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Technical Lead – Back End

Contract type: Permanent

Category: Various

Location: London Holborn

Job Title: Back End Technical Lead Grade: B18 Location Holborn (minimum 3 days per week in the office)

Job Overview: 

We are looking for a Technical Lead to join our team. You will be responsible for the backend technologies and patterns required to build the heart of our digital products including

Are you a senior developer looking to move into a wider guiding and influencing role? Do you love technology and want to help influence the ones we use? Do you want to foster relationships with our current and potential future providers (AWS, Microsoft, Oracle, Google, IBM etc). Do you love to learn and play with technology? If yes, then we’d love you to apply!

*Full information is detailed in the attached job description.

Download File Back End Tech Lead Functional Job Decription.doc

Minimum Skills/Experience Required:


  • Have proven experience of developing technology platforms, including technical architecture, estimation, planning, non-functional requirements, and Continuous Improvement activities using modern agile techniques.
  • Thrive in an Agile environment where responding to change is a daily requirement.
  • Have solid experience of designing and building secure highly scalable cloud native web applications.
  • Have experience working with off-shore partners particularly focusing on fostering amazing working relationships.
  • Have expert experience with Java and cloud native architectures.
  • Are an expert and evangelist for technology and innovation within this specific domain.
  • Have experience with CI/CD and the ability to evangelise about this.
  • Have experience with tooling solutions eg Veracode, Sonarcube, Maven, Jenkins or similar.
  • Have some experience of developing training and team development plans to drive performance across multi-skilled teams.
  • Have a good understanding of business modelling techniques and approaches to capturing requirements.


  • Kubernetes on AWS with App Mesh
  • Java 8+ (Currently 17)
  • Docker
  • GraphQL (AWS AppSync)
  • Akamai
  • Auth0
  • Postman Pro
  • Sonarcube and Veracode
  • Jenkins, Maven
  • App Dynamics
  • Expert CI/CD
  • Github, Jira and Confluence


  • In engineering across the cloud native backend space, to support the overall Technology plan.
  • Governance & decision making for designs, ways of working and solutions to engineering requirements (tech stack, CI-CD, security, patterns etc).
  • Design process across our platforms, working with business and technology stakeholders to translate business problems into technical designs.
  • Engineering Community of Practice.
  • Peer review of technical designs and business requirements.
  • Supporting the Maintenance of the Engineering Skills matrix, training plans and development

Benefits: -

  • Bonus: Up to 30% company performance related bonus
  • Healthcare: Family BUPA healthcare
  • Discounts: Up to 60% discount on Premier Inn stays and 25% discount on our Restaurant brands
  • Company Share save Scheme: Share in Whitbread’s continued success.
  • Car or Car Allowance

We believe that everyone is unique and there should be no barriers to entry and no limits to ambition. We are committed to being an inclusive organisation that values diversity and welcomes your application whatever your background or situation.

Under-represented groups such as women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities & members of the LGBTQIA+ community (those who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans and non-binary or those who use a different LGBTQIA+ term), are strongly encouraged to build a career with us. Speak to us about workplace adjustments, part-time and flexible working. Where possible we will support this.

Job ref: 834284-2028
Advertised: 06 Jul 2024

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