Head of Engineering

About Us

On the Beach is a technology driven travel company and so are our people. We"re united in our mission to become Europe"s leading online retailer of beach holidays and are bringing innovative technology to the heart of the city, so join us now! Our award-winning team has relocated to a brand new multi-million pound Manchester Digital HQ and we are looking for passionate, experienced and like-minded tech leaders to join our journey.

About You

You are a passionate technology enthusiast with significant proven experience in leading teams to build innovative platforms that support the business and provide a high-quality user experience. You will have a thirst for working with new technologies and methodologies, and the ability to inspire and mentor members of your teams.

You are able to o define the technical vision and strategy for software engineering teams and able to set individual objectives, clear expectations about expected performance levels and to positively address performance issues.

You are comfortable working in a highly agile environment and you won’t be afraid to challenge the status quo in the quest for improvement. You have extensive experience building high traffic, scalable, customer and internally facing web and mobile applications. You are passionate about software engineering best practices, including agile, TDD, and continuous delivery. You have experience with a number of our key technologies including Ruby/Rails, iOS, Android, HTML, Javascript, CSS, .NET, MySQL, MongoDB, Elasticsearch 

The Opportunity

Heads of Engineering are responsible for driving tech strategy across our highly skilled engineering functions. You will inspire our software engineers across all roles in one of the UK’s most progressive, talented and successful application engineering teams. You will be responsible for the leadership of software engineers across multiple squads, delivering the highest quality of software for each area of interest at OTB. You’ll be working within one of our specialist teams focusing on front end related Customer Experience or back end focused teams like Flights, Hotels, or Platform.

Working closely Software Development Director and Chief Architect, you will focus on delivering the full software development lifecycle, whilst empowering team members to become the best in their field, allowing the teams to deliver high quality software at pace

Focus Areas

Provide servant leadership and direction for multiple development teams and their members

Formulate and implement the technology vision, including objectives, key results and initiatives

Participate and contribute to many concurrent engineering programs and projects

Utilise and advocate TDD and SOLID best practices within your teams and with all software engineers

Work with the Chief Architect to deliver the architectural vision of the technology department

Think innovatively and challenge convention in a highly agile environment, collaborating daily with technical colleagues from various disciplines

Stimulate operational excellence, resulting in continuous people and departmental performance improvements

Communicate clearly and effectively at all levels of the business

This is the PLACE…

We believe in maintaining a positive work/life balance, so to help out, we offer flexible working, discounts on local amenities (including gym membership and restaurants)a subsidised coffee shop and a free bar - stocked with an enviable selection provided by some of Manchester’s finest breweries - to close out R&D time on a Friday afternoon.  To help you find the time to really relax (as well as helping you become a genuine beach expert) we offer generous staff discounts for your family and friends on our fantastic beach holidays. On top of this we offer Cycle to work Scheme, Simply Health Optimise Health Plan, discounted train and tram tickets , Share Incentive Plan, workplace pension, training and development, conferences, social events, enhanced maternity/paternity pay...the list goes on.

Get in touch!

Take a look at our tech stack here - https://bit.ly/2Lso9fW

As an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity and welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation.

You will be kindly asked to provide your equality information as part of your application process to On The Beach. Any personal equality information given to On The Beach will be handled with the utmost confidentiality and will only be used for monitoring and identifying improvement areas. All the information disclosed by applicants is stored on our ATS, in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and can only be accessed by selected Human Resources team members.