Head of Software Engineering - OVO Home Service

  • OVO Energy
  • Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Jul 07, 2021

Job Description

Location: Edinburgh, UK

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The OVO Group’s purpose is to drive progress towards net zero carbon living. To reach Plan Zero, we need everyone to come together - not just as customers buying energy, but as members with a common goal. As part of this ambitious plan, our goal is to become the ‘Best Employer in the UK’ by 2030. If you think you could be the talent we’re looking for, then come and join the adventure!

We launched in 2009 with a mission to change energy for the better. Since then, we’ve welcomed over a million members, planted a million trees, and set our sights on helping save the planet.

As a Group, we’re working to become a net zero carbon business by 2030, while helping our OVO Energy members halve their carbon footprints at the same time.

Green energy and technology are great tools to fight the climate crisis with. But it’s people power that will rewrite history.

So we’re building a zero carbon team inside and out. Of people who share our values, feel passionate about our mission, and want to make change happen. When you work for OVO, it’s not just a job. It’s the work of a lifetime. And we want the sharpest minds to help.

Up for the challenge?

Where in the world of OVO will I be working?

You will be providing Technology leadership for our OVO Home Services business, which includes CORGI HomePlan and SSE Home Emergency Services.

Here at OVO Home Services, we believe that everybody has the right to a warm and comfortable home. We believe insurance should be fairly priced, fuss-free, with quick resolution times provided by trusted local engineers.

OVO Home Services is a successful Insurance company, aiming to become the leader for energy insurance and installation of carbon saving products. We serve 360,000 households and are continuing to grow! We challenge the status quo and strive to provide better quality and pricing of home plan cover to consumers across the UK.

OVO Home Services is at a time of significant technological investment and growth. The current technology platform is undergoing a major overhaul as we build additional capabilities and features from the ground up. Our ambition is to build the next generation of insurance platforms, that is at the forefront of user experience, creating best-in-class journeys for both our customers and our staff.

What will I be doing?

  • You will be part of the Home Services executive team, influencing the strategy of the business.
  • Providing technical leadership and line management for a technology department of 50+ technology specialists across Edinburgh and nearshore.
  • Working with product counterpart(s) and stakeholders to develop shared target outcomes and ensuring the technology team is set up to achieve these outcomes.
  • Helping to define the technology strategy to position OVO as a forward-thinking technology organisation.
  • Building and promoting our technology brand, including supervising how we bring new talent to our technology teams.
  • Continually working towards technical excellence and industry best practices, and improving the overall quality of the SDLC.
  • Building an excellent technology culture of highly autonomous, intrinsically motivated, well-aligned teams.
  • Helping teams to make technical decisions that align with our business objectives and long term goals, including building strong relationships with the Product, Design and Commercial partners to your teams.
  • Being ultimately responsible for technical delivery, technical decision making and engineering budget, managing technology vendors and suppliers.
  • Building high performing teams and work with development managers to develop talent and build the succession plans of the next generation of thought leaders.

Is this the job for me?

Ideally you will have:

  • A strong technology background, ideally in scalable distributed applications.
  • Experience building, running and leading high performing, autonomous engineering teams across multiple locations including nearshore.
  • A fundamental understanding of the principles of Agile and lean development.
  • An excellent understanding of a broad set of modern technologies across front end, back end and data platforms.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience working with senior leaders across the business.
  • Experience integrating technology into the wider business strategy.
  • Experience working in a fast paced, high growth, technology focussed organisation.
  • Proven experience of creating a forward thinking technology culture.
  • Experience managing and forecasting technology budgets, establishing and managing vendor relationships.

From us you’ll get*

4% of your salary to spend on flexible lifestyle benefits

5% matched employer contribution to your pension

34 days holiday + 1 for your birthday

And many more...

(*) Please note that certain benefits kick-in once you have passed probation which can be up to 6 months after your start date.

We want the best people

At OVO, we empower our people to have choice around where and when they work - flexible working arrangements can be discussed for all of our roles. Please speak to the Talent Acquisition team for more information.

We’re keen to meet people with varied backgrounds - our view is the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We want to build teams which represent a variety of experiences, perspectives and skills, and we recognise talent on the basis of merit and potential.

We understand some people may not apply for jobs unless they tick every box. If you're excited about joining us and think you have much of what we're looking for, even if you're not 100% sure… we'd love to hear from you.

Learn more about working in the OVO family of companies on our careers page and Glassdoor. We’re also delighted to have received a Top Employers certificate in 2018, 2019 and 2020!

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