Lead Android Developer

  • To £70k
  • Maidstone, Kent
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Lead Android Developer


To £70k


Our client is building a new agile team of mobile software and test engineers in Maidstone. They are now looking for a Lead Android developer who will be responsible for the development of applications in accordance with the company’s development schedule, ensuring that the agreed project milestones and delivery dates are accomplished. The lead Android developer will be instrumental in developing the Group’s client aspirations into a working solution, through design and implementation of software applications operating on various hardware and operating platforms. As lead Android Developer you will provide a clear and structured interface between the team and Head of Development.

There is good scope for promotion and development. This role has become available due to a mixture of expansion and promotion. There are also good opportunities for upskilling with training offered. Our client prides itself on using the latest cutting-edge technologies. For this role we are looking for hands-on Lead Android Developer who will relish the opportunity to grow and mentor their own team.

Benefits with the role of Lead Android Developer include the following:

· Some flexibility to work from home

· Pension (2.5% employee, 2.5% employer increasing by 0.5% each year of service)

· BUPA healthcare

· BUPA cash plan (cash-back for items like dental and glasses)

· Death in service

· Income protection

· Car parking loans

· Travel loans

· Enhanced maternity and paternity

· 25 days holiday

· Pizza payday

· Payday drinks

RESPONSIBILITIES of Lead Android Developer:

· Act as the lead for Android (and potentially iOS) application development projects, ensuring that quality is driven throughout the team and the defined feature is delivered to schedule

· Responsible for ensuring that features are designed and aligned to the target environment and in accordance with company security and software development policies

· Responsible for mentoring and providing guidance for both software engineers and test engineers working within the Mobile Development team

· Creating and maintaining individual team members’ goals and training objectives

· Responsible for creating and maintaining coding best practices and principles utilised by the Mobile Development team

· Maintaining a strong team ethos, ensuring processes are adhered to and adapted where required

· Motivating, energising and mentoring the Mobile Development team

· Ensuring that clear focus is maintained on ‘right first time’, avoiding over-engineered solutions

· Ensuring that the team work to a satisfactory definition in-line with business deliverables and to a high-quality standard

· Provide support to the Security department in audit and review activities in-line with P2PE and PCI assessments

· Verify implementations adhere to secure coding and best practices

· Participate in planning, reviews, retrospectives and estimations with the agile team, providing output to Head of Development and the Product team

· Provide clear and concise solution improvements with detailed analysis around application technical debt

· Embracing new technologies and development techniques to help improve solution quality, security, performance and stability

· Performing regular reviews and 1-2-1s with team members



· Degree level education to 2:1 or above in Computer Science or other IT related discipline

· Minimum 5+ years of experience developing native applications for Android in Java and/or Kotlin

· A test-first development mentality using TDD and knowledge of unit, UI testing and testing pyramids

· Deep understanding of the Android SDK

· Demonstrable understanding of S.O.L.I.D. principles and Object-Oriented patterns

· Knowledge of Clean Architecture patterns such as MVVM, MVP, etc.

· Able to provide examples of clean, self-documenting, readable code

· Version Control using GIT

· Experience of Agile software delivery methods and a strong understanding of agile principles and mindset


· Excellent communication and mentoring skills; good verbal and written communication

· Team or technical leadership experience

· Interest in keeping up-to-date with current industry trends and changes with the ability to evaluate and propose new ideas and solutions

· Experience of working with applications that support multiple versions of Android

· Experience of automated testing with Android applications

· Working knowledge in the payment card industry or experience working in Banking/financial sector

· Knowledge of interfacing through SOAP/REST/JSON/XML protocols

· Knowledge of interfacing through APACS/ISO8583 financial protocols

· Good experience of working with embedded payment terminals

· iOS Development experience



· Excellent analytical abilities with keen attention to detail

· Methodical approach to problem-solving

· Highly organised and persuasive

· Ability to lead and motivate others

· Willingness to step outside of comfort zones

· Team player


· Good negotiating skills

· Ability to communicate with all levels of the organisation

WORKING CONDITIONS: The role will be based in the Maidstone office; however, the need may arise to travel and visit other office locations within the UK. Some projects meetings may also be held at customer sites.

Apply for the role of Lead Android Developer today!

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