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Director of Engineering

The role

If you are interested in taking a leading role in delivering world class solutions to help us to transform and disrupt the travel industry, this is the role for you!

We are seeking an experienced Director of Engineering to lead our Solutions development group. This person will be highly technically proficient, an excellent communicator and have a very strong customer orientation.  You will have strong experience leading software teams within a dynamic Development organisation and delivering those solutions to Tier 1 customers. You will have successfully delivered key enterprise grade applications and platforms for global customers. You will have full lifecycle experience – from initial concept design, implementation and ultimately production, using an Agile delivery methodology.

As a key member of the Engineering leadership team, you will be passionate about building a world class engineering team and product. An absolute passion for quality is a must, as is seeking out and driving continuous improvements (process etc.) within the engineering & wider organisation. Building strong relationships with the wider delivery and customer teams will be a critical part of this role.

Coaching and developing your team is critical, with experience leading collocated and remote teams. You will be very confident in advising the wider project team on matters of design, enhancements, optimisation and implementation, while being commercially aware and able to make sound judgement calls. 

You will work closely with Product Management and other Engineering leadership peers to continue to evolve a world-class Customer-focused Engineering culture and Product. 

If you want to influence an industry, have the talent and ability to innovate with the best and the courage to stand up for quality for our customers then we want to talk to you.


Key responsibilities

Work closely with Product Management, engineering teams and peers to deliver multiple, critical and parallel releases to the highest quality level to our customers.  

Build strong customer relationships with key technical contact points within our customer’s organisations

Provide leadership on all aspects of the software engineering lifecycle - from planning / resourcing, to technical implementation, operations and ultimately customer success

Provide direction to the wider delivery team on the optimal approach for implementation of solutions.

Challenge the status quo – with the goal of improving efficiency and scale of the organisation. Think BIG!

Review functional & technical specifications, providing feedback to Product Management and Architects

Provide direction on scope, sizing and timeline during customer engagement

Ensure teams understand the importance of the customer relationship and strive to accommodate their business needs

Ensure communication is flowing between key stakeholders in a clear, concise and timely manner.  Act as a bridge between development and other departments

Drive Continuous Improvement in People, Product & Process

Nurture your team - define short and long term goals for those under your management. Provide training and mentoring for your growing team (onshore and offshore).


Technical Skills / Knowledge / Experience

  • Degree related to software engineering or computer science
  • Worked in software development for a minimum of 10 years, ideally in a fast paced product company delivering to tier 1 customers.
  • Experience talking to C-level stakeholders.
  • Experience in Change Management – able to lead complex change through an organization. 
  • Strong experience delivering mission critical enterprise software to global customers
  • Experience in systems engineering, security, UI systems, disaster recovery, messaging systems, performance, scaling and  backups
  • Experience of working within various development environment such as Agile, Waterfall etc.
  • Very strong technical background
  • Very strong understanding of branching and release strategies
  • Demonstrable experience leading continuous improvement initiatives within engineering teams
  • Very strong planning experience – technical approaches, and taking ambiguous, ill-defined ideas into concrete delivery plans across teams
  • Experience working both within Platforms and Customer solutions a distinct advantage
  • Desirable (not essential) - Experience working within the Travel or e-commerce industry

About Datalex


Datalex is a market leader in digital commerce for travel retailers. The Datalex Commerce Platform enables a travel marketplace of over one billion shoppers covering every corner of the globe, driven by some of the world’s most innovative airline retail brands. Its customers include Aer Lingus, Air China, Air Malta, Air Transat, Copa Airlines, Hainan Group of Airlines, HP Enterprise Services, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa Group, Philippine Airlines, SITA and STA Travel. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, and maintains offices across Europe, USA and China. Datalex is a publicly listed company and is listed on the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE: DLE).

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