About The Role
We’re currently embarking on a hugely exciting internal transformation; transitioning our development teams to fully independent, autonomous and cross functional product teams; a business wide initiative led by our CEO John Roberts.
Currently we have over twenty development teams and a tech department of over two hundred people.
As part of this transformation we’re rearchitecting our platforms to separate our estate into independently deployable products, around which we’re rebuilding cross functional teams within a Team of Teams structure; groups of teams with shared objectives and overarching goals
But not in an ivory tower, through collaboration; you will piece together the needs of teams, product owner roadmaps, the business direction, industry trends and architectural know how to form a foundation on which future business will be built.
Like a garden designer, along with team of talented Principal developers you will cultivate and craft the perfect conditions for engineering innovations to flourish.
You will have a proven toolbox of tactics to unlock dependencies and allow autonomous teams to deliver at pace.
Without doubt, this is one of the most exciting technology roles in Retail and we are looking for that bar-raiser to take AO Tech to the next level
Here's What You Can Expect To Be Doing
Building relationship with key stakeholders, both technical and non-technical, across AO and proactively seek out opportunities for digital transformation.
You’ll will lead our principal developers, inspiring them to develop their capability using best practice and emerging technologies to deliver our business objectives and raise the technical bar across the Tech department.
As the the design authority for the portfolio you will be responsible for governance, solving complex and high-risk issues and delivering architecture design. You will have a detailed knowledge of technical requirements to implement, design and manage associated technologies.
You will champion technical best practice and emerging technologies and be actively engaged in technical communities both inside and outside of AO, to build our reputation in the market as a technical leader.
A Few Things About You
As a technical leader, you have the highest technical understanding of the broadest range of technologies.
You’re an excellent communicator, able to translate technical vision and strategy into clear and understandable outcomes, to both technical and non-technical stakeholders to define and embed technical strategy; gaining agreement, adherence and understanding.
You’ve built many systems at scale and have the battle scars and learning to share, along with a proven, methodical approach to discovering a future system state, ideally grounded in domain driven design.
You prefer close collaboration over long-winded documentation, have excellent communication and solid interpersonal skills.
You maintain strong expertise and knowledge of current and emerging technologies and products, and have a passion for technology and the future of tech.
A Bit About Us
At AO, we want to make sure our customers are happy. When they have a smile on their face, we know we’ve done a good job. It’s at the heart of everything we do, and it’s why our logo is always smiling.
When it comes to appliances and electricals, we’ve got the lot. Washing machines? Yep. TVs? Check. Laptops? Absolutely. Everything except doorbells (just kidding, we’ve got those too).
We’re passionate, relentless and full of beans, determined to make a difference and change the world for the better. From massive changes to tiny tweaks - making a difference is what keeps us driven.
It started at a pub in Bolton with a £1 bet and a belief that things could be done better!
Why Choose AO?
Our people are our superpower, and that’s no accident. We’re looking for everyday heroes who want to learn and help other people achieve. Those glass-half-full-types who have an appetite for a better tomorrow.
With AO, the sky’s the limit. We’ll support you to be the best version of yourself and always drive your career forward.
We keep things simple. We say things like "treat every customer like they’re your gran" and "make decisions your mum would be proud of" because we’re personal and act with integrity - every day in every action.
We’re forward thinking with both Tech and our people. We know how important family and wellbeing are - flexibility is key to be able to get that balance of life just right, so we operate core hours of 10-4pm to support your lifestyle.
It’s not about where you work, but about how you work and the value you add. This means for most roles, you can split your time working from home, the office, or a coffee shop if that’s where you thrive the most. Whatever the task, project or product, we trust our teams to work together, collaborate and make the sensible choice.
We believe diversity will help us find a better way. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our customers by celebrating, valuing and respecting every individual. We achieve this by nurturing a culture of inclusion where every voice matters. We welcome applications from everyone and we can make adjustments to our interview process according to your needs.
We’ve designed our benefits to cover everything from big moments to little helps. As well all as the essentials, like pensions and holidays, we’ve got our own "AO Perks" to help you with the little things that matter.
To see all our benefits and perks, visit our AO Benefits page.
- Feel free to have a chat with us about our flexible ways of working.
- You can take up to 5 days out of the business a year to use for development in your role and we’ll cover the cost.
- We have our own library, if you've seen something which interests you, we can order in a copy. Just add it to the library when you've done.
- 25 days holiday (Excluding Bank Holidays)
- At least 5% contribution pension scheme
- Dedicated wellness initiatives that support your wellbeing, ranging from our 24hr employee assistance programme to subsidised gym membership.
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