Java Engineer (Southampton)

Southampton, England, United Kingdom · Technology expand job description ↓


We are a leading digital bank on a mission to disrupt the banking industry. We've built an app with smart money management tools to help our customers live a healthier financial life. We also offer groundbreaking B2B banking and payments services.

Since our launch in 2014, we've surpassed 825,000 accounts in total: 760,000 retail current accounts and 66,000 business accounts for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We're on track to hit one million accounts before the end of 2019. Our total deposits, meanwhile, have surpassed £600 million and are expected to top £1 billion over the same period.

We're a fully licensed UK bank, and we have the culture and spirit of a fast-moving, disruptive technology company. We've won the Best British Bank award two years running, and now employ more than 780 people across our London & Southampton offices, with more to come from Cardiff.

Everyone at Starling gets the chance to own interesting things from day one, and we’re told one of the best things about working here is the ability to achieve a lot in a short space of time.

We are very open about how we deliver software - have a look at our QCon presentations or engineering podcaststo see what our developers have been up to. You can also try coding against your own bank account with us using our open APIs (see the developer site)

Starling engineers love building things, creating new stuff, learning new technologies and working with others across all areas of the business to bring brilliant products and features to life. We’re open-minded when it comes to hiring and we care more about aptitude and attitude than specific experience or qualifications. If you care enough to find elegant solutions to difficult technical problems, we’d love to hear from you.


We have built our entire banking platform in house from scratch since 2016 and mostly in Java. We are looking for people who want to work on that platform and take it to new products and markets and the next level of scale (tens of millions). We’re looking for people who:

  • Love coding. Java is ideal but we think people can transfer between languages too;
  • Believe in clean coding, simple solutions, automated testing and continuous deployment;
  • Like to take ownership of a feature from the original idea through to live;
  • Think (like us) that a small number of empowered developers is the right way to deliver software.


  • We recruit engineers at all experience levels and our salaries reflect this. We range from £40,000 to £120,000 dependant on experience.
    • 33 days holiday (including public hols). You’ll also get your birthday on us.
    • 16 hours paid volunteering time a year
    • Private Medical Insurance with VitalityHealth
    • Contributory pension scheme
    • Friday breakfast - bacon and egg rolls to vegan sausage butties.
    • Our kitchens are stocked with fresh fruit and a range of hot and soft drinks.
    • We have many varied social groups set up and run by our employees - ForTheWin (a gaming group), Starling FC, book club and many more!
    • Discounts on cinema tickets, restaurants, shopping and train tickets via a Perkbox membership
    • Access to ‘salary sacrifice’ benefits such as Cycle to Work scheme
    • Gym membership options
  • Full details are available on our careers site

    • Job originally posted: 18 January 2016 (continuous hiring).
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