Head of Software Engineering

Leadership and Change Portsmouth Permanent £85,000-£100,000 Apply Now

01The role

A blank canvas.
That sounds so appealing, doesn't it?
Software development leaders strive for the freedom to implement their vision of how a slick and mature development team should look but rarely get it.
You'd get this freedom with this 450+ employee, founder-led business.
You'd be the head of software engineering for a market-leading MarTech company and would work closely with the recently-promoted CTO who you'd be replacing.
He's all about enabling motivated and intelligent people to achieve their goals, and this role will be no different.
You'd inherit four product teams of around 25 people. Each team operates like a start-up with its own brand and specialisms, so no multi-level management, internal politics, or laborious approval processes.
If you have good, well-reasoned ideas, it will happen.
You'll have a semi-mature development team using the latest technology. Your main goal will be to move them to that next level of maturity, changing how they see their roles, what they take responsibility for, adding new tools and updating the processes around these tools.
For example, they have specific weaknesses around process tooling, CI/CD, automated testing and how they fit security into their processes.
They want to become a best-in-class software engineering company and are building new ideas, working towards one or more of them to click into their market and take off like a rocket.
You can choose how little or how much you work in the office, but with this role level, it would be good to be within a few hours commute if you need to see people face to face.

02Skills, salary and benefits

Required skills

If you haven't yet worked at the 'head of' level but have proven experience leading large or multiple smaller development teams, they would be interested in considering you, providing you have the type of personality to handle this type of step up.
Although the role is hands-off, you'll be technically strong enough to command the respect of your people and give them the solid technical leadership they need.
You are a people leader, skilled at motivating and inspiring.
With the business's start-up mentality, you'd need to be comfortable with a fast-paced environment and have good resilience.
You'll also be able to form solid and well-reasoned opinions and communicate them to non-technical people.
It will be a plus but not a deal-breaker if you have led or at least been around this type of transformation.


  • Choose where you work.
  • Amazing offices (If/when you decide to work at the office)
  • Large training budget
  • 25 Days Holiday + public hols + birthday Off
  • Free on-site gym with classes
  • 2.5 paid charity days
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