I.T. & Communications

Head of Software Engineering

Not Specified

Role can be based in Leeds or Osterley

Want to do the best work of your life? With 24 million customers in 6 countries, make your mark at Europe’s leading media and entertainment brand. A workplace where you can proudly be yourself; our people make Sky a truly exciting and inclusive place to work.

As we’re changing, we’re seeking a Head of Engineering – Group Identity and Access Management to be responsible for leading 15+ teams of multidisciplinary engineers, in the software engineering lifecycle, to create amazing IAM products, focusing on reusability, stability, scalability, value and performance.

In conjunction with the wider Digital Technology GIAM leadership team, you will be responsible for creating a team structure capable of scaling to meet the ever-demanding strategic Digital demands from Sky and the wider Comcast group. You’ll create a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone is comfortable to be themselves and foster an environment that is fun yet challenging.

What you’ll do:

* Manage and lead our software engineering team, maintaining the appropriate mix of skills and abilities to deliver the GIAM product roadmap and meet Sky’s “Best Platform” vision for all things related to our customer’s Digital Identity.
* Develop and articulate the vision and strategy for the engineering teams; refine the engineering approach that will see continuous improvements and automation of the team’s ways of working.
* Work closely with the Delivery and Solutions teams to create highly performing agile squads.
* Provide the leadership to scale teams and grow the next level of leaders in the organization, promoting expertise in technology through internal Guilds, external Meet Ups, speaking at Conferences.
* Recognise that of primary importance is that engineers are enabled to build great technology so removing any blockers for them is critical!
* Support production systems and ensure expert team members are available 24×7 to work alongside the Site Reliability Teams.

What you’ll bring:

* World class Leadership with an excellent software engineering background and a track record of delivering complex, scalable software solutions into production
* Extensive hands-on coding experience prior to leading high-performing engineering teams developing cloud-based services, backend, frontend and mobile apps
* Software architecture: while not essential, it is likely that you’ll have a Bachelor’s / Master’s degree in engineering, computer science or a similar, relevant field
* A solid appreciation of DevOps principles and practices, with extensive grounding in data privacy and information security, and knowledge of dev/test process improvement, tools and automation
* A high degree of commercial awareness and the ability to model and forecast technology considerations such as running costs and lifetime costs
* A strong collaborative approach to leadership and delivery: decisive while remaining open-minded, setting high standards and leading by example

Team overview:

Group Technology Digital Transformation

Want to create a smooth and uninterrupted digital experience for millions of customers? Then our Group Technology Digital Transformation is the team for you. Agile, collaborative, data-driven and diverse, our team works on brilliant products like NOW and Peacock. That’s not even the best part. We get to build our own software and our work has a global stage. Our team also delivers exceptional customer experiences and defines digital first propositions in customer journeys across all channels.

The Rewards:

There’s a reason people can’t stop talking about #LifeAtSky. Our great range of rewards really are something special, here are just a few:

* Sky Q, for the TV you love all in one place
* A generous pension package
* Private healthcare
* Discounted mobile and broadband
* Access a wide range of exclusive Sky VIP rewards and experiences

Where you’ll work:


Our Osterley Campus is a 10-minute walk from Syon Lane train station. Or you can hop on one of our free shuttle buses that run to and from Osterley, Gunnersbury, Ealing Broadway and South Ealing tube stations. There’s also plenty of bike shelters and showers.

On campus, you’ll find 13 subsidised restaurants, cafes, and a Waitrose. You can keep in shape at our subsidised gym, catch the latest shows and movies at our cinema, get your car washed and even get pampered at our beauty salon.



Our spacious tech hub is under a mile away from Leeds train station. There’s also plenty of parking in the surrounding streets and at the nearby CitiPark.

You can also blow off steam over a game of pool or table tennis and stay fit at our subsidised gym.


We take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion: we’ve been recognised by The Times and Stonewall for this, and we’ve committed £30million to support the fight against racial injustice. We’ve also set ambitious targets for increasing ethnic diversity and representation throughout our organisation.

At Sky we don’t just look at your CV. We’re more focused on who you are and your potential. We also know that everyone has a life outside work, so we’re happy to discuss flexible working.

And we’ll do everything we can to support you during your application. If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process, speak to our recruitment team who will be happy to support you.

Why wait?

Apply now to build an amazing career and be part of a brilliant team. We can’t wait to hear from you.

To find out more about working with us, search #LifeAtSky on social media. A job you love to talk about.

Just so you know: if your application is successful, we’ll ask you to complete a criminal record check. And depending on the role you have applied for and the nature of any convictions you may have, we might have to withdraw the offer.

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