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Interim Head of Platform Engineering

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Arthur are delighted to be partnered with a leading reinsurer who pride themselves on innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction. We are seeking a talented and experienced Platform Engineering Lead to join our team and lead the development and maintenance of our platform infrastructure. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge technology solutions and play a key role in shaping our platform's future.

Job Summary:
As the Head of Platform Engineering (Interim), you will play a pivotal role in guiding engineering teams through a transformation process. You will lead the evolution of their infrastructure team into a shared service and centre of excellence focused on Azure cloud IAAS and PAAS, networking, and end-user computing. Your responsibilities will encompass modernising skills, introducing new working practices, and leveraging outsourcing when necessary to achieve scalability and maturity.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the platform engineering practice through a transformation process, aligning it with product management principles.
  • Establish and nurture engineering disciplines and enhance working practices to facilitate increased utilisation of Azure cloud, upskilling the practice where required.
  • Provide ongoing support for the modernisation and transformation of legacy datacentre-centric infrastructure into a cloud and SAAS-based environment.
  • Develop the engineering practice's capability to take full ownership of products developed by third parties, upskilling as needed.
  • Lead talent acquisition efforts to build engineering practice teams to match the target operating model's requirements.
  • Drive increased technical capabilities within the solution engineering practice, particularly in Cloud and DevOps practices (e.g., CICD, Automated Testing, DevSecOps, Infrastructure as code, and platform observability).
  • Define and execute ambitious yet realistic engineering strategies and roadmaps in collaboration with senior leaders.
  • Collaborate with IT Architecture to ensure engineering practices align with the wider strategy and architectural vision.
  • Mentor and develop multiple teams of Engineers, ensuring successful engineering practices in line with our agile delivery squads and organizational values.
  • Establish governance, controls, and transparency measures to ensure the effectiveness of our engineering practices.
  • Foster a culture of exploration, experimentation, and innovation to stay at the forefront of technology trends.
  • Promote continuous improvement within the solution engineering practice and identify areas for growth.

Skills & Experience Required:

  • Proven experience modernizing multiple engineering teams in a product-centric delivery environment.
  • Developing strategic solution engineering capabilities within organisations.
  • Leadership of multiple engineering teams in a dynamic, agile, product-centric environment.
  • Delivering solutions leveraging Cloud technology, especially Azure.
  • Leading cloud adoption, including migrations for existing products.
  • Creating an innovative environment within the organisation's solution engineering practice.
  • Delivering enterprise-grade solutions using various components, frameworks, and tools (e.g., software-defined networks, Terraform, Intune, Wintel, Linux, Azure IAAS, and PAAS).
  • Comprehensive experience with project life cycles, including waterfall, agile, and hybrid methodologies.
  • Minimum of 8 years of work experience in an engineering manager or lead role.
  • In-depth understanding of DevOps practices (e.g., CICD, Automated Testing, DevSecOps, Infrastructure as code, containerization, observability).
  • Proficiency with modern agile delivery management tools like Azure DevOps and Jira.
  • Confidence in devising, communicating, and driving the delivery of a solution engineering strategy aligned with IT and business architecture.

For further information, please apply for immediate review!

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