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REQ ID: 87821
JOB TITLE: Principal Software Engineer
SALARY: Competitive 
POSTING END DATE: 31/05/2022
LOCATION: Manchester

Jaguar Land Rover is harnessing technology to make driving smarter, safer and cleaner. You can help create a world in which responsible, sustainable vehicles revolutionise the driving experience for generations. Our vision is to leverage the incredible potential of technology to build vehicles that not only offer a premium, all-encompassing digital experience, but that also make our customers lives better.


Jaguar Land Rover in Manchester are currently recruiting for a Principal Software Engineer with a passion for quality, and proven experience of full stack software engineering and architecture, for a variety of digital projects based in Manchester. We are looking for a great engineer who has a passion for innovative problem solving, quality-first coding and DevOps practices.



You will be responsible for solution architecture, systems integration design, definition and ownership of engineering standards, technical leadership and technical hands-on support to Software Engineers and SETs, as well as advocating and providing technical leadership for DevOps practices in the lab. You will form part of a collaborative, iterative and agile process in a multi-disciplined team helping deliver best in class digital solutions. This role provides a unique opportunity to help support and grow an entirely new software engineering and DevOps capability within Jaguar Land Rover.


You will be working particularly closely with the Principal Site Reliability Engineer to ensure applications built in the lab are cloud-native, conform to 12 Factor principles and are in line with platform capacity and resilience requirements. The two of you will also work together to own incident management processes and support of live apps.

Reporting directly to the Global Digital Development Centre Lead, and with line management and mentoring responsibilities for other engineers, you will consistently deliver to challenging business objectives, with a focus on testability, robustness, and performance for exciting new projects.



  • Lead the architecture and integration for complex solutions, strong hands-on software engineering experience across full SDLC and strong microservice cloud-native architecture experience
  • Effective cross-functional leadership skills, working with engineering and operations teams to ensure systems are secure, scalable and reliable
  • Strong advocate for continuous delivery and DevOps practices
  • Improve and establish DevOps practices including CICD pipeline
  • Ensure the design and implementation of architectures satisfies customer needs and is aligned with wider JLR application strategies and technical requirements
  • Ensure the developed systems adherence to all required internal and external standards
  • Define technical roadmap and strategy for systems, and delivery against these roadmaps
  • Technical hands-on support to Software Engineers and SEITs in all areas of application build, test and deployment
  • Strong experience in full stack software engineering (front end, back end, data, cloud)
  • Strong experience in multiple languages used in the lab (Java, Spring, React)
  • Responsible for coaching and mentoring a team of senior engineers
  • Line management responsibility for a team of senior engineers




  • Ability to demonstrate experience developing bespoke built enterprise scale cloud-native applications
  • Previous experience developing code with Java (or other JVM languages)
  • Experience with API aggregation, Kafka, JavaScript (ES6) and common front-end libraries such as React
  • Strong experience with relational database technologies such as MySQL or similar and NoSQL technologies such as MongoDB
  • Experienced advocate for practices such as TDD
  • Experience with Microservices architectures, RESTful APIs and message queues
  • Experience instrumenting enterprise applications for observability and operational monitoring using tools such as ELK, Prometheus Grafana
  • Experience with modern web technologies such as HTML5 and CSS
  • Strong Object Oriented programming skills
  • Experience with source code management and version control (Git/GitHub/GitLab)
  • Experience with modern CI/CD tools and techniques
  • Previous involvement in all stages of the software delivery lifecycle
  • Passion for mentoring and technical coaching of engineers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills




  • Experience with Kubernetes or other cloud infrastructure (Google Cloud Platform, AWS, Azure)
  • Familiarity with polyglot persistence and experience with a NoSQL database engines (Mongo, Neo4j, etc)
  • Understanding and experience of Site Reliability Engineering practices and principles





Bring all this to the home of premium innovation, and you’ll find the opportunities to further your career with a world-class team, a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family, membership of a competitive pension plan, private medical cover and performance related bonus scheme. As a manager, you’ll also be able to select one of our luxury premium vehicles to lease at a fraction of the cost. All this and more makes Jaguar Land Rover the perfect place to continue your journey.


This role may offer the opportunity for hybrid working where you can split your time between working from home and in the office. At Jaguar Land Rover, hybrid working is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement providing employees with more choice and flexibility around how, when and where they work, if suitable for their role. Further details can be discussed with the Hiring Manager at interview stage. 


Please be aware that we may close this vacancy for applications before the stated deadline if we receive a high volume of interest. We strongly advise you to submit your application as early as possible.


Jaguar Land Rover is committed to equal opportunity for all.


At Jaguar Land Rover, we are passionate about our people. They are at the heart of our business. We are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive culture that is representative of our global customers and the society in which we live; a culture in which every one of our employees can bring their authentic self to work, and reach their full potential.


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