Start.ca

Start.ca is currently looking for a highly talented Software Development Specialist to join our growing team! As a Software Development Specialist you will be responsible for collaborating with team members to contribute to the development of major features and internal tools that optimize Start.ca’s development process. The Software Development Specialist will also create solutions related to architecture, implementation, testing and maintenance, scaling, and will be responsible for designing fully functioning code with required documentation. Along with the responsibilities and requirements specific to this role, the Software Development Specialist is also expected to abide by, and encourage, Start’s Code of Conduct, helping to strengthen the trusting and positive work environment.

What you’ll be doing:

Defining site objectives by analyzing user requirements; envision system features and functionality.
Defining, designing, and implementing object-oriented distributed software applications and maintain and modify existing applications.
Performing custom programming as assigned.
Providing design documents and documentation to ensure efficient maintenance and code reuse.
Participating in the design and implementation of databases.
Interacting with project teams and internal users regarding timelines, technical issues, and infrastructure integration.
Completing application development by coordinating requirements, schedules, and activities; troubleshoot development and production problems across multiple environments and operating platforms.
Supporting users by developing documentation and assistance tools.
Mentoring, supporting, and collaborating with fellow Software Developers.
Actively participating in project and team meetings, offering recommendations/ideas on development projects and for improvements in the overall development process.
Taking ownership over assigned projects, ensuring projects are completed within set timelines.
Collaborating with the Development team to create and update standards for project delivery.
Provide feedback, guidance, and advocate performant and maintainable code through code reviews and face-to-face conversations.
Staying current with trends, techniques, technology, and other factors impacting the role and team.
Other appropriate responsibilities relevant to the role today and the role as it may evolve.

What we are looking for:

Degree/Diploma in Computer Science, a related program of study, or equivalent professional experience.
3-5 years of experience in software development role coupled with experience working with databases.
Experience within a large development team.
Have a strong knowledge of and/or experience with the following:
o PHP and PHP MVC Frameworks, preferably Laravel.
o HTML, CSS, JavaScript and React JS.
o Object oriented programming concepts.
o Relational database design and querying concepts.
o Version control concepts.
Working knowledge of and/or experience with the following:
o Linux.
o API lead architecture, including various data formats & protocols.
o Security frameworks (e.g., OAUTH2).
o Agile development methodologies.
Understanding of UI and UX design is essential.
Work experience in ecommerce preferred.
Work experience using a Content Management System is an asset.
Able to write understandable, testable code with an eye towards maintainability.
Sound judgement when balancing multiple priorities and deadlines with producing quality code and long-term code maintainability.
Demonstrated ability to meet project deadlines without compromising quality of work. Strong communication skills with the ability to explain complex technical concepts to all levels of the organization.
Excellent teamwork and team building skills coupled with the passion to act as a technical mentor who is keen to support others and share ideas within the team.
Exceptional time management skills, multitasking skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated aptitude for learning new technologies.
Able to perform computer work, including typing and other fine motor movements for up to 80% of each shift.
Able to identify problems and situations, take appropriate action, implement solutions, or escalate as required.

What we offer:

We live by our core values: Friendly, Smart, Honest, Reliable, Forward and Involved.
We have a dynamic, reputable, and FUN company culture – it’s what brings our employees here and keeps them here 🙂
As we grow, we want our employees to grow with us through our career advancement opportunities and continuous professional development.
Pay per performance compensation philosophy.
Group Retirement Savings Plan with company matching.
Comprehensive flex option health & dental benefits & life insurance.

Diversity is important to us, and we believe our differences make us a better company. Our differences help us to be innovative, with new attitudes, new processes, and new solutions to difficult problems. We respect our differences and this respect is shared throughout our culture.

We know that applying to a new role takes a lot of work and we truly value your time. We’re looking forward to reading your application!

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