Manchester / Technology

Engineering Manager

About Us

Here at Travel Counsellors, our customers, communities and colleagues lie at the heart of everything that we do - and that’s what makes us special. For us, relationships come before transactions, and we are there for our customers, connecting with them on a deeply human level through the moments that matter.

We’ve been changing lives for the past 30 years as the leading travel marketplace for self-employed travel entrepreneurs, empowering over 2,000 global independent travel agents to run successful leisure and corporate travel businesses. We pride ourselves in remaining a company that truly cares and one that has never wavered from its purpose; to redefine what personal means for a travel business.

Our Travel Counsellors are supported by a team of over 300 super talented people in our Support Offices to help them create unique, inspiring and exciting experiences for their customers, whilst building lasting personal relationships that bring them back to us, time and time again.

Our unique approach within the workplace – as well as towards customers – has seen us receive numerous awards and accolades, including being named as The Best Place to Work in Travel at the 2022 TTG Travel Industry Awards, placing in the Sunday Times Best Places to Work list 2023 (Large Company) as well as being the first travel company to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category!

We are currently expanding at a phenomenal rate – on the back of what is our record year in terms of revenue (over £930m) - and so are looking for outstanding individuals to join our dedicated Head Office team, to help the company continue to flourish.

Role Overview

We are looking for an experienced Software Engineering Manager to join our growing team in Manchester, UK. We're looking for a talented Software Engineering Manager to lead and empower a team of engineers in delivering exceptional software solutions. You'll be responsible for the technical health of your team's projects, while also fostering a positive and motivating work environment.

Principal Accountabilities

  • To be part of a high performing team delivering scalable, resilient, customer centric systems the make up our Personal Digital Platform
  • To help drive a high-performing engineering culture, providing technical leadership and guidance, and a coaching attitude to colleagues and team members
  • To work with scrum team to develop delivery schedules for projects
  • To collaborate with team members and stakeholders to deliver features from inception and throughout the lifecycle
  • To keep up to date with the latest technologies and contribute to the definition of engineering and technology strategy
  • To work with the team to continually improve practices and processes
  • To continually drive and optimise key engineering metrics e.g. DORA

Key Requirements

  • Minimum of 8 years experience in Software Engineering, with 3+ years experience in a similar leadership role, demonstrating strong progression and an aptitude to learn and develop
  • A strong background in software development, ideally as a Software Engineer – building scalable, web based systems
  • Experience designing and building scalable distributed, web-based systems. 
  • Experience with Node.js and .NET core
  • Strong experience of building modern, cloud based systems, service based design and deployment
  • Experience in a high paced technology development environment preferred.
  • Degree preferred from leading university – Computer Science, Software Engineering, Maths or other numerate subjects or equivalent professional experience.
  • Experience in Travel not necessary

Our Benefits

Working here at Travel Counsellors, we value the hard work and effort that our colleagues put in. Because of this, you can expect a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • A competitive basic salary + annual company bonus
  • Flexible hybrid working model (2 days home, 3 days office)
  • Career development and promotional opportunities
  • 25 days holidays (increasing to 28 after 5 years of service)
  • A Moments That Matter day (annually)
  • Enhanced Maternity / Paternity pay
  • Holiday buy and sell (up to 5 days per year)
  • 3 paid days charity leave
  • Company events, socials, and incentives
  • 3x annual salary death in service benefit
  • Company Pension scheme
  • Costco Membership
  • Salary sacrifice, company car scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Free breakfast, fruit, and hot/cold beverages
  • Referral scheme
  • Employee discount
  • Private Medical Insurance (taxable benefit) or Healthcare Cash Plan (costs incurred by employees)

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