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  • Job ID: 1039938

  • Salary: £62,558

  • Hours per Week: 37.5

  • Closing date: 22-05-2024

Senior Software Engineer – Python/Django/JavaScript
£62,558 plus great benefits (Work Level 5)
UK Remote First
This is a UK remote first role, with an option to work from our Manchester office for those who want to. You may be asked to occasionally attend meetings in Manchester (find out more about our hybrid working policy at

Please be aware Co-op does not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity

We’re open to applications from candidates who may require flexible working arrangements. There’ll be an opportunity to discuss your flexible working requirements during the interview process, and at offer stage.

Engineers play a huge part in our Digital Technology team at Co-op.

We are the makers. The people who design, build, and operate the products that support our members, customers, and colleagues.    From Food to Funeralcare, Legal Services to Insurance, and everything in between. The systems we work on range from cloud-based services, through apps for customers and for colleagues, to tills in stores. We work in small, multi-disciplinary teams with an agile approach, and we value knowledge sharing, so we often use pair and ensemble programming. We also provide career and technical coaching, and we run communities of practice to support continuous learning.

This role will be based within a team whose goal is to enable the key customer interactions and touchpoints on, drive in-store and online sales, and support key systems. The sites serve and support millions of visitors and over 45,000 colleagues each week. In this role, you’ll take a ‘hands-on’ approach to developing software, leading your colleagues in a small durable team from a software engineering perspective.

What you’ll do

  • Lead and represent your colleagues in a small product team from a software engineering perspective
  • Take a ‘hands-on’ approach to developing software iteratively and up to a high standard
  • Use great engineering practices, including ensemble programming, TDD and trunk-based development
  • Work collaboratively with design and product colleagues to build, maintain, and support Co-op applications and systems
  • Resolve technical challenges, making sure that solutions fulfil our business objectives
  • Share your knowledge and skills with your colleagues as part of our communities of practice sessions
  • Coach, mentor, and support your colleagues in their development

This role would suit people who have

  • Significant experience in a hands-on Software Engineering role; implementing and maintaining applications and services
  • Good coaching and mentoring skills, and the ability to support your colleagues in their development 
  • Experience of tooling and practices for automated build, test, integration, and deployment , as well as delivering iteratively towards an end-goal
  • A good understanding of TDD and strong programming expertise in JavaScript and Python
  • Experience working with Django and with cloud hosting services such as Azure 
  • An interest in full-stack development, including platform-related topics

We know that some candidates are less likely to apply for a role if they don’t meet all the criteria in the job description. At Co-op, we're committed to building a diverse and inclusive working environment, so if you'd like to apply for this role but your experience doesn't quite meet every point, we'd still encourage you to apply. You may be just the right candidate for the job or other roles we have available.

Why Co-op?

As a Co-op colleague, we can offer you a competitive salary and great benefits package which includes 30% off Co-op branded products in our food stores (as well as other discounts on Co-op products and services). You’ll also get:

  • Private healthcare
  • An annual bonus (based on personal and business performance)
  • 28 days holiday (rising to 32 with service) plus bank holidays
  • A pension with up to 10% employer contributions
  • Access to a subsidised onsite gym (at our Manchester HQ)
  • Coaching and training to support your career development
  • Wagestream – a money management app that gives you access to a percentage of your pay as you earn it
  • YuLife – an app that rewards you for exercising with discounts and vouchers for your favourite brands

Building an inclusive work environment

At Co-op, we’re proud to do things a different way. As one of the world’s largest co-operatives, owned by millions of members, community is at the heart of what we do. Since our Co-op was founded in 1844, we’ve had a clear social purpose, and everything we do as a business helps to build a fairer world for our members, customers, colleagues, and communities.

We’re actively building diverse teams and we welcome applications from everyone. If you have a disability, we can make reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process according to your needs. We're also part of the Disability Confident scheme, meaning we'll always offer an interview to disabled candidates who apply through the scheme if they meet the minimum criteria for a job.

We'll ask whether you’d like to be considered under the Disability Confident scheme when you apply.

If we invite you to take part in the recruitment process for any of our jobs, we’ll ask you if you need any reasonable adjustments to enable you to participate.

You can find out more about our recruitment process at

You can find out more about the Disability Confident scheme and all our commitments to diversity and inclusion at