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Principal Software Engineer

Vacancy Details

Salary: £35750 per annum
Location: Boston Spa
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Operations
Category: Metadata, Operations and Strategy
Closing Date: 02/11/2019
Date Posted: 02/05/2019
Reference: 02533


Principle Software Engineer


Full Time, Fixed Term until 31st October 2021


£35,750 per year + pension 20% employer input + an exceptional benefits package including flexi time, enhanced holiday package and many more!

Boston Spa


Transforming the British Library through Technology Innovation


The Technology department at the British Library has undergone an ambitious programme to support the library in delivering services to meet the Library’s current and future needs.


The new Vision sees Technology as a key driver of Living Knowledge and a critical element in delivering the “British Library in 2023 as the most open, creative and innovative institution of its kind in the world”.


We are in the position to recruit a Principle Software Engineer to work at our site in Boston Spa.  Our beautiful rural Boston Spa site is easily accessible by car from the A1M (J45 northbound, J46 southbound) and there are bus services which stop outside the main gates from local areas.  For more information on how to find us click here


On a day-to-day basis our Principle Software Engineer takes a lead role in all aspects of the software implementation life cycle, including analysis, design, programming, testing and implementation with a strong service focus working in Active Partnership with the wider Library, to provide expertise and insight to meet our challenges.  Principal Engineers in the British Library are expected to work autonomously as an individual and as part of larger cross functional teams, often including business partners and taking a lead in all technical matters.


It is essential that you have knowledge of software development using Java or C# with supporting frameworks and technologies.  You will act as Technical Service Manager for systems as required, managing incident resolution, prioritising and managing work requests, ensuring change control procedures and configuration management processes are followed.


It is possible that you may be expected to occasionally travel between the Library's main sites of Boston Spa and St Pancras (London) or to external meetings with third parties, e.g. software vendors or other Legal Deposit Library teams.  All travel is discussed and agreed ahead of time to ensure that our employees have a healthy work/life balance


The British Library provides all employees with an exceptional benefits package which includes: 


  • Civil service Pension, known as one of the best available in which there is a 20% + employer input

  • Flexible working hours scheme as standard giving employees flexibility in their hours of work and the opportunity to take back any time which has been worked over their 36 hours per week up to an additional 20 days leave per year.

  • Holidays above statutory minimum -27.5 days on start

  • Enhanced maternity, paternity, addition and shared parental leave and also as required Nursing leave

  • Free onsite parking

  • Access to the Wellbeing programme which includes massage, chiropody and osteo appointments, in addition to Pilates and yoga classes. All of these are available onsite at a discounted rate

  • Medicare scheme which is paid for by the employer

  • Many more! For full details of the benefits you will be part of please follow this link


Show us you have what it takes to be part of an evolving team providing world-class tools and systems that improve the user experience of both internal and external customers. As part of the Technology team, we’ll make sure you thrive within an ever-evolving environment that promises endless challenge and reward. 


Closing date: 11th February 2019


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Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.








In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom
  • Are you currently a British Library employee or agency member of staff?


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Contact Name: Employee Services
Telephone: 01937 882030
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