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Senior Director - Head of Software Engineering

  • Job
    Expert Level
  • Software Engineering
  • Nottingham


  • You’ll have a clear track record of leading large software engineering teams, and a proven track record of driving high performance
  • You’ll be able to solve complex challenges across people, process and technology. A high level of intellectual curiosity and comfort with ambiguity is essential. You will have the ability to deep dive on different technology options quickly and provide recommendations on a path forward. You will have excellent critical thinking skills and be able to provide thoughtful and effective counsel to the executive team.
  • You’re passionate about recruiting and developing great engineering talent - and can build structures do this at scale
  • You’ll be able to drive results quickly individually, whilst enabling others through the establishing of clear patterns and practices for engineering teams.
  • You’ll possess excellent communication skills, with an ability to adapt and communicate compellingly and with authenticity to any audience (including internal and external stakeholders)
  • You’ll be aware of the latest native developments within AWS and have real world experience
  • You’ll have an understanding of the latest cybersecurity trends and how they impact engineering practice
  • You’ll be able to work within enterprise policies/guidelines while customising to fit the UK to strike the right balance
  • Knowledge of the UK / US regulatory, consumer lending and technology landscapes (preferred)


  • Leadership of a team of 400 engineers across software and quality engineering
  • Strategic thinking with respect to the organisational design for the next few years answering key questions on engineering and architecture oversight of both built and SaaS capabilities
  • Elevate great talent and ensure you have a clear agenda for development in the team. Actively manage performance across the team to develop quality over time
  • Member of the UK Tech leadership team and one of the most senior leaders in the UK business, with an ability to manage stakeholders at ExCo and Board level
  • Drive for effective delivery with pace and precision across the different outcome teams
  • Liaising with and managing enterprise stakeholders primarily based in the US, who often have deep expertise on particular domains
  • Lead engagement across a number of third party suppliers - both Software as a Service companies and Labour providers
  • Stay up to date with the latest relevant changes in regulation and enterprise process
  • Maintain broad knowledge and awareness of the latest relevant technologies and engineering practices
  • Be a key voice in technical design reviews - ensuring a clear and consistent approach to engineering practices


Mission & Purpose

At Capital One, we’re changing banking for good. We were founded on the belief that no one should be locked out of the financial system. We’re dedicated to helping foster a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to prosper. We’re a bank. But we don’t think like one. We’re always thinking about what’s next. About how we can innovate. Inspire. And develop the tools our customers need to improve their financial lives. That’s where you come in. Your ideas, your experiences and your skills will help us make banking simpler. Working here is about doing bold things. And having that feeling like you belong right where you are. Because we’re doing cool work that lets you have a life outside of work. That’s life at Capital One.