18th November 2021

Wanted: PowerBuilder Developer

We’re looking to hire an experienced PowerBuilder Developer, to join our expanding development team.

Salary: from £50k per annum plus substantial benefits

This is an opportunity to join the longest established British software organisation serving the property management industry.

We are a staff-owned company based in Clerkenwell in central London. We supply and support around 300 organisations with our well-known TRAMPS, BlueBox, o6ix and Estateman products. These products are renowned for their rock-solid reliability and extensive functionality.

We’re also one of the leading innovators in our sector, with a staff of 60. Our products contain sophisticated tools to automate processes, analyse information and integrate effectively with other applications. In recent years the development of Mojo web apps, which work seamlessly with our existing products, has seen significant growth, and this is expected to increase over the coming years.

About the role

The job involves the support and maintenance of our client server products, TRAMPS, BlueBox and o6ix, written mainly using PowerBuilder and SQL Server Stored Procedures with Microsoft SQL Server as the database. As well as support and maintenance, the role involves ongoing development of the products when required – for example, following legislative changes.

  • Perform analysis and programming tasks according to company standards
  • Produce functional and technical specifications based on user requirements specifications and change request documents
  • Provide software quotations and estimates for customer requirements as requested while endeavouring to improve accuracy of such quotations and estimates
  • Mentor and lead other staff, when appropriate
  • Assume responsibility for quality and timeliness of deliverables for both your own work and that of those working for you
  • Operate as both a development and support resource as necessary
  • Provide onsite services to customers as required
  • Provide accurate and complete timesheets
  • Conduct oneself at all times in a manner that reflects Trace Values as defined by the Company Mission and Values Statement
  • When requested, to provide assistance to other areas of development within Trace Solutions
Skills Required


  • Awareness and ability to understand and discuss the business processes that the development software must support, in the case of the Property Management and Accounts processes
  • Ability to be credible to customers, internal and external, at all levels


  • Ability to prepare a detailed Programming Specification based on user requirements
  • Expert in PowerBuilder development
  • Extensive knowledge of SQL
  • Ability to accurately estimate time required to complete technical tasks
  • In depth appreciation of the full software application development cycle
  • Can produce complex documents using MS Office tool set


  • Ability to work under pressure and meet agreed deadlines
  • Good oral and written communication
  • Good attention to detail
  • Conscientious and reliable
  • Prepared to be committed to the success of the project and to work occasional additional hours to meet project timescales
  • Helpful, understanding and supportive of colleagues whilst maintaining focus on on-time delivery of allocated tasks
  • Good evaluation of problems and implementation of solutions
  • Ability to identify and suggest what training for themselves might be appropriate
  • Confident and creates a good impression
  • Demonstrates common sense
  • Meets all situations calmly and has a sense of humour
  • Dresses appropriately in all circumstances
  • Work area is kept clean and tidy
Benefits include
  • 25 days annual holiday with additional flexible holiday scheme
  • Employee Pension Contribution matched by employer up to 7% (min 4%)
  • Free income protection insurance and life assurance (8x salary)
  • Professional membership fees
  • Interest free loans for season tickets and Bikes to Work scheme
  • 50% off local gym membership
  • Company Matched Charity Donations up to £50 monthly
  • Active Social Club with Regular Subsidised Social Events
  • Free eye tests and subsidised glasses for use at your computer screen
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity leave
  • Casual dress code
About the Trace Group

Trace Solutions is part of the Trace Group, a £25m turnover which provides mission-critical software solutions for property management, insurance broking and financial messaging. The company was established in 1974 and obtained a full listing on the London Stock Exchange in June 1989. Since April 2010 we have been wholly owned by our employees and the original founder.