Software Development Manager - Data

Category: Information Technology

Location: Kraków, małopolskie


Software Development Manager - Data

Kraków, małopolskie, Poland

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Company Description

Tesco Technology is multi-functional and specialist team that drives operational excellence of services improves scale for our systems and processes globally and creates business leading capabilities.

We are an agile team of an industry-leading team of engineers. We create the future continuous integration and delivery tools for Colleague and Customer & Loyalty areas, solving problems, and developing new features through quality, scalable, performant, and maintainable technical solutions. The solutions that we are responsible for will have a global reach, impacting hundreds of thousands of Tesco colleagues worldwide.

We operate in a DevOps philosophy. We take responsibility for the software through its entire lifecycle. We practice continuous integration, delivery, and support of our code through to production and beyond.

As Tech Hub we cooperate within the group of Tesco Technology Hubs located in the UK, Poland, Hungary, and India.


Additional Information

Tesco is a diverse and exciting employer, dedicated to being #aplacetogeton, providing career-defining opportunities to all of our colleagues. If you chose to join our business, we will provide you with:

  • Permanent contract from the go – as a sign of our trust in your abilities.
  • Up to 20% yearly salary bonus – for employment contract colleagues only – based on both individual and business performance
  • Extensive private healthcare - complex care package including a wide range of specialists, medical services, and free flu vaccination
  • Cafeteria & Multisport – subsidized MyBenefit cafeteria platform with an option to use the funds on the multisport card.
  • Relocation Help - professional service to secure relevant working permits and other necessary documents;
  • Learning opportunities - certified technical training and learning platforms like Udemy, Pluralsight, and O'Reilly.
  • Referral Bonus – You’ll get 4500 PLN for each colleague you successfully refer to work with us.
  • Optional life insurance – a wide variety of insurance options from our partner, available optionally at a significant discount.

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


Job Description

Job Summary

Software Development Managers (SDMs) establish and sustain the environment for development to exist and succeed. Their primary focus is to hire, retain and develop our Software Development Engineers (SDEs) through creating and aligning individuals’ short- and long-term objectives and development plans alongside the goals of the wider team and business. They evolve the right tailored approaches to manage and develop their SDEs including regular 1-2-1 meetings, identifying mentors or mentees, and providing impromptu coaching inputs. SDMs help split the scope of work across one or more SDEs depending on their strengths and areas of improvement. They actively work to set the SDEs up for success, providing course corrections as necessary. SDMs also help SDEs get the right mentorship to ensure they grow more expertise and to address any weaknesses hindering their effectiveness.


Team structure and technology processes

·       SDMs build effective, performing teams that consistently deliver quality software whilst balancing the demands of timeframes and needs.

·       Put in place the ingredients for teams to succeed, including the right level of process, practices, and data gathering to help the team constantly improve. SDMs default to granting teams autonomy but recognize when stronger guidance and help from them is needed.

·       When the team is performing, SDM offers a light-touch to assist in unblocking progress. When a team is struggling the SDM identifies and actions a plan to help.

·       Build an effective customer engagement process to ensure their teams have awareness of the importance of good customer experience and show responsiveness to customer experience during development as well as in operational issues.

·       Drive continuous improvement of engineering practices and efficiency of development within team and foster innovation.

·       Empower engineers to own technical decisions whilst providing guidance and enforcing best practices. They are hands-on when required but are always aware of their primary focus when doing so.


Delivery and stakeholder management

·           SDMs deliver the right outcomes and collaborate with the appropriate stakeholders and customers, whether directly responsible for the functional delivery of a team or working across multiple teams.

·           They build healthy empathetic relationships to arrive at a consensus and overcome any conflicts.

·           Within their operating domain, they demonstrate ownership over the relevant areas of work and can also reach out to, and execute effectively with, peers and other stakeholders when needed to ensure the success of broader, more complex outcomes.

·           SDMs are accountable for the slices they own in a program and proactively identify risks, propose mitigations and get them reviewed with their manager, stakeholders, and customers. They also know when to ask for help or escalate. SDMs are great at spoken and written communication.


Technical strategy

·           SDM is responsible for the development and oversight of the technical roadmap and strategy in order to support growth objectives while strengthening the business core to develop and maintain a competitive advantage.

·           The SDM plays a key role in the formulation of the technical roadmap and strategy, collaborates with both internal and external stakeholders, and leads cross-functional teams in the development of the roadmap.

·           There are three outcomes expected from SDM as part of Technical Strategy.

·           Understand technology landscape and its implication to retail Industry -[White paper or Blog]

·           Evaluate, prototype, and present implementation use cases. [Demos]

·           Induce Tesco-approved technology change to their respective domains. [Produce compliance reports]

·           SDM participates in various meet-ups, seminars, and events to understand technology advancements in the industry and collaborates with the team to develop prototypes. SDM interacts continuously with end users and product managers to keep them current with new possibilities of technology applications and the value it brings for our customers. SDM drives the architecture, design, implementation, adoption, and re-usability of such new technology by sharing their work with peer SDMs and creating a culture of innovation and technical excellence within the team and at Tesco at a broader level.



Skills relevant for the job:

·       Ability to ingest, transform, build data lakes. Experience in engineering algorithms provided by data scientists.

· Hands-on experience in Hadoop, Spark, Python, Scala, Data Ingestion tools and framework.

·       Software Development Managers (SDMs) establish and sustain the environment for development to exist and succeed.

·       Drive continuous improvement of engineering practices and improve the efficiency of the development in Tesco.

·       Experience in the entire development process for a software program and are hands-on, contributing to the end solution.


Data ingestion tools like Impala/ Oozie/ Kafka/ Sqoop, Spark API architecture, No Sql database, Docker and Kubernetes

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