Lead Developer - Monetise

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Date: Nov 29, 2023

Location: Lisbon, PT

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Lead Software Developer  - Monetise

We’re looking for a proactive lead software developer with several years of experience who can help our teams strengthen existing tools as well as build and adopt new tools and services.

Monetise is a domain in Springer Nature Technology, responsible for the eCommerce capabilities that serve customers: institutions, businesses, and consumers.   This includes the eCommerce journeys on Springer Link, Nature+, the Single eBook Store, and the supporting checkouts and payment gateways.    
The job is based in our Lisbon hub, with team members also in London, Berlin, and Pune. We offer a mix of remote and in-office working, with up to four days a week working from home. You'll be part of our bigger community of developers located in Portugal, Germany, UK and India.
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About Us

We are looking for skilled and passionate software developers to help us build the best products that enable the research community to advance the progress and understanding of science.

We need a lead software developer to work in the Monetise domain, which is responsible for enabling a seamless eCommerce experience across our digital platforms so that researchers can easily identify, acquire, and access SN offerings that can best help them in and accelerate their career.

We strive to continually improve user journeys; allowing customers to discover, access, and purchase content and solutions in a way that suits them. Our customer-centric approach is fundamental to the way we work.  

We also work closely with partners across the organization to evolve our content and business models; keeping us competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape.

As a lead developer, you will be working closely with the Domain Architect to support teams' transition an at times fragmented or duplicated set of services to a coordinated set of eCommerce capabilities ready to support the growth and diversification of our eCommerce business.

You will be joining a cross-functional team with different nationalities, backgrounds, and experience levels. All team members collaborate to deliver solutions that best satisfy the needs of researchers and other readers.

About You


  • You have several years of experience developing software in Java, Kotlin, or other JVM languages.
  • You have some experience with NodeJS 
  • You are able to get up to speed quickly in new languages and technologies and know how to lend expertise while taking in the experiences and knowledge in the teams.
  • You are adaptable, and pragmatic and can dig in to support tactical objectives that move us closer to our longer-term goals
  • You have some knowledge of using cloud services.
  • You have some experience working with third-party e-commerce platforms or services
  • You are experienced working in a Test Driven environment and understand the benefits.
  • You enjoy pair programming, working in a trunk-based development environment, and practicing Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery. 
  • You have a solid understanding of observability concerns and other architecture “-ilities” and can help teams spot issues and plan improvements for them.
  • You have experience helping teams adopt or build up stronger practices around test-driven development and CI/CD.
  • You like working in a collaborative team, where there is collective ownership of the product.
  • You enjoy getting involved with every stage of the software development lifecycle.
  • You see the value in developers owning production software and view failure as a chance to learn.
  • You have extensive experience working with stakeholders and non-developers to come up with creative solutions to their problems.
  • You are comfortable leading streams of work and switching contexts when necessary.
  • You enjoy mentoring less experienced developers.
  • You believe in and can articulate our company strategy on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and you want to make Springer Nature Digital a more inclusive environment for everyone.
  • You are a positive role model to others.
  • You know how and when to delegate.
  • You know how and when to refactor and embrace it as a natural step in the development process
  • Knowledge of any of these is a plus: concourse, http4k, grafana, Loki, Prometheus, GCP, Big Query, amplitude.


What you will be doing

Within 3 Months you will:

  • Get to know all members of the team.
  • Get familiar with our technology stack. Our applications are continually deployed from trunk to Cloud Foundry using Concourse.
  • Take part in developing new features as a member of the tech team.
  • Get familiar with, and help evolve, the team’s agile processes and ceremonies.
  • Get to know the various stakeholders and their general requirements.

By 3-6 months you will:

  • Be a supportive member of the tech team, developing the platform by using the appropriate technology solutions to solve the problem at hand.
  • Lead a stream of work, working with both developers and stakeholders.
  • Mentoring team members across different locations in a remote set up.
  • Have an understanding of the team’s context within the publishing business they are working in.
  • Transform high-level requirements into actionable work.
  • Become an advocate for defining and implementing non-functional requirements.
  • Influence the design of the system architecture.
  • Be able to explain and visualise the benefits and trade-offs of proposed solutions.
  • Be able to understand and discuss business requirements with stakeholders and Product Managers, and help other disciplines with these conversations.
  • Take part in the recruiting process, helping to assess applicants.
  • Hold technical discussions with the team in order to improve the product architecture and code quality.
  • Foster a culture where continuous feedback is easy and natural.
  • Set the technical direction of the work done by the team.

By 6-12 months you will:

  • Switch context between multiple streams of work, providing guidance to both developers and stakeholders.
  • Onboard new members to the team or help other teams in the onboarding process.
  • Proactively provide useful and actionable feedback to team members.
  • Triage support queries and diagnose issues in the live applications.
  • Contribute to blameless post-mortems.
  • Understand our customers’ needs, both internal and external, and how your work affects their experience.
  • Proactively improve ways of working and practices.
  • Help domain leadership to make and implement decisions.
  • Actively look for opportunities to help developers grow.
  • Arbitrate disagreements within the team and do not avoid difficult conversations.

As part of an agile product team, day-to-day you will:

  • Take part in our daily stand-ups.
  • Contribute to ceremonies like planning, story writing, collaborative design and retrospectives.
  • Develop new features and improve code quality by pair programming with other team members, as well as working independently.
  • Take part in support and monitoring of our websites.

To apply please upload a copy of your CV and cover letter, stating your salary expectations.

SPRINGER NATURE - springernature.com
Springer Nature employs more than 10,000 people in over 50 markets, and is home to some of the best-known names in research, educational and professional publishing. 
We value and celebrate the diversity of our people. We recognise the many benefits of a diverse workforce and strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles.
Working at the heart of a changing industry, we are always looking for great people who care about delivering quality to our customers and the communities we work alongside. In return, we provide opportunities to learn from some of the best in the business, with a culture that encourages curiosity and empowers people to find solutions and act on their instincts.
In addition, we offer:

  • 10% time (‘hack day’).
  • Private Health Insurance for you and your partner and children if applicable – Medis TOP + serious illnesses.
  • Personal accidents insurance.
  • Work Accidents Insurance – by law.
  • Food allowance, € 9,60 EUR per working day via meal card.
  • In Portugal we have 22 vacation days by law after 1 year of service.
    • We will offer you 2 additional days off from the start.
    • After 1 year of service: 1 additional day = 25 days.
    • After 2 years of service: 1 additional day = 26 days.
    • After 3 years of service: 1 additional day = 27 days.
  • “Jubilee day” off after 5 years of service.
  • Up to 3 times a year, up to 3 days SN will “continue to pay” the salary for those sick days, as the first 3 days sick leave (baixa medica) are not covered by social security.
  • Up to 3-4 days per week working from home.
  • Work Mobile Phone.
  • Travel costs compensation for the commute to the office via a commute card (with the company NIF) up to max. € 40 per month.
  • Access to LinkedIn Learning via our internal learning and development platform 
  • Free access to all SN Publications.
  • Use of Urban Sports gyms at a reduced price.



At Springer Nature, we value the diversity of our teams and work to build an inclusive culture, where people are treated fairly and can bring their differences to work and thrive. We empower our colleagues and value their diverse perspectives as we strive to attract, nurture and develop the very best talent.

Springer Nature was awarded Diversity Team of the Year at the 2022 British Diversity Awards. Find out more about our DEI work here.


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