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Head of Engineering Job Description

Examples of Head of Engineering Job Descriptions

Head of Engineering (Retail)

Location: London

Salary: £120,000 plus 30% bonus

Industry: Retail

Team Tech Stack: React, Next.js, Typescript, PHP, Laravel, Magento

Must have retail experience!

Over the last 15 years, my client has evolved into a technology led retailer that provides luxury and contemporary apparel and exclusive sneaker drops to a global audience. One of the most influential, forward-thinking and inspirational fashion companies in the world, we have fresh products hitting their website daily and their service never stops.​​

You will need hands-on technical experience and should be willing to get involved and support a very junior team.

What you will be doing:

  • Sets goals and objectives for engineering team members and conducts performance appraisals of direct reports team members

  • Prepares a rotating roster for engineering support throughout the year

  • Creates an environment whereby your teams have the space to be creative, to challenge and to push boundaries

  • Engages in conflict resolution with people, process and technology

  • Engages in hiring, retention, training and development, and people engagement events

  • Ensures all relevant engineering artifacts are maintained, cross-training and knowledge sharing is planned and executed

  • Accountable for representing the tech pillar and for all technologies delivered within your domain

  • Aligns and delivers the business and technology strategies for a domain, whilst contributing to the wider technology strategy

  • Reviews overall release plans, overall release level engineering effort estimates, and provide input to programme release plans

  • Accountable for resource needs, capability utilisation, metrics and engineering deliverables, as defined in goals and objectives

What will set you apart?

  • Your ability to balance a high level of innovative change with the operational need to deliver excellent uptime and performance.

  • Your experience in a leadership role, not just in Software Delivery, but of a wider IT function, ideally focussed on supporting business critical online services such as orders, payments and transactions for an Ecommerce, online gaming or similar B2C company

  • Your demonstrable use of both your technical knowledge and commercial acumen to influence business strategy at an Executive level.

  • Your long-term vision to maintain and improve the flexibility and nimbleness of your teams, and to explain and balance the short term needs of the business with your long term vision

  • Your focus on being the best you can be, and showing tenacity in the face of obstacles, whether that involves moving mountains to enable your team to become more effective or challenging the status quo.

Interim Head of Engineering

Location: London

Employment Type: Contract

Salary: £1,100 - £1,300 per day

I am currently working with an instantly recognisable global company who are looking for an InterimHead of Engineering for an initial 6 month contract.

  • This position will be sitting in the 'mobility' team and focusing on their payments platform. They are looking to re-engineer this platform to bring this in-house.

  • The successful candidate will have had experience in Fintech / Payments businesses building transactional platforms on the cloud.

  • This position will be reporting to c-level working closely with architects and the security team.

Head of Engineering

Location: London

Salary: £90,000 - £100,000 per annum

Tech stack:React Native, Node, Typescript and AWS

Employment type: Permanent

This business is looking for a Head of Engineering (React Native, Node, Typescript and AWS) to help push this mission forward. By taking on both hands-on and leadership practises, you can shape the direction of the company and change people's lives forever.

And with a100% retention rate with its customers, this business is making genuine waves within the mental health space.

What technologies do you need experience in?

  • React / Node

  • React Native

  • React Router / Redux

  • GraphQL / REST for APIs

  • Selenium / Jest / Mocha / Unit Testing

  • Cloud Technologies ideally AWS however GCP or Azure is also great!

  • MySQL / Database experience

What will your day to day be?

  • Designing and delivering large scale fault tolerant systems.

  • You will be working with a team of 2/3 developers underneath you, so you will be working in a tightly-nit and agile environment

  • You will be heavily involved in the growth of the team, which is key to the business's success.

Head of Engineering

Salary: £120,000 - £150,000 per annum plus benefits

Location: London

Industry: Fintech

Techstack: React, Python, AWS

We are partnered with an award-winning, fintech company which provides real-time data for fixed income, currencies and commodities. Through cutting-edge technology, our client provides end-to-end software to capture, analyse and act upon voice and electronic transaction data in Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC) markets.

They are looking for a Head of Engineering who will focus on the delivery of these projects as they go through this exciting technology shift.

We are looking for someone who:

  • A track record of managing, mentoring and developing engineers

  • A not-so-distant experience, shipping code to guide the team and lead by example

  • An ability to work closely with all business functions


  • 3+ years of experience leading teams as a Lead Engineer or Engineering Manager

  • 5+ years of backend engineering experience- primarily in python

  • Have been part of a scaling environment. Our client has huge ambitions and will be scaling for the next few years at least

From a tech perspective our client currently uses: React on the frontend and Python on the backend all hosted in AWS.

Head of Engineering

Location: Kent

Salary: £100,000 - £110,000 per annum

Industry: Travel

Techstack: React, Redux, GraphQL, Selenium, AWS

When you go on holiday do you get frustrated by the hassle of those little things you have to book like airport parking, airport transfers and travel insurance?

Well, if you are anything like the thousands of customers that take advantage of my clients service the answer is yes!

As a Head of Engineering, you will be playing a key role in the most exciting stage of this business's growth, having just invested £45million into a greenfield digital transformation project you will be working closely with the Director of Technology on the roadmap ensuring it delivers the correct direction for the team.

There are 4 main aspects of the product in which you will be a key person to each, you will have specialist in multiple aspects of technology including Machine Learning, intelligent data, UI development and design and mobile + web app development.

What technologies do you need experience in?

  • React / React Router / Redux

  • GraphQL and REST for APIs

  • Selenium / Jest / Mocha / Unit Testing

  • Cloud Technologies ideally AWS however GCP or Azure is also great!

  • MySQL and Database experience

What will your day to day be?

  • Experience is key in this role and you will need to be ready to step into the position.

  • Looking for someone with proven success in delivery of complex software and infrastructure projects.

  • Experience and you will show a passion towards coaching, mentoring and managing people within the Engineering team.

  • As per the above you must have experience leading teams with a technology business remotely.

  • You will have strong collaboration skills with a range of people and teams both inside and outside of technology.

  • You will be working with a wide range of people and teams so ensure you are not afraid to challenge people both up the ladder and down.

  • You will be heavily involved in the growth of the team, which is key to the business's success, over the next 2 years the plan is to double the technology team so ensure these appeals to you before applying.

Head of Engineering

Role: Head of Engineering Services

Location : Stratford, London

Salary: £90,000 - £100,000 plus Benefits

Industry: Property


We are working with one of the UK's leading housing developers. They deliver new homes for sale across the country available through shared ownership, Help to Buy and outright sale and are the UK's longest standing landlords providing affordable, well-managed homes.

As part of the restructure of their business application department they are looking for a Head of Engineering Services to lead the Engineering Services team within the Business Applications function helping to ensure that Applications solutions are designed, built, and tested to a high standard, in a timely and efficient manner.

The role ensures all developments are estimated and planned accurately and that project deliverables are completed in line with agreed plans and roadmaps, whilst also providing 3rd line support for in-house developed and supported platforms

The successful candidate will have the following skills:

  • Extensive hands on experience of Project Management & Delivery

  • Proven track record of Portfolio & Resource Management

  • Previous experience of managing 3rd Party Vendors

  • Experience of Procurement practices

  • Strong knowledge of Application & Software Life Cycles

  • Understanding of of UAT and non-functional testing

  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

Head of Engineering

Role: Head of Engineering, Luxury Fashion company, London £120k

Salary: £120,000 - £140,000 per annum

Location: London

Industry: Fashion

Techstack: PHP/Laravel, React, Swift, Kotlin, Kubernetes

Summary: Growing luxury fashion house are hiring a Head of Engineering to join them on a permanent basis.

They have evolved over the past decade into a technology led retailor, providing luxury clothing and trainer drops to their global audience, taking pride in their customer experience, with fresh products hitting the site every day.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Head of Engineering to join. The role will be leading their rapidly growing team of software engineers with overall responsibility of their iOS, Android, Web, Backend and Platform teams. The technical Lead for each team will report directly into the Head of Engineering.

As part of the leadership team, you will play a key role in making strategic decisions to ensure that the apps and platform continue to meet business requirements.

What you'll be doing:

  • Management of the existing team of software engineers, working across various technologies and platforms

  • Strategically grow the team to meet business objectives

  • Help foster an amazing engineering culture with an emphasis on innovation, quality and delivery

  • Put in place training and development opportunities to ensure your team are engaged, always learning and ahead of the curve

  • Assume overall responsibility for key initiatives such as migration to microservices architecture

  • Cultivate relationships with technology partners

  • Collaborate with senior stakeholders across the business

What you'll be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience as a Head of Engineering for a team of 30+

  • Experienced in Agile delivery methodologies and familiar with the Spotify Engineering Model

  • Experience with at least two of the following: PHP/Laravel, React, Swift, Kotlin, Kubernetes

  • Experience running mission critical applications at scale, preferably using GCP

  • An understanding of data warehousing and data pipelines

  • An aptitude for creative problem solving

  • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to communicate technical concepts to

non-technical users in an easy-to-understand way

  • A track record in upskilling software engineers

  • Experience in ecommerce would be a plus, but is not a deal breaker.