Software Engineering Manager, DevSecOps 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 DevSecOps 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 security enablement of product engineering teams.  


You’ll be leading our security enablement team which aims to reduce security vulnerabilities in products that we engineer. You’ll do this by working closely with the other security analysts, understanding their needs and problems to deliver a security 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 product engineering leadership team establishing and advocating security engineering best practices across the organisation.
  • Work with our engineering managers in stream aligned teams and key stakeholders such as: Head or Architecture, Head of Software Engineering.
  • 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:


  • Be kind, compassionate and supportive of your colleagues
  • Drive us to improve things where possible whilst accepting that not everything can be changed at once
  • Help us drive maturity on DevSecOps practices across The Economist.
  • Coach, mentor and support your colleagues.  Not just deliver the thing, but empower others to deliver the thing.
  • Design, write and deliver software to improve the availability, durability, latency of services across The Economist
  • Manage end-to-end availability and performance of mission critical services and build automation to prevent problem recurrence
  • Educate and train engineering colleagues on DevSecOps best practices
  • Work closely with our product teams to reduce the friction of deployments to production
  • Own and manage the Cloud infrastructure setup and assist on the innovation roadmap
  • Engage with some stakeholder, supplier and partner management
  • Engage in FinOps and CO2 ops to ensure we’re good for the planet and the CEO’s wallet


Technical Experience:


  • Node or Go or Python and Bash
  • AWS - all the things
  • Containers all the way, still on ECS but hopefully Kubernetes soon
  • Cloudflare, Github, CircleCI, NewRelic,, Pagerduty, Snyk
  • Your choice of Mac or Linux laptop and stuff



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