Principal Software Engineer

A full-time hybrid role in Belfast, UK

It’s an exciting time to join Gearset! In the last few years we’ve rocketed from a 7 person start-up to over 250 people, with offices in Belfast, London, and Chicago, alongside our Cambridge (UK) headquarters. Our product and engineering hub in Belfast opened in April 2022, and the team has grown rapidly, headed up by Eamonn Boyle, VP of Engineering. 

Our deliberate lack of unnecessary hierarchy, and our focus on the job to be done (one of our core values), means you’ll work from day one on making thousands of businesses around the world more effective.

Our culture of trust, transparency, and collaboration, means everyone at Gearset is given the autonomy to succeed and are trusted to do good work. We only add process when it helps us get things done, and we’re allergic to pointless meetings! We live by our core engineering values, which aren’t just nice words—they guide us through day-to-day challenges and are the foundation of how we work together. 

This is a unique opportunity to be part of scaling our growing Belfast dev hub, joining at the ground floor to be a technical leader in one of our local engineering teams. Remaining hands-on, you’ll drive large projects, work cross-functionally and look at the wider picture across Gearset. 

What’s the opportunity for a Principal Software Engineer in Belfast?

  • Our engineering team is driven by a genuine desire to make the lives of our customers easier, and we do that by helping each other deliver consistently outstanding work. We’re confident in our product, market potential, and we have big plans for the future.
  • Our small teams have responsibility for product goals, not building specific features, which means people working on the problems have the freedom to decide the tactics they use to solve the root causes. You’ll have the opportunity to impact what we build, as well as how we build it. 
  • A great team does their best work with context and feedback - there’s no substitute for talking directly with the people impacted by our work. Engineers work across the business and talk directly to customers and partners, to ensure we're solving the most pressing problems in the most effective way.
  • Our tech stack includes a mix of cutting-edge and proven technologies, such as C#, React, TypeScript, Postgres, AWS and Docker. You’ll become familiar with our pragmatically chosen stack, but you’ll also help us define what great looks like.
  • We release Gearset multiple times a day, and can switch back quickly to the previous release if we find an issue. We continually invest in our observability and infrastructure, and that enables us to build tight feedback loops, fix problems immediately, and delight our users.

What you'll achieve

  • Maintain and extend existing features, and collaborate with the rest of the development team to spec, design and build new features end-to-end
  • Learn from, and share your experience with, a great team from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Work closely with users, delighting them with support, researching new features and soliciting feedback
  • Contribute opinions on a range of topics, from development practices to product strategy and roadmap

About you

  • Have previous experience as a full-stack engineer, including experience working directly with customers.
  • Have created a positive business impact outside of writing code. To us this could look like leading a team, driving the rollout of a new technology or owning the development of a major feature.
  • Love to learn and improve, and you're comfortable giving and receiving constructive feedback to make your work even better.
  • Write well-structured, testable code, with a focus on simplicity and maintainability.
  • Enjoy working across departments with a diverse team on a quality product that’s loved and depended on by its users.
  • Are enthusiastic about working directly with users to build and deliver the right features.
  • Approach your work with pragmatism, prioritising iteration and delivering value to customers, over process and deliberation.

Great to haves

  • Familiarity with C#/.NET, JavaScript/TypeScript and React.
  • Or expertise with an OOP language (eg. Java / C++)  and another modern JS framework (eg. Angular / Vue.js)
  • Expertise of working on a distributed, cloud hosted product with rapid release cycles.
  • Experience working in an agile development team, where you’ve delivered incremental small slices, and are comfortable with pivoting to meet user needs.

Salary and benefits (The stuff you’d expect!)

  • Salary is £78k - £100k (depending on experience)
  • This is a full time opportunity, working Monday to Friday with the option of flexible home working (for most of us that looks like 2-3 days a week in the Belfast office)
  • Generous personal development budget for courses, conferences, or whatever is useful to your professional development in the role of up to £1500 per year
  • Top end hardware provided
  • Free lunch in the office
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays (with the option to buy an extra 5 each year)
  • Company Pension Plan (matching up to 5%)
  • Bupa health careLife Insurance & critical illness cover
  • Discounted gym membership (Better gym & Gym co), as well as a range of health and wellness benefits

About us

Gearset is the leading Salesforce DevOps platform trusted by more than 2000 companies around the globe, including McKesson, Accenture and IBM. We’ve the fast-paced, exciting environment of a startup, with the success and ambition of a scaleup, with offices in Belfast, London, and Chicago, alongside our Cambridge (UK) HQ.

We’re proud of our unique culture built on trust, collaboration, transparency, and teamwork, allowing us to have a feedback-driven culture that keeps us focused on delivering the best solution for our customers.

Alongside our Glassdoor score of 4.3/5, and customer G2 scores of 4.7/5, we hold three awards from Best Companies UK: Top 5 Best Company to work for in the East of England, UK Top 5 Best Mid-sized Company, and Top 5 Best Technology Company to work for in the whole of the UK.

Sound right for you?

If you think you have something special to offer, or you’ve got great experience but don’t match every requirement, we’d still love to talk with you and learn more! We’re committed to creating an inclusive environment and encourage you to apply.