Software Engineering Manager

  • Focusrite
  • Remote (London, UK)
  • Dec 24, 2022
Full time Information Technology

Job Description

Software Engineering Manager

Based: High Wycombe / London / Hybrid / Remote

Term: Permanent, Full time

Salary: Negotiable + excellent benefits

The Role:

We're looking for an Engineering Manager to lead our team of 17+ native engineers. Our engineers are embedded into different agile teams working on a variety of projects alongside QA, scrum masters and product owners.

The teams focus on a wide range of value streams such as creative music software, audio plug-ins, internal tools, embedded software and hybrid apps that augment our products.

You will be providing leadership and coaching to support team development, meet the growing needs of the business and nurture a shared engineering culture.

You will work closely with our Tech Leads to communicate strategy and create a sense of unity and direction.

The software team is currently pathing the way for future best practices within the wider group, as engineering manager you'll have an opportunity to directly contribute to the best practices that we choose to adopt.


  • Energise the team, fostering a sense of belonging, fun and creativity
  • Hold regular 1:1s with individual team members
  • Conduct performance reviews
  • Provide feedback with coaching to help our people grow and reach their potential
  • Work on the company career framework with the Software Director
  • Enable others to make technical choices by facilitating the exchange of ideas
  • Ensure we have the right skillset in the team, shaping our hiring best practices to attract the best talent
  • Support and improve the onboarding of new engineers into the team
  • Source and manage contractors and consultants
  • Get involved with diversity projects to help build an inclusive culture
  • Champion knowledge-sharing programmes across Agile teams, such as product demonstrations, lunch-and-learns, hack days and tech events
  • Follow the work of other agile teams and look for opportunities to adopt common practices and technologies
  • Ensure the team is equipped to achieve their goals, through training and equipment
  • Introduce and monitor metrics to help with decision making

Skills and experience required:

  • You have exceptional communication skills
  • You are able to articulate complex problems and situations to a range of audiences.
  • You have several years of experience in a senior position
  • You have a broad knowledge of the C++ language and ecosystem
  • You have experience managing or mentoring teams using Agile and DevOps best practices, in a culture of psychological safety
  • You have proven leadership skills and evidence of engagement with relevant communities You take a human-centric approach, showing kindness and compassion
  • You have a passion for helping others to achieve ambitious goals

About Us

Focusrite plc is a global music and audio group that develops and markets music technology products. Used by audio professionals and amateur musicians alike, its solutions facilitate the high-quality production of recorded and live sound. Our audio technology brands stand together, seeking to enrich lives through music by removing barriers to creativity – ‘we make music easy to make’.

The Focusrite Group trades under eleven established and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation, ADAM Audio, Sequential, Oberheim, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio, Ampify Music, Linea Research and Sonnox. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning decades, its brands are category leaders in the music-making industry.

Music technology is an enriching space to work in and we enjoy a Group-wide open-door culture which encourages innovation. This culture, combined with a passion for the inspirational solutions we create, has led to the group winning numerous accolades, including four Queen's Awards for Enterprise and the AIM Company of the Year Award 2021.

The Focusrite Group is dedicated to building a great place to work and as an equal opportunity employer we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion. The group mission is to cultivate an equitable culture, internally and externally, where all people feel they are welcome and positively represented, whether office-based or working remotely. Equally, we recognise the major impact that climate change is having on our world and work every day towards being industry leaders in a carbon neutral future.

Benefits include flexible/hybrid working, company pension, life insurance, private healthcare, employee purchase scheme, company music events, free breakfast/lunch in the canteen at Focusrite HQ. We arrange company training sessions and encourage personal development.