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Junior Software Engineer

Author-it Software

Author-it Software

Software Engineering
Wellington, New Zealand · New Zealand · Palmerston North, New Zealand · Wellington, New Zealand
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Who we are and what we do

Author-it Software Co. (ASC) is a world leading provider of on-premise and cloud-based products for authoring technical publications, e-learning and pharmaceutical information.

What does that mean for our customers? Our tools are used by some of the world’s largest organisations to enable reuse, reassembly and multiformat consumption of mission critical content. Our two software platforms, Docuvera and Author-it, enable the transformation of how our customers create and manage their content, leveraging a component first approach where content is broken down, easily assembled into documents, and reused across their organisation.

Our two products serve different industries; Docuvera’s focus is solving the problem of inefficiency in creating and updating documentation through the drug development lifecycle for biopharma for large global Life Science customers, while Author-it provides technical documentation, learning & development, and compliance solutions for hightech, manufacturing, energy and more, at enterprise scale across the globe.

Established in 2000, we are currently headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand. We have a team of over 100 people based mainly in New Zealand, Europe, and the United States, working across Technology, Product, Quality, Customer Success, Marketing, Sales, Finance and People Experience teams.

The part you’ll play

You’ll build SaaS applications in collaboration with program managers, UX designers and testers, as well as developers in our New Zealand, US and Europe-based teams. Working with our senior technical staff, you’ll also have a say in the technologies we use, and how we use them, for solving complex problems on an enterprise scale.

This role is all about doing things efficiently and making them even better. So as well as continuous improvement to our design, development and quality processes, you’ll also help to continuously evolve the Docuvera engineering strategy.

A day in the life

  • Work with your squad on the development of new features and squashing bugs
  • Work with your peers to improve efficiency, build close relationships and improve the way you work
  • Collaborate with other parts of the organisation to ensure you have what you need to do your best work
  • Maintain and improve the quality of your work and the product by writing unit tests and documentation
  • Participating in planning and refining the work for your squad
  • Supporting the technical lead, senior developers and architect roles as required
  • Supporting a world-class engineering culture where engineers have the skills and autonomy needed to build high-quality product.

What you’ll bring to the role

At ASC we know that the mixture of experience, skills and attitude are key ingredients in making a team succeed so we need the right people on board. Some of the skills we are looking for

You will have some of these skills

As someone just starting out in this field, we don’t expect you to have all of these skills. Having knowledge of some of these will help. Having a genuine willingness to expand your knowledge and learn in these areas is key!

  • JavaScript, or a language that compiles to JS such as TypeScript or CoffeeScript
  • Backbone, Angular, React, or a similar front-end JS framework
  • REST and GraphQL APIs
  • Relational and non-relational databases, such as SQL Server, Postgres, or MongoDB
  • AWS platform offerings
  • Agile/Scrum/Kanban development methodology
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely (both written and orally)
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines in an agile/iterative software development process without losing sight of longer-term goals or the big picture.
  • Your team-first mindset. Your way of working is collaborative
  • A willingness to learn, to adapt to try new things, or take on a different perspective
  • Resiliency, as change comes with the territory in a scale up tech environment
  • A positive attitude and strong EQ to build and maintain a great connection with your team members across ASC
  • The ability to think outside the box and focus on solutions

You’ll have these certifications or qualifications

  • College or university degree is desired

How We Do Things Here

Our guiding principles, entitled How We Do Things Here, set the tone for life at ASC:

  • We delight our customers
  • We focus on solutions
  • We act with integrity
  • We nurture growth
  • We put people first

That gives you an idea of how we work together.

Of the many qualities our diverse global team have, one that stands out is our passion for what we do. We take pride in our work and we are constantly learning and adapt to try new things or take on a different perspective. We enjoy and thrive in our rapidly changing environment, which requires flexibility and self-discipline, but, in return, we relish the excitement that we are part of a fast-paced scale up business working on transformative technology.

Why ASC is an awesome place to grow your career

We operate in a high trust environment, and we really walk the talk. We aspire for everyone to be themselves and be comfortable at work, so we put great emphasis on ensuring our people have what they need to be at their best. This includes:

  • offering a digital first, fully flexible working style
  • having modern tools and systems
  • relaxed office hubs in some countries, stocked with free drinks and snacks
  • offering extra paid time off for year end closedown and your birthday (with unlimited PTO in the USA)
  • rewarding our long serving people with long service leave
  • engaging everyone in reward and recognition programs
  • access to various wellbeing platforms
  • a focus on personal growth, including dedicated ‘tools down’ personal development time
  • in the USA, we offer fully funded health benefits, like dental and medical

all within in a diverse, supportive, and inclusive global community.