Software Engineer – Future Technologies

Foundry is Redgate‘s research and development division. Based in Cambridge, UK (but often found working remotely), we’re responsible for delivering the newest products and technology for professionals using the Microsoft Data Platform and beyond.

In this role you’ll be joining a team of engineers and designers whose primary focus is research; understanding the future of development and management for the storage and analysis of data.

We take a human-centered approach to innovation. The design and development of prototype software is a major aspect of how we do this, but we start with research techniques designed to help us make informed decisions about what we’re going to build, and why.

You may have worked in a role like this before, but it’s ok if you haven’t. This is a role that suits people who are naturally inquisitive and enjoy spending time experimenting, learning and exploring ideas.

Working with new ideas, opportunities and technologies is fun but there is a flipside. Not every project will make it. We assess the potential of our projects objectively, and our focus can change quickly so you’ll need to be ok with putting down a project even if it you’ve given it your all and it feels really promising.

What makes a Redgate Foundry software engineer?

Engineering approach

  • You have experience with an object-oriented language. We primarily develop in C#, but we’re prepared to use whatever language is the best tool for the job.
  • You have worked with web technologies for building UIs. We frequently use Electron and React.
  • You’re happy to learn about and work on different parts of the code base; frontend, backend, CI builds or installers.
  • Quality software is important to you, as are peer code reviews and testing.
  • You’re happy taking a lean approach, developing just enough code as a means of validating research hypotheses.

Research approach

  • You have experience collecting and using qualitative and quantitative data in order to make objective and sometimes difficult decisions about the solution you’ve developed.
  • You are excited by the prospect of spending time talking to and understanding the people for whom you’re building these new technologies, products and services.
  • You enjoy working on Wicked problems.
  • You’re inquisitive and enjoy spending time experimenting, learning and exploring.

Personal qualities

  • You have experience of being able to make progress in an ambiguous or uncertain environment, where you’ve proactively made pragmatic decisions in order to continue with your work.
  • You’re truly agile and react positively to changes in research and development focus. At the most extreme this may mean putting down promising projects and ideas that you’ve given your all to.
  • You thrive in a highly collaborative team.
  • You’re ok with working in a team that acts distributed. Although we’re based in Cambridge, UK there are occasions when we need to work together remotely. Typically we use Slack, ScreenHero and GoToMeeting for this.


  • A great benefits package
  • You’ll work about 40 hours per week, with flexible work time (we’re also open to part time)
  • We dedicate Friday afternoons to personal development, community and innovation


To apply, fill in the online application. Please remember to include some information in your cover letter to help us understand your interest and suitability for the role of Software Engineer – Future Technologies within Redgate’s Foundry.

Or, if you have any questions about the role and would like to know more, get in touch with Jonathan Roberts, our Team Lead for Redgate Foundry. 

We don’t have time to take cold calls from recruitment agencies – sorry!

This role is based in the great city of Cambridge, UK, but we’re also open to working remotely, so long as you’re happy to be with the team in Cambridge 1-2 days a week.

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