Development Team Lead

Job Type:
IT & Technical
Salary Description:
Competitive Salary Offered
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One of our clients is searching for an experienced Team Lead to join thier expanding team, taking on a leadership role within the technical function and reporting directly to the Head of Technology.

You will be working in a highly focused yet friendly development function, leading a team of 5-6 developers. You will have a high level of ownership and be responsible for driving the technical strategy of your product areas whilst delivering on the commercial goals of the product. The aim is to become a best-in-class software engineering company and our client requires a Team Lead like you who is committed to collaborative problem solving, clean code, creating high quality products and leading high functioning teams. You will provide technical direction to your team and work closely with business stakeholders to drive improvements in the technology, processes and ways of working.

This is your chance to join a high-performing and welcoming team working in the exciting and fast-paced online gambling sector. They are searching for a candidate with a proven track record of technical leadership and who advocates clean, tested, scalable code. You will be responsible for your team's planning, execution, delivery, monitoring and maintenance of your product area all while following best practices and the company’s established standards.

With out client you can expect a supportive and hard-working environment with a strong sense of teamwork and camaraderie. You will role model the company values and lead the development of a culture of quality in your team.

Key Responsibilities:
● Making sure the team is engaged from the outset of projects by participating in the requirements gathering and planning phase of projects
● Making sure the team proposes appropriate technical designs
● Making sure the team strives to provide accurate estimates for the effort required
● Schedule the work internal to the team, resolving any conflicts of priority with stakeholders

● Making sure the team builds technical solutions in accordance with the company’s and industries established standards and best practices
● Making sure that the team’s technical solutions are fit for purpose in the context of complex, high-throughput / high-availability system
● Making sure the team follows an effective SDLC in accordance with the company’s established best practices to provide a solution that the team is confident in
● Managing risks and exceptions to the delivery by communicating them to appropriate stakeholders in a timely manner
● Making sure the team delivers the solution into production
● Making sure the team delivers within the time frame it has committed to

Monitoring and Maintenance
● Making sure the team has visibility into their system with appropriate monitoring and alarming
● Making sure that the team is proactive in spotting production issues
● Making sure the team is capable of being appropriately notified when issues arise in production
● Making sure the team is equipped to respond and resolve production issues as they arise
● Making sure that the team is investing in reducing technical debt

Instilling Growth and Ownership
● Making sure the team has the appropriate skills, processes, and capacity to plan and deliver their work and support their systems
● Identifying gaps within their team’s skills, process and technology and activity working to close them, escalating where appropriate to resolve
● Working actively to grow the competencies of your the team through identifying each individual’s needs and providing support through setting up mentoring, pairing teammates etc. to enable skills and knowledge transfer

Required Behaviours

● To be passionate about writing clean, tested and scalable code
● To be able to establish and promote best practices within teams
● To be a strong collaborator and comfortable working in an agile, cross-discipline environment
● To understand and contribute to product goals/priorities
● To be flexible, and comfortable adapting to changing priorities
● To be interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest technological development
● To be interested in understanding the full domain and other platforms which might not be your area of expertise

Your Experience
● 10+ years of software engineering experience, ideally in PHP
● 3+ years in senior engineering or architect level role
● 2+ years in a leadership role
● Commercial use of a modern PHP development framework such as Laravel / Symfony desired
● Writing automated unit/integration tests for solutions
● Ability to build/maintain CI/CD pipelines
● Excellent practical experience of docker
● Excellent experience of SCM branching strategies
● Excellent practical understanding of SOLID principles and design patterns
● Hands-on experience with one or more DevOps tooling platforms
● Hands on experience engineering on high availability, high throughput OLTP platforms
● 10+ years database experience, ideally with MySQL
● Good understanding of relational databases and MySQL and writing efficient database queries
● Hands-on experience with a range of different data storage paradigms (e.g. RDMS + Document + KV Stores)

What we can offer you:

Our client promotes a highly collaborative atmosphere. They are a medium-sized company with a start-up culture, cultivating an open-door policy and inclusive work environment throughout all levels of the organisation. Their goal is to listen to the needs of their employees and then implement their ideas into the business, allowing you to make a positive impact every day. They believe that every employee forms an integral part of their organisation and seek to empower the team to deliver the best results alongside their career and development goals.

● Competitive salary + annual bonus
● Breakfast & lunch prepared by team chef (and the occasional treat thrown in!)
● Longevity bonuses, wellness incentive & company goal bonuses
● Option to work from home on Wednesdays and Fridays
● Free gym membership
● Private healthcare for you and your family
● A free parking space for those that drive to the office, or a short 5 minute walk from Watford Junction train station
● 23 holiday days a year, with the option to buy / sell / rollover

Contact Details:
Tel: +44 (0) 1355 588 988
Contact: Jonathan

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