Head of Engineering

The job in a nutshell

The Head of Engineering will be leading a diverse in-house development team and be responsible for the day to day running of a sophisticated engineering function. You will be providing technical leadership, implement and drive innovative strategies and methods. You will need to be well versed with creating a strong people first engineering culture and can carry your team along complex but exciting journeys.

The engineering team work extremely closely with Product, Delivery and the wider Tech teams and you will be responsible for ensuring there is an alignment between the strategic delivery of technology roadmaps and customer driven solutions.

You will need to be a confident people manager, who can provide support and lead by example. You'll ideally have a strong software engineering background, with significant hands on development skills. This role will sit above the hands-on coding duties, drive the improvement of technology roadmaps and innovation and identify the latest emerging tools and technologies.

The Head of Engineering will understand what good looks like in terms of evolving engineering best practice and people strategy. You will be able to establish a high performing culture where people are aligned with overall business objectives and feel empowered to grow and develop within their roles. 

Skills and experience you’ll need to have

  • Solid technical knowledge of engineering and ideally grown up as a software engineer.
  • Strong capability in guiding and managing Agile software engineering teams and in setting and establishing delivery goals and targets.
  • Exposure to varied software engineering practices, from start-up to corporate in terms of scale and environment.
  • Domain expertise in at least one of; web, mobile, aggregation, test, CI/CD and/or back-end integrations.
  • Proficiency in supporting Agile software development lifecycles, including build and run (DevOps).
  • Knowledge of the testing cycle, automation and with knowledge and/or experience of SCRUM and/or Kanban.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working in close collaboration with Product teams and managers.
  • Demonstrable experience acting as part of a coherent and effective cross-technology management team.

What you’ll be responsible for

  • Develops and drives a strategic vision for the engineering function.
  • Focus on people: leads multiple teams of engineers across multiple systems, motivating and supporting team members to perform at their best.
  • Acts as an Agile enthusiast, helping teams to constantly improve and refine their work.
  • Contributes to the development and adoption of great engineering practices in the team and across the tech department.
  • Works with Product teams to understand the commercial and technical roadmaps.
  • Manages priority and engineering capacity to deliver those roadmap and Technology initiatives.
  • Accountable for delivering to time and to budget considerations.
  • Contributes to the removal of blockers and impediments to Engineering teams, supporting and facilitating cross-team collaboration and coordination.
  • Supports the departmental director delivering to the wider business strategy and objectives.
  • Ensures we have a “A Grade” engineering function – recruiting and retaining the right talent.

Who you’ll be working with

  • Senior management team – to ensure Engineering deliver to business needs.
  • People team - to attract, on-board and retain diverse top talent.
  • Product teams and Technology Management to understand roadmaps and provide sufficient engineering capacity to meet delivery demand.

About us

We’re on a mission to help people everywhere save time and money – whether that’s on essential outgoings or on the things that they enjoy.

If someone is looking for an insurance policy for the first time, wants to beat their renewal quote, is searching for the right financial product, or is after an outstanding utility deal, our comparison website – GoCompare – is there to help. We work with trusted insurance providers, financial services organisations and partners to provide a real breadth of coverage across the market.

Through MyVoucherCodes we bring savings from thousands of fashion, retail, restaurant, entertainment, travel and tech brands to millions of people.

Energylinx, our Ofgem-accredited energy comparison and switching service, brings excellent energy deals from more suppliers than any other UK switching site to UK households and businesses.

Look After My Bills is a leading automated energy savings service. The free service cuts customers’ gas and electricity bills without them having to do a thing. Customers sign up once and Look After My Bills seeks to get them the best deal they can from an energy supplier they trust with good customer service. When that deal ends they automatically switch customers on to another.

And weflip, an automatic switching service that helps people save time and money by flipping them onto better energy tariffs, uses technology to bring a new, hands-off approach to staying on great deals, forever.

GoCompare embraces diversity and truly believe in equal opportunities for all. We believe that inclusion and diversity increases creativity, delivers innovation, improves performance and better serves our customers.

We truly believe in the ethos that companies with greater diversity perform better than those without. It is for these reasons that all qualified applicants will be considered for employment regardless of age, race, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, disability, educational background or any other characteristic for that matter that doesn’t relate to your ability to perform the role.


GoCompare offer a competitive benefits package including:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Bonus
  • 25 days holidays plus bank holidays
  • Birthday day off
  • Death in service
  • Matched pension (up to 6%)
  • Private medical cover
  • Buy and sell holiday options
  • Extra holidays for length of service
  • Share save scheme
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity policies
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Flexible (Head office based in Newport)

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Closing date:

5th July 2020

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