Yes please. We would like to hear from you if you like the look of the work we do and think we would get along. Helastel almost always has openings for software development jobs as well as non technical roles. We are fiercely proud of the work we do here and it is a great place to work. You can read more about what it's like to work here on our Life at Helastel page.

We recruit practical, pragmatic people that can hold their own in a team of independent, bright colleagues. We aren’t always recruiting but we are always interested to know about like-minded people, so do register your interest even if there aren’t any specific roles below that are a fit for you.

Current opportunities with us

PHP Software Engineer

Alongside other Software Engineers, ensure the design, delivery and implementation of all Helastel projects are in line with the customer vision and all responsibilities are conducted in a professional manner. To engage in a collaborative customer journey, that is focused on achieving the overall project objectives whilst ensuring a positive customer experience.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead the delivery of projects, packages of work and individual tasks to agreed deadline
  • Work with Grade 3 Software Engineers in providing realistic time estimations and in identifying and resolving any completion risks
  • Demonstrate an understanding of customer needs by contributing to technical discussions regarding realistic and achievable timescales, risks and budgets
  • Use PHP with existing frameworks and develop new frameworks
  • Utilise all resources effectively to ensure that no duplication of work or code occurs and works efficiently
  • Ensure that the code you work with is scalable and future proof in such a way that it is easy to extend, understand and build on for other engineers

Behaviours and Qualities:

  • Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues across the organisation, sharing best practice and knowledge
  • Clear, concise and polite communicator who is professional and constructive in their behaviour
  • Continuously develops and applies professional technical knowledge to drive excellent organisational performance

Experiance:

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in web development, preferably as part of a web development team working on a variety of projects
  • A provable track record of the consistent professional and timely delivery of projects
  • To be able to evidence the successful liaison with clients in scoping the delivery of projects

Desirable

  • The ability and drive to develop skill sets in other areas of development
  • Knowledge and experience of version control systems
  • Knowledge and experience of a project management tool, such as Jira

Tester

The purpose of this role is to uphold the software quality standard required to engage the business to deliver quality products and services.

Key responsibilities:

  • Analyse the requirements of projects in collaboration with Business Analysts and develop a plan, with stakeholder support, to mitigate the risks to system quality
  • Estimate time and resources required to perform testing within defined timescales
  • Develop test plans for tasks, dependencies and participants
  • Identify and generate the scenarios needed for robust testing coverage
  • Ensure effective and efficient testing across projects
  • Document, implement, monitor, and enforce all processes for testing as per the standards laid out in Helastels test strategy
  • Ensure content and structure of all testing documents, artifacts and processes is documented and maintained

Behaviours and qualities:

  • Attention to detail
  • Personally organised and focused on delivering on individual, team and company commitments
  • Flexible and pragmatic in approach
  • Works autonomously, taking ownership for personal and team delivery and outcomes
  • Continuously develops and applies professional technical knowledge to drive excellent organisational performance
  • Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues across the organisation

Experiance:

  • University education or equivalent industry experience
  • Minimum of 2 years experience as a tester
  • Experiencing testing enterprise web/ mobile applications
  • Foundation level of ISTQB

Desirable

  • Experience working with test automation tools

.NET Software Engineer

  • To be part of the design, development, deployment, maintenance and implementation stages of client projects in collaboration with Technical and Delivery Teams
  • To make sure that projects are delivered in line with the client vision, on time and within the parameters set by the Delivery Team
  • To work in a professional, collaborative and innovative way that builds on the great culture and working environment that Helastel has

Key responsibilities:

  • Deliver projects, packages of work and individual tasks to agreed deadlines
  • Collaborate with the Technical and Delivery Teams to meet project delivery goals and milestones
  • Provide realistic estimates to the Delivery Teams taking into account possible delays, risks and assumptions as well as appropriate breathing space so that the quality of work is of an acceptable standard
  • Maintain appropriate levels of timesheet coverage so that the Delivery Teams can report billable work, manage client relationships, project timelines and budget spend accurately and correctly
  • Communicate with the Delivery Team to regularly update any changes, delays or issues with a project task or work package; this includes attending regular stand ups, calls or team meetings as needed
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of client needs by contributing to technical discussions regarding realistic and achievable timescales, risks and budgets

Behaviours and qualities:

  • Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues across the organisation, sharing best practice and knowledge
  • Clear, concise and polite communicator who is professional and constructive in their behaviour
  • Continuously develops and applies professional technical knowledge to drive excellent organisational performance
  • Attention to detail
  • Personally organised and focused on delivering on individual, team and Helastel commitments

Experience:

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in .net development, preferably as part of a team working on a variety of complex projects
  • Ability to evidence the successful liaison with clients in scoping the delivery of projects
  • A provable track record of delivering projects on time and within scope
  • Demonstrable experience of working on mission-critical projects under strict time and budget constraints
  • Detailed knowledge of relevant technology and languages; with the ability to improve and adapt

Desirable

  • Ability and drive to develop skill sets in other areas of development
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft platforms and services

iOS Software Engineer

  • Be accountable for the design, delivery and implementation in line with customer vision and expectation.
  • Work in a professional, collaborative and innovative way that builds on the great culture and working environment that Helastel has.
  • Engage in a collaborative customer journey, that is committed to ensuring that we deliver a positive customer experience.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work with the leads to manage, assist and direct other Software Engineers
  • Manage the technical delivery of iOS applications, including but not limited to, their strategy, decision making, risk identification and client support
  • Provide realistic time estimations and in identifying and resolving any completion risks
  • Assess and approve delivery deadlines in collaboration with the wider business
  • Demonstrate an understanding of customer needs by leading technical discussions regarding realistic and achievable timescales, risks and budgets
  • Use Swift with existing frameworks and to develop new frameworks to develop high quality iOS applications

Behaviours and qualities:

  • Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues across the organisation, sharing best practice and knowledge
  • Clear, concise and polite communicator who is professional and constructive in their behaviour
  • Continuously develops and applies professional technical knowledge to drive excellent organisational performance
  • Attention to detail
  • Personally organised and focused on delivering on individual, team and Helastel commitments
  • Works autonomously, taking ownership for personal and team delivery and outcomes

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years experience in app development, with experience working with a wider technical team on multiple projects
  • University education or appropriate further software industry experience
  • Excellent knowledge of Swift, and experience of producing apps with complex functionality
  • Understanding of good, practical architecture
  • Excellent and demonstrable experience of git source control

Desirable

  • Understanding of the concepts that drive business decisions
  • Experience working with QMS

Does this sound like the kind of place you want to work?

Helastel is based on the Triangle in Bristol and makes bespoke software, websites and applications for clients in the UK and overseas. We’re a small company with big reach. We manage projects of great complexity for a company of our size. We’re commercially aware as well as super-techy - we communicate well and really understand our customers, and their customers’ customers. We’re informal and easy to talk to and we have great work-life balance.

This is what our software engineers sound like:

It’s really good working here. It’s partly because it’s a nice office in a great place with good people, partly because the work we do is cool and we’re mentored by experienced and seriously good brains, and partly the ethos of getting to know the client and why the software we’re working on makes a difference. But it’s mostly because we’re really into the work we do. You have to be able to make things happen to like working here - you have to really think and talk things out, find new ways of making things lovely, solve problems and produce work that you like doing and are proud of. No-one will spoon-feed you. That’s what keeps most of us here so long.

We write business-critical software, lots of it. Speed at coding isn’t the only important thing - fast is good but we’re also creative and collaborative. We’re often at tech events and hack days - one of our team made it to the final of the PayPal hack competition in San Francisco this year. We sport a good team for the PHP pub quiz and have hosted LAN parties in the office. We have to keep up with new stuff - you never know what’s going to turn up in the next project!