Head of Development

Portsmouth or London
About The Role

Head of Development

Checkatrade are growing and we need you!

We are looking for an experienced Head of Development to join our growing engineering team. This is an exciting opportunity to work in an agile environment with cutting edge technology (.NET Core, React, GCP and  more) in a business that is going places.  If you are a people focused Head of Software Engineering with experience in inspiring, motivating, coaching, and leading a large team, we’d love to hear from you!

Location: London or Portsmouth (with Hybrid working – 2 days in the office, 3 at home)

Where do you fit in?

Reporting to the Engineering Director you will lead a team of multi-disciplined engineers and engineering managers working on varied digital product related activity. You will be designing, building, and operating performant, accessible front-end applications across web and mobile platforms. Leading by example, you will be utilising best architecture practices and standards whilst continuously looking for opportunities for improvements. As a visible leader, you will document technical decisions and  communicate team progress to leadership, effectively acting as a bridge between Checkatrade tech team and our C Suite.

With a team of four direct reports and a wider team of 60+ Engineers on board, a big part of your role will be to build and develop a  high performing technical function that delivers at pace. This includes being responsible  for a full lifecycle of people management from for hiring decision to managing performance. As an inspirational leader you will enjoy coaching and development, removing day to day barriers and enabling your teams to successfully deliver towards delivery schedules and sprint goals. This role is 80% about people and 20% being hands on, hence willingness to jump into code as required will be required.  

What’s in it for you?

  • A forward moving digital marketplace business investing on its people and tech.
  • A highly technically skilled team working on latest tech including GCP.
  • An excellent salary and a great benefits package including bonus, car allowance, free gym membership, electrical vehicle scheme and private medical insurance.
What do you need to succeed?
  • Proven track record of developing high performing multidisciplinary Engineering teams empowered to operate with purpose, mastery and autonomy.
  • Technical skills across .Net Core, ASP.net, cloud architectures AWS, GCP or Azure and strong understanding of DevOps and CI pipelines.
  • Test driven development management.
  • Experience in Agile software practices – Scrum, XP, Kanban, Jira etc
It would be great if you also have (but not essential):
  • Passion for design and building experiential mobile applications
  • Experience of event-based architectures



About Us

Checkatrade is the consumer choice for finding a local reputable and reliable tradesperson. For over 20 years, we've been the place where reputation matters most - and if you join us, you’ll ensure that our trade members continue to uphold these high standards.

With 50,000 trades available to help with your home improvement project, we’re here to help no matter how big or small the project you are undertaking is.

We're currently going through a period of significant investment and growth and we're looking for exceptional people to join us on our journey to help us achieve our ambitious goals. This is a really exciting time to join our team.


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