Principal Developer
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Manchester, United Kingdom
6d ago

Freshfields Overview

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world's leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on ground-breaking and business-critical mandates.

Our people make our firm - we are a people business and want to create a welcoming and supportive environment where all can flourish.

We see diversity as a strength which creates fresh perspectives and generates new ideas. We enjoy our work and are determined to do an outstanding job.

We deliver best when working in teams.

We think and work globally - we don’t just say we are one firm; we act like one firm right across the world. We work wherever our clients need us.

This is how we define ourselves, not by reference to where we have offices. Cross-border work isn’t just what we do, it is what we excel at.

We understand what it really takes to work across different legal systems and commercial environments and to bridge language and cultural gaps.

We aim to add value in everything we do - we are passionate about helping our clients succeed. We use our experience and creativity to help clients make judgements and achieve their goals.

In everything we do, we seek to make a real difference to the communities in which we operate.

Location Overview

The Freshfields Global Centre provides both business and legal services to the firm. Our services are delivered in a way which supports the global nature of our firm and our clients, enables our fee earners to deliver exceptional service to our clients and to do that in a way which is efficient and effective.

Our Centre in Manchester is the first site to be established in the emerging Freshfields Global operating model. Our aspiration is to establish further sites in the US and Asia-Pacific in the coming years.

Function Overview

The IT Department is responsible for providing technology and support to enable fee earners and business services employees to operate efficiently both internally and with their clients.

The IT department is comprised of two functions, Customer Services and Technology Services. These two functions work closely together with the shared goal of delivering strategic business value through the application of technology.

IT operates as a global team with regional presence in most of our offices. Our centralised IT infrastructure is maintained and managed by Technology Services and Customer Services provides all business facing support and services.

Role Purpose

To develop, maintain and enhance web applications and / or derivative web solutions. To apply industry best practice and quality assurance standards, and to lead the web developers in the development, maintenance and enhancement of complex applications.

Key Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • Instil a culture of continual learning, developing standards and evolving our engineering career framework;
  • Demonstrate the benefits of Agile development method and methodology;
  • Provide quality assurance and be the point of escalation for complex technical problems;
  • Role model for developer career path;
  • External technical representation;
  • Technical point of escalation for P1’s and Major Incidents;
  • Set quality standards for tools, techniques and methodologies, advising on their application and ensuring compliance;
  • Recommend / design structures and tools for systems which meet business needs. Deliver technical visualisation of proposed applications for approval by customer and execution by system developers.
  • Translating logical designs into physical designs;
  • Undertakes complete design of simple applications using simple templates and tools. Assists as part of a team on design of components of larger systems.
  • Produces detailed designs including for example : physical data flows, file layouts, common routines;
  • Applies data analysis and data modelling techniques to establish, modify or maintain a data structure and its associated components (entity descriptions, relationship descriptions, attribute definitions);
  • To maintain a thought leadership role in associated areas of research, and share knowledge and ideas within the department through presentations, articles and working practices.
  • Subject Matter Expert Web development knowledge;
  • Uses appropriate methods and tools in the development, maintenance, control and distribution of quality and environmental standards.
  • Makes technical changes to quality and environmental standards according to documented procedures;
  • Contributes, under instruction, to the production and distribution of documentation items, to testing the content and layout of specific deliverables, and to the configuration of documentation items and files;
  • Designs, codes, tests, corrects, and documents simple programs, and assists in the implementation of software which forms part of a properly engineered information or communications system;
  • Contribute to and help shape the Digital and Web development strategy;
  • Lead innovation activity within their area and participate in wider innovation forums as appropriate.
  • Essential

  • Significant experience in a Senior Web Developer role;
  • Strong experience of developing, maintaining and enhancing responsive web applications;
  • Wide experience and skills in building sophisticated server-side and web services and web applications in C# utilizing best-practice tools and technologies that deliver high-quality software solutions;
  • Wide experience and skills in building ASP.NET Web applications in both WebForms and MVC using responsive design and frameworks;
  • Wide experience and skills in building a backend services using WebAPIs or WCF;
  • Strong experience in designing and running test cycles / unit tests / test scripts for web applications using any test framework;
  • Strong experience in continuous Integration / Improvement using source control, automated build / test and code coverage analysis tools.
  • Essential Technical Skills

  • Agile methodology experience;
  • Experience as a certified Scrum Master;
  • NET technologies and languages including but not limited to Visual Studio, C#.NET, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, Entity Frameworks, MVC, WCF, XML Web Services, WebApi, SQL Server, LINQ;
  • REST, JSON;
  • HTML5, CSS, Responsive Design, Bootstrap UI;
  • Knowledge of XML, XSLT, XPATH and XML Schemas;
  • Javascript, Angular.JS and JQuery;
  • Subversion.
  • Desirable Technical Skills

  • CruiseControl.NET;
  • ReSharper.
  • Desirable Qualifications

  • ITIL Service Management Foundation certification and / or equivalent;
  • Professional qualifications, training or other relevant accreditations in area of expertise and / or equivalent.
  • Freshfields is an equal opportunities employer and all applications received by the firm will be considered by the firm on the basis of their merit alone and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of background.

    All offers of employment will be conditional on the candidate having / securing the right to work in the UK and providing the firm with evidence of that right (as required by the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006) prior to employment commencing.

    Please note that, in line with the requirements of the UK Border Agency, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EEA candidate can fill the position.

    Freshfields is a Ban the Box employer. We ask applicants to disclose criminal convictions only when a conditional job offer is made.

    A conviction does not automatically lead to withdrawal of the offer : we make decisions on a case by case basis and take a number of factors into account (e.

    g. the role you are applying for and the circumstances of the offence). You would have the opportunity to discuss the matter with us before we make a decision.

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