Centrica • United Kingdom

Technology Manager (Hive Hardware )

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 just a job – it’s a mission. We all play a vital role in energising a greener, fairer future.

An opportunity to play your part – As the successfully appointed Technology Manager, your role involves supporting the team in maintaining and advancing the Hive Hardware product range, a key component in Centrica’s journey towards achieving its Net Zero objectives. Your responsibilities will encompass everything from the generation of innovative ideas, the specification of new products, the creation of designs, to partnering with our associates to deliver solutions that surpass our customers’ anticipations on their route to Net Zero. You will be closely coordinating with software teams, supply chain, procurement, and commercial divisions of the company to realize these goals.”

Location: UK (talk to us about flexible working)

The day to day –

  • Assist in defining the specifications for new Hardware and Firmware products and maintain the current IoT product portfolio.
  • Implement stringent testing methods to ensure the reliability, functionality, and industry standard compliance of our products.
  • Apply your knowledge of electronics and firmware to quickly prototype Proof of Concept (PoC) hardware designs. Utilize available development kits, components, and tools to showcase the capabilities and potential of the proposed solutions.
  • Employ software tools to simulate hardware behavior, communication protocols, and system performance, providing crucial insights before the creation of physical prototypes.
  • Generate inventive ideas and concepts for new IoT products or features, leveraging technologies like Zigbee, Modbus, and primarily Silabs radios. Suggest PoC projects that align with our strategic objectives and market needs.
  • Keep precise records of testing procedures, results, and any modifications made during the development process. Produce reports to share findings and suggestions with the team.
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including hardware engineers, firmware developers, and product managers, to troubleshoot issues and implement effective solutions.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, technologies, and best practices related to electronic hardware design and manufacturing.
  • Work closely with manufacturers in China and other regions to guarantee the on-time delivery of cost-effective, high-quality products.
  • Occasional requirement to commute between different Centrica offices across the UK.

What’s in it for you –

  • Competitive salary plus bonus potential.
  • 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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