Technical Lead


Job Details


Liverpool Head Office

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


Depending on experience

Closing Date

19/11/2019 12:00

About the Role

We are currently recruiting for a Tech Lead with the ability, passion and desire to help Matalan’s eCommerce team to be at the forefront of delivering its strategic goals.

As the Tech Lead you will work closely with the Product Owners, Delivery Lead and Development team, providing technical leadership and mentoring skills - imparting your knowledge and helping the development team to build upon their skills and knowledge.

  • Deliver software using Agile development methodology
  • Ensuring due technical diligence on the analysis and design for projects
  • Owning the technical solution:
    • Ensuring the technical stack delivers the best performance, high availability and is fully secure.
    • Making key technical decisions and influence how and when stories are delivered given technology realities
    • Build working relations with internal IT staff and external IT suppliers
  • Advise the Product Owner on technology related matters – architecture, solution options, defects, non-functional requirements, dependencies - to help guide backlog refinement and prioritization 
  • Ensure the team have access to and understanding of the technology stack in use, helping to evolve this with the team
  • Lead the implementation and support of technology solutions
  • Help define the technical delivery processes and ensuring the team adhere to these
  • Help identify and remove the technology constraints that can impact the team
  • Ensure the team are compliant with licence agreements and the solutions are compliant, secure and robust and adheres to technical principles and practices.
  • Pair with Developers to ensure code quality is maintained
  • Own the technical risks and issues and mitigation for the team
  • Technical Dependency management
  • Provide technical coaching to the delivery team
  • Identify and remove the technical impediments that interfere with the ability of the team to deliver their goal/s
  • Assist the team with making appropriate commitments through story slicing, estimation, translating the backlog into sprint-ready stories and task definition.
  • Work closely with the test engineering team to determine best practices for testing stories within a sprint. 
  • Work closely with Technology release manager to coordinate code deployment
  • Seek opportunities to enhance the technical solution that help grow the business further.

About You

  • Experience of working with the following technologies:
    • HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, AWS, Git and GitHub
  • Proven track record in the role, providing technical leadership within teams
  • Involved with all aspects of software delivery and life cycle, from inception phase to UAT and delivery
  • Ability and experience of leading teams in the successful technical delivery of software
  • Ability to provide technical coaching, leadership and direction to an agile delivery team
  • Proficient in managing the technical scope of projects 
  • Flexible in working practices
  • Excellent listening, written and verbal communication skills

About Matalan

Founded in the early 1980s by John Hargreaves in Liverpool, Matalan is proud to serve its customers excellent quality at great value. With over 200 stores in the UK, a growing online presence and over 15,000 employees, working here is exciting, challenging, and above all fun! As part of the Matalan family you can expect some great benefits and the opportunity to be part of our exciting vision - to become the UK’s most trusted value retailer. This is Retail Made Real.

Matalan value diversity and don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from all communities.

Matalan wants to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the application and interview process and ultimately, in their role. We therefore encourage you to inform us of any reasonable adjustments you might need to enable this.

In the event that a high volume of suitable applications are received, the post may close prior to the specified closing date. Please apply as soon as possible if interested.