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Java Developer - Vitality Life Systems

Business Unit:  Vitality Life
Function:  Development (Oracle/Delphi/Magic/etc)
Date:  14-Jan-2022

Java developer - Vitality Life Systems


About VitalityLife Systems


VitalityHealth, is a UK-based company specialising in private medical insurance sold to the UK market. The company is a subsidiary of Discovery Limited and alongside VitalityLife and Vitality Corporate Services it forms Discovery Limited's UK insurance offering. Working for VitalityHealth, you'll experience an exciting mix of creativity and innovation, within a framework of challenging objectives and a passion for delivering the best. We think work should be fun and sociable, and we want our people to get the most out of every day. Our people are chosen for their skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and attitude but above all, their belief that anything can be achieved. Help us change insurance for good and be part of the Vitality success story.


Key Purpose

Design, code, test, debug and correct program modules in development for the back end service providers. Construct robust, maintainable, scalable, optimally performing system code in line with technical specifications, following prescribed process, standards and procedures. Work with the system architect to define the system design and then develop and test the necessary code that will be deployed.




Areas of responsibility may include but not limited to 


  • Translate business requirements into technical designs adhering to VitalityHealth processes, standards and guidelines, taking cognisance of performance, security and scalability requirements. Deliver within agreed timeframes.
  • Liaise with relevant parties where clarification of business requirements or resolution to technical issues is needed
  • Research and find effective solutions to technical issues that arise
  • Estimate development timelines based on business requirements


  • Construct robust, maintainable, scalable, optimally performing system code in line with technical specifications, following prescribed process, standards and procedures. Deliver within agreed timeframes
  • Conduct unit testing and fix any defects found


  • Verify build stability and quality with development team before releasing to test team, aiming to release with zero defects
  • Assist the Business analyst in ensuring the test pack includes relevant scenarios and test data.
  • Consult and assist in reviewing risk / impact of defects found in testing, and assist with fixing where necessary 

Support / Troubleshooting

  • Assist system users with technical support issues and handle according to defined procedures
  • Ability to effectively analyse root cause of system errors (data errors, performance and stability issues)

Personal development

  • Keep abreast of current technological trends and how these might be applied in the Discovery environment
  • Constant improvement of knowledge of the various applications, their functionalities and data models





  • Ability to communicate clearly, constructively and effectively. Easily able to follow and participate in technical, business process, and other discussions
  • Able to build business relationships with other members of team and the business areas we support


Personal Attributes and Skills

Behavioral competencies

  • Drives Results
  • Values Driven
  • Optimistic
  • Learns on the Fly
  • Resilient
  • Instils Trust
  • People Savvy
  • Drives Results
  • Problem Solver
  • Leadership Skills
  • Strategic Agility
  • Manages complexity
  • Balances Stakeholders


Technical Skills

  • Required:
  • Java 6,7 & 8 /J2EE Pattern knowledge
  • Databases – Oracle, PL/SQL,PostGres
  • Frameworks – Spring Framework, Hibernate, JPA,SpringBoot
  • Containerization technologies (Docker, Kubernetes, etc.)
  • Test Tools – TDD, JUnit, Mockito,
  • Code repository – GIT, BITBUCKET
  • Front-end framework – NodeJs, Angular
  • Build tools/Dependency – Maven, Ant
  • Web Services – REST and SOAP
  • Experience with Kafka
  • Nice to have:
  • Application Servers – Weblogic, JBoss Application Server
  • Experience with Tibco EMS queues
  • Linux command line
  • DevOps/CI tools (Jenkins, SonarQube, etc.)
  • Monitoring/reporting tools (Splunk, Dynatrace, etc.)
  • ElasticSearch
  • Automated testing Framework – Jmeter


Education and Experience


  • Matric
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in Computer Sciences/ Information Systems or equivalent IT tertiary qualification
  • Formal Java Qualification (Advantageous)



  • Knowledge of commonly used design patterns
  • Excellent understanding of Object Orientated principals and Java language fundamentals
  • Working knowledge of Software development within SDLC, Unit Testing, Data modelling and design of database structures
  • Agile Methodology



  • A minimum of 2 or more years Java systems development experience with exposure to core
  • Java EE knowledge and experience

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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