Java Technical Lead / Principal Engineer

  • Location:

    Manchester, Greater Manchester

  • Sector:

    Software & Web Development, Java/JVM

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £65000 - £75000 per annum + 20% bonus, pension

  • Contact:

    Colin Frontczak

  • Contact email:


  • Job ref:


  • Published:

    7 months ago

  • Expiry date:


  • Startdate:


  • Consultant:


Java Technical Lead / Principal Engineer

So I'm looking for a Technical Lead (but this is a working title) because the role is a 70/30 split between leadership & coding.

The role is working for a high profile firm in Manchester City Centre that are reshaping their engineering team and the purpose of this position is to help improve their engineering practices but ultimately be a technical focal point for the engineers. Hence, this title could be re-badged as a Principal Software Engineer or whatever you want!

The stack is largely Java-based, with stuff like Kotlin been used for mobile and the architecture is transitioning towards a Cloud-based, Microservices model.

There will be challenges; there is legacy technology which will need to be maintained and ultimately replaced. New Engineers will need to be hired (always tricky) and any 'transformation' is never plain-sailing.

Ultimately though, there is an opportunity to really make a difference and apply your influencing skills. This position should be the launchpad to a more senior & strategic position in the future.

About you

You love Software Engineering and love scalable, maintainable and regularly released code; you love inspiring others into following that vision and you love to see an organisation reap the benefits. You know how to build and lead high performing teams and you like to be their focal point. You can influence technical people into changing their ways, you can show them how and you can get them to buy into a bigger picture

You will probably have progressed from a Software Engineer background and have prior experience as a Technical Lead, a Lead Software Engineer or Technical Architect where you will have led teams, influencing both technical choices and engineering best practice.

About our client

They are long established company in the e-commerce sector that are based in the City Centre, really easy to get to by all modes of public transport and they are embarking on a strategy of building as many of their digital products in-house, having previously bought them off-the-shelf.

To enable this, they are transforming their software engineering function and have made some progress but they recognise that they are ripe for a real innovator to come and inspire some accelerated changes. You will be joining an existing function which is working with a mixture of new technology and engineering concepts, but also some legacy technology so that does poses challenges and risks, but for the glass-half-full types, opportunity!

£65-75,000 + an extensive benefits package

Oscar Technology is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

To understand more about what we do with your data please review our privacy policy at https://www.oscar-tech.com/our-privacy-policy.