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Mobile (iOS, Android) Developer jobs and careers

As an iOS or Android Software Developer, you will write code for applications specifically for use on mobile devices. You will pay special attention to the compatibility of the applications to ensure that they are supported and fully functional and ultimately, it is your responsibility to form interfaces that consistently improve the user experience.

Why consider a career as a Mobile (iOS/Android) Developer?
As a professional Mobile Developer, you can work directly for one company or for an agency. Entering the mobile application development field means that you are setting yourself up for success now and further down the line. As technology inevitably continues to modernise, your role will account for a high percentage of usage in the industry - due to mobile and tablet devices accounting for the majority of internet usage.

Android Development: Your core experience will involve using Java, Android SDK, RESTful API’s, Kotlin, Android UI design principles, patterns and best practices. Generally, you’ll have live apps within the Play store and a natural interest in picking up the latest technologies and development techniques.

You'll be unit testing and proficient with GIT version control. You’ll be translating designs and wireframes into high-quality interfaces and devising the architecture and best approach for Android app development.

You’ll be designing, building and maintaining high performance, reusable and reliable Java code and identifying and fixing bottlenecks, bugs and reviewing any crashes. In addition, you’ll be called upon to attend client meetings and give regular updates on progress and also any industry events.

iOS Development: You’ll be interacting with teams including product developers, electronics engineers, embedded software engineers and Cloud developers to ensure connected solutions are functional, secure and easy to use.  

If experienced, you'll have apps to show from commercial native iOS app development using Objective-C or Swift. You will be a user of TDD / BDD development methodologies and have some experience of writing automated unit and UI tests (e.g. Catch, XCTest & Calabash). You'll be familiar with Atlassian tools including JIRA, Bitbucket & Bamboo and have experience/awareness of iOS build tools (e.g., xcodebuild, fastlane & CocoaPods). 

Typical role titles include
iOS Developer
Android Developer
Mobile Application Developer

Career progression example
Lead iOS Developer
Lead Android Developer
Head of Mobile App Development

Salary Benchmarks
At an entry level, mobile iOS or Android Developer learning professionals on average will be earning between £20k-£30k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £30-£45k and seniors would be looking to earn £45k+.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes…

Popular skills required for these roles include:

IOS | Swift | Android | Kotlin | Java | Objective-C | Xcode | Core Data | Cocoapods | Hockey | Fastlane
3rd party SDK’s | TDD, Xamarin, RxJava.

What qualifications does it take?
There are many courses you can take in mobile development and a qualification/degree in computer science or technical discipline can help with some applications.  Most businesses will prefer to see a portfolio of apps available to download in the App Store or on Google Play.


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  • 5th Apr

    Front End Developer

    — Web & Mobile Development

    Work with latest Javascript libraries. Gain exposure to the full development Lifecyle. Flexi working options.One of Bristol’s leading software houses widely regarded as one of the best in business have an exciting opportunity for a Front End Developer to join them at their offices in Central Bristol. They produce industry leading IoT Machine Learning software used by blue-chip clients all over the world across a number of industries to help solve challenging real world problems.What Skills you’ll be needing Fluency with CSS/HTML and Javascript – any experience with React or Angular would be beneficial but not essential Demonstrable problem-solving abilities Ability to pick up additional technologies quickly Experience working within an agile environment An interest in mobile developmentWhat you’ll be doingAs a Front End Developer, you’d be joining a talented team of Engineers, Developers and Data Scientists working together to produce cutting edge software. You’ll be developing both web (80%) and mobile (20%) utilizing technologies such as React, Angular, Native IOS and Android whilst gaining exposure to the full solution from UX/UI through to implementing API’s and developing back end components.What you’ll be get in return for your talentsA competitive salary of up to £35,000 with a friendly working environment with flexible hours, regular social events, great coffee and snacks, free parking, ride to work scheme, bike racks, childcare vouchers, shower facilities and you will be supplied with a Macbook. They are looking to double in size over the next two years and anyone joining now has a fantastic opportunity to progress their career in a successful growing organization.What’s next?To hear more about this great opportunity, send your CV to Myles or give us a call on 0117 925 9530 to find out more.
  • 25th Mar

    Front-End Mobile Developer

    — Latest tech, new team, ethical product

    Team of very talented developers, brand new office, growing tech teams. Take ownership of the front-end space, be a key person for the user experience. Work with all the latest tech & design tools - React, React Native, Redux Angular etc.A start-up company in Oxford with heavy investment are going through a growth phase, having recently built a brilliant development team they are looking for a talented Front-End Developer with mobile and UX skills to be the go-to person in the company that handles all the UI and kick off this brand new role. The company deliver a market leading product that reduces energy consumption and lowering consumers carbon footprint, having saved their customers almost £3million in 3 years they aim to make a real impact in this sector.What skills you'll be needing ES6 JavaScript, HTML5 & CSS.  Fluent with common design tools such as Sketch, Illustrator. Comfortable assembling prototypes with Principle, AfterEffects, Invision etc. Library experience is very beneficial (flexible which ones) - Angular, React, Redux, NodeJS. React Native is a huge bonus but not essential. Data Visualization. Good knowledge of REST and Sass. Strong UX skills. TDD + unit testing is highly desirable. DevOps & cloud (AWS) is also desirable.  Experience with iOS/Android and common browser platforms is a bonus.What you'll be doingYou will be taking over the Front-End Mobile space and inherit their current code taking complete ownership of this part of the engineering. The environment will be fast-paced and agile so you must work well under pressure. As well as coding on a daily basis you will be dipping into the UI/UX for the product working with their senior Digital Designer to create compelling UI contributing feature enhancements across the product range as it evolves in order to attract more customers to engage with their product. They want someone who will work closely with customers, stake holders and external contractors to ensure quality. Working with the team in Central Oxford you will work closely with the developers to share knowledge, document and test your solutions but also interact regularly with the product, marketing and data science teams to ensure the most exciting product propositions. You will be creating mobile apps written using frameworks such as React & React Native, bringing your experience of developer for Android, iOS and browser.What you'll get in return for your talentsYou will be working on a team that are passionate about creating a great product with leaders that will drive you to be the best you can be. You will work with the latest technologies working within a collaborative friendly team. Included in the salary you will receive 25 days holiday, pension contribution, Friday team lunch, flexible working hours and a really nice working environment - they have recently moved to a brand new office with a pool table, motorised desks and a smart kitchen in a central location near the train station and some brilliant food spots. As well as the benefits you will learn on the job and get involved with some great R&D, have the chance to play with data science and other areas of development.What's nextIf you want to know more or apply for this one then get in touch with George - [email protected]; 01179269530.
  • 21st Mar

    Android Developer

    — Sports Industry Apps

    Android, Gradle, Unit Testing, RESTful APIs. Great working atmosphere with a strong work / life balance. Rapidly expanding business; exciting new projects and ever growing ideas.One of Baths most successful tech scale-ups focussed around active lifestyle and sport, is expanding rapidly across multiple teams. They are looking to continue to build their mobile function within the business and they're looking for a talented Android Developer.  Its a relaxed environment but the team is extremely hard working and the successes theyve had so far really prove that. Theres a strong work / life balance and so employee happiness is high across the business, which of course carries over into everyones work and provides their clients with some amazing results.What skills you'll be needing Youll need to have built bespoke Android app, having used Android SDK and the latest frameworks / APIs. You will have a good understanding of third party libraries (Dagger, Retrofit, Gson, etc.). Android Studio and Gradle experience, as well as unit testing and automated tests. Integration of RESTful web service APIs. Strong understanding of CI and CD processes. Youll be experienced with version control.What you'll be doingYoull be responsible for the creation and implementation of bespoke Android apps within the sports sector. Youll be working closely with the rest of the development team, as well as the in-house design team. They're looking for someone who can create inspirational and interesting apps to a well-designed brief. Theres a real desire to create and publish new mobile content and youll be helping scale and deliver future plans. Youll be working at a fast pace and will be keeping on top of new industry trends and technology and help introduce those into the business, eventually looking to expand the mobile team.What you'll get in return for your talentsOne of the best parts about working here is the environment. Whilst everyone is committed and hardworking, they want you to enjoy your work here and more importantly, keep a life outside the office too! Youll be based in wonderful, recently refurbished offices in the city centre, great for a lunch time wander. Youll be provided with the best kit, a generous salary (£30-50K), great holiday entitlement, pension and little extras like free fruit and bike/shower facilities. You'll play a key role within the business to help guide what the future of mobile looks like across all upcoming projects and there will be chances for future progression as the team continues to grow.What's nextSound great?  Send in your CV NOW to Callum or call in for a chat.
  • 16th Mar

    Senior Android Developer

    — Global brand, centre of excellence for Mobile and IOT

    £45K - £55K
    Centre of excellence for mobile and IOT. Outstanding product development, genuine innovation, Kotlin, RxJava etc. Fantastic training, progression, access to latest tech.We're looking for a talented Android Developer to join one of the UK's most innovative technology businesses at their new centre of excellence in Bristol.  This is an amazing opportunity to work within a progressive IoT and connected products team working with the latest technologies and continuous research and development.What experience you'll need You'll be expected to have some fantastic apps to show from commercial native Android development (Java, Kotlin, Rx).  Strong understanding of design patterns. Ability to create quality user experience through the apps that youve built. Awareness/experience of emerging and current tech i.e. Reactive Functional Programming (RX Java). Solid experience of automated testing and dependency injection. Knowledge of the Gradle build system and Continuous Integration systems. They need passionate, creative innovators who work collaboratively and solve problems, never compromising quality for quick release; a high attention to detail and a thirst to overcome limitations.What you'll be doingYou'll be responsible for developing new features for a suite of ground-breaking connected products (four new ones on the way in the next 5 years!).  The work will be challenging, varied, and will help bring the business further into the evolving world of IoT.  They're looking for their developers to create an exciting product experience from mobile apps, web/CRM integrations and cloud services.  You'll be collaborating in Agile teams made up of product developers, UX, electronics engineers, embedded software engineers and Cloud developers to ensure solutions are functional, secure and easy to use.  Working as part of a multi-disciplinary Connectivity Research Team, you will be responsible for ensuring that the next generation of connected products and technologies are properly explored, tested and refined.  You'll be able to mentor team members and contribute to system architecture and development process.  It almost goes without saying that your thoughts and opinions will be hugely valued and encouraged especially when helping to evolve research processes.What you'll get in return for your talentsAn incredible opportunity to work on greenfield and challenging projects for a global giant offering long term progression, training and development, hacks and ongoing R&D initiatives, access to courses and conferences alongside a formidable benefits package.  You'll also get generous holidays, bonus, healthcare, pension, flexible hours and be surrounded by some of the smartest developers in the region.  You'll be part of a team producing apps used across the world by millions; job satisfaction is going to be high in this one!Whats nextLike the sound of this?  Send in your CV and examples of apps youve built to Ellen (01179269530).
  • 13th Mar

    Full-Stack Developer

    — Help green the planet

    Work great tech – React, React Native, TypeScript, NodeJS, ML Central office location with flexible working hours Small, experienced development teamA very successful start-up with a mission of greening the planet is expanding their development team (currently 9). They recently featured in Apple’s ‘app of the week’ with over 30,000 registrations having launched only launched just over a year ago. It’s a very exciting time to join, there’s lots of cool tech in the company, they’re working with ML, Computer vision/augmented reality so you’ll never get bored!Useful experience Experience using JavaScript (ideally React, TypeScript, NodeJS). Desire to work in an agile, highly collaborative start-up environment. Experience with SQL databases, microservices and Kubernetes. Desire to learn new tech, and share your knowledge with the team. Any experience with iOS/Android would be a bonus. Experience with testing and CI/CD. An interest in machine learning would go a long way. A relevant degree would be beneficial.What you’ll be doingThe technical challenges range from building a growing social network to investigating new technologies like AR and ML. You will be part of producing two user-facing products – the mobile app, and a bespoke CMS web app – every developer is able to deliver entire vertical features from databases, deployments, services and the front-end. React and React Native are used on the front-end, backed by a GraphQL API implemented with NodeJS with Postgres running on Kubernetes.The dev team has a tendency towards functional style of programming (with pair programming) and focus on testing, continuous integration and continuous delivery. You will be part of a team of full-stack engineers, with a high degree of autonomy across the full stack.What you’ll get in return for your talentsYou will receive a salary paying market rate (up to £55K for the right person) to start with, but you have all the other benefits alongside that – 25 days holiday, pension etc. but the softer benefits are great tech, free fruit, team socials/days out, central location, flat structure, self-directed autonomous working, machine learning, standing desks, pair programming, attend meet-ups and hackathons etc. but you also get to work with a small, experienced team that has each other’s backs Bristol where you will learn from some of the best developers around.You get to choose your own equipment, and have budget for books, or whatever you need to do your job better. You will be part of a new company working with the latest tech on building a community with a positive impact on the planet. Also you have flexible working hours (core are 10-4).What’s next?If you’d like to apply or find out more just give George a shout ([email protected]; 01179269530)

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“ADLIB have been a huge help throughout a very busy year of growth here at SCISYS. Not only have they supported with live requirements, they have also provided valuable market information throughout the year which has in turn supported with our hiring decisions and future growth plans. We look forward to a continued partnership throughout 2019.”

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