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Software Engineering Manager


Software Engineering Manager

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THG Tech


Manchester, United Kingdom

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THG is a fast-moving, global technology business that specialises in taking brands direct to consumers. Our world-class proprietary tech and infrastructure powers our extensive portfolio of beauty, nutrition and lifestyle brands and is now helping drive exponential growth of our clients’ brands globally.  

We’re powered by a global team of over 7,000 ambitious people around the world. Our culture is fast-paced and entrepreneurial, it’s this DNA that has supported our incredible growth.

We’re always looking for individuals that can bring fresh and innovative thinking to THG, and play a part in driving the group forward on its exciting journey. So, if you’re ready to take the next big step in your career, challenge yourself every day and evolve with the world around you, THG is ready for you. 

THG is an international technology company and leading online retailer, home to premium brands such as lookfantastic, Myprotein, and ESPA; all of which are powered by our industry-leading and award- winning technology platform, THG Ingenuity.

We are building a world-class business with global ambitions, a proprietary technology platform, and disruptive business model.

Tech at THG

Technology is the driving force behind THG, and it starts with our people. We are ambitious with our goals and challenge conventional thinking. THG Technology is different because we support every single person to make massive impact and drive their own work. Our people are always learning, and we work every day to ensure our technology, from our software platforms, to our hosting services, to our M.L capability and beyond, is world class. This enables us to keep powering THG and our partners on a global scale.

As part of our hyper growth we seek to hire and develop well-rounded, commercially astute, ambitious people that can bring fresh and innovative thinking to THG and drive us forward.

What will you be responsible for?

As an Engineering Manager responsible for Core and Content Product engineering teams, you will be responsible for the growth and performance of these two teams, both the individual engineers and the collaborative function of the teams as a whole. You and the teams will be responsible for the design, development and delivery of features within THGs ecommerce platform; in particular, the services supporting the Product Catalogue and Content data.

Bringing together technologies, predominantly Java, you will ensure the team provide highly available services critical to the business. As an Engineering Manager you’ll take on a variety of roles daily including Manager, Engineer, Product Manager, Project Manager, Delivery Manager and Mentor. We will look to you to create innovative solutions to help with our continued expansion. Ensure developers within your teams are writing high quality, scalable code including test suites. Design and evolve new services that can scale for the future. Solve issues with customer facing and internal services. Collaborate with the team, product owners and stakeholders to deliver key projects. People management is essential here, you’ll be responsible for growing the developers on the team, providing them with objectives and supporting regularly with 1-1s.

What are we looking for (technical)?

  • Experience of full software lifecycle (design, implementation, deployment to multiple environments)

  • A strong understanding of software development best practices including testing

  • Experience building and deploying large scale, distributed services

  • Demonstrable knowledge of relational databases; understanding of foreign keys/indexes/etc.

    and ability to write sql queries and design schemas

  • Experience designing and building REST based APIs

What are we looking for (non-technical)?

  • People management experience

  • Self-starter, resilient, positive

  • Able to work independently in a fast paced environment

  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills

  • Experience delivering projects

  • Evidence of ability to scope out new features and projects

  • Stakeholder management

  • Resource management, succession planning and hiring experience

Other beneficial skills

  • A solid knowledge of Java

  • DevOps (Kubernetes, Docker, Jenkins etc.)

  • Knowledge of Java micro service frameworks, such as Spring Boot or Google Guice

  • Experience of messaging architectures and technologies, ideally ActiveMQ

What's in it for me?

  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Tech Scheme
  • Staff discount to online shops and on-site staff shop
  • Private on-site gym (Manchester)
  • Season ticket loan
  • Enhanced parenthood pay
  • Pension scheme contributions
  • Birthday off
  • 25 days annual leave + bank holidays (from Jan 2024)
  • Up to 2 weeks compassionate leave
  • Barber
  • Physiotherapist
  • Employee Assistance programme
  • On-site doctor
  • In House L&D Team for personal development / upskill

Because of the high volumes of applications our opportunities attract, it sometimes takes us time to review and consider them all. We endeavour to respond to every application we receive within 14 days. If you haven't heard from us within that time frame or should you have any specific questions about this or other applications for positions at THG please contact one of our Talent team to discuss further. 

THG is committed to creating a diverse & inclusive environment and hence welcomes applications from all sections of the community. 

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