Graduate Software Engineer (Immediate and 2020 Start Dates)

Sparx138 days ago
Exeter, GB

About this job

Job type: Full-time
Experience level: Student, Junior
Role: Backend Developer, Full Stack Developer


javascript, cloud, python

Job description

Location: Oxygen House, Exeter Business Park, Exeter, Devon

Term: Full time, Permanent

Salary: Competitive plus generous company benefits

Start date: Immediate and 2020 start dates available

For more information and to apply please visit our careers page -

About the Role

 Would you like to work in the cloud, using tech like Go, Google Cloud Platform, Kubernetes and JavaScript?

Would you like to join an agile, forward thinking team of motivated engineers who thrive on a challenge?

Would you like to make a difference to education?

Our team is growing fast and we have big aspirations; we're looking for a Graduate Developer who wants to be an integral part of our full-stack software development team from day one and grow with us. 

You’ll join our supportive team of highly skilled software engineers and have an impact from the very beginning - building end-to-end solutions for our homework products. You’ll write code you’re proud of, build cloud-based solutions that scale for many users and ultimately be able to see the impact you’re having on teachers and students.  Things happen at breakneck speed at Sparx and our work is ever evolving, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make your mark and take on increasing responsibility as time goes on.

About Sparx

Sparx is about learning.  We work with schools, in schools and for schools because we understand the challenges faced by educators, teachers and students on a day to day basis and we are passionate about finding a way to help.

Empowering educators and motivating young people to improve educational outcomes is our mission - aiming to improve life opportunities for over 5 million learners by 2030  #Ed5M.

For over 8 years we have been investigating how young people learn. We have gathered data, listened to teachers and students and overlaid these insights with our own observations, drawing on the expertise of our team.  The result is not an off-the-shelf software product - it is an approach to learning. Our unique, blended learning methodology combines traditional teaching methods with sophisticated technology, our own high quality content and unparalleled levels of support.

About the Sparx Team

Our diverse and vibrant team is growing fast! We’re not just developers, data scientists, product owners, content or education experts – we’re also cyclists, DJs, triathletes, published scholars, parents, pet owners, musicians, adventurers, and more. We bring our whole selves to work, and we’re united by our belief in the transformative power of learning and excitement about tackling the hard problems in technology.

Based in one of the best workspaces in the country, we set clear and challenging goals, collaborate, celebrate success and have the opportunity to learn from each other every day. We encourage everyone to stretch beyond their roles and deliver on our mission.

About You

  • You’ll have graduated/be in your final year final of a Computer Science degree or a Maths, Physics or Engineering degree with a demonstrable interest in programming
  • You’ll be confident working with programming languages - we use Go, Python and JavaScript, however if you’re skilled in different language then that’s okay, you’ll just need to be a quick learner to adapt to the stack we use 

Working quickly and collaboratively comes naturally to you and you’ll be eager to learn from the dynamic and diverse team around you. You love working minute-by-minute to solve new and complex problems that may take months to completely understand, and you’ll have the conviction that your skills can help shape a truly transformative educational experience.

Please note that unfortunately, at this current time, we cannot accept applications that require sponsorship for an employment visa.

Recruitment Process

Application Review > Online Coding Challenge > Remote Technical Interview > Assessment Day

For applicants looking for an immediate start date, we'll try and progress you through the recruitment stages as quickly as possible.

For applicants looking for 2020 start date, the dates for our recruitment process are as follows:

Closing date for applications - Sunday 12th January

Completed online coding challenge - Sunday 19th January

Remote technical interview - Various dates in February

Assessment day - Various dates in March/April

For more information and to apply please visit our careers page -

For further information please don't hesitate to contact us -


Exeter, GB

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