RELX Group Software Engineering Lead in Salt Lake City, Utah

Software Engineering Lead


Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

With a rich history spanning 130 years, Elsevier is the fourth largest digital paid content provider in the world behind Google, Bloomberg, and China Telecom. Elsevier provides unparalleled content and innovative information solutions to facilitate scientific and medical research. Our cutting-edge technology platforms enable scientists, health professionals, and research students to make critical decisions, enhance productivity, and improve outcomes. Our award winning Digital Information Analytics help progress science, advance Healthcare and improve performance. We employ 1100 of the world’s best technologists around the globe.

Job Summary

We are seeking a talented and self-motivated Software Engineering Lead (Java) to join our Salt Lake City agile team of high-performing Java software engineers working on a cloud-based, enterprise-scale content authoring application platform used by external and internal users. Collectively, the team works in a highly collaborative agile environment that leverages a strong partnership between product management, product design & user experience, and software engineering & quality test engineering. As part of that environment, this position performs complex research, design, and software development assignments and provides direction on project plans, schedules, and methodology in the development of our cross-functional software products.

Experience and Education:

  • 7+ years of Software Engineering experience

  • BS Engineering/Computer Science or equivalent experience required

Key Responsibilities

  • Join an agile team of high-performing Java software engineers working on a cloud-based, enterprise-scale content authoring application platform used by external and internal users

  • Serve as the initial point of escalation for software development issues for the team

  • Perform complex research, design, and software development assignments

  • Provide direction for the methodology, work planning, grooming, task assignments and delegation, and retrospective learnings in the development of our cross-functional software products

  • Ensure staff provided with frequent feedback and coaching and that they have the necessary training and resources to meet and exceed individual and team performance goals consistently.

  • Encourage new ideas from staff to foster improvements through innovations.

  • Empower the staff to be accountable and responsible for their own actions and decisions.

  • Work closely across the team to understand complex business and product objectives and translate them into software designs, writing and reviewing portions of detailed design specifications for the development of complex system components.

  • Successfully implement development processes, coding best practices, and code reviews.

  • Resolve complex technical issues as necessary.

  • Keep abreast of new technology developments.

  • Design and work with complex data models.

  • Train and mentor less-senior software developers

  • All other duties as assigned.

Technical Skills & Qualifications:

  • Ability to partner with and lead internal and external technology resources in setting, communicating, implementing, and achieving business objectives and goals.

  • Strong organization/project planning, time management, and change management skills across multiple functional groups and departments, and strong delegation skills involving prioritizing and reprioritizing projects and managing projects of various size and complexity.

  • Proficiency in the Java programming language as well as JSON, XML, SQL, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS

  • Knowledge of data storage subsystems, specifically PostgreSQL

  • Ability to write and review portions of detailed specifications for the development of complex system components

  • Experience building platforms in concert with UX/UI teams with focus on product design, user interaction models, rapid prototyping, story-boarding, user interface design, iterative user research, data science methods and analytics

  • Strong background with providing technical guidance to product design (UX/UI) teams for best practice approach for product interface and interaction specifications and also developing maintainable HTML & CSS for implementing those specifications.

  • Strong experience working in Agile software environments (Scrum / Kanban)

  • Git source code repository experience (github preferred)

  • Strong experience with agile work management systems (JIRA preferred)

  • Active experience leveraging collaboration wikis for documentation and knowledge sharing (Confluence preferred)

  • Windows or Mac OS using IntelliJ IDE

  • Knowledge of test-driven development

  • Ability to complete complex bug fixes

  • Experience working as part of a larger, geographically dispersed team

  • Strong communication (verbal and written) and customer service skills. Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills applicable to a wide audience including senior and executive management, customers, etc., including diction/terminology and presenting information in a concise and effective manner to clients, management, and various departments using assorted communication mediums.

  • Some travel required (likely no more than 5% after initial onboarding)

Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. We help researchers make new discoveries, collaborate with their colleagues, and give them the knowledge they need to find funding. We help governments and universities evaluate and improve their research strategies. We help doctors save lives, providing insight for physicians to find the right clinical answers, and we support nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout their careers. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy.

Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. Elsevier employs over 7,000 people in more than 70 offices worldwide. We are an employer of choice, attracting and developing talented and creative people who thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package as well as a real opportunity for career growth in a growing organization. Elsevier is an equal opportunity employer: qualified applicants are considered for and treated during employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, disability status, protected veteran status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. If a qualified individual with a disability or disabled veteran needs a reasonable accommodation to use or access our online system, that individual should please contact 1.877.734.1938 or