Development Team Manager
The Foschini Group
Cape Town North
4d ago

Position Description :

We’re looking to add new talent to our eCommerce Systems portfolio. If you have sound experience as a Development Manager in the eCommerce / Digital space, then join our team with a commitment to developing and maintaining world-class IT solutions.

With a robust strategy focusing on People, Process and Technology, we believe that our culture and the quality of our people are our greatest strengths.

As such, we need to employ top talent to support our key business functions.

Our eCommerce Systems portfolio comprises platforms, services and functions needed to power our digital experiences and engagement for millions of TFG’s customers every day.

We are passionate technologists who thrive on simple and elegant architecture. Innovation and agility are parts of our core.

We are part of a dynamic team providing shared services to various Digital and Marketing Initiatives for TFG’s brands. Come and get challenged in a fast-paced and agile environment.

This is an ideal role for a highly technical leader, who is experienced with delivering complex and mission critical systems, including highly scalable web applications and micro-services.

This person should have demonstrated the successful management of multiple development and quality teams, each team encompassing of 5-10 engineers where resources may be either onshore or offshore.

This person will need to take diverse / changing requirements and turn them into actionable plans. This person will need to understand the value of having strong design / architecture and will need to be motivated by the need to serve the business.

The successful applicant will work closely with product managers, other Technical Leads, Software Engineers and Operations in a highly collaborative environment to provide quality software and solutions, while providing the necessary leadership to deliver releases on time.

Key focus areas for the role include, people management, project portfolio management, planning (system roadmaps), financial management, vendor management, service delivery and IT governance, operations management and strategic direction.

TFG’s mission is to be the leading fashion lifestyle retailer in Africa whilst growing its international footprint by providing innovative products, creative customer experiences and by leveraging its portfolio of diverse brands to differentiate its offering.

The Key Performance Areas of this role will be as follows :

Responsible for building, steering, nurturing and maintaining a leading-edge Engineering team by providing guidance, vision & leadership, set team strategy and direction.

Strong interest and proven experience in analytics-enabled digital transformations (e.g. multi-channel, segmentation, user experience, etc.).

Own development team’s tools, processes, and quality / performance of the work produced by the team.

Exceptional architecture abilities and experience with architectural patterns of large, high-scale applications.

Lead the implementation of application services, frameworks, automations and infrastructure that the Project teams depend upon.

Additional responsibilities include mentoring the team, driving the SDLC and methodology, tracking the current tasks of the team members, and escalating issues as needed.

Collaborate with Architecture, Technical Leads, Compliance, PMs and other stake holders to estimate and plan work.

Manage your direct reports to continually develop and apply skills relevant to the space, as well as sound business judgement and communication skills.

Actively coach and mentor engineers in their careers.

Own the relationships with key supporting teams.

Report critical issues to management effectively and with clarity.

Regular, dependable attendance and punctuality.

You should have :

Relevant tertiary qualification

2+ year’s management experience of guiding multiple teams of significant size.

Strong understanding of Responsive / Adaptive Web Design.

Highly technical - experienced with caching, high performance and highly scalable web applications.

Experience with Agile (Scrum) methodologies.

Able to effectively communicate across teams and roles written and verbal skills.

Offshore team management experience desired.

Experience in design and code reviews and writing required design and analysis documents for the applications.

Experience writing application architecture specifications and assisting with architecture building.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Ability to effectively communicate with and tailor communication to peers, stakeholders, direct reports and senior leadership.


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