Product Engineering Lead

Product Engineering Lead

About the role

Our Engineering team is based in 3 teams, made up of passionate, technically minded and forward thinking people, all working towards the same goal. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and friendly Product Engineering Lead to join our Engineering team and deliver market leading features across the Arbor platform. You will work closely with Product Managers to identify problems and define technical solutions and architectures, as well as provide mentoring and day-to-day management to the engineering team. You will have a key voice in Arbor’s technology strategy, and work across teams to ensure a high quality of software development and innovative features. 

Our platform is based on AWS, and deployed to Kubernetes using Docker and Terraform. Our core stack comprises a PHP backend, MySQL db’s, Elasticsearch, Redis, and React/ExtJS front-end, alongside auxiliary functions written in Nodejs. This role will be pivotal in shaping our journey towards a service-oriented architecture, and establishing new technologies and methodologies with the ultimate aim of providing the best experience possible to customers.

It’s a broad and exciting role, so we’re looking for someone up for a challenge - if you’re a positive and proactive leader, this is the role for you.

Core responsibilities

  • Providing day-to-day management and mentoring of Product Engineers, helping them to develop and grow
  • Working closely with the Product Manager and engineering team to solutionise feature requests
  • Creating appropriate documentation for new feature developments, including diagrams where appropriate
  • Ensuring compliance with engineering standards for areas of responsibility 
  • Producing well written code, using standard design patterns and methods
  • Leading in code reviews and pair programming with colleagues
  • Participating in tech-talks and team based learning to ensure knowledge is spread
  • Helping to hire and onboard new engineers, ensuring a smooth onboarding and short time to ramp up

About you

We’re looking for an experienced product engineer with experience with Object Oriented languages, a proven leader and mentor, and ideally PHP or similar language background. 

Beyond that, we’d love to see:

  • Past experience of leading and driving engineering teams
  • Extensive experience of Object Oriented languages and software development
  • Understanding of software engineering principles, such as SOLID, DRY etc
  • Understanding of relational database technologies such as MySQL, Postgres
  • Experience in instrumenting applications and focusing on performance and scalability
  • A positive and proactive attitude to problem solving 
  • A team player, willing to muck in and help others when needed
  • A driven personality who asks questions and actively participates in discussions

Desirable skills also include experience with cloud computing, enterprise solutions and Docker. Familiarity with software best practices such as Refactoring, Clean Code, Domain-Driven Design, Test-Driven Development, etc. would also be a bonus. 

What we offer

This is a great opportunity to join a fast growing sustainable company, where you can wake up every day knowing your work is making a lasting positive social difference to the education sector. We are passionate about education and technology, and we’re looking for people who share that passion, and who love to learn and want to make an impact. On joining Arbor you’ll not only be working with amazing people, but you’ll see the impact of your work everyday!

In addition to this you can expect the following:

  • 25 days annual leave (plus Bank Holidays)
  • A personal budget for professional development 
  • Volunteer Days - take a day off each year to work with a charity of your choice
  • Childcare Vouchers and a Bike To Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme - access to a choice of comprehensive 24/7 support services
  • Free breakfast in the office every day
  • Flexible working if you need it
  • Regular team nights out (we’ve had pizza making, escape rooms, and even white water rafting!)
  • Half day Fridays during school summer holidays, plus, we shut the office for a day at Easter and over Christmas
  • An office less than 10 minutes walk from Leeds train station

Refer a friend: Know someone else who would be good for this role? You can refer a friend, family member or colleague, if they are offered a role with Arbor, we will say thank you with a voucher valued up to £200! Simple email:  

Arbor Education is an equal opportunities organisation

 We support and promote diversity and equality, and actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, gender assignment, age, pregnancy, maternity and paternity status, disability status, marital and civil partnership status, or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.

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Perks and Benefits

You'll have the chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday. We also offer:

  • Professional development budget 🎓

    At Arbor we're passionate about learning, and to support this we have a dedicated training budget for all teams.

  • Mental health and wellness 🧠

    Dedicated Mental Health Champions with ongoing support and learning around mental health

  • Volunteering day 🤝

    We're all about making an impact! So everyone who joins us gets 1 day a year to volunteer for a charity or cause of their choice.

  • Regular team socials 🥳

    We have regular team socials where we spend dedicated time together. This year we've had BBQs, been to theatre shows, gone white water rafting, and more!

  • Half-day summer Fridays 😎

    Plus, we shut the office for a day at Easter and over Christmas so you get some extra time off then too!

  • Employee Assistance Programme 🧘‍♀️

    Choice of comprehensive 24/7 support services with UK and Ireland's most trusted health and wellbeing network.

  • Flexible working 🤸‍♀️

    Depending on your role we can also offer you flexible working - just mention it in your interview and we'll let you know what your options are

  • Dog-friendly offices 🐕

    Our offices are dog friendly, so if you'd like to bring your canine companion in for the day, that's no problem!

Workplace and Culture

We’re a diverse and experienced team of ex-teachers, edtech engineers and education specialists passionate about making a difference to the sector.  
Ultimately, we’re here to help make our schools and trusts stress a little less, and focus on what matters most - improving the lives of teachers and outcomes of students everywhere!


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