Senior Engineering Manager, Engineering Director


Wokingham, GB, RG41 5BN

Division:  IT Global Solution Development
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Requisition Number:  31404
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Job Function:  Information Technology

About us

National Grid (NG) moves energy to millions of homes and businesses in the UK and US, with an energy network that stretches across the Atlantic. ESO Technology are part of the National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO) who are a legally separate business within the National Grid Group. As the Electricity System Operator (ESO), we sit at the heart of the energy system. We do not generate or sell electricity, we distribute and balance the supply around the UK to where it’s needed in homes, hospitals and businesses; second by second, 24-7-365 days a year, keeping the lights on in the UK.

Solution Engineering is at the heart of delivery within ESO Technology. Head of Solution Engineering is supported by Senior Engineering Managers and Engineering teams combining permanent and external personal. We are passionate and committed about working in an Agile environment; innovating, designing, developing and delivering engineering technological solutions that exceed our internal and external customers' expectations. We focus on strong leadership, teamwork, communication, our customers and on time, right delivery. Always evolving, looking for the latest technological trends and solutions, interacting and interfacing with all. Forged around strong strategic leadership and deliberate delivery. 

This is an extremely exciting time to join our ESO Technology family and Solution Engineering, we are proud of the role we are playing in delivering a greener future energy system. So come join us; the successful applicant for this position will be an integral contributor towards our goals on this truly transformative journey shaping the future of energy.

Job Purpose

The Senior Engineering Manager (Solutions Engineering) is a leadership role and will be responsible for ensuring we have teams that can enable the successful delivery of customer-centric products. Lead and Support teams who plan, design, develop, test, and deploy applications for Technology Products - defining performance objectives and development plans for team members and ensures alignment with department objectives.

They will lead, manage, define objectives and develop teams of dedicated software professionals that incorporate customer-centric design thinking practices and experience, aligning to a Digital Product Agile Model. Promoting open and just culture, innovation to deploy market leading and first-in-the world technologies that exceed the needs of our customers, especially in time and quality as we drive towards achieving net-zero operability by 2025. 

The role holder will be responsible for engaging and building a strong partnership with our third-party suppliers to ensure that we are aligned and focused together in delivering successfully to our customers.. 

The team are focussed on outcomes; hybrid, flexible, working is an essential part of modern working practices

Type of Person

We are looking for an individual who wants to be part of changing the way we operate today for the benefit of tomorrow. The Senior Engineering Manager (Solutions Engineering) will be a leader, mentor, encouraging, motivating and a team player who is passionate about technology, people and exceeding customer expectations. A good communicator, able to articulate and collaborate, build teams and relationships.

Can deliver in an Agile Methodology and create an atmosphere and environment to grow and develop our teams in our digital transformation. Experience of managing change at a strategic level, helping us in our transformation from waterfall to agile and product operating model.

Able to be positive in their approach, inspiring our teams, self-motivated with Wellbeing and Mental Health always considered.

We are looking someone who can deliver, can work with us and not only develop and improve themselves but also add value to the team. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Leading and developing a team(s) to deliver consistently in an Agile framework.
  • Building and managing a team.
  • Delivering Epics, Features, user stories.
  • Designing and developing technology solutions and platforms 
  • Continuous technology discovery, innovation and improvement
  • Quality management and technical delivery across customer and technical products
  • Release planning, readiness and execution
  • Application and platform dependency and integration management
  • Solution and platform strategy and roadmap
  • Solution Engineering resource planning, management and development
  • Technical backlog management, Owning the technical backlog and associated processes
  • Adoption and embedding of agile delivery method
  • Solution Engineering budgets and forecasts
  • Ensuring on time, in full and to quality delivery across customer and technical products and platforms.
  • Owning the solution and platform strategy and roadmap
  • Proactively managing the solution engineering resource training and development plans. 
  • Driving the adoption and embedding of agile delivery method across solution engineering teams.
  • Managing the solution engineering budgets and forecasts
  • Partnering and managing a series of vendors to ensure we are well supported. 


Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

  • Has good leadership, relationship, communication and presentation skills.
  • Has the ability to influence and manage senior stakeholders – e.g. program sponsors.
  • Demonstrate the Valued Business Partner capabilities and behaviours in all interactions with IS Colleagues, vendors and business stakeholders.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrable experience in a software development leadership role, leading diverse software engineering teams.
  • Experience of leading and developing multi discipline teams.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels, succinctly, accurately, with clarity and appropriate level of detail.
  • Proven leadership and management skills with the ability to build diverse high-performing teams and optimise team performance and development. 
  • A thorough understanding of Agile Methodology for software delivery, including Kanban, Scrum & SAFe
  • Experience of working with cloud-native architectures, microservices and open APIs.
  • Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to engage, negotiate and manage key stakeholders.
  • Proven supplier partnership experience. 
  • Experience of operating and influencing at a strategic level in large, complex blue-chip organisations, demonstrating strong verbal and written and interpersonal skills. 
  • Commercially and financially astute with experience of managing budgets.
  • Experience of working in a matrix line management environment.


More Information

A competitive salary between £65,000 – £82,000 – dependent on capability 

As well as your base salary, you will receive a company car or allowance, a bonus of up to 20% of your salary for stretch performance and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%. You will also have access to a number of flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan, a salary sacrifice technology scheme, support via the employee assistance line and matched charity giving to name a few.