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Head of Software Engineering

Job Title: Head of Software Engineering
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Basildon, United Kingdom
REF: 2550
Contact Name: Teo Rusu
Job Published: 5 months ago

Job Description

Head of Software Engineering


£55k-£65k + great benefits


We are looking to recruit a Head of Software Engineering to join a team of professionals within the Software Engineering Team of this global defence company.


Leading the UK Land and Naval Division Software Engineering Team to meet the design and development goals related to cost, schedule and performance. This relates to all development projects and support to business winning. The role includes maintaining and developing the competence of software engineering resources, processes and tools to meet the needs of the Line of Business.

Key responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Head of Engineering based in the UK within the Land & Naval Electronic Systems Division.
  • Provides a UK Focus for Software Engineering.
  • Supports the Governance and Control of software engineering activities including the assignment of software engineers to product development, contract delivery and support to customer proposals.
  • Based in either Southampton or Basildon and with regular UK and occasional international travel.
  • Contributes to, and is governed by, the Strategic Plans of the Land and Naval Division with specific reference to the software engineering function.
  • Leadership of the Software Engineering function within the product based IPTs in the UK.
  • Managing the associated financial aspects of a department of approximately 50 engineers and achieving target levels of recoveries from direct bookings.
  • Authority for the authorisation of robust Software Development Plans ensuring they are developed and resourced to meet the schedule, cost and performance requirements of the business and its various market sectors.
  • The allocation of software engineers to IPTs across UK Land & Naval Division and the management of mismatches between workload and headcount.
  • Agreeing with SQA and Design Integrity an appropriate level of tailoring of functional processes for each product development commensurate with the levels of risk and cost set by the Line of Business.
  • Authority for the authorisation of software engineering cost estimation.
  • Responsible to the Head of Engineering for the software engineering performance of all delivery activities across the UK Land & Naval Division.
  • Promoting software engineering capability within the organisation, identifying collaboration and reuse opportunity and sharing resources in order to maximise utilisation and ensure benefit to the wider (Italy & UK) Land & Naval Division.
  • Ensuring the accurate reporting of agreed Metrics from IPTs to the Head of Engineering.
  • Leading and promoting a culture of continuous improvement towards industry best practise.

Skill and knowledge required

  • Proven personal background in software development across all lifecycles phases.
  • An ability to balance required integrity against acceptable costs / available budgets ensuring optimised solutions for the business.
  • Strong leadership and organisational abilities with excellent communication skills.
  • Able to successfully influence and drive change through a discipline.
  • Mentoring and team development capability.
  • Strong capacity to build effective working relationships across the (Italy & UK) Land & Naval Division engineering discipline.
  • Understanding of the wider software engineering discipline and related technology trends.
  • Confidence and ability to respond effectively to challenges that may be technical, process based or people related.

Why join?

This company truly believes that employees work best when they are able to achieve balance between work and other aspects of life. That's why they are committed to designing policies and developing a working environment that promote the benefits and well-being of all employees.

They want to support you and encourage you to fulfill your potential through:

Supportive relocation package: to make your move even more attractive
Learning & Development: They help assess your development needs in line with the role you wish to perform, and allow you to further develop your knowledge.
Flex-leave schemes: We offer our employees the time and flexibility they need to enjoy a balanced life.
Annual leave: We offer 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays.
Award-winning pension scheme: A multi-award-winning pension scheme includes generous employer contribution.
Employee discount schemes: They offer you and your family an attractive range of discounts from retail and cinema to hotel bookings and vehicles benefits.
Reserve Forces: We provide positive support to the Reserve
Forces and allow employees who are Reservists to take additional time off.
Salary sacrifice schemes including childcare voucher scheme: We encourage working parents to save money on childcare by offering them several advantageous facilities and vouchers.
Career break: Where appropriate, we support our employees in pursuing other interests outside the workplace.


For more information contact Teo Rusu on 01908 886 030 or