Java Software Engineer - Microservices, APIs, event streams (e.g. Kafka)

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Job Description

Don’t just have a great idea, build it. 

We are looking for a high performing and enthusiastic Java Engineer to join our Loyalty Technology Team at American Express in Burgess Hill. Over the past 2 years we have begun transforming our technology platforms towards a Microservice style architecture and are looking for the right candidate to help iaccelerate that transformation.

The Loyalty Programs including Membership Rewards are a key Brand differentiator for American Express, which we are continuously enhancing to stayahead of the competition. This role will partner closely with our product owners within collaborative scrum teams, in an environment that values interesting technical challenges, using best practice design approaches and prioritises your professional development.


  • As a member of an agile team you will be contributing to software builds through consistent development practices (tools, common components, and documentation), specifically….

  • Contributing to high quality, testable code and meeting high test coverage of the code base.

  • Particpating in code reviews as well as aligning to and demonstrating development standards / best practices as part of the  team

  • Analysing and estimating user stories, interpreting acceptance criteria and building software that exceeds expectations

  • Working closely with Product Owner and QEs to ensure story design and delivery meet Acceptance Criteria as well as platform SLAs

  • Actively contributing to team ceremonies and being equally accountable for sprint commitments

  • Being a team player and stepping out of role where required to facilitate team success

Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.


  • Creating, enhancing and refactoring Java EE software

  • Experience in utilizing continuous integration, orchestration, and delivery tool chains, including test automation frameworks

  • Experience of build and version control tools such as Maven, Jenkins, Git (including branching and merging strategies)

  • Experience with using unit testing frameworks such as JUnit

  • Developing and consuming APIs (REST/SOAP etc)

  • Good problem solving skills and a desire to learn through experience

  • Excellent collaboration in a team environment

  • Willing to embrace Agile Engineering practices

  • Knowledge or Experience in TDD and BDD

  • University Degree in computer science, computer science engineering, or related experience required


Why American Express?

There’s a difference between having a job and making a difference.

American Express has been making a difference in people’s lives for over 160 years, backing them in moments big and small, granting access, tools, and resources to take on their biggest challenges and reap the greatest rewards.

We’ve also made a difference in the lives of our people, providing a culture of learning and collaboration, and helping them with what they need to succeed and thrive. We have their backs as they grow their skills, conquer new challenges, or even take time to spend with their family or community. And when they’re ready to take on a new career path, we’re right there with them, giving them the guidance and momentum into the best future they envision.

Because we believe that the best way to back our customers is to back our people.


The powerful backing of American Express.

Don’t make a difference without it.

Don’t live life without it.


A competitive benefits offering designed to support our employees’ total health and wellbeing, including:

  • Health care scheme

  • Defined contribution pension plan

  • Dental scheme

  • Virtual GP

  • Life assurance

  • Income protection

  • Core holiday allowance with opportunity to buy or sell additional days

  • A range of flexible benefits to choose from designed to suit your lifestyle: healthcare plan options, health assessments, critical illness coverage, cycle to work, season ticket loans

  • Employee Discount Portal

  • Back up childcare/adultcare

  • Onsite facilities include; Fitness classes, Health Checks, Digital Health Kiosk, Physiotherapy, Healthy Living Nurse, Wellness Studio, Costa Coffee and subsidised staff restaurant

To complete your application please click on the links below. However, if you require any assistance with the completion of this process – or need any reasonable adjustments to be made – then please contact the Recruitment Team on or 00800 83 000038 (for Russia based candidates 810 800 83 000038).



ReqID: 19020908
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
Date Posted: Nov 29, 2019, 3:39:29 PM