Software Engineers document this process through the use of diagrams and flowcharts, developing computer instructions through the use of algorithms. Given the breadth of the role, a Software Engineer must have a thorough understanding of computer systems, in order to recognise any hardware limitations that could impact software design. A typical Software Engineer job description includes:

  • Improving system quality by identifying issues and common patterns, and developing standard operating procedures
  • Enhancing applications by identifying opportunities for improvement, making recommendations and designing and implementing systems
  • Maintaining and improving existing codebases and peer review code changes
  • Liaising with colleagues to implement technical designs
  • Investigating and using new technologies where relevant
  • Providing written knowledge transfer material
  • As well as formal qualifications, a Software Engineer job description should emphasise an importance towards:
    • A passion for solving problems and providing workable solutions
    • Knowledge of algorithms and data structures
    • Strong analytical and reasoning skills with an ability to visualise processes and outcomes
    • Proficiency in troubleshooting software issues and debugging a large codebase
    • Outstanding all-round communication skills and ability to work collaboratively