This senior level Software Engineer position will be part of the software engineering team, helping build the next generation of our flagship software product for the digital signage industry. A person at this level will research, design, and develop software products within a specific technical project. S/he can provide solutions for designs and development plans for high complexity products, which typically requires a broad background of technical and process knowledge. This position provides expert guidance, drives decision making and supports the Software Engineering group in various technical and functional aspects of research and development of new products. A successful candidate will be a strong team player who is able to work across multiple functions and disciplines. The candidate should be self-directed and have experience and knowledge of software design, coding, and testing methodologies. An ideal candidate would be able to perform project management functions for a small group of engineers. Though the focus will be on designing and developing professional, database-driven interactive web and web based mobile applications, our user facing software products interact with embedded systems running on micro-controllers. Our product software is a critical differentiator in our market, and we take great pride in our in-house products developed entirely by this team, from embedded systems to exceptional user facing GUI applications.
Architect, design, create and maintain customer-facing web applications.
Develop rich, intuitive, and interactive web UI controls and backend systems that involve web services and relational databases. The focus of this role will be in backend systems.
Help create and review system and software requirements.
Help foster good software engineering practices and mentor junior engineers.
Prepare test cases (automated and manual) to perform verification and validation of software.
Assist in data gathering and troubleshooting of products under design or returned/reported from the field.
Follow relevant company procedures and help create and maintain relevant documentation.
Involvement in all aspects of the product development and release process.
Experience developing backend systems and services in Java/JEE. Experience with Servlets, Webservices (REST), XML, and JSON is a must have.
Proficiency with Java Persistence API (JPA) and experience with ORM packages like Hibernate.
Thorough understanding of advanced relational database concepts, including physical and logical database design. Solid experience using MySQL or other relational database engines.
Familiarity REST based web services.
Experience with version control software (preferably Git), Continuous Integration Build systems (like Jenkins) and automated testing tools.
Broad experience in Object Oriented Design/Analysis (OOD/OOA). Understanding of design languages such as UML will be a plus.
Good written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent analytical skills.
Experience working on Cloud infrastructure (like AWS).
Experience developing User Interfaces with React and familiarity with Google Web Toolkit (GWT).
Familiarity with Apache Commons libraries.
Familiarity with dependency injection frameworks like Google Guice or Spring.
Familiarity with Caching frameworks like Ehcache.
Experience working on web based mobile applications.
Familiarity with Agile product development methodology (Scrum in particular) is a plus.
Headquartered in Danville, Ill., Watchfire has manufactured electric signs since 1932 and LED signs, using meticulously sourced components from around the world, since 1998. Our products include indoor and outdoor LED displays, fixed digit and video scoreboards, gas price signs and digital billboards. Every aspect of our products and service is focused on giving our customers the greatest advertising tools available for developing their business and increasing sales. Our partnerships with respected, knowledgeable sign company professionals are the foundation of our collective success.
Watchfire LED signs are known for their legendary quality and reliability. We test our outdoor displays to withstand whatever nature throws at them, all to guarantee our customers years of worry-free performance. The excellence in every Watchfire sign begins with our outstanding engineering team designing a quality product. In production, we choose quality over expedience or expense. We use the best performing components available from a global market and invest the time and expense needed to evaluate and verify every aspect of our products’ design, function and serviceability. Our reputation depen...ds on our displays looking and performing great not just on day one, but for years to come.
We developed our proprietary Ignite software to create and manage messages from design to scheduling. Whether the sign is large or small, color or monochrome, the suite of Ignite software helps create head-turning messages through easy-to-use interfaces.
Watchfire has over 60,000 LED signs in operation at convenience stores, gas stations, retail outlets, banks, schools, places of worship and other locations worldwide. We also have more digital billboard customers in the U.S. than any other brand.