A Career With 8th Light

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Why Start A Career with 8th Light

Company vision and mission

8th Light is a software consultancy on a mission to improve the quality of software in the world. Since 2006, we’ve partnered with hundreds of clients — from startups to Fortune 500 companies— to design systems that unlock human potential and develop products that customers love.

We believe that well-crafted software makes the world a better place, and we are committed to delivering impactful solutions. We bring a human-centered approach to software that prioritizes the humans behind every screen, including those who build and maintain it.

As polyglots, we can quickly tackle a diverse range of projects and make a positive impact in any language, domain, and tech stack. Through our apprenticeship and ongoing education initiatives, our team stays on top of current industry trends, while remaining anchored in the underlying technical and human processes that lead to higher quality experiences.

A career at 8th Light looks like

Working at 8th Light means you are challenged, supported, and inspired — by your team, your clients, and your community. Our company culture is built around our shared passion for continuous learning, and we offer ongoing professional development initiatives for team members of all experience levels. We take pride in our company because we’ve all helped build it. Because you do more than just design and develop software — you craft. Join us and help build quality software that endures.

Diversity in inclusion strategy 

We believe that diversity makes our team better. We recognize that creating a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization is an ongoing journey, and we’re excited to share our journey with you. We intentionally foster a positive, inclusive community where everyone can learn and grow together. We partner with other organizations such as One World Coders, Code Platoon, Queer Tech and Black Girl Coders to foster that inclusion throughout the industry.

We know firsthand the importance of being seen and heard in the workplace. We facilitate, support, and invite opportunities for team members to create channels and other methods to connect, allowing our people to bring their full identity to work. Internal interest groups to virtual social activities help colleagues stay connected and feel a sense of belonging. And the Diversity Committee ensures our commitment to reduce unconscious bias, and ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.


Find below a career opportunity for you

Senior Software Developer (Crafter)

Location: London, Remote
Salary: To be discussed

About us

At 8th Light, we take a human-centered approach to software development, collaborating with the people writing the code as well as those using it. We embrace the need for adaptability in a constantly changing world. We are a team of polyglot generalists—thinkers and doers ready to take on most any challenge that we encounter.

An employee-owned software consultancy, we consider software development a craft. Our team of expert developers and designers hold the title of “Crafter” to reflect our dedication to quality, our emphasis on continual learning, and our belief that software is truly a craft—something that we take pride in, and value highly. We value colleagues who enjoy learning and teaching, which creates our collaborative organisation. You’ll be mentored and supported, and you’ll further your expertise as a technologist, a manager, or both.

We enjoy working with empathetic, passionate collaborators who value the work they do. If this approach to software development resonates with you, we’d love to talk.

About the role

You’ll work with a variety of clients, typically 1-2 in a year, and in a variety of languages over the course of your career with us. You’ll lead small teams or serve as the tech lead on small projects. You’ll work with colleagues who share your passion for creating software. You’ll invest time developing your skills and sharing what you know with your colleagues.

Impact you’ll own

  • Making immediate contributions to projects, rapidly building trust with clients
  • Working pragmatically to balance technology choices while delivering high quality work within deadlines
  • Preparing for and facilitating iteration meetings and retrospectives
  • Clearly articulating and documenting outcomes and driving forward action items
  • Ensuring your team has a healthy, prioritized, estimated backlog
  • Maintaining relationships with client technical leaders
  • Regular syncs with the client to provide status updates, and for identifying and evaluating risks and presenting potential solutions
  • Serving as a manager or mentor to developers on your teams
  • Identifying and resolving blockers to team progress
  • Contributing to 8th Light by serving as a mentor to apprentices, leading or designing workshops internally or for clients, representing 8th Light in the tech community, or supporting our hiring processes


What you bring

You’ve worked as a professional software developer for at least 3 years. You’re ready to take the next step in your career to take a leadership role leading small engagements. You’ve successfully:

  •  Written production-quality code in 2+ programming languages
  • Built high-quality, maintainable software collaboratively, incrementally, and pragmatically, as a team member
  • Independently completed features
  • Used context-appropriate automated testing to inform software design choices and catch bug
  • Debugged and refactored pre-existing code to incrementally improve it
  • Collaborated with teams using Git, MacOS/Linux, CI/CD
  • Understood tradeoffs of technology choices
  • Mentored and shared knowledge with colleagues
  • Actively sought out feedback
  • Been aware of and attentive to the impact of communication with colleagues
  • Made thoughtful recommendations to your team
  • Understood and balanced tradeoffs of communications and collaboration choices


Nice to have

We work across many areas, and encourage anyone with the experience mentioned above to apply. We have a place for you. Also, given recent client requests, we would particularly like to encourage applicants with experience in the following areas:

  •  infrastructure as code
  • data engineering
  • CI/CD pipelines
  • native mobile development


For further details and to apply please click here
Closing date: 31 / 12 / 2021
Contact query: recruiting@8thlight.com