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City Ottawa
State/Province Ontario [ON]
Job Title Intermediate Applications Developer
Employment Status Full Time
Branch/Department IT - Applications Department
Reports to [Title] Manager, Applications Development
Position Overview
Looking to grow your Career at Alterna? 
Scope of Position
The Intermediate Applications Developer’s role includes elements of hands on development as well as elements of system analysis.  
In their capacity as an application developer, the Applications Developer will be responsible for analyzing, defining, developing, unit testing, bug fixing, and maintaining new and existing software applications in support of the achievement of business objectives. They are responsible for devising solutions to business problems Some of the applications to be developed will be unique to Alterna. Other applications will involve the integration or customization of third party applications. 
This individual will apply proven communication skills, problem-solving skills, and knowledge of best practices to guide their work regarding the design, development, and maintainability of mission-critical information and software systems.  An ability to understand business requirements, understand the possibilities and limitations of various technologies, and find creative solutions is essential.
Key Responsibilities
Strategy & Planning
  • Conduct research on emerging technologies in support of systems development efforts, and recommend technologies that will increase cost effectiveness and systems flexibility
  • Assist in the preparation and documentation of software requirements and specifications. Review and provide feedback regarding documentation prepared by others
  • Author relevant specification and design documents
  • Assist in defining software development project plans, including scoping, scheduling, and implementation
  • Assist in the definition, development, and documentation of software’s business requirements, objectives, deliverables, and specifications on a project-by-project basis in collaboration with internal users and departments. Document system requirements and design as appropriate
  • Analyze and assess existing business systems and procedures
  • Collaborate with developers and designers in conceptualizing and development of new software programs and applications
  • Interact with third party providers, to understand the API and interoperability of their system
Acquisition & Deployment
  • Recommend, schedule, and perform software improvements and upgrades
  • Where applicable, design, develop, and oversee implementation of a part of an integrated system solution
  • Assist with the planning and deployment of application security measures
Operational Management
  • Confer with end-users, clients, or senior management to define business requirements for systems and infrastructure development
  • Model business and systems processes based on findings through use case scenarios, workflow diagrams, and data models
  • Develop and execute test plans to check infrastructure and systems technical performance. Report on findings and make recommendations for improvement
  • Develop, document, communicate, and enforce application development standards & policies
  • Develop software programs and applications according to specifications with a high degree of proficiently and quality
  • Design, run and monitor software performance tests on new and existing programs for the purposes of correcting errors, isolating areas for improvement, and general debugging
  • Administer critical analysis of test results and deliver solutions to problem areas.Write programs, tools, and scripts to enhance the efficiency of the development team
  • Liaise with network administrators, systems analysts, and software engineers to assist in resolving problems with software products or company software systems
  • College diploma or university degree in the field of computer science, information systems, or software engineering, with 4-7 years of relevant work experience
  • Minimum 4 years design and development experience in Microsoft .NET Technologies
  • 4 years’ experience as a developer in .NET Framework 2.0/ 3.5 4.0, C#,, MVC and LINQ
  • 2 years’ experience as a programmer/software developer developing SharePoint web parts; and Microsoft SharePoint server 2010 or higher
  • Knowledge of Java and web languages, utilities and scripting tools, including Java, J2EE, Javascript, HTML, XML, DHTML, XSL, XSLT and CSS
  • Experience with application development tools, including Visual Studio 2010, SQL Developer
  • Experience with source code control systems including TFS, SVN and CVS
  • Understanding of coding methods and best practices
  • Experience with relational database systems, interfaces, & tools including PL/SQL, TOAD, Oracle & Microsoft SQLServer
  • Knowledge of operating systems, including Windows & Linux
  • Experience with business requirements gathering/analysis
  • Experience interviewing end-users for insight on functionality, interface, problems, and/or usability issues
  • Experience developing test cases and test plans
  • Knowledge of database design, development, and file management techniques
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
Key Skills and Competencies
  • Able to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical team members. Strong interpersonal skills
  • Flexible and adaptable in regards to learning and understanding new technologies
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to conduct research into software-related issues and products
  • Highly self motivated and directed
  • Keen attention to detail. Highly logical
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities. Technically proficient. Creative
At Alterna, we offer a competitive total rewards program, the ability to achieve real work-life balance, and an opportunity to truly make a difference. If you put people first and value excellence and integrity, we hope you'll apply!
* Although we appreciate all applicants, preference will be given to candidates who most closely meet the qualifications, key skills and competencies outlined below. 


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