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Belfast, Northern Ireland

Closing Date

2020-06-01 23:00:00


Software Engineering Manager

  • Title: Software Engineering Manager

    Ref: 26/05/SEM

    Think Technology- Think Allstate

    We build solutions that touch 16 million customers on a daily basis.

    You will work alongside people as passionate as you, focused on delivering the best possible user experiences.

    You will work in a highly collaborative environment primed to adapt to an ever-changing landscape and which places technology solutions at its core.

    You will thrive, you will think differently, you will challenge convention and have the freedom to act with integrity, intention and speed; you will be at the forefront of developing capabilities in support of Allstate’s global business model; you will deliver results and you will leave things better than you found them.


    Belfast / Derry-Londonderry

    Job Description

    Are you passionate about creating amazing experiences for developers?  

    Allstate’s Systems Engineering group is focused on creating products for our global developer community by designing and delivering frictionless creator experiences helping product teams move at the speed of ideas. 

    We are looking for an experienced Software Engineering Manager to technically lead our Streams product suite.  This product suite will provide tools to support other engineering and data analytic teams in their use of stream processing technologies like Kafka.

    Deliveries will include tools to help with on-boarding as well as management of namespaces, topics, events and schema. Additional areas of responsibility may include support for patterns like smart conversation streams and business process orchestration as well as the provision of stream aggregation and derivation services. 

    As a Systems Engineer Software Engineering Manager you will lead a highly technical product contributing to developer innovation for the company.  This extends from improving the experience of existing products to developing new products with a strategic product vision.  The Software Engineer Manager selects, leads, counsels, motivates, sets expectations and evaluates medium to large teams. 

    This person also assists in defining, implementing and prioritizing IT policies, procedures, and best practices. The Software Engineer Manager influences team and business results.  This role will require 50% or more of an individual’s time dedicated to hands-on software engineering tasks with the remainder of time spent in team management and oversight.   

    Responsibilities include (but aren't limited to):

    People Management 

    • Builds long-term relationships within team and amongst peers by creating an environment of safety and innovation 
    • Champions open and honest communication 
    • Respects confidentiality 
    • Leads by example with integrity 
    • Welcomes new ideas, learns from successes and failures 
    • Models and creates an environment of accountability for direct reports and peers 
    • Establishes vision, direction, and specific objectives for team efforts; allows freedom to accomplish objectives 
    • Collects staff performance data against desired outcomes and service level agreements 
    • Executes HR-related processes and develops staff through coaching and mentoring and providing specific, timely, open, honest, and constructive performance feedback. 
    • Leads employees and influences peers through change by using one’s self as an example.  


    General Management & Decision Making


    • Sets and executes team strategy, including objectives, plans and policies for area of responsibility to develop and deliver innovative solutions and systems in support of Enterprise goals.
    • Communicates strategy to the team so they understand their role in achieving the established goals. 


    • Participate in product scoping, discovery and framing, and inceptions providing technical input and helps translate user features into system design 
    • Leads and participates in inceptions and iteration planning meetings, infusing backlogs with technical input working in close partnership with the product manager 
    • Leads and participates in daily site, cross-site, and product team standups 
    • Leads and participates in retrospectives; demonstrating and encouraging each participant to provide feedback with empathy 
    • Leads the effort of shaping the architecture and design of the product 
    • Leads collaboration and strategy alignment across product portfolios (cross-product) in partnership with product managers, other peers and key stakeholders 
    • Serves as an expert on multiple business domain and a distinguished advocate of multiple technology stacks and shares that knowledge across organizations 
    • Serves as the anchor of the team and practices technical leadership; helping guide the team in choosing the right technology, solving technical problems, and resolving any technical conflicts within the team 
    • Coaches the team and leads daily practices of using paired programming and test-driven development in writing software and building products 
    • Establishes continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment pipelines and practices 
    • Leads and participates in knowledge sharing and contributes to the overall growth of the collective knowledge of the CompoZed Labs community. 

    Essential Criteria

    • Must be an EU citizen or possess a current UK Tier 1 Visa or Tier 2 visa and eligible to take up full time, permanent employment. EU candidates must also demonstrate they are eligible to take up UK employment post-Brexit.
    • 5+ years of developing and implementing systems at scale 
    • 2+ years people or technical leadership or equivalent experience leading a team  
    • Strong understanding of object-oriented design principles 
    • Strong understanding of distributed systems, operating systems, networking, databases, security, and analytics 
    • Experience developing software in different programming languages, and demonstrated ability to quickly learn new languages
    • Experience in backend development design and implementation; database (relational, NoSQL, caching) and messaging
    • Actual experience developing continuous integration, continuous delivery and continuous deployment pipelines for distributed apps
    • Knowledge and experience on approaches and tools for automated testing and monitoring  
    • Able to lead agile teams and lead collaboration across teams; serving as an anchor or technical lead
    • Able to work effectively across organizational and geographical boundaries  

    Desirable Criteria

    • Experience and knowledge in developing REST APIs including tooling for documentation (swagger, REST-docs, openapi spec), versioning, service discovery / registration, testing and management; experience using API gateways a plus. 
    • Experience in responsive web front end / single page application development using modular JavaScript including apps targeted for mobile devices 
    • Actual experience working in an eXtreme Programming (XP) or agile environment; experienced working in a paired programming/engineering model 
    • Experience in Test Driven Development; including knowledge and experience in testing frameworks like JUnit, Mockito, jasmine, protractor, cucumber, and other like technologies 

    Closing Date:  Tuesday 2nd June 2020

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    Statement on Fair Employment and Equal Opportunities:

    Allstate NI wishes to ensure equal opportunity is given to all job applicants.  This company will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender (including gender reassignment status), sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, marital status, age or disability.

    We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented in our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from women. All appointments will be made on merit.

    Applicants should note Allstate NI complete AccessNI background checks on all candidates offered a position.

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