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Java Developer (Senior)

Business:  Discovery Central Services
Function:  Java Development
Date:  08-Jun-2021

Discovery – Digital Messaging Services

Java Developer (Senior)


About Discovery


Discovery’s core purpose is to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. We seek out and invest in exceptional individuals who understand and support our core purpose, and whose own values align with those of Discovery. Our fast-paced and dynamic environment enables smart, self-driven people to be their best. As global thought leaders, Discovery is passionate about innovating in order to not only achieve financial success, but to ignite positive and meaningful change within our society.


About Digital Messaging Services


Digital Messaging Services enables the creation, distribution, receipting, storage and retrieval of all outbound communications (triggered, bulk), across various channels for businesses in the Discovery Group (Discovery Life, Invest, Health, Insure, Card, Vitality RSA, and Vitality Life UK), as well as the workflow routing of all inbound communications throughout the Discovery Group.

We are a service focused team that has a drive to solve problems with urgency, and meet the needs of our clients to the best of our ability. We are looking for smart, energetic, experienced and dynamic achievers who take initiative and ownership, and who thrive on constant challenges and high-speed change to join us on this journey. If you have an entrepreneurial mind and appreciate calculated risks, then the Discovery environment will liberate you to realise your full potential.

Key Purpose

Within the Digital Messaging Services team, the Senior Java Developer must work together with Business Analyst, UX & Content Teams, System Architects and Managers to understand the overall business needs and requirements, as well as work with Agile design methodology to develop high quality source code.

The Senior Java Developer will support the projects throughout the project life-cycle, including requirements, design, implementation, release and post release support.

The Senior Java Developer in the Digital Channels area must be technically able support and maintain the deployed applications on dev, test and production environments.

Areas of responsibility may include but not limited to

  1. Develop, test, and maintain the deployed application software with high quality
  2. Analyse, maintain and enhance existing application and troubleshoot issues with efficiency
  3. Perform accurate development estimation
  4. Produce technical specifications and designs
  5. Analytical and problem solving skills
  6. Self-starter who takes ownership, is accountable, and is able to work under minimum supervision
  7. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  8. Can help with quality assurance and provide comments
  9. Present to senior stakeholders
  10. Offer support and guidance to peers
  11. Perform analysis at a strategic level and understand principles of business, technical and enterprise architecture

Personal Attributes and Skills

  1. Passionate about technology and development.
  2. Results oriented with the ability to work under pressure and juggle multiple concurrent projects with changing priorities and deadlines
  3. Analytical thinking and attention to detail
  4. Personal organisation and time management skills
  5. Technical and business writing skills
  6. Presentation and facilitation skills
  7. Communication skills (written, verbal/presenting and listening)
  8. Stress management
  9. Customer focused
  10. Results oriented
  11. Able to resolve conflict
  12. Creative
  13. Innovative
  14. Self-driven
  15. Ability to build relationships with people from all different backgrounds and at different job levels


Education and Experience

  • Minimum
    • IT related Degree or Diploma (BSc/BTech or similar) and formal Java qualifications.
    • At least 6 years Java systems development experience
    • Proven Java EE knowledge and experience
    • At least Angular 2 (or higher) Framework experience
    • Experience with SOAP and REST services
    • Unit testing and mocking frameworks
    • Source control, experience with GIT
    • Experience with industry standard Application Servers (preferably WebLogic)
    • Knowledge of OO design principles and development pattern
    • Understanding and application of Agile Methodology, including Continuous Integration and Test-Driven Development


  • Preferred
    • Spring Framework
    • ORM/Hibernate/JPA experience
    • JMS, Tibco EMS experience
    • Oracle and PL/SQL knowledge
    • SOAP and REST (XML/JSON)
    • Presentation layer development (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, GWT, Spring MVC)
    • Experience with Business Rules Management Frameworks
    • Experience using formal modelling languages (UML, etc) and modelling tools (Enterprise Architect, Visual Paradigm etc.)
  • Advantageous
    • Honours degree
    • DevOps/Continuous integration
    • Exposure to the Atlassian tool suite (Jira, Confluence, Bamboo and Bitbucket)

The Company’s approved Employment Equity Plan and Targets will be considered as part of the recruitment process. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we actively encourage and welcome people with various disabilities to apply.

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