Lead Software Engineer

Lead Software Engineer

Location: London

Permanent: ASAP start

Salary: £90,000 (+bonus)

Remote working: Hybrid role (1/2 days in office)

ScienceDirect is the world leader application for viewing academic papers. The CoreServices team in ScienceDirect looks after a number of core activities:

    • Integration with internal Authentication provider
    • Integration with internal Authorisation provider
    • E-commerce for ScienceDirect direct purchase

You will be:

  • Leading a tight-knit, agile, cross-functional quality-focused team to deliver tangible value to our customers
  • Working hands-on to design and evolve our systems
  • Designing, prototyping, and implementing robust applications using best-practice agile development processes
  • Building cloud infrastructure in AWS to host and monitor the applications, automating common tasks
  • Capable of coaching people
  • Undertaking code reviews
  • Capable of drawing up some architecture for a project
  • Be able to pinpoint architecture trade-offs


  • A passionate engineer with exceptional commercial software engineering experience delivering server-side applications
  • Excellent programming skills with Java 8+
  • Comfortable with building distributed systems using different cloud technologies to provide a business service
  • An advocate of agile practices for rapid development of quality software, such as CI, TDD, and continuous deployment
  • Comfortable learning new technologies, languages, and tools on the job, to ensure that the product is not left behind in a rapidly evolving ecosystem
  • An inclusive, positive, collaborative mindset and a desire to deliver real business value to our customers

Key Technical Skills:

  • Java
  • AWS
  • Microservice

Nice to have: (If not you will learn these)

  • Some interest in or experience of AWS
  • Some interest in or experience of DevOps

About us:

We are committed to building cohesive teams where communication, support and innovation thrive. Instead of taking a top-down approach to new ideas, all members of the team are empowered to contribute. Great ideas can come from anywhere.

We're a truly global company with direct colleagues in all regions of the world. We are expanding our capabilities and offer a stimulating environment, enabling bright, passionate people to do their best work.

Elsevier is a global information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity.

Elsevier empowers professionals and institutions to realize the potential of information to improve academic, corporate, and clinical performance, expand human knowledge, and generate positive-often groundbreaking-outcomes in critical domains of human endeavor.