  • Knowledge of coding languages and frameworks relevant to area
  • Agile development methodologies
  • Ability to learn new coding languages and technologies
  • An eye for detail and identifying problems
  • Performance management
  • Application development leadership

Package Description

The standard benefits when you join Saga include: 

  • Remote working available where possible

  • The choice to buy a further 5 days annual leave per year 

  • Free private medical insurance after 1 years' service 

  • Workplace Pension 

  • AXA Be Supported 

  • Apples Nursery (Folkestone only and on a waiting list basis) 

  • Give as you earn 

  • Free eye tests 

  • Honeymoon benefit 

  • Share buy 

  • Salary finance 

  • Discounts on Saga holidays and insurance products 

  • A range of reductions and offers from leading retailers, travel groups and entertainment companies 

About the Company

We want all our candidates to have the best possible chance of doing well during our recruitment process so we have created some videos which will help with your CV: 

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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. 

We are an official Disability Confident Committed employer and ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible and we will make reasonable adjustments as required.

We are a member of the 30% Club and partner with Women Ahead which offers us a fantastic opportunity to take part in a leading, global, cross-company, leadership mentoring scheme to champion female talent.

We are a signatory of the Armed Services Covenant and have received a Silver Award from the Employer Recognition Scheme. 


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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