Principal Software Dev Engr

Category: Information Technology

Location: Bengaluru, KA, India


Principal Software Dev Engr

Bengaluru, KA, India

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Company Description

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.
At Tesco, inclusion means that Everyone’s Welcome. Everyone is treated fairly and with respect; by valuing individuality and uniqueness we create a sense of belonging.
Diversity and inclusion have always been at the heart of Tesco. It is embedded in our values: we treat people how they want to be treated. We always want our colleagues to feel they can be themselves at work and we are committed to helping them be at their best.
Across the Tesco group we are building an inclusive workplace, a place to actively celebrate the cultures, personalities and preferences of our colleagues – who in turn help to build the success of our business and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

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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. 

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Job Description

About the Tesco Technology – Store Shopping

Online shopping web team looks after all of the web customer experience for Grocery, 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 on a brand-new cloud platform running on NodeJS, and using ReactJS we are leveraging API’s allowing us to be completely stateless. 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. 

The Role

As a senior technical expert, I am a thought leader for large and complex areas. I set technical direction to translate strategy into action, making a significant impact to the organization. I lead the design, implementation, and delivery of software that shapes products and technologies. I use my depth of skill and experience to enable multiple teams around me to deliver excellent software quickly.

As a Principal Software Development Engineer, you are key in shaping large parts of Tesco’s technical landscape. You contribute to strategic planning, combining business vision and industry best practices to define technical strategy and make decisions. You typically work across multiple teams, setting the standard for engineering excellence and efficient technical design. You are hands-on and guide teams to improve technology across product portfolios, infrastructure and processes.

In this job, I

·       Guide Large Programmes of Work

o   Show perseverance and patience in driving large, complex or difficult initiatives from inception to completion, working with and influencing the engineering, product, program and business teams in Tesco

o   Convert ambiguous and complex business problems into simple technical solutions.

o   Influence build vs buy decisions, deprecate creaking software/applications, lead significant refactoring. I make the right trade-offs to influence the roadmap and sequencing of work to deliver early and often.

o   Get hands on with design and coding to resolve hard problems that have a long-term impact on a product or technology implementation

·       Drive one or more areas

o   Guide one or more areas and define the strategic design keeping security, scalability, extensibility and reusability in mind

o   Contribute to Tesco’s Inner Source Platform, acting as maintainer or contributor to one or more projects, whilst influencing direction and driving adoption.

o   Have great communication and influencing skills to resolve disputes and to lead stakeholders to appropriate decisions with data points and foresight.

o   Have sufficient breadth and depth of technical knowledge to influence senior leaders on engineering strategy

o   Write critical path code, having a good appreciation of the whole stack and SDLC using continuous deployment pipelines, cloud infrastructure automation, monitoring and alerting with an agile DevOps mind-set.

o   Create strategy documents, designs and code which are exemplary and serve as a role model to fellow PSDEs and SDEs.

o   Innovate and keep abreast of industry trends and competition, grasping new paradigms and languages quickly

o   Routinely come up with PoCs to evaluate approaches or technology choices to enable or accelerate programmes.

·       Guide SDEs

o   Guide SDEs in one or more functional areas, under one or more HoSDs/Directors or under a distinct functional area such as Azure, Eventing, ReactJS development and concepts of modern UI development.

o   Set up knowledge transfer sessions on specific areas or practices

o   Lead constructive code and design reviews, probing assumptions, highlighting risks and leaving behind better quality repositories.

o   Contribute to the development of SDEs, ensuring that they reach their full potential

·       Help with Organization Goals

o   Help with hiring both engineering ICs and Managers

o   Calibrate assessors and strengthen the assessment process for Tesco

o   Raise the bar for coding and design to ensure it is high and keeps going up as best practice and expectations evolve

Key people and teams I work within and outside of Tesco

·       Product Managers

·       Engineers

·       Technical Programme Managers

·       Members from wider engineering community

People, budgets and other resources I am accountable for in my job

No direct line management responsibility

Skills relevant for the job:

·       Written and verbal communication skills
Problem solving, analysis and computational skills

·       Innovative approach to problem solving

·       Customer focus

Experience relevant for this job

o   Experience of best practice methodologies

o   Experience in one or more programming languages

o   Experience in People & Team management

About Tesco Technology 

  • We build systems to solve real world problems at scale, with impact for tens of millions of people.
  • There are phenomenal engineers (and managers, programme and product people) to learn from.
  • We are agile and contemporary 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.

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



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