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Software Engineer I

Apply now Job no: 499801
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Finance and Administration, Drexel University

Job Summary

The University’s Enterprise Systems consists of over 150 products supported by the Core Enterprise Systems (CES) group of Drexel University Information Technology.

The Software Engineer I supports Drexel University’s efforts to maintain and enhance the core enterprise functions in both efficiency and effectiveness by applying sound technological and business practice solutions. They provide demonstrated expertise and leadership to the departments and users of the University’s Enterprise Systems and are able to explain and demonstrate functionality to users.

The Software Engineer I is the technical expert in the IT systems used to support the business processes for one or more functional units within the University. The Software Engineer documents, analyzes, designs and/or maintains, and tests system software to meet the needs of the enterprise.

The Software Engineer I will support technical project management on specific projects.

Essential Functions

  • Participate in installing purchased systems, programming in-house applications, integrating and testing applications, and if required, diagnosing production problems
  • Undertake custom application development using various languages & tools to support and enhance campus systems
  • Contributes to projects to ensure goals and objectives are completed on time
  • Must have the ability to work in a team environment
  • Works closely with database administrators and other technical units to maintain systems, facilitate upgrades, and ensure optimal deployment with respect to security and performance
  • Assist with module security planning and management, testing, software defect management and high-level module functional support, process oversight and scheduling
  • Works collaboratively with technical and functional leads and administrative offices to develop specifications and time-lines for projects, and provide technical and functional documentation
  • Supports users in the creation of reports from transactional databases and data marts
  • Develop and modify technical documentation to support operations and trainings
  • Must be able to carry out needs assessment, system integration and design support and general change management support

Required Qualifications

The Software Engineer must have:

  • At least 3 years hands-on experience in Java development
  • At least 3 years’ experience in developing web applications using at least one popular web framework (such as Spring MVC, Tapestry, JSF, Grails, etc)
  • Web front-end development skills such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JSP, JSON are required.
  • Experience using Application servers such as Tomcat or jboss is required
  • Knowledge of Object-Oriented analysis and design using common design patterns.
  • Knowledge of Java and JaveEE internals (Class loading, Memory Management, Multi-threading, Transaction management, connection pool, etc)
  • Knowledge of Relational Databases, SQL and ORM technologies (JPA2, Hibernate)
  • Experience using any source control software, desirable in GIT. Understanding of branching, merging.
  • Experience with SOAP/WSDL-based Java web services and/or Java RESTful web services

The Software Dev Engineer must have the following additional qualities and skills:

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Detailed, organized approach to troubleshooting and testing
  • Motivated, curious, and willing to explore new technologies
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong client management skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience building highly performing and scalable backend components is a plus
  • Experience with build and deployment technologies Maven, ANT, Jenkins are desired
  • Experience with JQuery is a plus
  • Experience with Spring Framework (String Security, Spring MVC, Spring Data, Spring Rest, Spring JPA, etc.) is preferred

Physical Demands

Typically sitting at a desk/table


University City- Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of M. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Please review the Benefits Brochure for some information on our benefits offerings.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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