Technical Lead

Redgate is looking for an experienced technical team leader who wants to build and lead a high performing team to create great products for Microsoft data professionals.

Technical leads at Redgate are key to the success of our teams and the quality of the products we sell. The role requires a mix of skills; team leadership, hands-on programming, technical leadership, people management and customer focus.

As a Technical Lead you’ll help shape our products and drive the delivery of valuable software to our customers. You’ll apply agile and lean principles to incrementally release new and improved capabilities, respond to feedback frequently and adapt our approach. To ensure we build the right things, our teams regularly engage and collaborate with customers and you’ll need to be comfortable talking to users of our products, both in research calls and face-to-face conversations.

As a Technical Lead, you’ll have overall responsibility for the software delivered by your team in terms of product quality and technical quality. You’ll be deeply technical and able to guide your team through engineering challenges and decision making. You’ll be a role model for the software engineers in your team, supporting them in the improvement of their development skills while also providing a hands-on contribution of excellent code to your product.

You’ll build a team with clarity of purpose, autonomy within your team’s responsibilities and a drive to continuously improve toward Redgate’s vision for great development teams. Technical Leads at Redgate embody a servant leadership approach, meaning you’ll serve the people you lead rather than direct them. You’ll feel a sense of achievement from unlocking the potential and ingenuity in your team, helping them achieve great things.

We won’t lie to you, being a Technical Lead at Redgate is a challenging role, but it’s also a ridiculously rewarding and fulfilling one. You won’t be on your own, as you will be able to call on support from agile and quality coaches, product leadership and engineering leadership. You will work alongside one of our development leads who will aim to help you every step of the way as you develop into your new role.

What makes you a Redgate Technical Lead?

  • You have excellent skills in an object oriented language such as C#, Java, Ruby or Python (we primarily develop in C#)
  • You have a bias towards simplicity and maintainability in the code you write and the products you build
  • Quality is important to you. You believe in automated testing and the importance of peer code review
  • You have experience in providing successful leadership and can motivate and develop a team of technical people
  • You engage well with customers and have past experience of doing so
  • You have good knowledge of agile and lean principles, ideally with experience of working in these teams
  • You’re an excellent communicator and thrive in a highly collaborative team of software engineers, with a proven ability to build rapport and influence peers
  • You can set and meet expectations, with the ability to successfully prioritise and manage your own workload
  • You don’t shy away from tackling difficult situations and have given constructive feedback to help others improve

What would really help?

  • You’ve successfully lead a high performing development team or have experience in a technical leadership role
  • You have experience providing high quality line management
  • You’re able to demonstrate strong architecture or design experience
  • You can demonstrate your ability to be commercially aware in your thinking

What is software development like at Redgate? 

Every software engineer gets a desktop PC with multiple monitors, an SSD, plenty of RAM and an MSDN subscription.

The majority of our code is written in C# using Visual Studio and ReSharper. We use GitHub to version our code and have a strong culture of peer code review. Many teams use NCrunch for automatically running unit tests as you type. We use TeamCity for continuous integration and have an automated LED dashboard to provide visual feedback on any failures. We’re relentlessly trying to get faster feedback loops and invest heavily in faster automated tests.

We use open-source heavily and encourage contribution back to the community. We believe in transparency and display product information publicly including build status, test status, performance, sales and customer usage information.

We have a healthy internal culture around learning and development with lightning talks, communities of practice, invited speakers and of course Down Tools Week.

Package

  • A great benefits package
  • You’ll work about 40 hours per week, with flexible work time
  • We dedicate Friday afternoons to personal development, community and innovation
  • Salary is £58,000 to £70,000 (depending on experience)
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The Redgate Recruitment process

Step 1

Step 1. Application

Step one is your application. So write a letter and upload it on the page for the job you’re interested in. Tell us about yourself, your skills and experience, and talk about why you’d like to work at Redgate. Include a CV, or a link to your LinkedIn page, and if you'd like to show some of your work, attach your portfolio or point us to Stack Overflow or GitHub.

Step 2

Step 2. Assessment

We’ll acknowledge your application straight away, review it and keep you updated on your progress. We might also email an assessment to complete, or invite you for a brief telephone interview. If we don’t think you’re suitable, we’ll inform you – and tell you why. We won’t let you down, we’ll try and help you.

Step 3

Step 3. 1st Interview

Step three is an interview in our Cambridge office. We’ll talk about your work history, your covering letter or video, and any assessments you’ve completed. You might also be asked to do some work-based tests and, if you’re applying for a technical role, expect technical questions – we love talking tech.

Step 4

Step 4. 2nd Interview

The second interview typically lasts two hours. You’ll be talking to different people, you may well meet people you’ll be working with, and we’ll allow time for you to ask questions. We don’t have a dress code at Redgate, by the way, so dress in whatever makes you comfortable.

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Step 5. Offer

If we think you’d be great at Redgate, we’ll make an offer and iron out any details like relocation issues. If we don’t think you’ll fit in right away, we’ll tell you why. Some people have taken our advice, boned up their knowledge and come back a year later and got a job. It helps.

This is our typical recruitment process, though for some roles it might be a bit different.

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