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Software Engineering Manager

Churchill Court, BR1 1DP
Full time

About us:

Direct Line Group is an ambitious company employing thousands of people throughout the UK. We’re proud to be one of Britain's leading general insurers, offering millions of customers decades of experience and knowledge. In the history of modern insurance, there has never been a bigger time for change than now and we work hard to make sure our well-known brands –Direct Line, Churchill, Privilege, NIG and Green Flag are making insurance easier and better value for our customers.

We know we can’t do this without our brilliant people who we reward for ideas and thinking as well as results because that’s how we can achieve amazing things – for our customers and for each other.

Come work for the 3rd Best Big Companies to Work for in 2019.

What we’re looking for:

This is a fantastic opportunity for you, a Software Engineering Manager to join Direct Line Group, a market leading insurer based in Bromley. We’re just 20 mins from Central London!

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver innovative products that will lead and disrupt the insurance market whilst owning the design, development and test of software solutions across a range of technologies.

Who you’ll be working with:

At Direct Line Group, we continue to unleash the power of technology to disrupt the insurance market – and our Technology Services team is at the heart of this, working to provide the kind of experience and services that wow our customers.

We are delivering a set of ambitious plans to transform our technology for the future, evolving the systems, platforms and infrastructure that our people use day-to-day. Think agile, think robust, and most of all, think simple and you can become a part of DLG.

What you’ll be doing:

Application Development & Maintenance (AD&M) is part of the wider Technology Services (TS) team, responsible for all infrastructure across the DLG business. The Application Development and Maintenance team is the engineering heart of Technology Services at Direct Line Group.

Some key focuses will be;

  • Be an expert in agile software delivery
  • Line-manage software engineers, supporting them to develop their careers and to improve their technical, agile and soft skills.
  • You will design, develop and test software solutions a multi-disciplinary agile team
  • Work across disciplines (e.g. testing, business analysis, DevOps) and develop skills outside your core specialism
  • Continually improve our products, solutions, tools and processes
  • Understand the total cost of ownership of your solutions (including licenses, support, infrastructure etc.) and innovate to reduce it.
  • Identify and actively handle risks within your solutions.

Essential Skills

  • You will have expert-level proficiency in one of the programming languages like Java, Python.
  • Hands-on experience in designing and developing distributed, microservice-style, cloud native applications using Core Java 8, Spring/Spring Boot, distributed messaging (Kafka, AWS Kinesis), caching (Elastic, Redis), Restful APIs.
  • Strong Knowledge of computer science fundamentals such as algorithms, data structures, object oriented analysis and design.
  • Experience of AWS cloud storage and computing platform (especially S3, Athena, Redshift, Glacier, EMR, EC2).
  • Knowledge of software standard methodologies, like Test-Driven Development (TDD) and Continuous Integration (CI)/Continuous Development (CD) as well as DevOps principles, tools (Docker, Kubernetes, etc.), and the intersection with cloud architecture.
  • Experience of using testing frameworks and tools like JUnit, Mockito, Fitness, Cucumber, etc.

Desirable Skills

  • Exposure to Node.js or other JavaScript frameworks a bonus
  • Familiarity with Jira, Confluence, Git, Jenkins.

What we’ll give you:

Come join us and you’ll find yourself in the middle of one of the most on-the-go teams in the business, with autonomy and exposure to industry leaders on huge household brand names. We’re always encouraging internal development and you’ll have access to loads of learning opportunities, events and conferences to build your industry knowledge.

Direct Line Group are an equal opportunity employer who value diversity. We do not discriminate and we recognise and embrace that people work in different ways. We will always adapt so you have the best and most comfortable working environment. If during the recruitment process you require any reasonable adjustments, please just let us know.

Career benefits and rewards

Rewarding you is really important to us, as well as offering a competitive salary and generous holiday entitlement; you can take advantage of a wide range of benefits. The best part is you can pick and choose the benefits to suit your own lifestyle, but also pass on some of the savings to family and friends. Here are just a few we have on offer:

  • A competitive salary, benchmarked against our competitors, which will grow as you do.
  • Pension 9% of your base salary, you can choose to contribute less or more than this, and anything you don’t wish to put in to your pension you can take as cash instead!
  • Private medical insurance (anyone can choose this through our flexible benefits scheme, and managers receive this as standard)
  • Attractive holiday entitlement
  • 50% off our Home, Motor and Pet insurance
  • Free Travel insurance
  • Free Green Flag breakdown cover
  • Flexible rewards including Life insurance, income protection, critical illness insurance, personal accident insurance
  • Retail card, with discounts at big name retailers
  • My Discounts - a discounts website for all our employees, with great discounts, cash back savings and offers across hundreds of brilliant  high street brands, travel, tickets, gym memberships and much more.

Who we are
Direct Line Group is an organisation with a clear mission: to make insurance much easier and better value for customers. We are one of the leading motor, home and small business insurers in the UK. We are home to some of the nation's best-known brands, including Direct Line, Churchill, Privilege, Green Flag and NIG.

Life at Direct Line Group

We recommend that you read our colleagues’ stories and ask them a question on our live discussion platform www.directlinegroupcareers.com/ask-our-people. This will help you learn more about us and be better prepared for interviews.