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Job Title

Java Engineer

Reference Number

Aflac NI - 0125


Belfast / hybrid

Contract Type

Full-Time Permanent

Closing Date


The Role 

We are looking for an experienced Java Engineer who knows how to maximize the potential of DevOps tools and technologies so that Development teams can streamline their integration and deployment processes by building out our Developer Experience Platform (devX).  Someone who is technically astute with a range of CI/CD tools, familiar with test automation, code integration, secure development practices, deployment automation and everything else that goes into a mature DevOps process. 

The Team

We are expanding our DevOps Platform Engineering team that will be charged with transforming how we do DevOps across the Digital Services organization within Aflac.  Our DevSecOps strategy will enable developers across our Agile teams to self-service the tools they need to deliver high quality software with low risk, quickly. Enabling autonomy of Continuous Delivery through full end-to-end automation including the elevation and release process in a transparent, secure and compliant way.   The investment in this technology will ensure that we can accelerate delivering exceptional experiences for our 50 million policyholders. 
But it’s not just a technology change; it’s a mindset change.  Pivoting an organization towards a new way of doing things requires a passion for progress and a determination to eradicate manual effort.  And so, we are adding to our team who love the technology - but more importantly - are relentlessly seeking to positively impact the status quo and identify global optimizations which can help improve the flow of our agile teams. 
We’ll be using a range of different tools and technologies, and the goal is to empower our developers to develop, build, test, and deploy their code in a frictionless way.  We want them to be masters of their own destiny and avoid relying on countless invisible teams to perform tasks on their behalf.  The aim is to reduce the cognitive load on our teams and to provide them with best practices, security and compliance out of the box in an autonomous and self-service way. 
What you’ll be doing 
  • Development, testing, monitoring and support of the devX platform.  
  • Understanding the needs of our teams and developing standard approaches to common problems to reduce manual effort. 
  • Closely partner with Global Security to implement a Secure DevOps model that considers application security from the outset, and leverages tools and automation that enhance security through the application architecture. 
  • Solving complex problems in a collaborative and open learning environment alongside fellow team members. Listening to the inputs of others and working towards the best solution that maximizes the value to the policyholder, without ego or prejudice. 

What you should have 
Below is an overview of the skills and experience we are looking for, but remember, don’t rule yourself out if you don’t have everything on the list – it’s your intellect and your attitude we’re really after. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Bachelor’s degree. Comparable commercial experience may also be considered 
  • Demonstrable technical leadership capabilities 
  • Proactively participated in client workshops – first-class stakeholder management 
  • Technical competency in DevOps practices using a range of technologies 
  • Strong software engineering principles and architecture knowledge 
  • Experience in systems automation, virtualization, orchestration, continuous integration, deployment, and implementation 
  • Experience working with engineers, leaders and functional areas located in different time zones. 
  • Experience in application development / software engineering  
  • Knowledge and experience in some of the key technologies required for the role, such as (but not limited to): 

Familiarity working with cloud providers in a large organization (AWS, Azure, GCP)

Java Spring Boot microservices

Front end technologies such as Angular, React.JS or Vue.JS

GitHub, Azure DevOps, Kubernetes (EKS), Docker

Command line languages: e.g. Bash, Powershell

Code scanning tools: Veracode, SonarQube

Test Automation: Robot Framework, Selenium

Infrastructure as Code 

Monitoring / Telemetry 
So that’s us. Thanks for taking the time to read this far (pretty impressive in the era of the 280 character tweet). We look forward to hearing from you if you fancy joining a tech innovation company with the agility of a start-up and the stability of a Fortune 500 U.S. company. 
Aflac NI is an equal opportunities employer 

Aflac are a Fortune 500 company, and the largest supplier of supplemental health insurance in the US and Japan. Our insurance helps policyholders when they have an accident or illness, and when they come to us they are in one of their greatest times of need.

For this reason, it is critically important we have world-class technology solutions so our customer can focus on getting better. An innovative tech company based in Belfast, Aflac Northern Ireland will help create new digital products and enhance our cyber security capabilities.

While the work we do is of great importance, we don't take ourselves too seriously. We are fast-paced and hardworking, but maintain a welcoming and approachable culture. We like to have a good time and are not afraid to be imaginative and try new things.

We get it you probably never saw yourself working for an insurance firm. Safe to say none of us grew up dreaming of that either. However, once you see the impact our technology has on people's lives, and the opportunity for innovative solutions you'll see why we love it here.

We offer highly competitive pay and benefits, and support a variety of career development opportunities. Our goal is to make Aflac Northern Ireland one of the most adaptable IT and cyber security teams/organisations in the world. We constantly push ourselves to learn new technologies and play an influential role expanding the fintech frontier here in Belfast.

So if you are interested in shaping what we do in Northern Ireland, being an author of a new local company, and setting the tone of the organisation then we'd love to hear from you.

You know the drill: Send in a CV and some basic details and we'll be in touch.