Product Architect

Development · Maidstone, Kent
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Compensation DOE

Despite technology revolutionising the future of ecommerce, the way we’ve bought and sold cars has largely remained the same for over three decades. Customers had no choice but to trek to their local car dealership to access the best vehicles and latest offers. But thanks to the Automotive Transformation Group, that is no longer the case!

 

With almost 50 years’ of combined industry experience, the Automotive Transformation Group is comprised of two internationally recognised brands – GForces and Autofutura. We are the first of our kind within the industry, creating more than just successful and user-friendly websites for car dealers and manufacturers. Our NetDirector® Suite delivers a seamless and omnichannel solution for all those within the sector who want to stand out from the evolving competition; offering state of the art technology and invaluable data insights to maximise vehicle sales!

 

Since completing this game-changing merger last summer, we are committed to creating new products, investing in new ventures and developing our teams to truly become a key innovator of change. There has never been a more exciting time to join us on this journey!

 

Role

We are seeking a Product Architect to join our growing engineering team. As a Product Architect you will be an active member of the Product Strategy team, responsible for defining and executing the company’s technological strategy and vision in line with our core principles of innovation, quality and efficiency.


Working outside and along-side the agile product teams, development providers and service providers in a consultative approach, as a Product Architect you will provide hands on technical leadership and mentoring. Involved in wider cross-team, departmental level strategy implementation and own technology sponsored initiatives.

 

The Product Architect role is key in contributing to a team environment and culture that rewards collaboration, knowledge sharing and excellent relationship building. 

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Pioneer the development of innovative, efficient, secure, and robust software
  • Act as a role model across the department, setting high professional standards for performance and behaviour.
  • Apply technical expertise and knowledge to design and enhance GForces products directly and through continuous improvement to development practices utilized by the agile product teams
  • Provide technical leadership, mentoring and hands on assistance to agile product teams to help deliver new software and improve existing software
  • Own business level technology sponsored initiatives managed through the SAFe portfolio management framework.
  • Collaborate with Product Managers to identify, contribute, evaluate cost/complexity, negotiate, and improve proposed solutions in order to meet time to market goals
  • Communication of complex information and concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences acting as the bridge between the wider business and the production dept.
  • Identify opportunities to learn from external sources, attend industry events and be enthusiastic and passionate about bringing new ideas, practices, techniques, and technologies forward



Essential Skills/Experience

  • Experience of software delivery using an Agile methodology
  • Knowledge and experience of SOA approaches and web service technologies
  • Thorough understanding of software engineering principles such as OOP, SOLID etc.
  • Experience working with JavaScript frameworks such as Angular, VueJS etc.
  • Awareness of security requirements and software design implications for web-based applications
  • Experience using test frameworks
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Analytical, logical, and methodical approach to problem and issue solving
  • Technical Skills:
    • PHP
    • Python
    • HTML5/CSS
    • XML
    • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
      • EC2, RDS, S3, Cloudformation, API Gateway
      • DynamoDB
      • Lambda


Salary

DOE

 

 

Location

Maidstone, Kent / Remote

 

 

Department

Development

 

 

Position Reports To

Head of Development

 

 

Benefits

  • 25 days holiday plus birthday off
  • Up to 5 additional days holiday for long service
  • Group pension plan
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity  
  • Regular socials and company events
  • Flexible hours


 

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Under the Equality Act 2010,​ we aim to be an equal opportunities employer and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.


 

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  • Location
    Maidstone, Kent
  • Department
    Development
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Compensation
    DOE