Engineering Manager - Production Database

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Location: Fountain Street, Manchester

We’re BookingGo, the ground transport division of


We’re the ones who empower people to get where they’re going. Whether they’re taking the wheel or sitting back and leaving it to the driver. Whether they’re heading straight from A to B or enjoying the freedom to go wherever their journey takes them.


To do that, we operate multiple brands: – We’re the transport arm of the world’s leading travel booking site. – The world’s biggest online car rental service, putting customers behind the wheel at over 50,000 locations worldwide.

Rideways – Finding the best way for each customer to get from A to B.

Connect – Bringing our tried-and-tested magic to our partners’ sites, delivering seamless travel experiences through brands our customers already know and love.


With our HQ in Manchester, we’re part of the worldwide family. At the same time, we’re proud of our own unique identity. Speaking 42 languages, our 1,600+ staff come from all over the world, just like our customers. What brings us together is our love of adventure: our own as well as other people’s. It’s easy to be passionate about a job that enriches so many lives on daily basis, and our workplace reflects our passion, our diversity, our global focus. Just search “Manchester’s coolest office” and see for yourself.


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.


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