Lead Full Stack Developer - #973442

PA Consulting

Date: 3 weeks ago
City: Belfast
Contract type: Full time
Work schedule: Full day
PA Consulting

Company Description

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 4000 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists.

We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Job Description

Can you architect and code with a future-forward mindset, anticipating scalability and growth?

As part of our Digital team, you’ll work alongside colleagues from across PA – delivering transformative digital solutions to today’s most complex business challenges. Our teams are trusted to deliver and given the space to be awesome. We’re an inclusive community for the curious, generous, pragmatic and committed digital practitioner.

You’ll be leading a team or effort. We’ll be looking at you to set direction and take responsibility for successfully achieving an outcome or deliverable. You may have a team of people to support, leading a development pod, or else you could be working across multiple pods, providing some centralized expertise necessary for a larger program of work.

You will have opportunity to:

  • Design solutions end to end. Teams and clients will look to you for advice and contribution in higher-level architectural discussions across the stack.

  • Own the development process for your team, building strong principles and putting robust methods and patterns in place across architecture, scope, code quality, infrastructure and deployments.

  • Model team behaviour for writing specifications and acceptance criteria, estimating stories, sprint planning and documentation.

  • Actively define and evolve PA’s engineering standards and practices ensuring we maintain a shared, modern and robust approach.

  • It’s important you feel comfortable influencing team discussions with the client on the project.

  • Coach and mentor others in the team, regardless of seniority, working with them to build their expertise and understanding.

  • Your involvement in shaping bids (working with a bid team) will assist to create approaches or proposals, and perhaps you may also add valuable contributions during presentations to clients in a formal selection process

  • Flexible working - We are guided by our client work and needs; however, you have autonomy to manage your time and diary to suit your work/life balance.


  • Strong experience of web application development using React, Next.js and JavaScript or TypeScript

  • User interface engineering using CSS, design systems and accessibility compliance

  • Backend development with Node.js, databases and ORMs (e.g. Prisma)

  • Experience developing cloud-native, serverless and event-driven solutions in AWS, Azure or GCP (e.g. functions, message queues, databases, API gateways, authentication), ideally with developer or architect certification

  • Good understanding of testing practices, principles (TDD, BDD) and associated frameworks (e.g. Cypress and Cucumber)

  • Agile software development including iteration and sprints, acceptance criteria, peer review and estimation techniques

  • Awareness of branching and deployment patterns, infrastructure as code (e.g. Terraform) and observability tooling

We know the skill-gap and ‘somewhat need to tick every box’ can get in the way of meeting brilliant candidates, so please don’t hesitate to apply – we’d love to hear from you.

Additional Information

Life At PA encompasses our peoples' experience at PA. It's about how we enrich peoples’ working lives by giving them access to unique people and growth opportunities and purpose led meaningful work.

We believe diversity fuels ingenuity. Diversity of thought brings exciting perspectives; diversity of experience brings a wealth of knowledge, and diversity of skills brings the tools we need. When we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, identities, and minds, embracing that difference through an inclusive culture where our people thrive; we unleash the power of diversity – bringing ingenuity to life.

We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and financial well-being of our people. Check out some of our extensive benefits:

  • Health and lifestyle perks accompanying private healthcare for you and your family

  • 25 days annual leave (plus a bonus half day on Christmas Eve) with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days

  • Generous company pension scheme

  • Opportunity to get involved with community and charity-based initiatives

  • Annual performance-based bonus

  • PA share ownership

  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)

We recruit, retain, reward and develop our people based solely on their abilities and contributions and without reference to their age, background, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), political belief veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and experience. We are on a journey towards ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels and that our firm is representative of the world around us. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Adjustments or accommodations - Should you need any adjustments or accommodations to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us.

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