Labs Developer Job Description Overview Cognizant is a strategic partner to
the Fortune 2,000, helping the world's most influential companies to build
software and solutions, empowering our clients' businesses and enabling their
competitive advantages. Most recently
we’ve come to truly understand the ways in which software is eating the world.
This creates an opportunity for us to reinvent the mode in which we execute
with our clients. As a result, Cognizant now finds itself at the intersection
of business value, technology and the Silicon Valley style of execution. What you may already identify as Lean Startup
methodologies, Extreme Programming (XP), DevOps, etc., we take a step further
in order to hyper-focus on velocity and high-performance engineering. The
competitive advantage this capability provides is enormous—enabling faster
feature time to market, increased customer satisfaction and exponential
employee productivity, all while allowing the organization to win in the
marketplace by keeping our clients, their customers, and all users omnipresent
in everything we do. We are forging the way for what's next in the Digital
You have a
passion for high-quality, reliable and maintainable code. You’re comfortable
working side by side with product managers, designers, and clients, making
decisions together in order to quickly deliver valuable working software to
clients and their users. You’re agile and retrospective, and not afraid to
identify what we’re doing wrong so we can fix it, and what we’re doing right so
we can improve on it. Above all, you judge your success by the success of your
team and the happiness of our customers.
Two Heads Are Better Than One
Developers work in pairs. Employing an Extreme Programming (XP)
style of execution designed to facilitate shorter development and release
cycles. The goal is to create fast feedback loops to prevent problematic code
from going into production and to enable code to quickly be deployed when all
validation tests have passed. Following closely the principles of extreme
programming, each developer writes a test prior to writing implementation code.
The goal is to write only enough code as is necessary to make the test pass,
because we view code as our greatest liability. Developers in the community
place a premium on quality and as a result focus on writing tests first.
Everyone in the value stream employs a culture that not only values each other’s
time and contributions but also relentlessly injects pressure into the system
of work to enable organizational learning and improvement. Everyone
dedicates time to testing and qualification of their deliverables to avoid
accumulating technical debt and negatively impacting downstream teams with poor
quality deliverables. In this environment nonfunctional requirements are just
as important in achieving business objectives. Our teams at Cognizant Labs
are fully autonomous, meaning everyone has equal stake and responsibility in
the outcome of the product and the customer’s success.
Developers are encouraged to avoid programming any features until
they are actually needed, focusing on clarity of code and test writing.
Reviewing and refactoring code is a common, on-going activity. The Cognizant
"mindset" can be summarized easily, when taking a story from the
backlog each developer is encouraged to do the following:1. Hypothesis : We believe that ...
2. Test : We will do/make a test that proves...
3. Evidence : We will know the hypothesis is valid if …
Additional to asking these questions, developers are encouraged to
think about how long it will take to answer these questions and the cost of
solving them. We promote a high trust and highly collaborative culture
where everyone is responsible for the quality of their code. A hypothesis
driven culture requiring everyone to measure and prove their assumptions.
Build, measure, learn is key to our success.
The ideal candidate …
An ideal candidate is someone who enjoys working in a fast paced,
collaborative environment. Someone that values the “team” and leverages
the opinions and expertise of their teammates to deliver working, quality
code. Each individual values quality and pursues the proof of quality by
consistently writing tests.
Experience and practice using
TDD to demonstrate functioning code that meets requirements
Ability to work closely with
other developers as part of a team or minimally, in a paired environment
for 8 hours each day
Strong communication skills and
an ability to articulate technical vision while understanding business
requirements. A conviction to ones implementation approach but not
so unwavering that they cannot be swayed based on sound logic and feedback
from their peers to see a “higher value" implementation.
Knowledge of the cloud and
deployment expectations and complexities. Developers should be
capable of deploying application ‘bits’ to AWS or other similar cloud
DevOps promotes the collapse of
different functions into one; QA, IT, Dev, Operations, etc. As a
result, each developer will have a working knowledge of Ruby, Linux OS
commands and be equally comfortable at the command line as they are in the
Strong understanding of
programming patterns is important and required. The ideal candidate
will know the Go programming language but where this skill is lacking, a
deep understanding of programming patterns and demonstrable knowledge of
Java will suffice. Our expectation is good foundational knowledge in
a language such as Java will translate to Go when the syntax of the
language is understood.
Additionally, candidates could
benefit from a working knowledge of Spring, Java and Bash. To be
effective an experience with system administration, UNIX, process
management, deployment technologies.
Candidates will be agile
practitioners, having achieved proficiency in agile methodologies through
years of experimentation and learning. A demonstration of more than
just the basics is required to be successful. Candidates should
demonstrate a deep experience participating in standups/daily scrums,
planning meetings, iteration retrospectives etc.
Open source participation and
knowledge is important. Cloud Foundry is an open source technology
and a strong understanding of what it means to work in open source is
Finally, we encourage team
members to see conflict as a positive; in a team that is fully autonomous,
it is pertinent that members are able to add their opinions and to listen
and consider others’. Empathy is key.
Technical Skills SNo Primary Skill Proficiency Level * Rqrd./Dsrd. 1 Core Java PL1 Required
Proficiency Legends Proficiency Level Generic Reference PL1 The associate has basic awareness and comprehension of the skill and is in the process of acquiring this skill through various channels. PL2 The associate possesses working knowledge of the skill, and can actively and independently apply this skill in engagements and projects. PL3 The associate has comprehensive, in-depth and specialized knowledge of the skill. She / he has extensively demonstrated successful application of the skill in engagements or projects. PL4 The associate can function as a subject matter expert for this skill. The associate is capable of analyzing, evaluating and synthesizing solutions using the skill.
Employee Status : Full Time Employee
Shift : Day Job
Travel : No
Job Posting : Mar 16 2020
About Cognizant Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 193 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at www.cognizant.com or follow us @USJobsCognizant.
Cognizant is recognized as a Military Friendly Employer and is a coalition member of the Veteran Jobs Mission. Our Cognizant Veterans Network assists Veterans in building and growing a career at Cognizant that allows them to leverage the leadership, loyalty, integrity, and commitment to excellence instilled in them through participation in military service.
Cognizant is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender, identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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