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London, Greater London
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£61,560 - £68,400 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Based in any UK Office (Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London or Manchester)

The job of a Save the Children’s UK Head of Engineering is influential and exciting.

  • Would you like the opportunity to have a real impact in shaping the future of our IT Development strategy?
  • Are you a passionate with exceptional technical leadership skills?
  • Do you have a proven track record in leading talented cross-functional IT engineering teams?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Chief Information Officer, the Head of Engineering will be responsible for leading the engineering effort to ensure effective development, enhancement and use of business intelligence, CRM and digital platforms.

The Head of Engineering role is critical to the successful delivery of technology solutions to support our goal of providing better programming for children, better engagement with supporters, and more effective internal management.

The role holder will work as a strategic partner to ensure that our organisational outcomes for technical solutions and our IT development strategy are well defined and understood. They will rigorously challenge and question both organisational requirements and proposed solutions and technology choices as necessary.

As we enter a critical period in our technology transformation journey, this role offers a true opportunity to make their mark and influence how Save the Children UK uses technology in the next 5 years.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The role holder will also support our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.

Main Accountabilities

The Head of Engineering will be responsible for ensuring the effective development, enhancement and use of business intelligence, CRM and digital platforms. Key duties will focus on:


  • Drive the vision, design and implementation of an effective platform strategy. Make this a strong and collaborative contribution to the Technical Design Authority function of the CIO
  • Play a lead role in the development of SCUK’s Data and Analytics strategy
  • Lead and manage the execution and evolution of platforms (data, BI and digital), software and application development (adobe systems - experience manager, target and analytics)


  • Work alongside our Head of Service Delivery, Head of Business Architecture and Analysis, and Head of PMO to form a coherent leadership team for our Technology Department
  • Lead a team of 20+ cross functional development and test staff, contractors and vendors
  • Provide technical expertise guidance and direction to solution design and delivery
  • Setting an overall strategy and workplan for the team, and ensuring optimal deployment of resources to meet requirements
  • Ensuring the implementation of agile processes wherever appropriate and in all cases support engineers to participate in the methods chosen by projects
  • Drive positive, proactive engagement with the wider organisation, bringing engineering into the solution design and analysis activities, and driving “can do” “yes if…” behaviours

Quality systems and methods

  • Lead engineering techniques including DevOps / release management
  • Set coding standards
  • Own QA and testing methods, systems and environments


  • Manage the development, documentation and enforcement of architecture and design standards and guidelines.  Ensure that Save the Children has a complete, comprehensive and high-quality set of documents for its systems
  • Keep abreast of new technologies and champion the use of data analytics and digital technologies in Save the Children’s work. Technical evangelist in areas such as data, BI, .NET, digital platforms (AEM, ACM etc.)
  • Work effectively with colleagues across the Save the Children movement to ensure stronger alignment of systems within a coherent overall architecture
  • Capability of becoming part of the broader iNGO tech community and keen to explore and contribute in order to share best practise and new opportunities

Person Profile

Essential Technical Skills Required

  • Proven track record in a similar role leading talented cross-functional engineering teams
  • Solid and demonstrable experience in most of data, BI, .NET, digital platforms (CMS, email campaign, personalisation)
  • Experience of agile delivery process
  • Understanding of testing methods relating to delivery of platforms and associated applications and software
  • Good understanding of how quality data and information can be used to make day to day business decisions
  • Previous experience in two or more of the following: 
  • Experience of data virtualisation platforms e.g. Tibco, Denodo etc.
  • Experience of automation and/or CI/CD
  • Experience of DataOps
  • Experience of data mining, machine learning, visualisation
  • Integration of online and offline data in a digital world
  • Enterprise architecture experience

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Refreshed on: 18 September 2021
Closing date: 03 October 2021
Tags: IT,Senior Management
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