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Job: iOS Team Lead

Active since 09-09-2016 Job category IT - Software Development
Location London Level Management
Educational level Bachelor / Graduate Employment type Permanent contract
Hours 37 Salary Excellent + Private Health / De...

Who are we?
AppFactory is a group of 30+ passionate app Designers, Engineers Product Managers and Testers that deliver features for new and existing apps on iOS and Android platforms for the PhotoBox Group family of brands including Moonpig, PhotoBox, Sticky9 and posterXXL.

In 2014, we brought the, Sticky9 and PhotoBox apps in-house and we havent looked back. Today, we are embarking on further expansion to deliver apps as part of the group’s ambitious development roadmap in which mobile is a key component.

What will I be doing?
AppFactory software engineers are responsible for designing, developing and testing new features that our customers will love alongside maintaining and improving existing apps. We work in cross functional Agile teams that work across the whole software lifecycle from concept to submission and release. They take pride in delivering optimal business value through continuous delivery by designing well architected, high quality mobile applications.

As an AppFactory Team Lead you will be expected to take ownership for delivery and support of features and projects that you and your team are working on to create compelling app experiences for our customers. You will be responsible for ensuring your team design and develop software efficiently to a high standard using best practices such as Test Driven Development and Continuous Integration. And you understand the importance of developing, mentoring and expanding engineering talent within your team and have had experience of doing so in the past.

To be successful, you’ll need a passion for developing apps with a real customer focus, wanting each and every one of our customers to be delighted with the features produced by the team. You’ll have strong technical abilities, be a great communicator and be able to self-organise and achieve results in a fast-paced environment. You’ll have a strong track record of capturing requirements through collaboration, and a proven ability to produce high-quality, maintainable and reusable software within an Agile team.

This is a hands-on role: you should expect to spend at least 50% of your time writing code, or working with others on your team directly contributing to the production of code. The other 50% of your time will be spent working on planning and strategy for architecture and product requirements as well as the day-to-day people management and development required of a high-performing and successful team.

What will I need to know?

  • Experience leading a team technically and ensuring best practice is adopted.
  • Proven communication and leadership skills. Knows what it takes to motivate and inspire other developers and testers to create beautiful high quality apps delivering the best business value to the organisation
  • In-depth hands-on development experience developing high quality testable code using Swift, Objective C, and iOS.
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills.
  • Proficient with making network requests to RESTful APIs using best practice networking frameworks such as Retrofit, Volley, RoboSpice, Picasso etc
What else would be useful?
  • Familiarity with build automation pipelines and continuous delivery culture.
  • Experience with designing RESTful APIs suitable for mobile as well as working with OAuth authentication.
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or similar
  • Experience developing eCommerce apps for retail, working with personalisation, photo or printing technology a bonus.
  • Experience working with software development tools including Git, Jira and Confluence.
  • Experience with writing UI Automation scripts using Appium.
  • Experience with using Interface Builder and adaptive layout for universal apps.
  • Experience with Continuous Integration tools including Fastlane, TeamCity and Xcode Server.

Why Us?
The Photobox Group operates under a family of brands including, PhotoBox, Sticky9, Hofmann, PosterXXL and PosterJack. Highly successful apps already exist for, Sticky9 and PhotoBox.

In July 2011, the world’s largest online personalised greeting card retailer, merged with PhotoBox, creating Europe’s leading personalised publishing group with a focus on online retailing of greeting and gift cards and digital photo services, including printing, storage, sharing and publishing. Then, in June 2015, PhotoBox acquired PosterXXL GmbH, one of Germany’s leading providers of photo services in digital printing. The product range includes customizable photoproducts for private customers as well as services for industrial and business customers.

The PhotoBox Group of Companies boast more than 19 million members with approximately 7 million active customers in 22 countries. The estimated value of the combined group’s core markets – the UK single card market and the European online photography market – is more than £2 billion and is growing at 17 % per annum. In 2015 he group had a combined turnover in excess of £215m and that represents a 22.8% year-on-year revenue growth and is ideally positioned to meet the growing demand for innovative and convenient online-personalized publishing solutions.

We don’t sell ‘off the shelf’ products … we’re personal. Every single thing you buy from us is unique to you. The purpose of our great family of brands is to magic our customers’ photos, words and feelings into precious objects that make them smile, laugh and, sometimes, cry. We’re in the business of ‘one-of-a-kind’ and so delighting each and every customer is central to everything we do.

What can we offer?

  • A great working environment based in newly refurbished offices based in Southwark, London that is only an 8-minute walk to Southwark and London Bridge underground stations with Waterloo only a 15 minute walk away.
  • The opportunity to work on products with an ambitious and exciting roadmap
  • Team training budget
  • 25 days annual leave
  • BUPA Private Medical Insurance
  • 10% Discretionary Yearly Bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Life Assurance x4 Salary
  • Eye Care Vouchers
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Moonpig account loaded with £350 credit to spend each year
  • Borough Market and the Tate Modern on the doorstep.
  • Oh…. and we have a table tennis table in one of the meeting rooms, Nespresso machines in the kitchens, and monthly birthday cake/beer.


More information
This listing is a full-time job

Job category IT - Software Development
Industry / Industries E-commerce
Region London
Keywords iOS, TDD, App Developer, Objective-C

Contact information

Name Richard Evans