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Engineering Manager - Front End REACT (Initially remote)

Are you a Senior Engineer looking for your next step? Or a Tech Lead/Engineering Manager that's keen to further your leadership experience? If either is true then our Engineering Manager role could be the role for you.

Despite the current circumstances we are still recruiting for roles. In compliance with UK Government advice relating to COVID-19 this role will be remotely based in line with our current workforce and we will supply you with the tools and technologies to enable you to do so. Similarly all interviews will be conducted by google hangouts or equivalent video conferring technologies.

It's a pivotal time for Technology at Which? as we drive forward our ambitious transformation programme, evolve into a product centred business and create even more stand out experiences for consumers which will enable us to advance our charitable mission. Over the next twelve months we will be developing both our commercial and advocacy product offering, trialing new lean and agile ways of working and driving innovation at every opportunity.

What you'll de doing

From our high-traffic websites to our emerging apps, our engineering teams work with dedication to ensure that consumers are able to access compelling and informative content at their convenience across our core products including https://www.which.co.uk/ , https://trustedtraders.which.co.uk/ , https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights .

Reporting to the Head of Engineering, and working alongside a QA Manager and Engineering Manager for our back end team you'll be regarded as a technical expert for your domain. Using your expertise, you will ensure that our products look and feel great and offer an exceptional online experience.

You'll also manage a team of talented developers across all levels from junior to senior. As their leader you'll set the direction of the team, and will foster a progressive engineering culture where engineers are empowered, challenged and supported.

What's more, with the recent launch of our Reviews and Consumer Action squads and with plans to establish further squads over the next 6 - 12 months you'll have a key role to play in enabling change and supporting your team as we adopt new ways of working.

You will also:
  • Recruit and manage the performance of the front end team
  • Proactively collaborate with other members of the department to improve the software delivery process and ensure an aligned approach
  • Lead research and development of new technologies to create and enhance Which? products
  • Drive understanding and implementation of current best practice for all development teams
  • Lead technical governance for the Front End
  • Proactively promote and contribute to a knowledge sharing culture
  • Work with others to establish business needs and requirements (including non-functional requirements
  • Actively participate in Agile ceremonies and work with the Delivery Managers to evaluate and improve processes
  • Actively participate in technology, product and other organisational meetings

What we'll need from you

We're looking for a candidate that has a genuine interest in leading a team. You'll be committed to creating a progressive culture where developers are encouraged to learn and share knowledge and you'll certainly be an advocate for modern engineering practices such as TDD, peer reviews and pair programming.

Naturally you'll take a keen interest in technology, and as an engineer by background will have practical experience and excellent knowledge of:
  • JavaScript (EcmaScript2015) including OOP best practice and design patterns
  • JavaScript Front End libraries ideally React.js
  • Markup technologies; HTML5, CSS & SASS
  • Knowledge of API design and best practice (GraphQL/REST)
  • Knowledge of AWS technologies (Elastic Beanstalk, RDS, SQS, SNS) and architecting cloud solutions

To help us on our journey we would be particularly pleased to hear from candidates that have worked in organisations that are transforming and have adopted a product or squad approach.

What we'll offer you in return

When we're back in the office you'll find it modern, relaxed and friendly (including fresh fruit, subsidised canteen, great facilities for cyclists and lunchtime runners, two free healthy meals per week and a roof terrace to enjoy them on). We have a 35 hour working week and offer flexible working with each team working one day from home (prior to lockdown).

There are excellent benefits including 28 days annual leave, private healthcare, and excellent pension scheme (and the usuals... Cycle to Work, season ticket loan scheme etc.) We even have access to a private section of Regent's park which is handy for hot summers and team building events!

At Which? we value diversity and we're committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We want to receive applications from all regardless of age, gender identity, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, race or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, social economic background etc. We believe that a diverse workforce helps us to understand and create a positive impact for consumers. We want to ensure that everybody can apply and be part of our recruitment processes, and therefore when required we make reasonable adjustments to accommodate our candidates.

If this sounds like the role for you then we would love to hear from you!

Learn more about Which?

Be unique. Be authentic. However you prefer to say it, we really mean it. Our culture embraces people’s diverse perspectives and creates a positive environment where everyone belongs. We’re determined to build a better, more connected world for everyone.

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