Lead Software Engineer


EF Education First has an immediate opening for a Lead Software Engineer on the EF International Language Campuses technology team. You will be in-charge of the development end to end in one of our Enterprise Core Systems that support Sales and Production, joining a new team that EF is setting up in our beautiful headquarter in Zürich.


At this early stage, your role will include collaborating with our Solution Architects to design the high-level architecture of the systems that we are rebuilding, creating proof-of-concepts as well as working hands-on with local and remote development teams to kick start the project and coach team members.


Later, as the team builds up, you will lead the development of new features collaborating with the business line and the other systems that integrates with yours. You will work together with multiple agile development teams in Zurich and also interact with other development teams around the world (limited travel).


As foundation of your skills you have a strong OOD background in .NET, JAVA or JavaScript / Node and experience working across the full stack in large and complex enterprise systems. You have a passion for elegant technology and design and the ability to lead & motivate developers while at the same time being an expert coder.


If you are excited about tackling and solving tough problems; if you want to be part of a fast-paced work environment and work inside the support structure of a global enterprise; if you want to be a front runner in changing how our EF conducts business through technology and design - then this position is for you.



Along with your extra-ordinary innovative talent, you shall be responsible to:

  • Lead the development end to end of our new generation of Enterprise Core Systems, collaborating with other teams and technical leaders in choosing and implementing the best-in-class solutions
  • Champion agile best practices, software development methodologies and CI/CD practices
  • Coordinate with the architects group to validate, review and promote design choices
  • Integrate your system with other systems developed by teams located both in-house and remotely, coordinating development strategies and common activities that impact other teams



  • You have excellent communication skills – not just spoken but also written
  • You are a team player – who is part of a successful cross-functional team having a composition of developers, QAs, BAs and admins
  • Most importantly, you are sensitive to cultural differences in globally spread teams
  • Have Strong attention to detail and excellent problem-solving skills



  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related Engineering discipline
  • 5+ years of working knowledge on .NET (or JavaScript / Node.JS) and full stack experience in development of complex projects, both on frontend and backend areas
  • Great OO skills, including strong design patterns knowledge and enterprise integration paradigms
  • Knowledge of software best practices like Refactoring, Clean Code, Domain Driven Design, SOLID principles, etc.
  • Hands-on experience in Web services and REST API development
  • Nice to have: knowledge of cloud technologies and experience with cloud providers like AWS, Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure



EF Education First is a global education company focusing on language, academic, cultural exchange, and educational travel programs. We are 46,500 staff, faculty and teachers, working in over 580 offices and schools across 52 countries, and having a global presence in 116 countries. While we continue to grow, we strive to stay small so as to ensure agility, smart thinking and a fun place to work. For the past 54 years, EF has grown to include a range of programs that give students of all ages the freedom and confidence to explore the world through language, travel and education.


EF is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  References will be followed up and will ask specifically whether there is any reason that the applicant should not be engaged in situations where they have responsibility for, or substantial access to, persons under 18.  Upon interview all gaps in CVs must be explained satisfactorily and proof of identity and, where applicable, qualifications will be required. Appropriate suitability checks will be required prior to confirmation of appointment.


 Position start date: ASAP


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