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Senior Software Engineer – Salary £40,000 to £65,000

About Us

We help the public sector improve their use of technology, making a difference to the people of the UK.

We work on diverse projects. Whether it is supporting climate science, helping our armed forces make better decisions, looking after our forests and woodlands, supporting green city schemes, optimising government procurement… our work matters.

As an established technology service provider operating out of the South West, we apply knowhow and expertise to help our clients with their digital journey.  Through agile software engineering practices, exploiting the power of the cloud and unlocking value in data, we deliver innovative cutting edge services and solutions.

Rowe IT is an exciting, growing business which has developed strong working relationships with prestigious clients who include the MOD, Met Office, UK Hydrographic Office, Forestry Commission and central government.  At the heart of this is its staff; people who believe in collaboration and have a passion and pride in what they achieve for the greater good.

Your Role

Based in our Plymouth HQ, you will be working as part of a multi-skilled team to deliver solutions to our clients based across the UK.  Your role will be hands on, involved in the design, development and delivery of our projects across the whole stack.  Activities will include:

  • Design and development
  • Significant experience of working with AWS
  • Assisting in the technical direction of projects
  • Ensuring code quality
  • Working to a project schedule
  • Suggesting improvements to project team processes, tooling and techniques
  • Sharing knowledge and experience with others, in particular helping customers to establish strong engineering cultures
  • Some offsite travel and working may be required.

Who Are You?

You are a seasoned developer looking to move to the next level, with an excellent understanding of good software development practices, patterns and architecture, including unit and integration testing.

You are self-driven to help high performing teams rapidly deliver projects and changes.  You are able to combine your programming and cloud automation knowledge with a DevOps culture.

You should have or aspire to gain a thorough grounding and proven track record in developing applications across the stack, using a wide range of technologies.  We grow and develop a team of polyglot programmers so a passion for learning and sharing is vital.

You should be an excellent communicator and be able to collaborate and operate in dynamic agile team-based environments. A growth mind-set and the ability to think creatively is essential.

Some projects will require that you undertake and be eligible for UK security clearance (BPSS or SC).

Required Skills: 

  • Core and Enterprise Java including Spring
  • Knowledge of developing and maintaining AWS infrastructure
  • Worked with more than one programming language
  • Desire to deliver outcomes for users
  • Desire to mentor others
  • Some full stack
  • Firm grasp of SOLID principles
  • TDD (Test driven development)
  • RESTful Web Services

Desired Skills:

  • AWS Certifications
  • Software Design patterns
  • Standup and presentation skills
  • Agile practices such as Scrum
  • GIS e.g. ArcGIS, GeoServer, GeoNetwork


As well as a competitive salary dependent upon experience, we also offer great benefits including:

  • 7.5% Pension contribution
  • Performance related bonus
  • Life insurance
  • Private health insurance
  • Employee Assist Programme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Free parking
  • Training and development (e.g. conference attendance, AWS certification)
  • Flexibility in working arrangement (this includes some home working)

Our culture

Culture is at the heart of our growth.  With values developed by our employees, our customers needs and challenges are behind our drive and passion.  Our commitment is to offer cutting edge solutions, provide support and adapt to meet our customer needs.  This would not be possible without the growth mentality and love of technology encapsulated by all at Rowe IT.  We passionately believe in knowledge sharing and continual development.  To do this we have created a culture which allows employees to grow by exploring new areas and skills.  Our employees are the best at what they do and are at the heart of our culture.  We encourage flexibility of working to ensure a healthy work/life balance.  We are one team; supportive and fun celebrating individuality.  We are Rowe IT

Sound good?

If you are passionate about your work, proactive and curious about new technology and solutions, we want to hear from you.  Send your CV and covering letter to

Just so you know, we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we value diversity at our company. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or choice of mobile phone.