• Office Location: Dragon Court, 27-29 Macklin Street, London WC2B 5LX
  • Office Name: Reed.co.uk
  • Salary: £80000 - £90000
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Role Type: Full-time
  • Job Ref: 495489

Software Development Manager

Reed.co.uk are looking for a Software Development Manager to join their new SEO-focused team based in Holborn, Central London.

About us

Here at Reed.co.uk, we are on a mission to connect people to a world of career opportunities online. We do this by showing the relevant jobs or candidates to customers that best match their criteria. 

Founded in 1995, we are the first recruitment website offered by a recruitment agency in the UK. Each month, more than 11 million people turn to Reed.co.uk in their search for work, making almost 100,000 applications every day.*

The role

We are looking for a Software Development Manager to support a new B2C team focused on SEO, they will be working in an Agile Methodology using C# services, with a React UI (NextJS) in a microservice based architecture. As the Software Development Manager you will be responsible for technical leadership and line management of a team of engineers. You will help us drive our culture of ownership and accountability, to help develop our engineers technically and professionally. You will also be responsible for delivering on the product roadmap, you will work closely with engineers, product managers and scrum masters to ensure solutions are delivered on time & successfully, with a keen focus on quality, process and implementing best practices..

Being a strong team leader with deep technical knowledge, you will be operationalizing principles and standards in Full Stack development, and develop a culture of accountability that drives the team to use 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

  • SEO ranking will have improved over all key pages over the year

  • Candidates land on the right page when arriving on our site from a search engine

  • 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 full stack development at Reed Online

Key Activities

  • Liaise with Product Managers, Technical Architects, Designers & other stakeholders to understand the scope of work, interdependencies and maintain a balance between building high-impact projects and shipping things quickly

  • Mentor and coach the professional and technical development within the team helping them develop their careers. Provide continuous feedback, address underperformance, and recognize the individual strengths and contributions of team members

  • Work within an agile team, identifying areas of improvements and making sure processes are adhered to and deliverables achieved

  • Help develop and maintain a sustainable, healthy engineering culture and environment which is both encouraging and challenging

  • You will articulate ideas in ways that resonate with both Engineers and non-technical people

  • Problem solving and decision making – sound judgement at a senior management level using assertiveness and influencing skills to demonstrate business benefits and to ensure the decision is fully understood and accepted

  • Implement and evaluate technical success metrics

Key Measures and Targets

  • Product effectiveness in delivering against key performance indicators

  • Customer value – # Job applications

  • Test coverage and technical debt measures

  • Delivery against the product roadmap

  • 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 engineers, attracting and retaining staff, developing professional talent and motivating people to excel

  • Able to think independently and prioritise accordingly

  • Collaborative

  • 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 optimising high transactional web applications

  • Experience improving website Core Vitals and SEO ranking

  • Expert knowledge of C#, .NET Core, Javascript, React, HTML5/CSS and T-SQL

  • Expert knowledge of software architecture, design patterns and standard (Event Driven Architecture)

  • In depth knowledge of agile practices (scrum roles and methodology)

  • Best practices in testing – TDD, BDD etc

  • Understand different caching strategies

  • Experience with major website rebuilds or re-platform projects to Microservice

  • Understand IOC and how to use DI

  • Experience with cloud administration (AWS) and CI/CD pipelines (Azure)

  • 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!


Proud winners of:

  • #1 Recruitment Agency – Glassdoor Best Places To Work 2020
  • The JobCrowd Top Companies for Graduates to Work For 2021
  • The JobCrowd Top Companies for Apprentices to Work For 2021

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All job offers are subject to satisfactory references and compliance with vetting requirements applicable to the job role. Reed is an equal opportunities employer.  We aim to ensure that no candidate or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity.  We are a Mindful Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria. As a proud signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from ex-services personnel and reservists.

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