Opportunities

Engineering Director

Department

Engineering, Product & Design

Location

Birmingham, Haywards Heath or London

Employment Type

Full-time, Permanent

Budgeted Salary Range

£120,000 - £125,000

Ways of Working

Fully remote
Opened: 21 days ago
Closes: TBC

About Us

We love pets - which is why we’re on a mission to make the world a better place for pets and their parents.  We offer pet insurance policies with generous pet health benefits that are designed with their needs in mind. We’ve helped over half a million pets stay happy and healthy since 2017 - and many more customers throughout the world are joining us every day.  We’ve won numerous awards, have offices in the USA, UK, and Sweden - and we now employ over 500 people globally. 

Award-winning, innovative technology and exceptional customer service are at the heart of our offer: our “Complete” policy ranks top of the Which? cat and dog insurance Best Buy tables. (December 2021)  We've also been voted the Pet Insurance Provider Of The Year in the Moneyfacts Consumer Awards (2021) - and we’ve received over 21,000 5-star Feefo reviews in the past 12 months.

We’re proud to be driving unprecedented change in insurance and have doubled our revenues annually for the last 4 years with more ambitious growth still to come.  Our latest Series D funding round was $350m which values us at over $2bn. 

Our company is fast-moving, respectful, fun-loving and (most importantly) passionate about pets and their wellbeing.  We think big and we can only do that if we have a wonderful array of different people who are able to bring their whole selves to work every day.  Throughout our business you'll meet people who think differently, aim for impact and love to try new things.  Want to join our pack?  Join us. Love every moment. Love ManyPets.

About the Opportunity

We're on an impressive journey to make the world a better place for pet-parents.  We're expanding our Engineering, Product and Design ("EPD") team and looking to hire an additional Engineering Director to support our global business. We have ambitious growth goals and as such, this role will be a pivotal part of our continued success as a crucial enabler for our growth in the UK, Sweden, the US and beyond. 

As an Engineering Director of our Platform and Data squads, you will be responsible for the development of Data, Software and Site Reliability engineers as well as the overall performance and technical direction of one or more global squads. You'll coach and develop our future technical leaders – helping our EPD community make high-quality decisions.  You’ll be a techie and an engineer at heart, and you’ll have moved into management because you love helping and coaching others as well as being an expert in your field.

Your Focus

Technical Capability

  • Provide technical direction and guidance to the squads you manage, ensuring that they are delivering and contributing to, our global platform architecture.
  • Develop expertise in at least one of the specialisms and be able to rapidly learn and become an expert in the areas you are less familiar with.
  • Work collaboratively with our Product Managers and senior technical leaders to establish priorities, trade-offs, and a path forward.
  • Partner with our Engineers to drive technical initiatives that improve our engineering practices.

Leadership and Relationships

  • Guide and lead up to five squads or teams, formed of talented Engineers.
  • Deliver against both technical and personal development targets - which meet our regulatory standards.
  • Provide leadership support that encourages both personal commitment and high-performing team culture.
  • Lead by example and role modelling our company values - inspiring others to do the same.
  • Coach your direct reports’ personal and professional development.
  • Set individual objectives for both your team and direct reports - carrying out regular performance reviews to manage and implement personal development plans.
  • Proactively managing any areas of underperformance within the team and developing performance improvement plans as needed.
  • Partner with People and Finance to implement resource plans and hiring forecasts, with an emphasis on maintaining candidate experience while delivering cost reduction of agency fees.
  • Partner with the People team to recruit, onboard and embed talent within your squads.

What Leads to Success

Here are some of the individual skills we know will enable you to succeed in this position. If you don’t tick every box - don't worry.  We can support you in both your personal and professional development:

  • Your colleagues say you're the sort of person who likes to move fast, pragmatically seeking problems and thinking about the wider impact to the business.
  • You support others to deliver the best work possible, being there to guide, support and help unblock any problems.
  • You embrace a start-up environment where a pragmatic, and sometimes ‘scrappy’, approach is required rather than a perfectionist approach to get things done.
  • You know how to communicate and build resilient relationships with others across the business - you build rapport easily by being approachable.
  • You immerse yourself in new challenges, learning from others and helping others learn new skills along the way.
  • One of your biggest strengths is being able to work across multiple projects at the same time - and changing course quickly if necessary.
  • You take a structured approach to complex problems, use data to inform decisions and communicate clearly.

What We’re Looking For

  • You've made the transition from hands-on engineer to a leadership position - and you understand your role as an enabler of others (versus doing it all yourself.)
  • You have previously worked as an engineer at a senior level and still get involved in solving technical problems.
  • You can contribute effectively to technical debates with your squads and across the wider Engineering team.
  • You know what good looks like for a high-performing team of engineers and know how to get there. You have direct experience with influencing, coaching, and developing teams that are autonomous, self-organized, and self-directed.

Inclusion at ManyPets

We believe diversity, belonging and inclusion are more than just words or things we should be 'seen' to be doing.  Having diversity at the core of our business makes us stronger - and the responsibility for creating an inclusive workplace rests with all of us.  We believe Black Lives Matter and we want you to join a company that makes unbiased choices and is committed to being anti-racist.  If you'd like to read more about this, please download our Approach to Inclusion pack. 

We promise to give you the same opportunities as everyone else and we won’t discriminate against you at any point in the process. This includes how we source talent, our interview process, our conditions of employment (including pay) and feedback.

Hybrid-Working

Everything changed overnight when the pandemic happened. Suddenly everything was different: whether we were in a home office, spare room, or makeshift desk: we were working on our own and dealing with Zoom calls, bad Wi-Fi, and a very different working day.  We now work from home and our company office, so we've created our Making Work, Work guide, which explains it all.

We offer a fantastic range of company benefits to suit everyone in a remote-first world, with a focus on supporting our physical and mental wellbeing. Coupled with a generous holiday allowance and regular care packs, we’re always looking for new ways to look out for our people.

Our Values

Our company values drive everything we do - and they are:

Show You Care | Do The Right Thing | Think Big | Work Together | Be Tenacious

Connect With Us!

LinkedIn | Instagram: UK  USA  Sweden| Facebook: UK  USA  Sweden | Twitter: UK USA | TikTok | Glassdoor | Indeed | FeeFo | Trustpilot | Crunchbase

Reasonable Adjustments and Support

If you need any help, support or advice at any point during the hiring process please email our Inclusion Council in complete confidence.  Our Inclusion Council is a cross-functional group of people from our global business - and they are not the hiring managers for this role.  We're here to make sure everyone has a fair and equitable experience when they're considering joining us.  If you want to talk or ask any questions, we are here to listen (and we'll do what we can to flex our approach to a process that suits you.)

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  • Department: Engineering, Product & Design
  • Location: Birmingham, Haywards Heath or London
  • Employment Type: Full-time, Permanent
  • Budgeted Salary Range: £120,000 - £125,000
  • Ways of Working: Fully remote
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