Senior Software Engineer - Location services

Senior Software Engineer - Location services

We could easily tell you how we need positive people with ‘can do’ attitudes who work well in a team . . .  But doesn't everyone say that?

What we look for at Purple is ‘passion’.  We want passionate software developers, engineers and techies who live, breathe and dream technology, code and standards.

It’s that simple!

The position we have available here at Purple will be responsible for efficiently maintaining and processing vast quantities of location and IoT data.

You will be immersed in how this data is collected, stored and queried robustly and more importantly - efficiently.

You will report directly into our Head of Location Services and will be instrumental in the expansion of our core data platform, delivering new scale and capability to our current live services and future solutions.

Prior experience of working with large (multiple-billion row) datasets is essential, along with a track record of working on real time and time-series data problems, in a high volume, high velocity data environment.

With an attitude towards precise, efficient, secure code, and a passion for taking on big challenges with new technologies, you will have:


  • Good Knowledge of PHP, MySQL, and RabbitMQ (or similar message queues technologies)

  • As a data systems specialist, you will have a demonstrable knowledge in a broad range of database technologies, both SQL and NoSQL.

  • Aptitude for asynchronous systems, and comfortable profiling code for bottlenecks/optimisations

  • Experience with AWS or other cloud hosting providers

  • Solid version control systems knowledge, particularly git

  • Strong Linux background, with experience in maintaining live server systems.


  • Experience of major Bigdata Technologies, Hadoop, Spark.

  • Ability to take on new programming languages and methodologies, eg Go,

  • Experience integrating with 3rd party APIs.

  • Experience building web applications at large scale (data size and/or volume of traffic)

  • Experience with IoT devices, at programmable or embedded level, and their supporting data platforms.

  • Experience mentoring junior colleagues

About Purple

Purple is an analytics platform for physical spaces.  Using social engagement, marketing tools and location analytics, Purple offers brands and business owners insights into their customers behaviour and activity through innovative technology.

Purple offers developers the opportunity to work in a close-knit, fast paced environment on an industry leading system supporting upwards of 10 million users across 134 countries.

Our team benefit from flexible hours, duvet days, training allowances, a relaxed dress code, annual bonuses, and much more.

Our head office is in Ashton-under-Lyne near Manchester, UK, and we also have offices in Spain, the US, Australia and Singapore.


  • Strong team ethic. We are genuinely nice people

  • We offer flexible start times running from 8-10am

  • There's an annual bonus scheme for all non-sales staff, worth up to 10% of your salary

  • Employees earn a duvet day for each year they're here

  • We won’t forget your birthday! In fact, we'll give you a day’s holiday

  • Employees have the option to purchase up to 5 additional days leave a year

  • We offer a Long Term Incentive Plan for all employees

  • Purple Hackathons. They’re legendary, financially rewarding and a lot of fun

  • Training allowance to help you develop professionally

  • New employees will be assigned a Purple buddy to help you settle in

  • We have a relaxed dress code, but you can wear our Purple polo if you prefer!

  • Regular social activities and events

  • Free drinks fridge and fruit bowl

If you think you fit the bill, then get in touch and come and see us.

We’re certain you will be impressed.