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Software Tech Lead

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Software Tech Lead

Job Introduction

Selfridges has always been much more than a shop. We’re a social space where everyone is welcome and feels a sense of belonging, a creative playground where culture and commerce collide, and an experimental hub where you can discover the most innovative and sustainable ideas in retail. We’re here to help make the world brighter. And you can be an important part of this. We’ll talk more about the role below, but before we get to that, let’s share with you the good stuff…  

Rewards and benefits 

Life at Selfridges is dynamic, exciting, and always evolving. As well as working with some of the most cutting-edge, iconic and boundary-pushing brands, designers and creatives, we also offer our team members opportunities to help make a positive difference through our network of communities, both within and outside Selfridges. Here are just a few of our rewards and benefits that help make our team experience that bit more extraordinary. 

  • Flexible working options to benefit you, your family and your wellbeing that can include part-time, flexi-time, job sharing or hybrid working

  • Generous annual leave that increases with length of service 

  • Up to five paid volunteering days – from beach cleans to co-ordinating food and clothing donations 

  • Family leave that suits your set up including Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Surrogacy and Shared Parental leave policies 

  • Defined pension contribution scheme  

  • Generous bonus and/or commission scheme  

  • Enviable team member discount including sale previews and double discount days 

  • Exclusive local discounts on a range of restaurants, bars, beauticians and entertainment 

  • Subsidised gym memberships  

  • Annual travel pass and cycle-to-work schemes  

  • A sustainable car salary sacrifice scheme 

  • Several internal communities to get involved in from our Diversity Board and Green Warriors who are leading the charge on D,E&I and sustainability, to the Wellbeings who are always thinking of new ways to champion healthy minds, bodies and routines for our team members 

  • Workplace Options, our confidential team member assistance programme for when life gets tricky or you need a little guidance 

  • Access to a wide range of training programmes to help your career development 

Read on to find out how you can play your part in Reinventing Retail… 

Role Responsibility

We are transforming our Selfridges digital platform using the latest technologies such as React, Node / Typescript, AWS Services and have an exciting opportunity for a Engineer Team Leader to join our rapidly expanding agile teams based in our London office.

Your vision and goal will contribute to shaping our online technology and influence our future technical direction. You will take pride in the robust code you deliver your team.




Designing and delivering scalable, distributed, cloud-based systems in a highly available manner.

Ensure the engineering team is fully aware of and aligned to the team goals.

Organise and inspire tech design and high-level scoping sessions while working closely with the team on best ways forward.

Working closely with other teams especially when working on cross team initiatives.

Coaching and mentoring engineers with a testing mindset.

Learn new technologies and keep abreast of existing technologies and help introduce them where appropriate.

Maintain high standards of software quality within the team by establishing good practices and processors.

Look for areas of improvement across the platform and create strategies

The Ideal Candidate

Great engineering - It’s so much more than writing great code. As well as an excellent knowledge of software with a test-first approach, you’ll have great design and architectural knowledge.

Coaching - You’re highly proactive, you take ownership of problems and propose solutions. You can mentor and coach all levels of engineering using your knowledge and experience to drive improvements across the team.

Lean delivery - you deliver rapidly in small batches, reducing risk and creating a fast feedback loop.


Deep knowledge of a high-level programming language - but it doesn’t need to be a language that we use here. Great engineers learn quickly and are keen to adopt new languages.

Worked with CI/CD tooling and responsibly running solutions in production, working with logging, monitoring and alerting stacks.

You’ve previously led software engineering teams.

Experience in continuous Integration, delivery, and deployment through pipelines.

An advocate of coding best practices such as TDD, SOLID and pair programming and enjoy working in an agile environment to help us grow and improve.

This guide represents a summary of the role, however all team members are expected to be flexible in the work they undertake, which may change from time to time, according to the needs of the business.

About the Company

Everyone is welcome 

Selfridges is a place where we want everyone to feel a sense of belonging. We embrace every self and are committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive working culture. We are leading with purpose to not only increase the visibility and recognition of under-represented talent within our organisation, but the wider industry too. Here at Selfridges, everyone is welcome – irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age or disability, we stand by equal opportunities for all.   


Our awards cabinet  

We’re not ones to brag, but since you asked...Selfridges has won the award for The World’s Best Department Store an unprecedented four times at the IGDS awards, with an additional award for the Best Sustainability Campaign. We were also recognised as a ‘Best 25 Big Company to Work For 2020’ as awarded by The Sunday Times. 


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