Head of Platform Engineering

East Sussex, Bexhill-On-Sea
22 May 2019
19 Jun 2019
Hastings Direct
Technology, IT
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you looking for a dynamic Head of Platform Engineering role? We have an exciting new opportunity to join our fast paced Technology Services team in Bexhill reporting directly to our CTO.

About the role

The primary purpose of this role is to provide leadership and direction for the IT Platform Engineering function with respect to people, products, processes and technology, within the Technology Services function. You will work closely with the CTO to develop the technology infrastructure strategy, and is accountable for the execution of the platform delivery roadmap including design, implementation and support of the technology ecosystem across infrastructure, telephony and security engineering to develop the platforms to support accelerated and continuous change.

You will have an operational vision of end to end excellence through continuous improvement and innovation of the management, design, and function of our infrastructure environments to achieve speed of delivery improved reliability, and enabling business agility.


- Leadership and line management of the infrastructure, security and telecoms engineering teams ensuring that they receive appropriate support, personal development, and are given opportunities to work on new technologies and ownership of initiatives, projects, and challenges

- Working closely with the CTO to define a technology roadmap with deliverables focused on the continued improvement of the functions capabilities and empowering an agile and innovative culture

- Accountable for the delivery of the portfolio of Technology platform change projects and ensure that the infrastructure requirements of the Business Transformation programme are met including availability, reliability and security of core technology platforms

- Lead the strategy for the automation and delivery of infrastructure and environments as code, embracing tools, process and best practices frameworks

- Provide technical subject matter expertise in the event of major or critical incidents, and act as Major Incident Manager as part of the Technology Services leadership team

About you

- Solid technical Infrastructure experience (10+ years)

- Strong project management experience (10+ years)

- Demonstrable experience in strategic planning, organisation design and development

- Commercially aware with excellent budget management, compliance and governance

- Experience of delivering high quality Executive reporting

- Excellent vendor management skills

- Service-oriented approach to technology platform delivery and support

Benefits for you

- Competitive basic salary which we will share with you upon shortlisting, but do feel free to email the Recruitment team for more details in advance of your application -

- Car allowance of £6,000

- Up to 20% bonus earning potential

- 27 days holiday

- Life assurance

- Competitive pension

- Flexible benefits - buy or sell holidays

- Discounted Hastings Direct products

- A friendly, dynamic and flexible environment with a test-and-learn culture

- Structured career path that rewards achievements and solid performance

- Broad exposure to senior management and ability to contribute to real change

Hastings Group is an equal opportunities employer which means we treat people fairly. We welcome applications from all suitably skilled persons regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, ethnic background, religion/belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or marital/family status. Please also note that we have a thorough referencing process, which includes credit and criminal record checks