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Vice President, Engineering (23817) in London

Job description

About the role:

Are you passionate about Health, Wellness, and Technology? Do you thrive in a dynamic and innovative environment? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you at Holland & Barrett as the Vice President (VP), Engineering. Join us on our mission to make health and wellness a way of life for everyone! 


As the VP, Engineering, you will be a strategic leader, driving the progression of H&B Technology. Your role will be instrumental in aligning our technology capabilities with our company strategy, fostering innovation, promoting scalability, and helping us build the future of health and wellness tech. 




Leadership and Team Management: 

  • Display strong leadership skills in managing software engineering managers and empowering engineering teams.
  • Drive and execute the technology strategic direction for Buyer Experience Online squads, focusing on omnichannel capabilities and specific online products.
  • Manage and mentor team members, ensuring their professional growth and development.
  • Cultivate a high-performing team culture centered around accountability, positive customer impact, and business improvement.
  • Collaborate closely with Product & Data teams for effective problem-solving and alignment of product and engineering outcomes across various teams.

Software/Systems Design & Development: 

  • Foster an Engineering Excellence culture and establish relevant support and frameworks for the teams' success.
  • Establish a framework for design reviews, service reviews, common capabilities, and best practices across the teams to enhance performance.
  • Stay updated on emerging technologies to drive innovation for the business and customers.
  • Establish and own the domain's technical strategy, ensuring alignment with organizational goals and InfoSec requirements.
  • Encourage teams to architect and build solutions efficiently, promoting cross-team collaboration and avoiding repetitive work.
  • Drive cross-functional plans for delivery, continuous improvement, and operational support while managing budget constraints.

Collaboration and Stakeholder Management: 

  • Provide essential knowledge to engineering teams across squads to develop valuable solutions.
  • Promote cross-departmental collaboration and establish stable processes for optimal product solutions.
  • Communicate delivery dates and functionality effectively to stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with business and technical leaders to communicate the technology roadmap and deliverables' costs.
  • Foster a best-in-class product culture and facilitate team growth and development.
  • Build productive relationships within squads, empowering team members for overall company success.


Key requirements:

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in computer science or a related field.
  • 10+ years of experience in Engineering, including 5+ years in a leadership role.
  • Proven track record of delivering high-quality technology solutions by building highly empowered teams.
  • Strong technical skills and knowledge of best engineering practices.
  • Data-driven decision-making.

Skills and Experience: 

  • Experience with Agile methodologies and product-led ways of working.
  • Strong leadership skills with experience managing large, complex teams.
  • Effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, fostering collaboration with cross-functional teams.
  • Deep understanding of software complexity, architecture, and modern engineering methodologies.
  • Previous experience as a line manager with direct reports, serving as a role model for work ethic and accountability.
  • Demonstrated ability to propose well-structured, data-informed solutions to challenging problems with multiple constraints.


At Holland & Barrett, we've embraced hybrid working, splitting our time between our Nuneaton and London offices and the convenience of working from home. You'll learn more about what hybrid working looks like for your role later in the recruitment process. 

If you are ready to combine your passion for wellness and technology, and possess strong engineering expertise, we would love to hear from you. 


Thank you for your application, please bear with us, we're doing our best to get back to everyone. If you have not heard back from us within 10 days, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

What we offer:
  • Bonus up to 33%
  • Pension company contribution = up to 7%
  • Your wellbeing is paramount so you can get away and take 33 Days Holiday per year.
  • Private Medical Care (Self & Spouse)
  • Life Insurance =  x3 your salary after 6 months service
  • Car Allowance
  • Epic Extras gives you access to exclusive benefits, free advice and savings from a range of retailers and providers.
  • Stay healthy with Discounted Products - from day one you'll get a 25% discount (on top of other promotions) when you shop at H&B on anything that you buy.
  • We all need a little help sometimes, so we offer Free 24/7 Confidential Advice & Colleague Welfare.
  • Mental Health First Aiders - we have lots of qualified Mental Health First Aiders because its all about your health & wellbeing.
  • Stay active in the Onsite Gym at our Nuneaton Hub!
  • We have colleague Reward and Recognition Schemes, so your hard work and loyalty won't go unnoticed.
  • And many more!

Extra information

Type of Contract
Graduate jobs
Profession type
Full UK/EU driving license preferred
Car Preferred
Must be eligible to work in the EU
Cover Letter Required

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