Introduction

Creating a job description to advertise a new vacancy requires research, speaking to managers and more. If you have never created a job posting before you may get lost in the process.

That's why Process Street has created this Software Developer Job Description Template, to help you create your software developer job description.

Software developers create computer programs. From games, phone applications, to programs that help you budget and track expenditure.

The nature of software development roles involves understanding users needs, developing software solutions and monitoring performance and modifying programs as needed.

Software development allows accessibility of your business from anywhere via a smartphone or computer. Sales and service are improved, and feedback can be obtained by online platforms.  On-the-go marketing can be implemented to promote your product anywhere, increasing customer engagement.

Before you begin this template, take the time to consider the below skills which make a good software developer.

  1. Computer programming/coding knowledge
  2. Logical thinking and problem solving
  3. Soft skill development
  4. Patience and attention to detail
  5. Written communication
  6. Teaching (to teach others in regards to software development)
  7. Business-savvy
  8. Interpersonal skills
  9. Curiosity

Preparation:

Record details

Record the details of your business that is hiring. Do this by using the form fields below.

Your job title may not be 'software developer' word for word. You can alter the job title to suit your unique position.

Gather job information

You will need to find out information regarding the software developer job role. You will have to speak to the current manager of the relevant department and gather the information you need to post the job. Use the sub-checklist and form fields below to record everything you need.

  • 1
    Location of the job
  • 2
    Salary and benefits included
  • 3
    Examples of projects they will carry out
  • 4
    A summary of the job

Read an example job description

Have a look at the below accountant job description example. This will give you a rough idea of what you are aiming to create.

Software Developer 2-190013JH


Preferred Qualifications

Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure team is building new Infrastructure-as-a-Service technologies that operate at high scale in a broadly distributed multi-tenant cloud environment. Our customers run their businesses on our cloud, and our mission is to provide them with best-in-class compute, storage, networking, database, security, and an ever-expanding set of foundational cloud-based services.

We seek an experienced full-stack software engineer who can rapidly build, scale, and operate software solutions in a distributed environment. As a member of the technical content infrastructure team, you will deliver content creation and authoring solutions to internal stakeholders as well as world-class customer-facing content experiences.

The ideal candidate will be a strong self-starter, able to identify requirements and design solutions with minimal input. They should have familiarity with deployment of front- and backend tools at scale in production environments. A keen interest in quality at every stage of development is a must. Ability to provide technical direction and leadership to a product focused engineering team is strongly desired.

These are exciting times in our space—we are growing fast, still at an early stage, and working on ambitious new initiatives. At Oracle, you can have significant strategic and technical impact by helping to build innovative technical content from the ground up.


Job Responsibilities

  • Work with engineers, designers, content strategists, and content creators across multiple teams to deliver a best-in-class customer experience with our platform.

  • Develop net-new applications as well as integrations with existing tools and processes.

  • Develop and maintain a large-scale CMS application, publication pipeline, and front-end user experiences.

  • Create robust systems, scalable architecture, and deployment automation to enable continuous delivery and ensure continuous availability.

  • Drive performant, customer-focused solutions to completion on time.

  • Provide technical guidance and constructive feedback to leadership, team members, and other stakeholders.

  • Contribute to the Technical Content roadmap by identifying areas of need and engaging with stakeholders to scope work.

  • Maintain both integration and production infrastructure as part of an operations-focused culture.

  • Raise the bar for engineering quality and best practices.


Qualifications

  • 1+ years of relevant experience.

  • Expert in Python, Django, and modern Javascript development.

  • Deep knowledge of scalable cloud-native application deployment.

  • Previous experience developing distributed applications.

  • Expert in modern Javascript development including building large-scale React applications or the equivalent.

  • Deep knowledge of common web technologies and best-practices including CSS/SASS/ LESS, HTML5, RESTful APIs, web standards, responsive/mobile interfaces, localization, and accessibility.

  • Familiarity with several of the following technologies: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (AWS/ OpenStack/Google Cloud/Azure), CI/CD systems (TeamCity/Jenkins), Docker,Linux OSes (Oracle Linux/RedHat), web servers, load balancers, logs analysis tools, debugging tools.

  • Impeccable written English skills.

  • Strong team player with outstanding communication, organization, and interpersonal skills.

  • Comfort with complex, swiftly evolving software development environments.

  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly.

  • Ability to drive, follow, and evangelize cross-team processes.

  • Knowledge of cloud infrastructure concepts and technologies.

  • Experience using distributed source code management systems such as Git.

  • Experience using enterprise-grade bug tracking systems, such as JIRA.

  • Experience (and commitment to) capturing and maintaining institutional knowledge.

  • Experience working with geographically distributed teams.

  • Significant work experience in startups or fast-paced enterprise technology development environments, or a Bachelors degree in a Computer Science-related field.

Detailed Description and Job Requirements

Design, develop, troubleshoot and debug software programs for databases, applications, tools, networks etc.

As a member of the software engineering division, you will apply basic to intermediate knowledge of software architecture to perform software development tasks associated with developing, debugging or designing software applications or operating systems according to provided design specifications. Build enhancements within an existing software architecture and occasionally suggest improvements to the architecture.

Duties and tasks are standard with some variation; displays understanding of roles, processes and procedures. Performs moderately complex problem solving with assistance and guidance in understanding and applying company policies and processes. BS degree or equivalent experience relevant to functional area. 1 year of software engineering or related experience.

Oracle is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Writing The Job Description:

Decide the position title

The first thing that catches a candidate's eye when they are job hunting is the job title. This will give them a rough idea of what the software developer position responsibilities will include and if they are able to fill it. Make sure that the title includes what the job will be, so in this case; a software developer role should include 'software developer' in the title.

Use the sub-checklist and form field below

  • 1
    Accurately describe nature of job
  • 2
    Is free of gender or age implications
  • 3
    It is self explanatory for recruitment purposes
  • 4
    It does not exaggerate importance of the role

Jot down responsibilities

The job description should contain a list of the duties and responsibilities associated with the software developer role. You can also include how long each task should take. The list of duties and responsibilities will vary in length, but as a rule, should be as short as possible, otherwise, the document becomes an operational manual not a job description.

Responsibilities of web developers can include any of the below:

  1. Work with developers to design algorithms and flowcharts

  2. Produce clean and efficient code based on specifications

  3. Integrate software components and third-party programs

  4. Verify and deploy programs and systems

  5. Troubleshoot, debug and upgrade existing software

  6. Gather and evaluate user feedback

  7. Recommend and execute improvements

  8. Create technical documentation for reference and reporting

Required qualifications

Once a candidate clicks on the job description, they will need to know if they are able to qualify academically or with work experience. Jotting down the needed qualifications for the job will ensure the candidate is able to know if they are able to apply for the role.

Highlight hierarchy structure

Reporting lines clarify the responsibilities of the position by showing who the candidate reports to and who reports to them. This is important, not only in relation to compliance issues but also to give the candidate a look into the structure of the organization and how the position they are applying to fits into it.

You can detail how the candidate will fit in your companies hierarchical structure using the long-text form field below.

Include term of employment

The term of employment can be an important piece of information for candidates as they want to know if they will be hired on a short-term basis or long-term basis and if they will need to be looking for another job in the near future. 

Choose salary

Instead of assigning a particular salary to the position, work out a salary range to include in the job description that is competitive with similar positions in other organizations and allows for variations in education and experience. 

The average salary for software developers is $101,790 per year. This figure ranges in regards to experience, from $77,710 to $128,960.

Posting The Job Description:

Preparing for posting

Once you have the post written you will need to get it prepared for posting. Find out how many candidates minimum you need, when the posting will close and if there is any further important information you need.

More than half of all applicants apply to jobs early in the week.

Job description review

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  • 1
    Job description approval

Shorter job descriptions receive 8.4% more applicants per view.

Choose where to post your job description

Once your job description has been approved, the next step is to choose where you would like to post this job description. You can make a list for where this job description will be posted using the long text form field provided.

There are some good websites out there to list your job description on. Provided below are  some useful links to help you decide where to post your job description:

  1. Indeed

  2. careerbuilder

  3. dice.com

  4. glassdoor.co.uk

  5. Google For Jobs

  6. idealist

  7. LinkedIn

  8. linkup

  9. Monster

  10. US.jobs

  11. Specialty niche job sites

Post the job description

Finally, the last thing you have to do is post the software developer job description you have created and wait for those skilled candidates to start applying! 

Check our Human Resources Pre Employment Screening and learn how to screen candidates appropriately.

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