Software Development Engineer III - Scan Assist (Python Engineer)

Salary: Competitive

Location: London

United Kingdom

Apply by: 31/05/2024

Software Development Engineer III - Scan Assist (Python Engineer)


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About the role

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our Scan Assist engineering team.  In the role, you will be part of an Engineering team, that delivers new Machine Learning and AI based solutions into production.  You will be joining one of Tesco’s most important strategic technology areas, working closely alongside other software engineers, systems engineers, data scientists, and product managers to help deliver valuable and innovative outcomes for our customers.  

The Scan Assist team are actively bringing Computer Vision based solutions into store, helping improve the customer store journey.  The solution is being integrated with other parts of our edge retail platform including both hardware and software (e.g. tills, video platform, infrastructure).   We are looking for engineers to join our team, bringing experience in delivering and operating production systems.  The ideal candidates will have hands on technical experience in any of the following areas SRE, DevOps, Python and Integration  

Beyond Scan Assist you will be part of our wider Data Science, Software Engineering team.  This team builds Machine Learning and AI based solutions that can help across the entire retail journey and one of the fastest growing and most innovative areas of Tesco Technology. 

You will be responsible for

As a Software Development Engineer 3 (SDE3) you are in a senior Individual Contributor engineering role.  At this level you will be playing an active role in technical leadership, with proven impact across teams and the wider directorate. You will take ownership and accountability for the development of the products in your domain. You will participate in activities that build capability across the organisation: coaching and mentoring of existing colleagues, and interviewing/hiring of new colleagues.   

Responsibilities will include: 

  • Working with other technology teams across the entire software lifecycle. 

  • Applying SDLC practices to create and release robust software 

  • Working with product teams to communicate and translate needs into technical requirements. 

  • Delivering high quality technical solutions into production. 

  • Continually look for how we can evolve and improve our technology, processes and practices. 

  • Working other teams on good practice and helping define process.  

  • Supporting production systems, resolving incidents, and performing root cause analysis. 

  • Sharing knowledge with the wider engineering community. 

  • Mentoring and developing others around you. 

You will need

You come from an Engineering background, bringing strong real world experience running live production systems.  You therefore tick the majority of the following points: 

Key Requirements: 

  • In depth experience with Python
  • Demonstrable involvement in the full development life cycle; design, coding, test, build, QA, deployment and maintenance. 

  • A strong understanding of the software testing lifecycle. 

  • Experience participating in incident, problem and service improvement process, with the ability to assess incidents, prioritise resolutions or escalations within SLAs. 

  • Experience building scalable and resilient systems in a professional setting. 

  • Customer focus with the right balance between outcome delivery and technical excellence.  

  • Working with multiple software development methodologies including Scrum & Kanban. 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills e.g. runbooks, technical designs etc.  

  • Strong experience working across multiple teams towards a collaborative objective.  

  • Ability to work with other teams for any dependencies or integrations. 

  • An understanding of microservice architectures. 

  • A basic understanding of hardware infrastructure and networking. 

  • An appreciation of VM and containerisation technologies (e.g. VMWare, Docker). 

  • Experience with Chef for config management and deployment pipelines. 

  • Monitoring and alerting technologies e.g. Splunk, Grafana, NewRelic, Prometheus, XMatters. 

Nice to have (but not necessary): 

Experience with any of the following … 

  • Video streaming and CCTV technology 

  • Working in retail technology 

  • Solutions that run at edge 




What’s in it for you

We’re all about the little helps. That’s why we give our wonderful colleagues bags of benefits. Including wellbeing services, an award-winning pension scheme and much, much more, our colleague reward package keeps on giving. And helps make every day a little better for you and your family. These include but are not limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme of up to 20% of base salary
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day (plus Bank holidays)
  • Buy holiday salary sacrifice scheme (for salaried roles)
  • Private medical insurance
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • 26 weeks maternity and adoption leave (after 1 years’ service) at full pay, followed by 13 weeks of Statutory Maternity Pay or Statutory Adoption Pay, we also offer 4 weeks fully paid paternity leave
  • The right to request flexible working from your first day with us
  • Free 24/7 virtual GP service, Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for you and your family, free access to a range of experts to support your mental wellbeing
  • A Colleague Clubcard for you & a family member (after 3 months of service), giving you access to lots of discounts in-store & online
  • Great colleague deals and discounts, saving you money on everyday purchases, eating out and utility bills for the home
  • Access to our colleague networks providing a space for colleagues to come together from a range of backgrounds. For more information about our colleague networks please click here
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award-winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want

Click Here to read more about the full range of benefits we have available for our colleagues

About us

Our vision at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home or out on the move. Our core purpose is ‘Serving our customers, communities and planet a little better every day’. Serving means more than a transactional relationship with our customers. It means acting as a responsible and sustainable business for all stakeholders, for the communities we are part of and for the planet.

We are proud to have an inclusive culture at Tesco where everyone truly feels able to be themselves. At Tesco, we not only celebrate diversity, but recognise the value and opportunity it brings. We're committed to creating a workplace where differences are valued, and make sure that all colleagues are given the same opportunities. We’re proud to have been accredited Disability Confident Leader and we’re committed to providing a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process. For further information on the accessibility support we can offer, please click here.

We’re a big business and we can offer a range of diverse full-time & part-time working patterns across our many business areas, which means that we can find something that works for you.  We work in a more blended pattern - combining office and remote working.  Our offices will continue to be where we connect, collaborate and innovate.  If you are applying internally, please speak to the Hiring Manager about how this can work for you - Everyone is welcome at Tesco.

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