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Belfast, Northern Ireland


Head of Engineering

  • As a team, we transform our client’s businesses using a combination of strategic thinking, customer-centric service design, and agile engineering practices. We do this at internet scale – driving innovation, and enriching people’s lives. Our skills and talent enable PA’s purpose of creating positive a human future in a technology driven world.

    As part of our Digital team, you’ll work alongside colleagues from across PA – delivering transformative digital solutions to today’s most complex business challenges. Our teams are trusted to deliver and given the space to be awesome. We’re an inclusive community for the curious, generous, pragmatic and committed digital practitioner.

    We are looking to hire an experienced Technical Leader and Managing Consultant to join our 150 strong (and growing) Engineering & DevOps practice. This is a senior role, and one that will stretch you personally and professionally. 

    Having a deep technical expertise, inclusive and empathetic leadership skills (we like the Servant-Leader model), and a passion for business development are key to the role. You might expect to spend about half of your time actively engaged on client projects, with the balance split between new business development, and working to nurture and support our engineering practice and people. 

    You are passionate about 

    • Building interpersonal relationships with client teams, through involvement in business development activities and day-to-day technical guidance of engineers, in the work. 
    • Spotting opportunities to grow technology revenue via your relationships and understanding where we can add more value to our client engagements. 
    • Building and growing engineering teams – from entry level to more senior folks – so that they are engaged, supported and growing as individuals and as teams. 
    • Orchestrating best in class engineering output, ensuring that we are delivering the right thing at the right time to our clients. 
    • Helping build an extraordinary engineering culture, which attracts and retains the highest quality of engineers at all levels of career. 
    • Expect a sleeves-up role, as all our people are client facing and empowered to fulfil the best outcome for their clients. 

    Professional Experience

    • An expert in the digital services platform of the future: End-to-end delivery of future digitally enabled customer experiences. 
    • A people person: A leader of technical and non-technical people. Evidence of building high performing cross functional teams, coaching and people development. Able to build connections quickly and influence others 
    • A technical leader, with a history of hands on delivery: Experience of building modern, scalable technology platforms, built with the customer at the heart and underpinned by data A visible industry profile: A strong personal brand and industry network. An influential thinker that makes an impact in the market and is able to inspire PA’s clients and its people 
      • Experience of the end-to-end software delivery lifecycle, utilising Agile, DevOps and modern engineering practices, enabled by major cloud (AWS / GCP / Azure), and other platforms, tools and technologies 
      • Experience of working with CIOs/CTOs/CDOs to deliver enterprise DevOps strategies, which encompass modern techniques such Continuous Deployment and PAAS  
    • A strong consulting skillset: C-suite credibility for global financial organisations. Evidence of strong commercial acumen and achievement of commercial outcomes. An understanding of the levers of consulting success. Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills. 

    What we're looking for

    You have demonstrable experience working within a fast-paced multi-disciplinary digital environment and can evidence your ability to deal with large amounts of information, make decisions effectively, and guide engineers to achieve the best possible outcome for clients. 

    You will have established yourself as a trusted technology leader, from successful experience building business pipelines through to complex engineering delivery which may have included frontend and backend web or mobile development (e.g. JavaScript, Java or .NET), solution architecture, infrastructure engineering and quality assurance.  

    You can evidence how you have identified new revenue opportunities and converted these into business growth as well as having delivered engineering projects of significant value. 

    You’re commercially savvy - with clear experience delivering effective estimation and working with cross discipline teams to get to the heart of a solution, articulating the engineering elements clearly to internal folk but critically, to clients too. 

    You’re an experienced line manager and mentor - actively interested in supporting engineers in both their career development and team contribution. You’ll get directly involved in recruitment - ensuring we continue to enjoy success by bringing on the very best people. 

    You have clear ideas on how things might be done and want to join a company where doing things the right way is a principle we strive to achieve daily. You inspire others to constructively test your position through open dialog and multi-disciplinary involvement to reach the right answer. 

    You’re obsessed with the excellence of approach, architecture and implementation. Standards matter a lot. If something isn’t right, you are not going to let it slide - the quality of the product or service and the resultant user experience is fundamentally important to how you approach your work. 

    You’re a self-starter with a strong entrepreneurial streak – able to prioritize your time effectively and build relationships across the Digital practice. 

    And finally - you’re not afraid of sitting down with clients and working solutions through with them in a highly collaborative and open way.  

    What will you be participating in? 

    You can expect to be involved in all the following: 

    • Developing detailed and compelling responses to new business opportunities alongside colleagues from other areas of our digital practice and the wider PA capabilities 

    Developing our relationships with clients, and industry partners, so that we can identify areas where we can provide additional value to their businesses. 

    • Developing and mentoring teams (in-house and on client site) to solve for complex technology needs and deliver the right outcomes; including technology selection and hands-on delivery where appropriate. 
    • Shaping and growing our Digital Engineering and DevOps practice, culture & people alongside our Partner Sponsors and Practice Leads. 

    About us

    Bringing Ingenuity to Life

    We’re an innovation and transformation consultancy that believes in the power of ingenuity to build a positive-human future in a technology-driven world. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking with breakthrough-technologies to progress further, faster.

    With a global network of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients, we’ll offer you unrivalled opportunities for growth and the freedom to excel. Combining strategies, technologies and innovation, we turn complexity to opportunity and deliver enduring results, enabling you to build a lasting career.

    Isn’t it time you joined us?

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