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Lead Backend Engineer

  • Job
    Senior & Expert Level
  • Software Engineering
  • London

AI generated summary

  • You must excel in Django & Python, have strong CS & leadership skills, cloud-based services experience, customer focus, curiosity, agility, inclusivity, accountability, & a commitment to innovation & growth.
  • You will collaborate with teams to develop engineering platforms for data science, translate between business and data, support team members, and promote a data culture.


  • Excellent knowledge and experience in Django and Python backend
  • Excellent understanding of computer science fundamentals and machine learning
  • Proven experience of delivering several high-quality software products and experience of productionisation
  • Proven experience of developing cloud-based services using one or more cloud providers (preferably GCP)
  • Strong management and leadership skills - including the ability to build, organise, motivate, mentor and manage a Platform Engineering team that supports a diverse range of initiatives
  • Sensitivity and excellent influencing skills - ability to work with stakeholders across a variety of functions and levels of seniority
  • Be Customer Focused – constantly improving our customers’ experience
  • We listen to our customers and colleagues
  • We innovate products and experiences to stay ahead
  • Be Human – leading with purpose, humanity and care
  • We do the right thing
  • We invest in our people and build great teams
  • Be Curious – thrive on learning, thinking beyond the obvious
  • We focus externally, globally and build the long term
  • We experiment and share our learnings
  • Be Agile – building trust and empowering people to work with agility
  • We act with pace, not perfection, role modelling 80/20
  • We take risks, fail fast and adapt quickly
  • Be Inclusive – inspiring diverse teams to achieve together
  • We celebrate difference as a strength
  • We collaborate, breaking down silos
  • Be Accountable – owning the plan, delivering results and growth
  • We focus on performance outcomes
  • We prioritise and simplify for others


  • Collaborate with Tech, Product and Data teams to develop the engineering platforms that allow us to apply and embed the use of data science directly in our products and processes
  • Support diverse teams in translating between business and data in the design of project work, and in the synthesis and communication of recommendations and results
  • Support the Data Science Leadership Team in developing a “data culture” and demonstrating the value of data in our decision-making
  • Provide technical leadership and support for the junior members of the team


What programming languages are required for this role?

The Lead Backend Engineer role requires excellent knowledge and experience in Django and Python backend.

Retail & Consumer Goods

Mission & Purpose

Kingfisher plc is an international home improvement company with approximately 1,900 stores, and operations in eight countries across Europe. We operate under retail banners including B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt, Screwfix, TradePoint and Koçtaş, supported by a team of over 82,000 colleagues. We offer home improvement products and services to consumers and trade professionals who shop in our stores and via our e-commerce channels. At Kingfisher, we believe a better world starts with better homes. We help make better homes accessible for everyone. As a Group, we use our core strengths and commercial assets, and we power our retail banners to address the significant growth opportunities that exist within the home improvement market #PoweredByKingfisher