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Senior Technical Programme Manager - Data Platforms

Job Reference tesco/TP/12738380/775517

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What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work!  These include but are not limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme of up to 45% of base salary
  • Car allowance of £7320 per annum
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day (and bank holidays)
  • Private medical insurance offered through Bupa
  • Retirement savings plan – save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution
  • Life Assurance at 5x contractual pay
  • Buy as you earn and Save as you earn share schemes

About the role

The Tesco Data and Analytics offering is based on our huge pool of business data collated by our Data Engineering colleagues and hosted on TAP (our Hadoop and Teradata platforms, with Azure based group data sharing, and associated Middleware platforms). Thousands of colleagues from across our Stores and Head Offices are able to access our data to derive meaning, make decisions and model new ideas to help them deliver more value for our customers.

As part of the D&A Platform team the STPM position is pivotal in shaping the direction and driving delivery of changes that move our underlying technology forwards in the coming years.

The successful candidate must show they can deliver projects and be part of technical steering and service function in Data Platforms.

Our project delivery relies on great working relationships with several internal Platform teams, multiple Data Engineering/Analytics and Data Science teams as well as our Product and Business teams. This is a large and complex environment providing plenty of interest and challenge from both a people and technology perspective. We are embarked upon a transformation that takes TAP from a packaged Hadoop solution to one that relies far more on Open Source/loosely coupled software linked to new hardware and object storage. We are focused on projects that deliver change and provide stable service on multiple instances linked to different business requirements.

You will be responsible for

Whilst specific responsibilities will be dependent upon the changing needs of the Tesco business the following provides an overview of the role’s key responsibilities and measures:


  • Shape programmes with ambiguous scope and uncertain delivery approach in an environment of continuous change as we adopt ever more Open Source solutions
  • Drive delivery of complex programmes with multiple technical and business risks ensuring colleagues and stakeholders from across Tesco are kept up-to-date and deliver their contribution
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills able to get the most from people and complex situations
  • Understand priorities, trade-offs and resulting impacts; making these visible to Engineering/Programme stakeholders for the right decision to be made quickly and move projects forward
  • Manage dependencies, track delivery timelines and lead virtual technology teams across multiple projects/geographies to deliver programme goals
  • Actively seek out varied and opposing opinions to ensure a balanced understanding of complex issues and find best way forwar
  • Build positive relationships with suppliers & external stakeholders to maximise their delivery for Tesco and the value they bring to your programme outcome.
  • Be Challenging and Influence the Engineering, Programme and Product teams to strive for improvements that speed up delivery and improve quality without detriment to service offered.
  • Facilitate and support the development of individuals working with them directly and via their management structures.
  • Deliver through a team of LTPM’s/TPMs and help develop their skills and careers
  • Optimise and improve standard programme delivery methodology used for delivering programme goals (Hybrid of agile and waterfall iteratives)
  • Able to be aware and evaluate trends and new concepts in programme delivery and tooling to support this
  • Able to understand technology concepts and grasp new ones quickly to appreciate interlinks and implications on delivery (both positive and detrimental)
  • Be able to understand a collection of technical architectures to be able to foresee the impact on dependencies timelines and eventual service delivery
  •  Particular technical focus areas on Big Data Platforms, Open Source CNCF landscape and On-premise/Cloud infrastructures.
  • Collaborate with the Engineering teams to define annual budgetary requirements
  • Manage contracts for delivery and maintenance, including renewals and search for new vendors through RFP/RFI processes, working with Procurement/Legal.
  • Manage finances @ £m/yr, following robust finance discipline at Tesco for both annual budgeting and in-year forecast/tracking.

You will need

  • Several years proven record of accomplished delivery in large scale technology, across multiple teams/geographies
  • Demonstrable experience of building credible relationships and influencing senior management & leadership teams is essential
  • Project Management certification showing hybrid delivery 

About us

Our vision at Tesco is to become every customer’s favourite way to shop, whether they are at home or out on the move.  Our core purpose is “Serving our customers, communities and planet a little better every day”.  Serving means more than a transactional relationship with our customers.  It means acting as a responsible and sustainable business for all stakeholders, for the communities we are part of, and for the planet.

We are proud to have an inclusive culture at Tesco where everyone truly feels able to be themselves.  At Tesco, we not only celebrate diversity, but recognise the value and opportunity it brings.  We’re committed to creating a workplace where differences are valued, and make sure that all colleagues are given the same opportunities.  We’re a big business with diverse working patterns and many business areas which means that we can find something that works for you.  Everyone is welcome at Tesco.

We have recently announced that we are moving to a more blended working week – combining office and remote working.  Our offices continue to be where we connect, collaborate and innovate.  Talk to us about how this can work for you.

Note: Should you be successful in your application, your employment will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details on your agreed start date.