Senior Engineering Manager

The Guardian is one of the world’s biggest liberal news organisations. We are renowned for our ground-breaking independent journalism, our award-winning digital products and excellent engineering team.

Development of digital products is central to the Guardian. You could be building the products that showcase our progressive and independent journalism, crafting the tools that journalists use to write their stories, developing the services that allow those stories to be distributed across the globe, or safeguarding our financial future.

The Senior Engineering Manager role

As a Senior Engineering Manager, you'll support a mix of managers and developers (usually between 6 and 9) in their technical, managerial and personal development. You will act as their primary point of contact, providing them regular feedback and guidance. You will need to care deeply about the managers and developers you manage, coaching them on areas for development, celebrating their achievements and recognising their strengths. You will as well coach and offer support to less experienced managers to deal with their issues.

You should champion the importance of delivery in your team. You will identify bottlenecks in team delivery's pace, suggest ways to resolve those, and collaborate with Product manager and Scrum master for continuously improving pace of your team. You will insist on the highest standards to drive your team to deliver as fast as possible, high-quality products, services and integrations. You should do so while ensuring the team monitors key metrics for systems they owned, evaluating and decide time to spend on technical debt and operational maintenance engaging Product Manager and Scrum Master in the process.

The Commercial Dev team is responsible for creating technical solutions to support key parts of the Guardian’s business, digital advertising and branded content. The team ensures that our digital products deliver the revenue we need to support our journalism in way that respects the privacy of our readers and safeguards their personal data. 

About you

  • You have previous experience of managing an engineering team in a company dependent on advertising revenue.
  • You have a sound knowledge of adtech, advertising and different trends. 
  • You have great knowledge of current challenges around data privacy as well as current changes (GDPR, PECR, CCPA, etc.) and coming ones (3rd party cookies removal, IDFA removal) from both the regulatory bodies (ICO) and technology platforms.
  • A good understanding of  DSP/SSP platforms and managing the constant technical changes going on. 
  • You are comfortable doing some technical contributions on the back-end and front-end. We typically use Scala, JavaScript and Typescript. You may not be familiar with Scala yet, but you should have solid back-end knowledge in an equivalent programming language.

What we offer

  • Flexible working (see below for details)
  • Generous pension scheme; if you contribute 5% then the Guardian will contribute 8-12% (depending on your age)
  • Mental and Physical Health insurance and dental scheme
  • 26 days annual leave and the option to purchase an extra 5 days
  • Up to 18 weeks of parental leave at full pay
  • Multi-faith prayer room
  • Cycle to work scheme and subsidised gym membership
  • Paid volunteering days
  • Annual season ticket loan

More about flexible working

Due to the ongoing pandemic situation and until further notice, we are currently working remotely and attending the office on a voluntary basis. In September and November we were trialling a hybrid model with team days every week in the office. We will review what we learnt from the trial to evolve the model and provide more flexibility and predictability for individuals, and ensure inclusivity for everyone.

You can see the full job description here

We strive for transparency in remuneration. The salary for new Senior Engineering Managers at the Guardian is £85k.

We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds, different lived experiences and different perspectives. A diverse team means we can better reflect and engage our global audience. We believe in hiring the best people from the widest pool, and also in including them, fostering a culture where people’s voices can be heard and our employees look forward to coming to work.

Application instructions:

To apply please upload your CV. You must already have the right to work in the UK.

Our interview process involves 4 stages: Face to Face interviews and a pairing test, we are currently running the interview process remotely.

Find out more about our hiring process here

About Us

We value and respect all differences in all people (seen and unseen) at the Guardian. We aspire to inclusive working experiences and an environment that reflects the audience we serve, where our people have equal access to career development opportunities, their voices are heard and can contribute to our future. The Guardian actively encourages applications from BAME candidates.

At The Guardian, many of our staff work flexibly and we will consider all requests for flexible working arrangements.