Who are we?

AppFactory is a group of 30+ passionate app Designers, Engineers Product Managers and Testers that deliver features for new and existing apps on iOS and Android platforms for the PhotoBox Group family of brands including Moonpig, PhotoBox, Sticky9 and posterXXL.

In 2014, we brought the Moonpig.com, Sticky9 and PhotoBox apps in-house and we haven’t looked back. Today, we are embarking on further expansion to deliver apps as part of the group’s ambitious development roadmap in which mobile is a key component.

What will I be doing?

AppFactory software engineers are responsible for designing, developing and testing new features that our customers will love alongside maintaining and improving existing apps. We work in cross functional Agile teams that work across the whole software lifecycle from concept to submission and release.  They take pride in delivering optimal business value through continuous delivery by designing well architected, high quality mobile applications.

To be successful, you’ll need a passion for developing apps with a real customer focus, wanting each and every one of our customers to be delighted with the features produced by the team. You’ll have strong technical abilities, be a great communicator and be able to self-organise and achieve results in a fast-paced environment. You’ll have a strong track record of capturing requirements through collaboration, and a proven ability to produce high-quality, maintainable and reusable software within an Agile team.

What will I need to know?

  • Proven track record delivering apps in a multi-discipline Agile development team.
  • In-depth hands-on development experience developing high quality testable code using Java and Android SDK
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills.
  • Proficient with making network requests to RESTful APIs using best practice networking frameworks such as Retrofit, Volley, RoboSpice, Picasso etc
  • Full understanding of the Android application lifecycle and in-depth experience with Fragments
  • Appreciation of Android-specific asynchronous processing techniques
  • Knowledge of strategies to handle issues related to platform fragmentation and multiple OS versions

What else would be useful?

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or similar
  • Experience developing eCommerce apps for retail, working with personalisation, photo or printing Technology a bonus
  • Experience working with software development tools including Git, Jira and Confluence
  • Experience with writing UI Automation scripts using Appium
  • Experience of Android User Experience design patterns

Why Us?

The Photobox Group operates under a family of brands including Moonpig.com, PhotoBox, Sticky9, Hofmann, PosterXXL and PosterJack. Highly successful apps already exist for Moonpig.com, Sticky9 and PhotoBox.

In July 2011 Moonpig.com,  the world’s largest online personalised greeting card retailer, merged with PhotoBox, creating Europe’s leading personalised publishing group with a focus on online retailing of greeting and gift cards and digital photo services, including printing, storage, sharing and publishing.  Then, in June 2015, PhotoBox acquired PosterXXL GmbH, one of Germany’s leading providers of photo services in digital printing. The product range includes customizable photoproducts for private customers as well as services for industrial and business customers.

The PhotoBox Group of Companies boast more than 19 million members with approximately 7 million active customers in 22 countries. The estimated value of the combined group’s core markets – the UK single card market and the European online photography market – is more than £2 billion and is growing at 17 % per annum.   In 2015 he group had a combined turnover in excess of £215m and that represents a 22.8% year-on-year revenue growth and is ideally positioned to meet the growing demand for innovative and convenient online-personalized publishing solutions.

We don’t sell ‘off the shelf’ products … we’re personal. Every single thing you buy from us is unique to you. The purpose of our great family of brands is to magic our customers’ photos, words and feelings into precious objects that make them smile, laugh and, sometimes, cry. We’re in the business of ‘one-of-a-kind’ and so delighting each and every customer is central to everything we do.

What can we offer?

  • A great working environment based in newly refurbished offices based in Southwark, London that is only an 8-minute walk to Southwark and London Bridge underground stations with Waterloo only a 15 minute walk away.
  • The opportunity to work on products with an ambitious and exciting roadmap with a great team around you.
  • Team training budget
  • 25 days annual leave excluding Bank Holidays
  • BUPA Private Medical Insurance
  • Denplan Scheme
  • 10% Yearly Bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Life Assurance x4 Salary
  • Eye Care Vouchers
  • £5000 interest free travel loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Moonpig account loaded with £350 credit to spend each year
  • Borough Market and the Tate Modern on the doorstep.
  • Oh…. and we have a table tennis table in one of the meeting rooms, Foosball tables, Coke  and Nespresso machines in the kitchens, and monthly birthday cake/beer with a great social scene if you want it.



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