Software Development Manager - PC Optimum

  • Loblaw Digital
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Jan 25, 2024
Full time Technology

Job Description

At Loblaw Digital, we know that our customers expect the best from us. Whether that means building the best, most innovative online shopping experiences, or designing an app that will impact the lives of people across the country, we’re up for the challenge. Loblaw Digital is the team responsible for building and operating the online businesses of Canada’s largest and most successful retailer. Based in downtown Toronto, we are an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, and collaborative team working towards transforming the way Canadians shop by creating leading eCommerce experiences in the online grocery shopping, beauty, pharmacy, loyalty, and apparel spaces, and we’re only just getting started! To achieve these goals, we are looking for talented and passionate individuals who want to collaborate and solve challenging problems and make significant and lasting impact on Canadians. 

As a Software Development Manager, you will be working closely with our staff developer(s) and reporting to the Senior Engineering Manager to help oversee the technology vision , software quality, and operational excellence. Partnering with engineering, you will define the technical metrics and outcomes for the team to strive towards. You will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the PC Optimum (PCO) loyalty program, overseeing the design , development, and maintenance of innovative solutions that contribute to the loyalty program experience for the millions of Loblaws/ Shoppers customers that use our products on a daily basis. The engineering manager will hold responsibility for identifying bottlenecks in the process and roadblocks to success for the team and clearing these roadblocks
**Please note, this role is hybrid - 3 days in office and 2 days remote**


What You'll Do

  • Cultivate a deep understanding of the portfolio of applications we utilize, along with their respective strengths and weaknesses, to provide solutions to existing and future challenges. 
  • Lead technical architecture for a whole component and/or cross-functional team. 
  • Define the long-term vision for your team, aligning with the company's strategic and tactical goals.
  • Translate project goals and product roadmaps into organized technical tasks. 
  • Through your knowledge of industry trends and tools, together with your own experiences, guide the team to improve our software, our environment, and our process.
  • Provide guidance and direction to the development team to tear down obstacles and keep initiatives on target and moving forward.
  • Coach and mentor developers in the team through technical design sessions, code reviews and pair programming.
  • Provide technical guidance and support in resolving critical production issues.
  • Collaborate with business and product stakeholders to successfully deliver new features and capabilities. 
  • Work with Product Managers, Designers and Business Stakeholders in the roadmap definition process.
  • Plan and manage product sprints. 
  • Construct design documents and documentation to aid in maintenance and code reuse. 
  • Have one-on-one meetings with your team members. 
  • Conduct performance reviews. Set accountability for team members.
  • Be an active participant in hiring new team members and providing performance management.


Does This Sound Like You?

  • A deep understanding of software development with a minimum of 5 years hands-on programming expertise. While you may not code every day, understanding the context of your team’s work is paramount.
  • A track record of successfully mentoring and growing other software developers in your previous roles as a direct manager.
  • Experience managing both web and mobile application development teams. 
  • 3+ years of guiding scrum-based teams
  • Opinionated about what it takes to produce great software but remains receptive to others' ideas.
  • Experienced with software estimation, often confronted with complexity and uncertainty.
  • Makes decisions based on data. You are well versed with tools to measure every aspect of the application and your team.
  • Developed large applications in a team environment and are comfortable working in a very collaborative cross-functional team setup.
  • A great communicator. You can present complicated solutions to non-technical audience in a simple and logical way. 
  • Open minded, likes to learn and share knowledge and always looks out for “a better way” to do something.
  • 5+ years of full stack development experience using (React, Kotlin, Swift, RxJava/RxKotlin, Coroutines, RxSwifts)
  • Experienced with building complex consumer facing software using cloud technologies for continuous integration and deployment (either of GCP, AWS, Azure with knowledge of cloud-based repositories and containerization tools including but not limited to Git, Docker, Kubernetes, Istio etc)
  • Good understanding of SOLID principles and reactive design pattern
  • A strong understanding of Security Architecture.
How you’ll succeed

At Loblaw Digital, we seek great people to continually strengthen our culture. We believe great people model our values, are authentic, build trust and make connections. We’re able to keep innovating because our colleagues are passionate about their work and excited about the future of eCommerce. You will get to work with some of the best digital minds and will have the support of world class technologies to craft products our customers will love!

Loblaw Digital recognizes Canada's diversity as a source of national pride and strength. We have made it a priority to reflect our nation’s evolving diversity in the products we sell, the people we hire, and the culture we create in our organization. Accommodation is available upon request for applicants with disabilities in the recruitment and assessment process and when hired. In addition, we believe that compliance with laws is about doing the right thing.  Upholding the law is part of our Code of Conduct – it reinforces what our customers and stakeholders expect of us.