Head of Software Development

Category: Information Technology

Location: Bengaluru, KA


Head of Software Development

Bengaluru, KA, India

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Company Description

About the Tesco Technology – Online Shopping


Tesco Bengaluru: We are a multi-disciplinary team creating a sustainable competitive advantage for Tesco by standardising processes, delivering cost savings, enabling agility, providing cutting-edge technological solutions and empowering our colleagues to do ever more for our customers. With cross-functional expertise in Global Business Services and Retail Technology & Engineering, a wide network of teams and strong governance we reduce complexity thereby offering high quality services for our customers. Tesco Bengaluru, established in 2004 to enable standardisation and build centralised capabilities and competencies, makes the experience better for our millions of customers worldwide and simpler for over 4,40,000 colleagues.

Tesco Technology consists of people from a number of different backgrounds, but having a common purpose to serve our shoppers a little better every day with our retail technological solutions. We shared a common interest in harnessing innovations in technology to enhance their shopping experience at Tesco stores. Whether making products, software or systems, our teams focuses on various aspects from taking strategic ownership of the architecture to delivering technological solutions such as design, testing, deployment, infrastructure, operation and security of the systems to ensure agile, smooth and safe operations. These help us to deliver the maximum business impact. Teams refine their internal processes to best fit their own needs, working to build core capabilities in application and services. We collaborate globally across teams to build end-to-end customer-facing solutions, as well as to share knowledge, experience, tools and techniques.


Online shopping web team looks after all of the web customer experience for Grocery, Tesco.com and micro websites inside Tesco. We are also responsible for grocery websites across 6 other countries. We are also responsible for instore user experience. As a team, we strive to offer a seamless customer account experience across all of Tesco online channels.


Built with modern web standards, multi-tenant, our approach is to replace existing functionality one vertical at a time. We’ve embraced modern testing frameworks and strive for the principle of automation throughout our development and release cycle.


We’re not running at insignificant scale either, we are the biggest online grocery website in the world.


We have teams in multiple Geography. The team works according to Agile principles, adapting Kanban and other techniques as appropriate to succeed. Pairing is very common, and all code is reviewed via Github. We are embracing continuous delivery principles, but it’s a journey of continuous improvement to get there.

Additional Information

Important Notice: 

On behalf of Tesco Bengaluru, we must caution all job seekers and educational institutions that Tesco Bengaluru does not authorise any third parties to release employment offers or conduct recruitment drives via a third party. Hence, beware of inauthentic and fraudulent job offers or recruitment drives from any individuals or websites purporting to represent Tesco. Further, Tesco Bengaluru does not charge any fee or other emoluments for any reason (including without limitation, visa fees) or seek compensation from educational institutions to participate in recruitment events. 

Accordingly, please check the authenticity of any such offers before acting on them and where acted upon, you do so at your own risk. Tesco Bengaluru shall neither be responsible for honouring or making good the promises made by fraudulent third parties, nor for any monetary or any other loss incurred by the aggrieved individual or educational institution. 

In the event that you come across any fraudulent activities in the name of Tesco Bengaluru, please feel free report the incident at recruitment_compliance_india@tesco.com 

Job Description

Job Title: Head of Software Development –Shopping Experience

 Reports into: Engineering Director

As the Head of Software Development, you will lead the engineering activity creating the environment for sustainable development to exist and succeed.  You will lead by example, and be responsible for:

  • building a team that is able to cover the whole software development and operational demands of the area
  • the budget and development process for the Shopping Web
  • driving continuous improvement of engineering practises and helping improve the efficiency of the development in Tesco

The role involves the following activities:

  • leading engineers to write high quality code that’s easy to understand and work with
  • hands-on contributing to the end solution
  • balancing resource requirements to ensure the needs of the product are met by the team
  • ensuring impediments are removed and the demands on your team are clear, and commitments are met
  • building consensus to ensure the right solution is delivered
  • tracking the progress and the quality of the solutions your team delivers to ensure you provide a sustainable pace of the delivery of value
  • ensuring the right team and processes are established to continually deliver quality solutions
  • building for security and user data privacy
  • being involved with attracting and interviewing further excellent engineers for Tesco
  • Automate everything by default

Experience relevant for this job:

  • A strong people manager, with excellent collaboration and stakeholder management skills
  • A track record of delivering large-scale, well architected web solutions at pace
  • You drive and implement best practice improvements
  • You confidently and competently impart knowledge to users, customers, and other team members
  • Experience with one or more languages like JavaScript, NodeJs, Kafka, Java and other modern languages
  • Strong understanding of running production websites for high loads on Cloud and/or Private Cloud.
  • Designing and building distributed systems, for scalability, availability and performance
  • Testing everything, automating everything


Skills relevant for the job

  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem solving, analysis and computational skills
  • Customer focus
  • Innovative approach to problem solving

Why Tesco Technology….

  • We are building systems to solve real world problems at scale, with impact for tens of millions of people
  • There are great engineers (and managers and product people) to learn from
  • We are agile and enlightened in our approach to building software and teams
  • There’s a great atmosphere and we work sustainably as a team
  • Tesco has a “do the right thing” mentality
  • We promote flexible working
  • The canteen is excellent!

If that sounds exciting then we'd love to hear from you

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