Director of Engineering (R&D)

Engineering | UK

Role overview

The focus of this role is to direct and coordinate all aspects of engineering research and development within the Company strategy. Working alongside Product Management, Delivery, Operations, and Analytics teams you will create, deliver and improve products, projects, and the way we work as a team. You will have a passion for change and continual improvement, and the mindset to take an idea from concept through to execution.

In this role, you’ll get to

  • Deliver technical and people leadership to the Data Engineering and Applications Engineering teams.
  • Work in partnership with Operations to create a collaborative DevOps culture focused on innovation, experimentation, quality, and security.
  • Make decisions, oversee and guide architecture within the proposed technology strategy.
  • Ensure effective capacity and resource management for project and product delivery as well as Squad resourcing processes across Engineering and Delivery.
  • Develop high-performing teams through mentoring, empowerment, and shared vision.
  • Partner with the CTO and Director of Engineering (Ops) to define roadmaps for Engineering transformation.
  • Work with the CTO and Product Management to implement the product development strategy.
  • Lead and manage the team including recruitment and selection, onboarding, personal development, performance conversations, and team meetings.
  • Develop capability and measurement within the teams in line with technology strategy.
  • Apply policies and maintain compliance in line with Company requirements.

We are looking for people who

  • Have a BSc / MSc / MEng in Engineering, Computer Science, or relevant field.
  • Strong understanding of agile methodologies.
  • Strong leadership skills with a strategic mindset.
  • Strong influencing and relationship-building skills at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to communicate technical information in a compelling manner to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Proven ability to determine departmental metrics and demonstrate progress.
  • Experience in leading an engineering department.
  • Experience in leading and developing diverse and remote teams.
  • Experienced in change management and leadership.
  • Proven experience in back-end and front-end development.
  • Experience delivering engineering transformation projects / programmes.
  • Extensive experience with cloud and traditional technologies.

About Retail Insight

Retail Insight takes data and turns it into action. Our advanced algorithms unlock valuable insights that drive better decision-making for retailers and CPGs.

We’re a unique blend of retail expertise built up from extensive industry experience; mathematical talent that builds and maintains sophisticated algorithms; and engineering skill that handles vast volumes of data regularly.

We focus on the factors that drive sales and profit performance, minimize waste and loss, and increase operational efficiency. The result: dynamic solutions that provide actionable insights and unparalleled time to value.

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