Studio 29

Intermediate Java Developer

  • Location Mowbray, Western Cape
  • Category Back-end Developer
  • Job Type Permanent
  • Salary Negotiable
  • Ref # 5183


A growing Cape Town based, South African Software House, developing Enterprise (nTier) Application Software is currently looking for an Intermediate Java Developer

Our client is expanding their Retail Division, and in the process of assembling multiple teams for an International client. Successful applicants will get exposure to a wide range of technologies, including mobile and service enabled architectures. The incumbent will also be exposed to enterprise level lean agile development methodologies based on SAFE, Scrum and KANBAN.

Overall purpose of the job:

Modifies, develops, tests and maintains applications. Helps evaluate application systems, processes and requirements, makes changes to those systems and maintains them where necessary.

Key responsibilities:

Work as part of a project team to develop and test enterprise-ready business applications in a variety of configurations (e.g. web-based, desktop-based, service-based or scheduled processes).

Help produce brand new solutions, solutions based upon third-party applications, or solutions that interact with existing legacy systems. Is aware of, prepared to learn and follow industry best-practice when developing applications.

Use programming languages and tools (generally) around the Java platform.

Work with Business Analysts to specify business requirements and help translate these requirements into technical specifications (including Class, Sequence and other UML diagrams).

Help Database Developers write efficient and effective database access code.

Work with QA Analysts to implement testing plans and write the necessary code to automate testing in line with our Test-Driven Development methodology.

Work with customers and project managers to deliver quality, effective software, in line with our Agile Development process.

Help diagnose the root causes of systems issues using their problem-solving skills.

Help research and evaluate potential technical solutions to business problems

Personal Attributes / Character traits required for this job

Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

Good judgement and experience of prioritising and working to tight deadlines.

Ability to learn fast and share knowledge, experience and best practices with team mates

Willingness to take responsibility and ownership of their work.

Empathise with customers and communicate at the appropriate level

Appreciation of their position within the wider roles & responsibilities of the DPS community

Ability to work under pressure

Practical approach to problem solving

Able to document information and share knowledge with colleagues

Follows a structured approach to their work

Personal drive to succeed

Education and General Working Experience:

Ideally an IT Diploma or related Degree will be an advantage but is not essential

Proven Java experience of at least 3 – 5 years of professional development experience.

Candidates with more or deeper development experience are welcome to apply.

Remuneration package will be tailored according to relevant technical experience.

Development experience in a Scrum based Agile environment will be an advantage

Exposure to BDD/TDD will be a definite advantage

Exposure to Enterprise development is a requirement.

Exposure to object-oriented design concepts will be an advantage


Technical skills required:

The following represents a list of the technologies the incumbent will be required to operate in. Being proficient in a good deal of these technologies will qualify you to apply for this position as knowledge of the complete stack will be an advantage but is not essential.

kill Set





Basic JSE API (to v7)



GUI Development (Swing / SWT)



Java 5.0 Language Fundamentals (preferably Java 7)












Logging frameworks (SLF4J, Log4J)






JSP & HTML (incl v5.0)



JSP Custom Tags



JavaScript / AJAX






Caching mechanisms (ehCache)



Web Frameworks (Struts/JSF,PrimeFaces)



Spring (Core, Web, Remoting, Security etc.)



ORM Concepts and Frameworks (Specifically myBatis)



Core Concepts









Core RDBMS Concepts











App Design




Design Patterns (GoF)



Enterprise Patterns



Application Architecture



Technical Architecture



Windows - Desktop & server





App Servers




Websphere (including Admin)



Integration Frameworks (Apache Camel)


General Dev.

Unit Testing Concepts (JUnit, Mockito etc.)






Retail Business Domain Knowledge



Python / Jython



Shell Scripting



Agile - SCRUM






Distributor Source Management Processes



Oracle Entry-Level Java Programmer



Oracle Java Professional Programmer





Please read the Mandatory Technical Skills, Personal Attributes and Experience before applying. Regrettably we are unable to shortlist candidates for interviews if they do not meet these key requirements.

Candidates must be willing to relocate to Cape Town at their own expense if living outside the Western Cape.

Applications will only be considered from RSA Citizens, or foreign national applicants with permanent resident permits.