Head of Engineering

Start date: After notice period DOE London

Are you a seasoned engineering leader with a passion for driving innovation and excellence in software development? Are you an expert in Agile practices, a champion of quality coding, and a strong advocate for continuous improvement? If so, we want you to join our team as the Head of Engineering and lead the engineering practices for our dynamic and diverse group of 8+ squads.

Transferable Leadership Skills

The HOE needs to be highly proficient in these transferable leadership skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership: Proven track record of leading complex, multidisciplinary talent teams in new endeavours and delivering solutions. Ability to balance team and individual responsibilities, build teams and consensus, get things done through others not directly under their supervision, and work ethically and with integrity.

  • Excellent business acumen and interpersonal skills: Able to work across business lines at a senior level to influence and effect change to achieve common goals.

  • Communication and storytelling: Creating consistent value-oriented storylines for better understanding and execution of the D&A Strategy. Ability to effectively drive business, culture and technology change in a dynamic and complex operating environment (e.g., conveying information to diverse audiences in a way that is easily understood and actionable). Comfort with public speaking and the ability to creatively and concisely express ideas to business and technical audiences.

  • Influencing and emotional intelligence: For example, by asserting ideas and persuading others to gain support across an organization or to adopt new behaviours. Ability to explain digital concepts and technologies to business leaders, and business concepts to technologists. Can “sell” ideas and processes internally at all levels, including the board and investors.

  • Facilitation: For example, hosting sessions to elicit ideas from others, understand their issues and encourage group participation.

  • Creative and critical thinking, and outstanding analytical and problem-solving abilities: Familiarity with business information generation and analysis methods (for example, framing new concepts that spur use case ideation for business participants and brainstorming with business users about future products and services).

  • Teamwork: For example, working with business domain teams as well as D&A teams and IT staff.

  • Collaboration: For example, fostering group problem-solving and solution creation with business and technical team members.

  • Relationship management: For example, creating relationships and building trust with internal and external stakeholders quickly.


  • As the Head of Engineering, you will be responsible for:

  • Leading and inspiring a team of engineers across 8+ squads.

  • Experienced software engineer with exposure to multiple languages (c# being one) and frameworks.

  • Comprehensive grasp of the SDLC and the ability to articulate what good looks like

  • Ensuring the highest standards of coding quality and efficiency.

  • Modern understanding of testing and quality assurance

  • Solid understanding of architecture and design patterns

  • Championing Agile practices and driving a culture of continuous improvement.

  • Enhancing team collaboration and fostering effective team practices.

  • Monitoring and improving team performance, using DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment) metrics to drive exceptional outcomes.

  • Providing expert guidance in Azure or other cloud environments to optimize infrastructure and development processes.

  • Coaching and mentoring team members to reach their full potential.

  • Collaborating closely with product management and other departments to ensure alignment and successful project delivery.

  • Implementing different modern engineering techniques such as DevSecOps, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), and CI/CD pipelines to enhance productivity, security, and scalability.


To excel in this role, you should possess the following qualifications:

  • A strong technical background with experience in software development.

  • Expertise in Agile methodologies and a track record of implementing Agile practices within engineering teams.

  • Proficiency in fostering excellent DORA outputs.

  • Extensive experience in Azure or other cloud environments.

  • Exceptional leadership, communication, and coaching skills.

  • A deep commitment to nurturing a culture of continuous improvement and learning.

  • A formidable practitioner of Extreme Programming (XP).

  • Proven ability to recruit, develop, and lead high-performing engineering teams.

  • Familiarity with modern engineering techniques like DevSecOps, Infrastructure as Code, and CI/CD pipelines.

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