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Java/ ESB Senior Tech Specialist

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Work type: Permanent Full Time, Permanent Part Time
Location: Remote - work from anywhere within the UK
Categories: Technology, Digital Engineering

Business Unit: Digital Engineering, Change & Delivery
Salary: Up to £62,000 per annum DOE

It’s fair to say we’ve been pretty busy here at Virgin Money, transforming our team to help us disrupt the status quo but we’ve lot more to do, if we are to grow as a digital first bank and that includes accelerating our digital agenda in a truly agile. We also said ‘Hello’ to A Life More Virgin, our exciting new proposition offering our colleagues more choice, control and flexibility to live and work how they choose.

What do YOU get when you join Virgin Money… Red Hot Rewards of course!

  • 38.5 days annual leave for all colleagues (including bank holidays and pro rata if part-time)​
  • Five extra paid well-being days per year​
  • A 35 hour working week
  • 20 weeks paid, gender neutral family leave (52 weeks in total) for expectant parents and those looking to adopt
  • Market leading Pension & Private Medical Insurance
  • Flexible benefits including Cycle to Work, Wellness & Health Assessments and Critical Illness
  • Ability to work anywhere in the UK​ (where the role allows)


All these benefits are available to colleagues from their first day.

Disrupt the status quo. It’s a simple statement that tells you everything about Virgin Money. It’s about thinking what Digital could be, instead of what it is now. Thinking this way gives us so many opportunities to make our customers happier. So, what’s our Digital Engineering Vision? Simply put, we will become a fully digitised bank, by developing a best-in-class digital delivery capability for our colleagues and our customers.

Have we got your attention? Let’s tell you a bit more about the job!


We're looking for an ambitious Java / ESB Senior Tech Specialist who of course has lots of experience and loves the techy side of being a technologist but also someone who cares about delivering engaging customer experiences. We believe in collaboration, with Agile at the heart of everything we do. We aren't perfect (who is?) so we iterate and improve as we go.

As a Senior Technology Specialist you’ll be responsible for development and implementation of Integration and Microservice based solutions from initial conception through completion in an Agile environment. You’ll be supporting the business and technical architecture of the delivered solution matches enterprise, technical and functional requirements. Interested? Keep reading to find out more!

Day to day you’ll be:

  • Working as part of an agile team assisting in the evolution of the Java Microservice and Integration Platform to keep fit for the future to support changing requirements and working practices in a fast-changing technology landscape.
  • Identifying, implementing or suggesting changes that improve service to internal and external customers.
  • Working as part of a team to deliver and manage tasks across Java and ESB stacks, to deliver quality outputs in a timely fashion, that meet the needs of stakeholders; focusing not just on what is delivered, but equally focused on quality.
  • Using your SME knowledge and ability to collaborate with other members of the team, to enhance their and your skills and manage multiple streams of work through to completion.
  • Coaching and mentoring other developers within the team.
  • Understanding end-to-end architecture to create low level designs in consultation with the dev team and Solution Designers.
  • Finding ways to optimise and make delivery pipelines more efficient.
  • Confidently being able to challenge the status quo


To be brilliant you’ll need to bring:

  • A proven and successful track record and in-depth experience in Java 7/8 development preferably at an enterprise scale and/or a proven and successful track record and In-depth experience in IBM ESB or similar Middleware product, across multiple areas of a typical enterprise technology.
  • SME knowledge and significant practical experience in Agile development with a strong grasp of automation, continuous integration, test-driven development and continuous refactoring.
  • In depth knowledge and significant practical experience of performing code reviews and drive software standards and best practices
  • SME experience in Agile development, e.g. Scrum, Kanban, SAFe
  • SOAP/ REST Web Services
  • SQL / ESQL


It’s a bonus if you have below, but it’s not essential:

  • IBM Security Access Manager experience
  • IBM – Datapower experience
  • Any experience with Pega, BPM tool
  • Atlassian Stack
  • Unix / Linux


We really need you to have the skills and experience listed in the "to be brilliant you’ll need to bring" section above, but the final section is just our wish list, so please don’t let that put you off applying, we’d love to hear from you! 

Inclusion at Virgin Money
Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do here at Virgin Money. It’s good for you, it’s good for us and it’s amazing for our customers. We know that great minds don’t think alike, so we rely on your diverse thoughts, feelings, beliefs and backgrounds to be the best we can possibly be. Got any questions about this or need some support with your application? We’d love to hear from you so get in touch with our careers team at careers@virginmoney.com 

Now the legal bit…
Living A Life More Virgin allows our colleagues to be based anywhere in the UK (if the role allows it) but we will need to you to confirm you have the Right to Work in the UK.

If we offer you a job and you accept, there are some checks we need to complete before you can start with us. This will include a credit and criminal record check, as well as providing 3 years' worth of satisfactory references.

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