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Software Development Manager - Developer Platform

Job Reference tesco/TP/14156964/873834

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What’s in it for you

We’re all about the little helps. That’s why we give our wonderful colleagues bags of benefits. Including wellbeing services, an award-winning pension scheme and much, much more, our colleague reward package keeps on giving. And helps make every day a little better for you and your family. These include but are not limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme of up to 20% of base salary
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day (plus Bank holidays)
  • Buy holiday salary sacrifice scheme (for salaried roles)
  • Private medical insurance
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • 26 weeks maternity and adoption leave (after 1 years’ service) at full pay, followed by 13 weeks of Statutory Maternity Pay or Statutory Adoption Pay, we also offer 4 weeks fully paid paternity leave
  • The right to request flexible working from your first day with us
  • Free 24/7 virtual GP service, Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for you and your family, free access to a range of experts to support your mental wellbeing
  • A Colleague Clubcard for you & a family member (after 3 months of service), giving you access to lots of discounts in-store & online
  • Great colleague deals and discounts, saving you money on everyday purchases, eating out and utility bills for the home
  • Access to our colleague networks providing a space for colleagues to come together from a range of backgrounds. For more information about our colleague networks please click here
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award-winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want

Click Here to read more about the full range of benefits we have available for our colleagues

About the role

The Engineering Effectiveness organisation within Technology exists to make the work of over 2,000 Tesco software engineers as frictionless and delightful as possible. We enable fast access to information and context; provide valuable and useful platforms and abstractions and reduce toil. We make the standard way the easiest way to develop, build and deploy software.

We are a team of product managers, software and systems engineers and other experts from the UK, Hungary, and India. We are customer focussed and data-led and focus on solving the most valuable problems. We do not build things that teams do not want or need. We hold ourselves to a high standard of engineering, taking pride in the solutions we develop.

The Tesco Developer Platform (TDP) is a newly envisaged platform that developers can leverage to Build, deploy, and operate software in a self-service capacity. It will provide a golden path, allowing automated build and deployment of software artefacts, driving improved quality, security, and standardisation. The Developer Platform will consist of various tools and technologies that integrate seamlessly to provide a pipeline to production, lowering cognitive load, toil and repetitive manual work from development teams and helping to build, deploy and release software faster with improved security and observability. The TDP team builds, runs, and maintains the platform.

You will be responsible for

  • Build and develop the capability of the TDP team, nurture the team and supporting their career development and growth.
  • Drive, Inspire and motivate the TDP team, provide the necessary technical and people support to create a positive environment to enable business benefits.
  • Work with peers and stakeholders to create a future direction and plan for the TDP team.
  • Work with Product and broader teams to help shape up the requirements, break them down into smaller chunks, prioritise the work, and working collaboratively in driving adoption of TDP.
  • Provide the technical guidance and leadership to the TDP team, help steer the team in the right direction. Understand the various technology aspects, has the necessary breadth and depth to help build the right solution
  • Participate in various planning sessions, help in shaping up the plan and the roadmap, working with Product teams
  • Has a complete accountability of the TDP, right from building new features to providing the ownership on resolution of production issues and lead the operational excellence.
  • Bring new ideas and help foster a culture of continuous learning

This role will give you an opportunity to enhance your platform engineering skills, you will get hands-on experience with building a platform from ground-up, develop standards, gain experience with cloud native technologies etc. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the wider community within Engineering Effectiveness, broader technology teams, learn and share.

You will need

Experience relevant for this job:

  • Experience with management of software engineering teams of 5+ people in size.
  • Good knowledge of Java and the associated ecosystem.
  • Experience of using agile methodologies.
  • Hands-on experience of building and supporting reliable, operationally robust, and distributed Java applications/products.

Skills relevant for the job

  • A high degree of emotional intelligence: you are aware of your own emotions, how you appear and can self-reflect on your actions. You can empathise with others and modify your behaviour and style accordingly.
  • Problem-solving, analysis, and computational skills: you are comfortable designing systems and reasoning about them. When tackling problems, you take a detailed and logical approach to solving them and retaining ownership through to resolution.
  • Customer focus: you can find the right balance between outcome delivery and technical excellence. You place the needs of our customers above the needs of you and the team.
  • Written and verbal communication skills: you can communicate effectively and efficiently, taking into account the nature of your audience.
  • Any previous experience of having led a globally distributed software engineering team would be a huge plus.



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 proud to have been accredited Disability Confident Leader and we’re committed to providing a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process. For further information on the accessibility support we can offer, please click here.

We’re a big business and we can offer a range of diverse full-time & part-time working patterns across our many business areas, which means that we can find something that works for you.  We work in a more blended pattern - combining office and remote working.  Our offices will continue to be where we connect, collaborate and innovate.  If you are applying internally, please speak to the Hiring Manager about how this can work for you - Everyone is welcome at Tesco.