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Java (Web) Developer

Business Unit:  Discovery Central Services
Function:  Information Technology
Date:  24-Nov-2021

Discovery – Application Platform Services


Java Developer


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 Application Platform Services

Working in a high performance organization that prides itself in attracting the finest talent, we challenge ourselves to find solutions that make a difference in the world. Our environment is always buzzing with energy and smart, motivated people working on finding the best way to move forward.


The Application Platform Services team works on dynamic new projects and product enhancements within the web and mobile platforms in order to improve business inefficiencies, gain competitive advantage on our products and ultimately to provide better service to our clients. Using knowledge of the organization’s technology infrastructure and specific software applications, Application Platform Services helps the business to address changes through technologies.




Key Purpose

Within the Application Platform Services system area, the Java Developer must work together with Business Analyst, UX & Content Teams, System Architect and managers to understand the overall business need and the requirements, design the system solution using various approaches and technologies, implement the designed solution in the system with high quality source codes.


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

The Java Developer in the Application Platform Services 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

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


Personal Attributes and Skills

  • Passionate about technology and development.
  • Results oriented with the ability to work under pressure and juggle multiple concurrent projects with changing priorities and deadlines
  • Analytical thinking
  • Personal organisation and time management skills
  • Technical and business writing skills
  • Presentation and facilitation skills
  • Communication skills (written, verbal/presenting and listening)
  • Stress management
  • Customer focused
  • Results oriented
  • Able to resolve conflict
  • Creative
  • Innovative
  • Self-driven
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to build relationships with people from all different backgrounds and at different job levels




Education and Experience

  • Minimum
    • Matric/Grade 12 and formal Java qualifications.
    • 3 years Java systems development experience
    • Java EE knowledge and 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 patterns


  • Preferred
    • IT related Degree or Diploma (BSc/BTech or similar).
    • Angular Framework
    • Spring Framework
    • SQL and ORM experience
    • Presentation layer development (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, GWT, Spring MVC)
    • Experience using formal modelling languages (UML, etc) and modelling tools (Enterprise Architect, Visual Paradigm etc.)
    • Exposure to Agile principles and methodologies, including Continuous Integration and Test Driven Development


  • Advantageous
    • Honours degree
    • DevOps/Continuous integration
    • Exposure to the Atlassian tool suite (Jira, Confluence, Bamboo and Bitbucket)

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