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  • Office Location: Dragon Court, 27-29 Macklin Street, Covent Garden London, WC2B 5LX
  • Office Name: Reed Online, Dragon Court
  • Sector: Software Engineering & Development
  • Salary: £80000 - £85000
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Role Type: Full-time
  • Job Ref: 424108

Software Development Manager

Reed Online are looking for a Software Development Manager to lead their existing team, based in Holborn, Central London.

A leader with deep technical knowledge, you will be an expert at developing and maintaining applications written in C# using ElasticSearch as datastore. You will be an excellent communicator with the ability to lead and inspire your team and to manage external stakeholders. 

As a Software Development Manager you will be guiding and leading technology selections and engineering practices with peers across the technology group.  Your day to day work will be as a scrum team member.  You will also be researching the ever changing technology landscape and providing line management for a number of engineers to continually grow our internal talent.  Working alongside our principal engineers and technical architects you will help to create our application architecture and development standards across teams and ensure a high quality and consistent output from your team. 

Whilst our software development managers will likely have mastered in Back End, Front End or Data Engineering, all our software development managers are capable of facilitating technical discussions and decisions across the entire tech stack.  Our Software development managers and our principals are peers in architectural principles and application design. 

What success will look like in 1 year

  • Customers find better jobs or candidates easily and with less friction.
  • We will have a high quality, maintainable technical platform which takes advantage of the latest in technology.
  • You will be part of a team (and providing structured mentoring & support for some of them) of engaged back end developers with a clear vision for back end and full-stack development at Reed Online 

Key Activities

  • Be involved in the full development lifecycle from inception through implementation, continuous enhancement and eventually decommissioning, when required
  • Develop scalable, clean, enterprise systems in C# .NET using SOLID principles on ELK stack.
  • Improve and maintain our codebase
  • Work alongside our data science, architect and product teams

Key Measures and Targets

  • Product effectiveness in delivering against key performance indicators 
  • Customer value – % roles filled, % of jobs found, NPS
  • Test coverage and technical debt measures
  • On-time delivery against the product roadmap (# of commitments met)
  • Co-member engagement survey and co-member turnover
  • Objectives met & performance 

Capabilities and Competencies

  • Loves trying and working with new technology
  • Shows a desire to learn and self-improve
  • Enjoys problem solving
  • Has an Agile approach to software delivery
  • Enjoys working as part of a successful team
  • Experience leading a team delivering high transactional web applications
  • Line management experience
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills 


  • Able to analyse current processes, identify and implement opportunities to optimise processes; leads and develops a team of experts to deliver service improvements. 
  • Experience with Elasticsearch Painless scripting language.
  • Experience with Elastic Stack clusters in elastic scaling cloud environments
  • Experience with Elastic Stack cluster architecture, design and deployment.
  • Proven experience upgrading the Elastic Stack from one major version to another.
  • Experience with event driven streaming architecture, data streams and real time data streaming technologies like Apache Kafka
  • Experience of distributed systems design and development
  • Controls and manages service availability to meet the needs of the business in a cost effective manner, including managing the capability, functionality and sustainability of services.
  • Able to design, review and quality assure solutions and services with security controls embedded, specifically engineered as mitigation against security threats as core part of the solutions and services.
  • Delivers artifacts that set standards for engineering excellence from designs to algorithms to implementations.
  • Can confidently use JavaScript frameworks to create interactive pages, using partial-page loads with service based technologies Experience working on and optimising high transactional web applications
  • Expert knowledge of C#, ASP.NET MVC, HTML5/CSS, javascript and source control (Preferably Git)
  • Expert knowledge of software architecture, design patterns and standards.
  • Solid experience in implementing functionally correct, secure, robust and fault tolerant applications
  • Define, promote and gain agreement for coding conventions, test approaches, deployment strategies and development guidelines, etc; set an example for the team by following agreed standards
  • Great design and problem solving skills, with demonstrable experience in building simple implementations to complex problems
  • In depth knowledge of agile as well as scrum roles and methodology
  • Secure coding practices
  • Experience practicing continuous integration and knowledge/experience of continuous delivery and or continuous deployment.
  • Unit Testing (TDD, BDD etc)
  • Understand different caching strategies
  • Understand Inversion of control and how to use dependency injection
  • Experience of working with and deploying to cloud infrastructure

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