Full Stack Software Developer, Worthing

Schoolcomms is a leading provider of parental engagement software for schools, including messaging, payments and after school club solutions. Our systems include a suite of websites facing schools and parents, native iOS/Android apps, our desktop client, and back-end service systems.

We benefit from being part of the ParentPayGroup, the market leader in school-payments solutions, who are actively investing in both the Schoolcomms products and development team.


We are seeking a Full Stack Senior Software Developer to join the Schoolcomms Development team.

Once a period of induction and training has concluded you will start to contribute to the improvement of our products and help us extend our already market-leading position. We hope that you will be shipping production code inside the first few days.

Our Technologies

  • C# ASP.NET / WebApi / Windows Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Angular
  • iOS / Android

About You

  • You can work under general direction within a clear framework of accountability.
  • You take pride in the completion of a sprint or project, and exercise substantial personal responsibility.
  • You plan your own work and time to meet given objectives and processes.
  • You enjoy working collaboratively within a cross functional scrum team including business analysts, QA, and developers.
  • You are comfortable working with and mentoring junior members of the team. You enjoy collaborative practices such as pair programming.
  • You are comfortable making decisions, and achieving consensuses, which may influence the success of project.
  • You are comfortable working against a broad range of complex technical and professional challenges, across a variety of contexts.
  • You can investigate, define, and resolve complex issues. You have strong debugging skills.
  • You have a thorough depth of knowledge regarding software development, practices, and concepts, and are comfortable championing these ideas.
  • You can pick up domain specific knowledge quickly an apply it in a range of scenarios.
  • You maintain your own industry and domain knowledge and find ways to share it effectively with your team.
  • You take responsibility for the development of your skills and career, referring to company provided resources where appropriate.
  • You can communicate, both verbally and in writing, complex ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • You can plan, schedule, and monitor your own work.
  • You can recognise trade-offs, selecting appropriately between differing standards, methods, and tools.
  • You understand the importance of the secure handling of potentially sensitive data.

Key Responsibilities

  • You will plan, code, and document a range of complex software solutions, including our school and parent facing sites, and service infrastructure.
  • You will work in a Scrum-Agile context, collaborating with business analysts, QA.
  • You will work with other developers to plan, develop, and review code.
  • You will seek to improve our ways of working, participating in Scrum ceremonies such as retrospectives.
  • You will design and develop data models in code which best achieve the goals of a project or solution, using and ORM (Entity Framework), and direct SQL (Dapper & stored procedures) as appropriate.
  • One week in eight, you will serve on third line support, working with other teams to triage and resolve issues. You will develop remedial SQL scripts, builds, and define maintenance work.
  • You will design system components using appropriate modelling techniques, working with architects and business analysts. Your designs will reflect your understanding of the trade-offs being made and capture both functional and non-functional requirements.
  • You will design software components to agreed industry standards, patterns, and methods. These designs will account for security, performance, and existing systems as well as new features.
  • You will design and develop databases and schemas using appropriate techniques. Designs will account for maintainability and performance requirements and will be championed to the rest of the team.
  • You will apply and promote the effective use of the common methods and tools of software development, including IDE expertise, source control, and CI/CD tools such as TeamCity and Octopus.

In Return

You will get to work on a variety of software covering all layers of the software stack and multiple platforms. You’ll be given regular time to build your skills and capabilities and will be encouraged to be aspirational in your personal development. Opportunities to take on new responsibilities are frequent, and our track record for career progression is excellent.

We have an open friendly work environment, where everyone has an important stake in the running of the team, and we respect the need for a good work-life balance. Our office is in a convenient location in Worthing town centre, with the beach only a few minutes away.

We offer the choice of a Mac or Windows as primary development environment. Additional hardware for cross-platform development and support developers who wish to be fluent in both platforms is available.

Schoolcomms offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • 25 days annual leave plus statutory public holidays
  • Company matched auto enrol pension scheme*
  • Group life insurance at 4 x annual salary*
  • Option to join the company private health scheme*
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Flexible working hours

* Terms and conditions apply.

To apply for this opportunity, please send your CV and Cover Letter to our Internal Recruiter Emma Ainsley at emma.ainsley@parentpay.com