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Head of Software Engineering

  • Sky
  • Osterley, Isleworth TW7, UK
  • 14/02/2024
Full time

Job Description

We believe in better. And we make it happen.

Better content. Better products. And better careers.

Working in Tech, Product or Data at Sky is about building the next and the new. From broadband to broadcast, streaming to mobile, SkyQ to Sky Glass, we never stand still. We optimise and innovate.

We turn big ideas into the products, content and services millions of people love.

And we do it all right here at Sky.

As a Head of Engineering, you will be responsible for leading one or more cross-functional agile crews that build software products for global audiences.

This role offers flexibility, and we welcome applications from candidates who are open to working from our London or Livingston offices. There are multiple positions available.

What you'll do

  • Provide leadership to bring together a multi-disciplined department to deliver the best outcomes for Sky’s customers
  • Coach, mentor and support the engineering managers to foster career growth, help implement a new operating model and instil quality practices & standards
  • Guide the team in solving complex technical problems, making technical design decisions, and ensuring adherence to best practices
  • Drive and guide the team in continuous improvement in engineering practices and ways of working to improve efficiency and customer outcomes
  • Develop and execute delivery roadmaps with the associated capacity and financial plans to ensure an appropriate level of staffing to meet the demands of the business

What you'll bring

  • Proven experience in leading and developing multiple engineering teams
  • Ability to provide technical leadership to cross-disciplinary engineering teams that own delivery of software from definition to production and customers
  • Experience collaborating with senior and diverse stakeholder groups
  • Hands on experience with building and shipping software at pace
  • Experience leading teams through change initiatives with the ability to bring others along the journey
  • Extensive knowledge and application of modern engineering practices (CI/CD, serverless / cloud architecture, Agile, Product teams, etc.)

Any of the following will be a bonus

  • Working with embedded software coupled with cloud solutions
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, and a track-record of using data to make decisions
  • The ability to operate at a range of levels – both in terms of big picture strategic thinking, thought leadership and getting into the data and analysis

Team overview

Product Delivery

Want to deliver brilliant products and unmissable entertainment that grips millions of households? Our 1000 strong, Product Delivery team does everything from developing innovative AI technology to creating the best HDR viewing experience for TV products. From Sky Go to Sky Q & Sky Glass, we take our products to the next level and make them more agile and reliable with every release.

The rewards

There's one thing people can't stop talking about when it comes to #LifeAtSky: the perks. Here’s a taster:

  • Sky Q, for the TV you love all in one place
  • The magic of Sky Glass at an exclusive rate
  • A generous pension package
  • Private healthcare
  • Discounted mobile and broadband
  • A wide range of Sky VIP rewards and experiences

Inclusion & how you'll work

We are a Disability Confident Employer, and welcome and encourage applications from all candidates. We will look to ensure a fair and consistent experience for all, and will make reasonable adjustments to support you where appropriate. Please flag any adjustments you need to your recruiter as early as you can.

We’ve embraced hybrid working and split our time between unique office spaces and the convenience of working from home. You’ll find out more about what hybrid working looks like for your role later on in the recruitment process.

Your office space - Various locations considered


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 are 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.

Livingston Watermark House

Our lively campus is a free shuttle bus away from Livingston South train station and the town centre. Plus there’s onsite parking available for cars, motorbikes and bicycles.

We'd love to hear from you

Inventive, forward-thinking minds come together to work in Tech, Product and Data at Sky. It’s a place where you can explore what if, how far, and what next.

But better doesn’t stop at what we do, it’s how we do it, too. We embrace each other’s differences. We support our community and contribute to a sustainable future for our business and the planet.

If you believe in better, we’ll back you all the way.

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.