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At Amber Labs, we are a cutting-edge UK and European technology consultancy that prioritises empowering autonomy, promoting experimentation, and facilitating rapid learning to provide exceptional value to our clients. Our company culture is centred around collaboration, where all colleagues, regardless of their role, work together to minimise risk and shorten delivery times. Our team consists of highly-skilled cross-functional consultants, analysts, and support staff.

Our clients have the opportunity to earn R&D credits that can be used towards our areas of expertise: Data, Governance, and Cloud Engineering, allowing us to drive customer-focused innovation. Our work extends across both the public and private sectors, providing our colleagues with a diverse and interesting landscape of experience.

Amber Labs was founded on three key principles:

1. A people-first internal culture, with diverse investments and exciting opportunities for our team, and a partnership structure that ensures everyone has a chance to share in the success of the company.

2. Constant iteration to identify opportunities to develop artifacts, accelerators, and automation solutions that allow for rapid deployment of highly technical cloud or on-premises solutions for our clients.

3. Consistent investment in our ADM (Amber Labs Delivery Methodology, underpinned by Agile Methodology) to ensure maximum velocity, quality, and value.

ROLE: Lead Software Developer
CLEARANCE: Must be a UK Citizen OR have been in the UK for 5 years

Role Overview: We are seeking a talented and experienced Software Engineer to join our team. The ideal candidate will have expertise in a wide range of technologies, including AWS, NodeJS, Java, Docker, Kubernetes, and more. You will play a crucial role in developing and maintaining innovative solutions for our public sector clients, leveraging your skills in AWS and GDS environments. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively within an Agile team environment, contributing to the delivery of high-quality software solutions.

Key Skills:

  • Proficiency in AWS services
  • Strong experience with NodeJS, Express, HTML, Nunjucks, and JavaScript
  • Knowledge of Java and Spring frameworks
  • Familiarity with infrastructure as code tools such as Terraform and Ansible
  • Expertise in Docker, Kubernetes, Istio, and Kubectl
  • Experience with version control systems like GitLab and artifact repositories like Nexus
  • Proficient in package managers such as NPM and Maven
  • Familiarity with monitoring and logging tools like Kibana and Kiali
  • Knowledge of messaging systems like Kafka and databases like MongoDB

Role Responsibilities:

  • Utilize your public sector experience to contribute to the development of solutions that meet the unique needs of government clients
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams including Delivery Managers, Business Analysts, Test Automation Engineers, and Technical Architects
  • Participate in Agile ceremonies such as refinement, estimating, planning, and review sessions
  • Design, develop, test, deploy, maintain, and improve software applications and services
  • Ensure code quality, performance, and security standards are met throughout the development lifecycle
  • Stay updated on emerging technologies and best practices, sharing knowledge and insights with team members


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field (or equivalent experience)
  • Proven experience working in Agile environments, delivering high-quality software solutions
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively in a team setting
  • Experience with AWS and Government Digital Services (GDS) environments preferred
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and requirements in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail


  • Join a rapidly expanding startup where personal growth is a part of our DNA.
  • Benefit from a flexible work environment focused on deliverable outcomes.
  • Receive private medical insurance through Aviva.
  • Enjoy the benefits of a company pension plan through Nest.
  • 25 days of annual leave plus UK bank holidays.
  • Access Perkbox, a global employee rewards platform offering discounts, perks, and wellness resources.
  • Participate in a generous employee referral program.
  • A highly collaborative and collegial environment with opportunities for career advancement.
  • Be encouraged to take bold steps and embrace a mindset of experimentation.
  • Choose your preferred device, PC or Mac