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Microservices Chapter Lead (Athens,Crete)

Posting Country:  Greece
Date Posted:  19-Mar-2023
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

At Vodafone, we’re working hard to build a better future. A more connected, inclusive and sustainable world. As a dynamic global community, it's our human spirit, together with technology, that empowers us to achieve this. 

We challenge and innovate in order to connect people, businesses, and communities across the world. Delighting our customers and earning their loyalty drive us, and we experiment, learn fast and get it done, together.

With us, you can be truly be yourself and belong, share inspiration, embrace new opportunities, thrive, and make a real difference.

Role purpose:

The API Dev. Chapter Lead is the Product Owner of Skills Development, who builds expertise in the chapter and develops chapter members. Enthusiastic about transferring knowledge to others, chapter leads provide coaching and oversee personal development. In addition to leading a chapter community, the Chapter Lead is also a member of a Squad, completing Squad work at 30% of their time, thus will work closely with software, QA, and systems engineers to understand requirements and prototype, architect, implement, operate and update server-side solutions accordingly. The Chapter Lead does not direct squad work – this comes from the Product Owner and the Squad Product Backlog.

Key accountabilities and decision ownership:

•    As a Squad Member (30%):
-    Contribute, as member of an agile team, in the research, analysis, design development and testing of solutions that best suit business and technology strategy.
-    Work as part of a team and develop highly performant microservices based on the JVM.
-    Develop scalable solutions - use the latest in Tech to handle large traffic spikes and many millions of REST calls per microservice per day.
-    Ensure technical integrity and quality control consistency throughout the development life cycle.
•    As a Leader (70%):
-    Guide a community of Experts that are working within squads / scrums.
-    Work with the Tribe and Tech Lead to provide workforce plans for recruitment and development.
-    Organize interactions between the members of the chapter to nurture best practice and encourage knowledge & tool sharing.
-    Act as a supporting leader, rather than a line manager, aiming at maturing the organisation readiness, vs controlling the work.
-    Provide guidance and harmonization of chapter best-practices (Chapter principles).
-    Act as a mentor for Expert members of the chapter, helping them grow in expertise and experience new areas.
-    Play a pivotal role in inspiring and motivating everyone in the chapter to be the best they can be.

Core competencies, knowledge and experience:

•    Recognised as expert in the API domain with a proven track record.
•    Have a passion for personal and functional development, supporting members to be the best they can be.
•    Relentless drive for continuous improvement in processes, others and yourself.
•    Looks externally /brings in best practices, experiments, tests, pushes innovation.
•    Able to foster learning around agile ways of working and the overall agile mind-set.
•    Experience in working in chapters, sharing responsibility, at the same time encouraging people to act on their innovative ideas and proposals.
•    Advanced ability to analyse and interpret complex problems or processes, identify and understand requirements, and develop solutions.
•    Strong problem solving and design thinking skills, and ability to produce out-of-the-box ideas and innovative solutions.
•    Strong relationship building, persuasion, and collaboration skills, acting as enabler for coordination of activities between technical teams and building of cross-functional relationships quickly and confidently.
•    Agility and willingness to track, assess, and incorporate practice and technology developments into day-to-day working.

Must have technical / professional qualifications:

•    Experience in Coaching/ Mentoring others for at least 2-3 years.
•    Ability to evaluate, lead and adapt to change, shifting demands in different situations.
•    Capable of applying a range of techniques to support facilitation, training and teaching to guide and manage a group event to ensure that objectives are met effectively.
•    At least 2-3 years of experience in design and development of RESTful APIs using a cloud-friendly technology like Quarkus, Spring Boot, or any other JVM-based technology
•    Have a deep understanding of RESTful principles (WSDL understanding is a plus, but not required)
•    Familiarity with Document Storages
•    Have a grasp of Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA), Microservices, and distributed systems
•    Be able to work in a fast-moving team which values communication & team spirit

What's in it for you:

•   Competitive pay, bonus & remuneration package 
•   Private Health & Medical Insurance  
•   Hybrid way of working: a blend of remote and office-based working, including the option to work up to 20 days from abroad 
•   Remote work equipment to help you create a comfortable, ergonomic workspace at home 
•   Unlimited access to learning resources and trainings 
•   Vodafone Parental Leave: 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave to all employees regardless of gender, sexual orientation or length of service  
•   Spirit of Vodafone Day: one day each quarter dedicated to your personal development 
•   Extra days off: Vodafone Day, Family Day, Volunteering Day 
•   Needless to say, we cater for your communication wherever you are 
•  Office amenities (subject to the office location): such as restaurant, beauty corner, gym and parking 
•  Special employee offers and discounts 

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Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised and rewarded. We are committed to promoting Inclusion for All with the belief that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business. We actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of our journey.