Contract Senior Software Engineer (Python)

Contract, Glasgow

Job Type: Contract: 4 or 5 days a week.

Location: Glasgow. 

Contract Length: 2 - 4 months (TBC)

Digirati is a software engineering consultancy that are seeking a capable contract software engineer to help enhance and further develop our Devops and Python practices.

This is an opportunity for a capable, senior engineer with a professional attitude and mature mindset to gain experience with a variety of new technologies including Docker, Python 3 and a suite of more recent AWS services.

We have a number of Python projects on-going but a successful candidate will spend the vast majority of their time on a large enterprise project to launch a sector wide service in higher education for research data management.

No agents, direct candidates only.

Candidate Profile

Attitude & Behaviours

Although we are looking for an engineer to join the development team there will be interaction with clients both business and technical so candidates must be good communicators. 


You will be willing to travel to client sites on occasion. 

Passion for Technology

You will have an interest in how technology works under the hood.

Growth Mindset

You will be comfortable learning new technologies, languages, tools, processes, skills and domain knowledge.


You will be able to work internally and externally to influence clients and colleagues in the direction of success.

Engineering Practitioner

You will naturally take a structured approach to problem solving, be capable of explaining the rationale behind your decisions and precise in your communication.

You will help develop solutions that are robust, reliable and deliver real business value.

You will be pragmatic in your decision making, capable of balancing trade offs and have an understanding of complexity.


We expect candidates will have experience with a reasonable number of the following and be able to quickly and effectively fill any gaps in their knowledge where required.

Highly relevant

  • Python
  • Message based integration
  • An understanding of common software design patterns
  • Familiar with classic Linux/Unix command line utilities
  • BASH scripting
  • DVCS (Git)
  • Detailed and precise understanding of HTTP, HTML, JSON, XML
  • SQL
 and ORMS
  • The original Agile principles, Agile ceremonies, processes and jargon
  • Docker
  • AWS including: ECS, Kinesis, Lambda, API Gateway.
  • RESTful API design.
  • Coaching of other team members.

Nice to have

  • Leadership behaviours: communication, ability to consult & influence.
  • High availability, design and implementation of reliable and robust systems.
  • Infrastructure as code: Terraform & Ansible.
  • Principles, practices and the business case for continuous integration and continuous delivery
  • Scalability, in particular caching, optimising SQL queries and CDNs
  • UML sequence and state diagrams
  • Pylons Framework
  • Django
  • SOLR
  • TCP/IP
  • DNS
  • Experience with continuous improvement, e.g. Lean/Kaizen, ISO 9001.
  • Linux internal fundamentals & tools e.g. file descriptors, syscalls, strace, perf.
  • Travis CI.
  • Experience with continuous improvement, e.g. Lean/Kaizen, ISO 9001.


A degree in a science, engineering, technology or mathematics field or equivalent industry experience.



The perks

  • Research, Development & Learning (RDL)

    Each individual's RDL programme is unique and designed in collaboration with your line manager. You might spend this time doing formal certification, contributing to open source software or evaluating a new technology or mastering a framework you already know.

  • Bonus Scheme

    There is a 10% annual bonus scheme, of which 5% is based on personal performance and 5% on company profitability.

  • Pension Scheme

    Digirati will match your personal contribution to your pension by up to 5%.

  • Sabbatical

    Employees are entitled to a 4 week sabbatical after 5 years with the company which can be amalgamated with annual leave to provide an opportunity to take time out.

  • Referral Programme

    Employees will receive a £500 bonus if they refer a fellow employee who successfully completes their probation period.

  • Working from Home

    Employees will spend the majority of their time in the office but there is some scope for working from home at managerial discretion.

  • Flexitime

    Client schedules permitting we can be flexible when employees start and end work.