Senior Software Engineer

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Senior Software Engineer

About the role

Kinneir Dufort (KD) is a user centred innovation, design and product development consultancy, combining creative, technical and user experience skills to deliver products and services for medical, consumer and industrial clients.

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer seeking to apply their expanding software development expertise to the development of exciting new products and technologies. As such you will be an ambitious software engineer with a minimum of 8 years’ experience.

This is a full-time role (38 hours per week) based in our beautiful Bristol City Centre HQ, however a proportion of the work can be conducted while working from home. The role may also involve some travel to client sites for sales and project activity.

About you

Collaboration is vital to how we work, as it the specific ‘super power’ that each individual in our team brings. You will be a team-player, passionate about engineering, science and technology. You’ll enjoy problem-solving and working in a fast-paced, varied consultancy environment. We need you to feel confident when discussing project objectives and challenges with all stakeholders, including clients.

Your skills and experience

While you do not need to fulfil all of these, please ensure you meet the majority before making an application.

  • A 2:1 Bachelor’s degree or above in Computing, Software Engineering or related degree
  • A strong understanding of software engineering best practice and design principles
  • Confidence in planning, designing, and delivering small to mid-scale software projects
  • Experience in supporting and mentoring more junior team members
  • Confidence and authority when presenting work to clients or others in the team
  • Great people skills and an ability to collaborate in project teams
  • The ability to self-motivate and focus on an individual challenge when necessary
  • Experience at all stages of the software development life-cycle from planning, requirements analysis, architectural and detailed design through implementation, testing release and maintenance
  • Commercial awareness and be able to manage your time within defined timescales

Specific software development experience required:

  • Experience developing embedded software in C/C++
  • Experience developing for low power applications by exploiting sleep/standby states and power management of peripherals
  • A solid understanding of common wired and wireless communications protocols including I2C, UART, SPI, Bluetooth LE
  • Experience working with version control and bug tracking systems such as Git and Jira

In addition to the core skills above, you may also have the following desirable experience:

  • Experience of working in a consultancy environment
  • Medical device development experience including developing safety critical software to EN 62034 and the related ISO 14971 standards
  • Experience working with the STM32 series of Arm Cortex microcontrollers
  • Some experience of front-end software development in one or more high level languages such as Javascript and HTML, Objective C/Swift, Java, Python or C#
  • Experience with unit test frameworks and continuous integration systems e.g. Jenkins, JUnit, CppUTest
  • Knowledge or experience of applying machine learning or AI to solve problems
  • Some experience with other commonly used languages such as Python

About us

At Kinneir Dufort (KD) we combine creative, technical and user experience expertise with agility. This enables our collaborative teams to rapidly define, create, develop and deliver world-changing products and experiences.

We think KD is a special company to work for. Our team are intelligent, hard-working, fun, non-egocentric, and collaborate brilliantly together to produce creative solutions. We work with some of the biggest, best and most interesting international clients that you’ll find anywhere. We’re a multi-disciplinary team, with experts in research, innovation, human factors, digital UX, 2D and 3D product & packaging design, engineering, prototyping, and electronics & software, all uniquely integrated within one great company.
Our team are collectively driven to “design a better world” by creating impactful change and positive outcomes for our clients and the people we are designing for. Designing a better world is something we strive for, both in the work we do, and the way we work. We believe strongly in equality and fairness and try hard to do the right thing; we speak up for and support groups who are working to make a difference. Our official KD partners are the RSA, Frank Water, Kerning The Gap, TeenTech, Babbasa and The Big Bang. Many of our team are also involved in, or run, events in their local communities, making a difference to those around them.

Founded in 1977 by Ross Kinneir and Francis Dufort, the KD team are based in an iconic building in the vibrant city of Bristol. The characterful Grade 2 listed stone building was originally built as a sugar refinery around 1850 and was later used to store theatre costumes. It’s now completely refitted, and houses all of our staff plus our workshops, labs, the design studio, an HF usability suite, and client meeting spaces. The local area, “Christmas Steps Arts Quarter”, is full of independent shops and makers. It’s a short walk up to Park Street, or over to the Harbourside and St Nick’s Markets, both of which have regular street food markets.
We offer flexible working policies in terms of both location and working hours. During normal circumstances, staff are typically expected to work a proportion of their week in the office and can work flexibly around specific ‘available hours’ in the working day. Please contact us if you are thinking of applying and would like more information about how our flexible working policy might work for you in this role.

Why work with us?

At KD we have strong values which underpin everything we do. As a business and as individuals we are Curious, Open, Adaptable, Expert, Human & Inclusive.
We expect a lot of our team, but in return we think we offer a lot too.
We understand that we are only as good as our people, and we know how important it is to support our team.

We offer our staff:
• 25 days holiday a year (with extra days for long service).
• A matched contributory pension scheme.
• Company-wide bonus plus additional bonus opportunities for the business development team
• Private health care for you and your family; free employee eye tests plus an employee assistance scheme.
• Training and development opportunities, and regular lunch and learn sessions.
• Flexible working approaches.
• Regular opportunities to have your say, tell us what you think and influence how we develop as a team and as a business.
• Secure in-building bike storage and shower, discounted First Bus monthly and annual passes. (Bristol has a good Park & Ride bus network.)
• The opportunity to become involved in our work with the RSA, Frank Water, Kerning The Gap, TeenTech, Babbasa, The Big Bang.
• A cafe that acts as the focal point for the whole team to get together for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. There is always daily fresh fruit and usually cake! There are plenty of opportunities to socialise outside of the office too, including activities like staff-organised runs, cycles, yoga sessions, as well as regular team socials.

If you like the sound of us and you meet the above criteria, then we’d love to hear from you. Send your CV, along with a covering letter/email, to [email protected], including reference to KDSSE-Sept21  in the subject line. If you have any queries about the role or you would like to talk through before you apply, please get in touch.

The deadline for this vacancy is 20 October 2021.

At KD we consciously embrace diversity and proactively encourage this with our recruitment process. We welcome applications to this position from anyone meeting the skills criteria, from any background.