• Architectural Developer

    Location UK-Bristol
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    Business Area
    Information Technology/Software Development
    Location Details
    Position Type
    Permanent employment
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  • Local Unit & Position Description

    Bladed & Tidal Bladed


    Bladed provides worldwide wind/tidal turbine and component manufacturers, certification agencies, design consultants and research organisations with a design tool that has been extensively validated against measured data from a wide range of turbines. It is the global industry-leading wind and tidal turbine design tool.


    We are looking for a numerate software developer who has worked on complex projects in a commercial environment and demonstrates a strong interest in software architecture and design. You will be taking a significant role in improving the design and structure of the calculation engine which lies at the heart of Bladed and runs a suite of interlinked engineering models. As part of this you will need to be able to grasp the business requirements and re-frame them in terms of software architecture. Equally important will be day-to-day code development, mainly in C++, on the Bladed calculation code and related areas (pre- and post-processing applications for example).


    In the role you will:

    • Understand, analyse and evaluate the existing code;
    • Take a creative and rigorous approach to arriving at a new architecture;
    • In close collaboration with colleagues, conceive a more maintainable and rational architecture while preserving (or enhancing) the existing functionality and performance for our clients;
    • Arrive at a consensus; get the rest of the team to “buy in” to the vision and share ownership of the proposed approach;
    • Develop effective ways of documenting the new architecture and put them into practice;
    • Lead the implementation of the new architecture over a prolonged period;
    • Take an active role in general hands-on code development: implement new features, investigate issues / bugs.

    As a member of an agile software development team you will need to:

    • Participate in design, development, code review, unit testing, user testing and ongoing maintenance;
    • Participate in daily scrums, planning sessions, sprint reviews and retrospectives;
    • Contribute to our agile development process.

    Key Outputs

    • A system architecture and detailed design that demonstrates clear and significant improvements on the current product with regards to clarity, consistency, and maintainability while still fulfilling client needs;
    • Clear and concise documentation at all stages of concept, design and implementation;
    • High quality code implementation of proposed architecture and other development tasks.

    Position Qualifications


    • 2:1 degree or above in Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or related discipline; 
    • Strong experience of commercial software development, preferably in a scientific/engineering field;
    • Proven strong experience of C++ programming; 
    • Strong interest and motivation in the area of software architecture and design. Proven track record in software architecture, ideally in a C++ context;
    • Experience of delivering high performance (parallel or multi-threaded) code.


    • Experience in wind industry; knowledge of wind turbine technology;
    • Experience working in an agile team, continuous integration systems, code review;
    • Experience of FORTRAN programming;
    • Experience of GPU computation techniques.

    Personal Qualities:

    • Proven team player with a real commitment to a collaborative approach and excellent communication skills. Able to convey a design vision to the team and win their support;
    • Able and willing to engage with Bladed engineering code on various levels, from high-level concepts to routine and detailed bug investigations.

    Company & Business Area Description

    DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.

    We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. We also provide certification, supply chain and data management services to customers across a wide range of industries.


    Combining technical, digital and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight.

    With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.


    DNV GL delivers world-renowned testing and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy supply.

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