Software Developer Job Description: what it should include

Software Developer Job Description: what it should include

Introduction

In this day and age, it is not a question of whether you should have a software application to promote and represent your business and its offerings. It is a matter of how responsive, forward-thinking, and innovative your app is. If people are to take the effort of downloading your app on their phones and devices, it should be worth it. They don’t want just another app, they are already tired of having multiple apps on their phones that they hardly use. You need to develop a creative and innovative solution that would not only streamline business operations but drive growth and enhance customer experiences as well. This is why you need a highly talented team of software developers who can develop applications according to the latest trends and interests in the market. Creating the right job description is the key to getting a qualified and sensible software developer. In this article, we will discuss the need for hiring such a developer and what your software developer job description should include. 

The need to hire a good software developer – contractual & long term

The making of a software application is not the work of an individual, it calls for the work and expertise of a team of individuals qualified and certified in their various fields. These professionals will contribute to the successful creation, development, and maintenance of your software solutions. 

So if you are in search of a good software developer, you need to keep certain things in mind and craft a fool-proof job description. It is the job description and the clarity of the description that would give you the right team. When the description is prepared in excellent language and a professional manner, it would certainly be attractive to the professionals.

A good job description must contain the following points

Here are some tips on how to write a great job description.

A catchy title that makes them want to apply, followed by a captivating introduction

It is the title that attracts developers to the job description. For example, it is the title that enables the developer to understand what kind of developer you are looking for. Examples are Full-stack developer, Front-end developer, etc. Once the title establishes what you need, you can give a brief introduction about your company, and what you offer to the clients. 

Technical and non-technical skills

Communicate a clear idea of your project’s goals and functionalities. And then mention the technical and non-technical skills the developer must possess when they are part of the team.  Mention development methodologies, technology stack, quality assurance practices, and the industry best practices that they should follow like agile development, test-driven development (TDD), and Continuous Integration (CI) 

Mention their communication capability with the rest of the management

You cannot hire a recluse and expect them to gel well with everyone. Apart from their primary role of designing, developing, and deploying software apps, the developers are also responsible for several other duties such as ensuring quality assurance, communicating with the stakeholders and the management team, updated with the latest tools and technologies to adopt new technologies when their clients demand them and manage the entire lifecycle of the software development phase with alacrity. 

Mention the requirements and skills that you need

Here are some of the requirements you can mention in the job description 

  • BSc/BA in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field
  • Proven experience as a Software Developer or similar role
  • Experience in Agile development methodologies
  • Expertise in software design and development in a test-driven environment 
  • Knowledge of coding languages (e.g. C++, Java, JavaScript) and frameworks/systems (e.g. AngularJS, Git)
  • Experience with databases and Object-Relational Mapping (ORM) frameworks Ability to learn new languages and technologies
  • Commendable communication skills
  • Resourceful, adaptable, and troubleshooting aptitude

Regular updates & communication skills are a must

If you are planning to outsource the project, effective and prompt communication is the key, because with remote development that’s the first point where you get to know what the team is doing. Mention this clearly in the job description so there will be no confusion later on. Along with communication, they must also be ready to give you regular updates and reports about how the project is going. Responsiveness and transparency in communication are also major determining factors. 

Mention their cultural fit and compatibility

If cultural fit and compatibility are a major feature of you, then you need to make a special mention of that in the job description. The software developer team that you hire must gel and align well with your work culture, values, and communication style. Some companies are willing to adapt, and when they do, would foster a collaborative and harmonious working environment that would be a major factor in the project’s success.

Mention details of Benefits and Compensation

What is the benefit without benefits? Write the salary details in a very attractive manner so it will attract the cream of talent. Mention their salary package, insurance, paid time off, compensatory off, and potential bonuses. 

Give a brief about the company culture

Every software developer worth their mettle would want to know about the company culture and work environment. Give a brief about how it would be to work in your company, and what they would gain from working in your company. 

At the end of the job description, make sure to include a call to action giving details on how to apply, mentioning whether you need a resume, cover letter, work samples, etc.

Conclusion

With a nice and precise job description, you are likely to get quotes from individual developers and companies as well. You can compare quotes from multiple vendors and see what they offer in terms of project complexity, ongoing support, and additional costs to minimise risks and protect your interests. Ensure there is clarity in financial matters and that they offer their services at competitive rates. 

These are a few factors that you need to consider before hiring software developers. Once you’ve attracted a good bunch of developers and you’ve hired out of that bunch, you need to draw up contracts to ensure everything goes according to plan. So you need to mention in that job description that you expect them to provide ongoing support and maintenance for bugs or crashes. They must be able to provide post-launch support services, tech support, etc. If you are getting your developer from a software developer company, ensure the company has a dedicated support team for addressing your issues successfully. 

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The author: Sascha Thattil works at Software-Developer-India.com which is a part of the YUHIRO Group. YUHIRO is a German-Indian enterprise which provides programmers to IT companies, agencies and IT departments.

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