Software Engineering Manager, Engineering Enablement

Job Locations United Kingdom-Birmingham


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The Economist is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.


We are looking for a Software Engineering Manager for our Engineering Enablement team who will report directly to the Head of Quality and Enablement for The Economist, be based out of our Birmingham engineering hub and be responsible for engineering enablement across all of our Economist product engineering teams.  


You’ll be leading our engineering enablement team which aims to help our product engineering teams deliver changes to production quickly and reliably. You’ll do this by working closely with the other engineering managers in the group, understanding their needs and problems to deliver an enablement roadmap.  


The successful candidate will join the team at a time of significant development and growth and the need for technology excellence and digital customer experience becomes paramount in our ability to deliver this.


You’ll be supported by a friendly and inclusive team who have the autonomy to define and improve processes and care deeply about developing each other's capabilities.


This role is available in our central Birmingham office, just a 5 min walk from New Street Station and 1 min walk from Snow Hill Station.


We offer flexible working and have systems in place to ensure working remotely when the need arises. However during the current Covid-19 situation, we are all remote, the intention is that when we are ready we will move back to spending more time in the office than not. 

This is  the  time to  be  joining a  profitable, responsible business with a brand and culture that you can  be proud of and with every opportunity to deliver success for the Group and yourself.


How you will contribute:


  • Reporting to the Head of Quality and Enablement Engineering, you will be a part of the engineering leadership team establishing and advocating engineering best practices across the organisation.
  • Work with our engineering managers in stream aligned teams and key stakeholders such as: Head of Product Architecture, Head of Software Engineering.
  • Enable product engineering teams with best in class tooling and practices
  • Champion DevOps culture across The Economist
  • Support senior engineering management and the recruiting team to lead the hiring, onboarding and retention of diverse and talented software engineers
  • Support and develop software engineers through regular 1:2:1’s, mentoring and providing feedback.

Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills for this role include:


  • Extensive technical background in engineering in an agile environment.
  • Depth of experience in Cloud (i.e AWS) and infrastructure as code.
  • Cost optimisation initiatives across our estate.
  • You have experience managing the performance and development of high-performing software engineers at all career levels.
  • You are a passionate advocate for modern DevOps best practices and culture.
  • Understand the importance of using metrics to influence product and technical decisions.
  • Experience working with or across multiple stream aligned engineering teams.
  • Technical project management skills.
  • A keen interest in observibility best practices and an understanding of the value they bring.
  • Experience in automation quality tooling, CI/CD and unit testing.



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