Black Swan Data

Senior Engineer (Back End)

We Are Black Swan Data

In a world turbo-charged by social media, the old world of traditional consumer research no longer enough. Where there’s slow and pre-emptive questionnaires and surveys, now there’s continuous big data, algorithms and machine learning. For some, it’s unknown territory. For Black Swan Data, it’s unprecedented possibilities.

Black Swan Data is revolutionising consumer research through Social Prediction. Using the most sophisticated data science and AI techniques, we unlock the full potential of social data to understand and predict consumer behaviour more accurately and further ahead than anyone else. It’s how we turn game-changing insights into a competitive advantage for global giants like PepsiCo, McDonald’s, Unilever, Mondelez and Danone.

We’re fast movers. Since 2011, we’ve spread our wings across the UK, Hungary, USA and South Africa. Today our team of 260 Swans (and counting) includes data scientists, developers, insights consultants, analysts, designers, engineers and marketeers.

But first, we’re entrepreneurs and champions of change who thrive on moving fast and breaking new ground. And our work is getting us noticed. In 2015 we were awarded the Sunday Times #1 Fastest Growing Start-Up. In 2016 we were named the UK’s Fastest Growing Exporter. And in both 2017 and 2018 we ranked high in the Financial Times 1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies.  

The Role…

Day to day, you will be part of an agile full stack feature team including Backend, Frontend, QA, Design, and Product management. We expect a TDD approach to development, producing high quality outputs.  You will ensure development automation is implemented in Black Swan using CI tools such as Jenkins or GitLab and ensure best practices are followed and kept.

  • Work with development and product teams to create innovative software solutions
  • Design server-side architecture
  • Build the back-end of applications utilising well known design patterns
  • Develop and manage well-functioning databases and applications
  • Test software to ensure it is scalable and extensible
  • Troubleshoot, debug and upgrade software
  • Create security and data protection settings
  • Write technical documentation
  • Work with data scientists and analysts to improve software

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Good understanding of technology stacks including mobile, hybrid, back, middleware and front-end development
  • Strong Core Java
  • Spring Boot, Spring Data and wider Spring experience
  • Familiarity with multiple database engines including SQL & No SQL
  • Microservice experience
  • Understanding of message driven architecture
  • REST API development with a good understanding of accompanying standards
  • Experience mentoring software developers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex technical information in a clear and concise manner to customers, executives and non-technical leaders
  • Understanding of product development and quality assurance processes
  • Experience and understanding of technical considerations for cross product projects
  • Knowledge and experience of industry standard tools including budgeting, scheduling, team and task management
  • Be entrepreneurial, with a collaborative, supportive and team-based approach.
  • Strong knowledge of Java and/or other back-end languages (e.g. C#, Python) would be an added plus
  • Creating and managing of GraphQL API’s
  • Working experience with message brokers, for example but not limited to SQS, RabbitMQ or ActiveMQ
  • Possesses good business acumen and sound judgment
  • Experience of managing a technical product build and campaign-based project

What makes a Swan?

We want people fanatical about creating innovative solutions inspired by data. We know Black Swan’s DNA is different, it’s what helps us find new perspectives on our clients’ problems. Working in a fast paced, energized environment, our bar is set high, and an ability to build long lasting partnerships both internally and externally is vital.

We have made a difference at our core and that is embedded in our values.

  • We believe in long-term partnerships through transparency and honesty
  • We believe in leaving the world in a better place than we found it
  • We believe anyone can achieve great things. We do not put people in boxes
  • We listen more than we talk
  • We think 10% crazy is just about right!
  • Most importantly, and because you spend 60% of your waking time at work, we believe you should enjoy it

What We Offer?

Remote Working - Until it is safe to return to our offices, and then up to 60% of your working month working remotely when we are back in our Hubs. Some roles will also be eligible to apply for 100% remote working.

Exciting Clients and Projects -Working with Black Swan Data we promise to provide an exciting and ever-changing industry within Data Science and Predictive Analysis innovative and challenging projects with some of the leading Brands using the industries latest technologies.

Talented Teams - We ensure we have the best talent in the market – We are hire the best of the best as a swan you are exposed to highly skilled and multi-disciplined teams over the world. We have 8 offices across 4 countries!

Career Development  - Regardless of which area of the business you work in you can expect to collaborate on all aspects of Black Swan Data's projects gaining the exposure you need to develop your expertise. No matter what stage you are in your career your development is our priority.

Working environment - Because you spend 60% of your time at work, we try to make it enjoyable! You will benefit from our global benefits: Share options, staff referral scheme, duvet day, flexible and remote working, internal and online training initiatives, volunteering opportunities at white swan, birthday lie in, Christmas gift cards, quarterly staff events, summer hours and Flexible Leave Policy.

As well as the benefits unique to our Cape Town office - Pension & Risk benefits, medical aid contribution, enhanced maternity & paternity leave, parking, breakfast, drinks & snacks, fun Fridays, yoga and meditation sessions. 

We want to positively change the future through technology and the power of prediction. How about you? 

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