Centrica • United Kingdom

Head of Software Engineering

Employment type:  Full time


A little flex time

Job Description

We are Centrica! We’re so much more than an energy company. We’re a family of brands revolutionising a cleaner, greener future. Working here is #MoreThanACareer - we’re powered by purpose. Together we can make an impact that will truly change tomorrow. Whether you’re developing cutting-edge green tech, helping customers on the front line or simplifying operations behind the scenes.

Your work here isn’t job – it’s a mission. We all play a vital role in energising a greener, fairer future.

An opportunity to play your part - As a pivotal member of the team, you will oversee the comprehensive delivery of complex products or platforms, comprising various services.

Your primary collaboration will be with a product counterpart to craft and execute strategic roadmaps and platform strategies. Managing a compact yet proficient team of engineering managers and seasoned software engineers, you will form the core leadership group.

Embedded within the Product Engineering and Data Services leadership team, you will actively contribute to shaping the engineering direction, emphasizing aspects like personnel and procedural enhancements, engineering ecosystem development, and platform architecture strategies. Beyond routine tasks, you will also have avenues for:

In essence, this role offers a dynamic opportunity to lead the end-to-end delivery of intricate products or platforms while actively contributing to the overarching engineering strategy and fostering innovation within a collaborative environment.

The day to day

  • Design, develop, and implement new features and enhancements aligning with business requirements.
  • Lead the entire software development lifecycle, ensuring smooth transitions from design to deployment and operations.
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to software engineering managers and teams, participating in design reviews and offering feedback on design quality.
  • Proactively enhance deployment, monitoring, alerting, and incident handling practices within the platform.
  • Manage stakeholders, coordinating communications and ensuring alignment with project plans.
  • Monitor and improve engineering excellence metrics, consistently seeking opportunities for enhancement.
  • Coach and nurture engineering talent within the platform, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and customer-centricity.
  • Utilize cost management expertise to support business strategies and evaluate project success.
  • Champion customer needs and pain points, striving to solve them effectively through platform innovations and solutions.

About You

  • Software Development: 5+ years of experience in software development, including hands-on coding and software design.
  • Team Management: 5+ leading and managing a team(s) of engineers.
  • Product Development: Experience overseeing the development and launch of software products.
  • Stakeholder Management: Experience working with other departments, such as Product, Sales, and Marketing, to align engineering efforts with broader company objectives.
  • Security: Experience with implementing security best practices and understanding of security protocols, encryption, and data protection. Familiarity with security audits and compliance is also beneficial.
  • Design: Experience with system design, architecture, and modeling. This includes understanding of design principles and patterns.
  • Strategy: Proven experience in strategic planning and execution. This includes setting technical direction, driving innovation, and making high-level decisions about the technical tools and approaches the engineering team will use.

Whats in it for you ?

  • Competitive salary and bonus potential.
  • Company car allowance.
  • Employee Energy Allowance at 15% of the government price cap.
  • Pension scheme.
  • Company Funded Healthcare Plan.
  • 25 days holiday allowance, plus public holidays, and the option to buy up to 5 additional days.
  • Excellent range of flexible benefits, including technology vouchers, electric car lease scheme & travel insurance.

At Centrica we embrace diversity and actively seek to attract individuals with unique backgrounds and perspectives. To build a more sustainable future, we need the best team – a team with a diverse mix of people and skills, where everyone feels welcome and able to succeed. We are dedicated in helping to close the diversity gap and would love to see more females, people of colour and LGBTQ+ employees, as well as those from a variety of cultures and ethnicity to veterans and the differently abled. Supporting diversity and inclusion is a big part of who we are, we are not looking for people to fit into our culture but to add to it!

PLEASE APPLY ONLINE by hitting the 'Apply' button.

Applications will ONLY be accepted via the ‘Apply’ button.

This role is being handled by the Centrica recruitment team and NO agency contact is required.

Company benefits

Adoption leave
Open to part-time employees
Enhanced sick days
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Gym membership
Health insurance
Mental health platform access
Compassionate leave
Dental coverage
Fertility treatment leave
Season ticket loan
Buy or sell annual leave
Optional unpaid leave
Shared parental leave
Enhanced maternity leave
Carer’s leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Pregnancy loss leave
Cycle to work scheme
Pension match/increase
Equity packages
Life insurance
Annual pay rises
Share options
Financial coaching
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Company car
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel like the company culture is brilliantly inclusive and equitable
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

Working at Centrica

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

Windsor, London, Cardiff, Leicester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin, Stockport, Staines, Hampton, Aberdeen, Barrow, Hull

Hiring Countries




United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

2nd – Large companies

2nd – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
3rd – Consumer Goods

3rd – Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023

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