Lead Software Engineer

London, United Kingdom
Closing date
1 Jul 2023

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Founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, Burberry is a global luxury brand with a distinctly British attitude. We are a global business with an extensive network of both owned and franchised stores across EMEIA, Asia Pacific and Americas. We are digital pioneers, and innovative technology underpins every aspect of our business, from product design to distribution and marketing. We believe that modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible; this mindset is core to our business and key to our long-term success.


Although Burberry is a very well-known FTSE 100 company, we have very few tech boundaries; our microservices platform was recently implemented on then-new serverless AWS tech - so successfully that we gave a talk at AWS Summit in Las Vegas.

We continually trial betas of AWS and other tech solutions to see how we could use them, while having regular calls with AWS to understand and trial new features and capabilities.

We predominantly use nodejs for backend with react on the frontend. Infrastructure as Code is either Terraform or AWS CDK. To support all of this we are building an internal open source shared library.

We're big on automation. We have gitlab for CI, snyk for security testing, an internal performance engineering team ensuring your solutions meet high standards.

Our platforms and applications are extremely stable, and we focus on building new features and trialing new tech. The number of critical incidents has reduced significantly over the past few years thanks to our investment in Observability, including teams being responsible for their application in production (we call it Run What You Wrote).

The Burberry brand is known around the world, and our technology must support customers everywhere. Localisation is the key part of our strategy - we tailor our customer experiences online in many regions. From overcoming global technical restrictions, to building for users on all devices, we need to give Burberry consumers the highest quality luxury digital retail experience wherever they may be.


Your first focus, as Lead Software Engineer, is your team: enable them, encourage them, amplify them -- help them reach the goals they never thought they'd be able to achieve.

Second to that, you'll be focused on making the code quality and the developer experience better through standardisation, mentoring, and improved tooling.

Lastly, it's your job to advocate and act as a communications conduit, between product, engineering, and delivery teams.


The purpose of the role is to be the expert in vanilla JavaScript and ReactJS.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Lead and organise an engineering team of 3-6 engineers
  • Work closely with the Delivery Lead and Product Manager to plan and agree delivery milestones and help your team to deliver the agreed scope on time
  • Writing high-quality code, reviewing merge requests
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to improve our products and agile ways of working
  • Review & assess proposed solutions
  • Manage and prioritise front-end tech debt


Burberry is an Equal Opportunities Employer and as such, treats all applications equally and recruits purely on the basis of skills and experience.

Posting Notes: United Kingdom || Not Applicable || London || IT || DIGITAL || n/a ||


Founded in 1856, Burberry today remains quintessentially British, with outerwear at its core. Digital luxury positioning and intensive focus on design innovation, quality and heritage icons of the trench coat, trademark check and Prorsum knight, ensure continued brand purity and relevance globally across genders and generations.

At Burberry, every individual, every team and every function, shares an incredible passion for the brand and is guided by a ‘brand-first’ mind-set. Decisions are evaluated through the lens of the long-term health and vitality of the Burberry brand.

Burberry believes that in order to be a great brand it must also be a great company. Inspired by three Core Values - Protect, Explore, Inspire - rooted in the brand’s heritage and continually informing its guiding principles, Burberry leverages its compassionate and creative thinking culture to continually innovate and drive the brand forward.


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