• Office Location: Dragon Court, 27-29 Macklin Street, London WC2B 5LX
  • Office Name: Reed.co.uk
  • Salary: £Neg - £Neg
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Role Type: Full-time
  • Job Ref: 439306

Software Development Manager

Reed Online are looking for a Software Development Manager to lead their established team based in Holborn, Central London.

As a Software Development Manager you will be responsible for technical leadership and line management responsibility for Back-end Leads and Principal Engineers.  You will help us drive our culture of ownership and accountability, to help develop our team technically and professionally. You will also be responsible for holding regular themed performance reviews, managing individuals and developing talent within your team.

Being a strong team leader with deep technical knowledge, you will be operationalising principles and standards in backend development, and a culture of accountability to using them. You will be an excellent communicator with the ability to lead and inspire your team and to manage external stakeholders.  

What success will look like in 1 year

  • Customers find better jobs or candidates easily and with less friction.
  • We will have a high quality, maintainable technical platform which takes advantage of the latest in technology.
  • You will lead a team of engaged engineers with a clear vision for back-end development at Reed Online

Key Activities

  • You will mentor our Technical Leads to deliver technical excellence and our Engineers to be successful
  • You will be driving continuous improvement into our processes and results
  • Create career paths through performance feedback, goals, and mentoring
  • Work closely with other technical leaders in the department to have an infrastructure that best supports our product development
  • Recruit, motivate, and retain the best talent possible
  • You will articulate ideas in ways that resonate with both Engineers and non-technical people
  • You will focus on areas such as scalability, performance and high availability
  • Implement and evaluate technical success metrics

Key Measures and Targets

  • Product effectiveness in delivering against key performance indicators 
  • Customer value – % roles filled, % of jobs found, NPS
  • Test coverage and technical debt measures
  • On-time delivery against the product roadmap (# of commitments met)
  • Co-Member engagement survey and co-member turnover
  • Objectives met & performance 

Capabilities and Competencies


  • Technologically diverse background and ability to learn new things quickly 
  • Strong engineering leadership skills 
  • Experience of mentoring managers, attracting and retaining staff, developing professional talent and motivating people to excel.
  • Able to think independently and prioritize accordingly
  • Excited by tough technical challenges 
  • Analytical, curious, goal-oriented.
  • A problem solver who is proactive and not satisfied until effective solutions are found 
  • Shows a desire to learn and self-improve
  • Has an Agile approach to software delivery
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills


  • Experience working on and optimizing high transactional web applications
  • Expert knowledge of C#, ASP.NET MVC, HTML5/CSS and T-SQL, ORM (Preferably nHibernate), source control (Preferably Git)
  • Expert knowledge of software architecture, design patterns and standards.
  • Proficient at writing JavaScript applications
  • In depth knowledge of agile as well as scrum roles and methodology.
  • Best practices in testing – Unit Testing (TDD, BDD etc)
  • Understand different caching strategies
  • Experience with major website rebuilds or re-platform projects
  • Understand Inversion of control and how to use dependency injection
  • Experience with cloud administration & APIs (AWS, Google Cloud Platform) 
  • Exposure to NoSQL databases: AWS DynamoDB, Google BigQuery and redis
  • Exposure to continuous development such as continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous testing and deployment 


Join Reed and help us achieve our purpose of improving lives through work.

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