Engineering Manager - Production Database

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Location: Fountain Street, Manchester is part of the third largest e-commerce company in the world (Amazon and Alibaba are bigger) and we are the world’s largest car hire booking service, arranging over 7 million rentals a year in 49,000 locations in 167 countries across 40 languages.  Our mission is “Helping people experience the world” and our business and market sector is growing rapidly.


Engineering is a multi-skilled group of over 250 people responsible for providing the technology to enable the business.  It is a fast paced, dynamic, exciting and driven environment providing services on a 24x7 basis.  We provide all the touch points for our online customer experience through a market leading app, a great web site and all the software services and business systems to manage our customers and products.   Our goal is to create a great customer experience across all platforms which help us deliver growth for our business.


We have a great journey ahead and our vision is to radically change the working practices to realise our ambition of being a “World Class” engineering function and the “Technology Employer of Choice” in the Northwest and beyond.  Make no mistake we have a challenging journey ahead but we are committed to delivering a great customer experience across web, mobile, call centre and partner channels and this is where you could fit in.


Where we are going

  • Cross functional agile teams who own their products in a Continuous Delivery DevOps environment
  • Revolutionise our online customer experience through a great web site and mobile app
  • Data driven decisions using Kibana, Hadoop, monitoring, Big Data, MI and MVT testing
  • Continuous improvement, keeping it simple and developing the team
  • Great engineering practices with a focus on TDD and BDD principles and a strong focus on non-functional requirements at the beginning rather than an afterthought
  • Decoupled service orientated architecture with resilience and adaptability built in


What we offer in return

  • Ownership of your work and a great technical challenge
  • A great new office to work in the heart of Manchester
  • Great facilities including subsidised canteen and Starbucks, free breakfast & fruit and cycle hub
  • An exciting and dynamic place to work
  • 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
  • Great discounts on car rentals and other group benefits
  • Opportunity to shape the future of the team
  • Software development kit that works


Who we are looking for

We are looking for a superb and enthusiastic Engineering Manager – Production & Database who will push the boundaries on leading a considerable engineering function to deliver brilliant solutions and contribute to shaping our new future.  We expect you to have the energy and passion to deliver using a whole range of technologies and have a solid understanding of engineering principles.


  • Demonstrable experience of leading multiple engineering teams, specialising in ecommerce production environments
  • Solid technical depth across production & database infrastructure with strong experience of working in an Agile organisation
  • Strong leadership skills with a highly technical support team, ability to motivate and inspire teams of technical specialists
  • Experience preferable of designing, building, operating and maintaining:
    • Linux server environments consisting of configuration management tooling and techniques
    • Mysql database environments consisting of complex and critical replication topologies
    • Architecting database infrastructure, scale and being aware of data warehousing
    • Preferably, knowledge of NoSQL databases
  • Experience of agile working and embedding agile working practices in infrastructure teams
  • Ability to coach/guide/influence others
  • Quality focus to deliver quality solutions first time, going hands-on when required
  • Ability to drive automation and improvement of infrastructure management capabilities
  • Manage the priority and quality of work, ensuring delivery is met against agreed timescales and to expected standard
  • Excellent communicator, leads from the front. Collegiate in approach, consulting widely and communicating effectively to all levels within the organisation
  • Robust & resilient, a completer / finisher with an attention to detail
  • Analytical in approach, tenacious and driven by results, wants to win


Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Responsibility and accountability for production and database infrastructure services and teams
  • Lead multiple technical teams, leading by example by taking ownership, being proactive and collaborating, be a technical partner for the wider business working with stakeholders to define and shape quality solutions
  • Get into the technical detail where required to lead, coach, support and mentor the teams
  • Take the lead on the design, build and delivery of high quality solutions, build and deliver upon roadmaps for the production & database teams
  • Embed and lead on Agile practices and values within the teams, evangelise best practice, creativity and innovation across the team to deliver great work
  • Leading technical resource during operational issues & investigations
  • Learn new technologies and keep abreast of existing technologies
  • Contribute to the evolution of best practices across the department, support the organisation’s drive towards a devops culture
  • Definition and execution of appropriate technical working and engineering practices


Other beneficial skills

  • Strong experience of Continuous Delivery and Agile practices


About Our Parent Company is a part of the Priceline Group, the world’s leading and most valuable travel group. Other group companies include: the world's leading online hotel reservations agency,, Agoda, Kayak and OpenTable. The Priceline Group is a publicly traded company (Nasdaq: PCLN) and was ranked in Fortune's 7 fastest growing technology companies in 2014 as well as being one of Fortune’s most admired technology companies.