Head of Software Engineering

Job Profile

We think differently. We make the unbelievable happen. We are changing the future of how people buy cars.  Technology is key to the future of the business and this is an exciting time to join Summit Automotive as a Head of Software Engineering as we grow and look to scale in the Automotive industry.

About the Role

As we build out our tech capability within the UK, the Head of Software Engineering will ultimately lead project teams who are building cutting edge software solutions for the Automotive industry.   The Head of Software Engineering is responsible for the efficient design and engineering of the Summit Automotive platform.  

Owning the delivery of the platform technical design and solution; this individual is also responsible for the effective operational run state of the platform using DevOps, service management and security processes to ensure performance, quality, efficiency and agility goals are achieved.

Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer, this role provides an opportunity to work across exciting software projects for some of the biggest multinational car manufacturers and dealer networks. This is a critical hire for the business even during these uncertain COVID dominated times. Whilst the role will eventually be working full-time from Warwick on a permanent basis(replacing current contractor provision), the current climate means that the role will initially be fully home based. The Automotive teams are based in Warwick/Leamington and central London (Soho), with strategic partners throughout Europe. 

About the Tech

Our technologies include but not limited to SaaS and micro-services based software architectures, Azure, Docker, VueJS, React, PHP, Symfony, Composer, MySQL, Linux Bash Scripting, Docker, Kubernetes, Helm Charts, Git, VSTS Pipelines, Terraform, Atlassian Tools – Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, ElasticSearch, Kibanna, RabbitMQ and more.

Job Requirements

About You

You will have a diversified background of technology strategy derivation, agile, proven project management acumen, excellent vendor management skills, plus a superior, service-oriented approach to technology service provision.  As an operational and strategic leader with a technical / delivery background and demonstrable software development leadership success, you will have been accountable for building medium to large scale web and e-commerce programmes of activity.   

With the ideal blend of; leadership and management, collaboration, project management and technical skills you will have:

  • Circa ten or more years of experience working in a digitally native organisation(s).
  • Circa five years plus of progressive leadership responsibilities.
  • The ability to develop and execute a plan that ensures that the right people are in the right roles at the right time, and that employees are highly engaged and satisfied.
  • Strong vendor management and partner relation skills to identify and leverage resources internal and external to the enterprise to enhance capabilities that support business objectives.
  • Experience in budget planning and financial management, preferably with showback and/or chargeback models.
  • Deep understanding of current and emerging technologies and how other enterprises are employing them.
  • Strong DevOps and operations acumen, including cross-domain knowledge and preferably earlier career experience in a technical infrastructure or operational environment, such as a system administrator.
  • In-depth and extensive experience of Agile processes and software development methodologies is key to the role.

About the Benefits

A competitive base salary (to circa £95k depending on experience) is on offer plus opportunities for progression, within an exciting start-up environment that can already count numerous multi-national Automotive manufacturers as clients, with the added backing of our parent company TCC Global, a hugely successful and internationally recognised leader in loyalty marketing. 

Benefits including Life Assurance, Health Care Cash Plan, Auto-enrolment Pension, Profit Share, Experience for Life, Career Break Scheme, plus 25 day's holiday rising with service and your birthday off every year. Successful candidates must have and be able to evidence their right to work in the UK.  If you’re interested in finding out more and becoming a Changemaker we look forward to hearing from you.  No speculative agency CVs please.


About Us

Summit are changemakers in Automotive ecommerce. We are deeply involved in the transformation that ecommerce is creating in automotive, bringing our 18 years of expertise in retail to an exciting market. Manufacturers and Dealers trust us to help them on their automotive journey. We empower our clients to be best in class ecommerce and digital revolutionaries, making it more likely that people will buy from them, than anyone else.