Software Engineer - C++/Rust/Python

Global Innovation and Technology Centre, Back Lane, Melbourn, Hertfordshire, SG8 6DP, United Kingdom, Melbourn SG8 6DP, GB


Company description

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 4000 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists.

We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Job description

Are you ready to unlock the potential of cutting-edge technology and shape the future of cyber security?

Oakdoor™ by PA Consulting is an incubated scale-up business that is disrupting the cyber security world of cross domain solutions.  Bringing the next generation of ingenious hardware data diodes to the most important networks in the world.  

We build relationships with customers who want to protect their critical digital assets, from across a range of industries such as defence, energy and public sector.  By understanding common challenges and opportunities we use our insight to solve customer problems, nurturing relationships with organisations of varying maturity. 

From improving our existing products (including data diodes and gateways) to working on related large cross-domain solutions, we have a vision for our next generation of products and are looking for experienced software engineers to help us get there! 

As a Software Engineer within Oakdoor, you would be working on projects with real-world impact operating in environments with complex security requirements. Our focus as a team is always on writing the highest quality software. Communication and knowledge sharing across the team is important for us and we’re always discussing how we can improve our software development and agile practices.  

Our future areas of growth require knowledge around:   

  • Linux application development    

  • Low-level embedded    

  • Linux platform bring-up    

  • Real-time network protocols     

  • Network security    

  • Cloud applications  


You must be eligible for UK Security Clearance   

Key experience should include some of the following:  

  • Strong experience with Modern C++ and the STL, or Rust   

  • Experience with Python    

  • Bare metal and/or Linux and real time OS experience    

  • Cloud development experience    

  • Knowledge or experience of network security  

Skills/Personal Qualities:   

  • A desire to push for continuous improvement and deliver quality software   

  • An enthusiasm for working collaboratively as part of a team including pair programming using test-driven development   

  • Excellent communication skills  

What we love about working on Oakdoor:

“The emphasis on modern development techniques, like TDD and pair/group-programming is one of the best things about being in the team; especially when working remotely. From the first day, you can be in a group and contribute to coding and discussions right away; as well as getting to know the rest of the team and learning the domain as you go."   

“I’ve really enjoyed the variety of applications we’ve built for clients to support Oakdoor products. The wide variety of programming languages and tech stacks we’ve used have meant that I’ve always been learning something new.”   

“Oakdoor is a well-managed team of people who are great to work with. The project excels in agile practices and principles and is a great place to learn.”   

"The team is super rigorous when it comes to writing clean, testable software. I feel like I’m developing habits that will serve me well for my whole career."   

Additional information

Life At PA encompasses our peoples' experience at PA. It's about how we enrich peoples’ working lives by giving them access to unique people and growth opportunities and purpose led meaningful work.

We believe diversity fuels ingenuity. Diversity of thought brings exciting perspectives; diversity of experience brings a wealth of knowledge, and diversity of skills brings the tools we need. When we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, identities, and minds, embracing that difference through an inclusive culture where our people thrive; we unleash the power of diversity – bringing ingenuity to life.

Find out more about Life at PA here.

We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and financial well-being of our people. Check out some of our extensive benefits:

  • Health and lifestyle perks accompanying private healthcare for you and your family
  • 25 days annual leave (plus a bonus half day on Christmas Eve) with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Generous company pension scheme
  • Opportunity to get involved with community and charity-based initiatives
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • PA share ownership
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)

We recruit, retain, reward and develop our people based solely on their abilities and contributions and without reference to their age, background, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), political belief veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and experience. We are on a journey towards ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels and that our firm is representative of the world around us. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Adjustments or accommodations - Should you need any adjustments or accommodations to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us.