Lead Software Engineer

We’re LADbible Group: a voice and identity for a community of more than 53 million people, and a way of life for a generation of fans the world over.

LADbible Group builds youth communities across multiple channels including our websites, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube, AppleTV and our apps. We understand our audience and are on their side. Our community brings people together and we try to use our influence for good.

Founded in 2012, we now employ over 140 employees across offices in Manchester and London and have 40 million unique visitors to our website every month. We’re the 10th largest website (Alexa), the 2nd largest Sporting website and the largest female site in the UK with PRETTY52.


The role:

We are seeking a Lead Software Engineer to join us in our Manchester office to support our 2018 growth plans.

Do you relish working with the latest technologies? If you enjoy a range of technical challenges you can expect to work with NodeJS, React,  Redux, Golang and more.

You will be working as part of a rapidly growing experienced team, building, expanding and enhancing our many different platforms whilst pushing innovation to the next level to keep LADbible Group as the largest publisher to young people in the UK.

You will not only be given the opportunity to work with but also shape the future technologies used by the technology team and lead a team who is not afraid to try revolutionary ideas to help the business keep growing.

We are looking for someone that can manage and mentor but has the technical skills to back up that seniority.

We’re creating an engineering culture where there is a high level of trust, autonomy and transparency. The ideal candidate will be able to mix and communicate with different teams (e.g. Data Science, SEO, Editorial, Social and Commercial) within the organisation.



What you can expect as a lead software engineer:

  • A supportive, trusting, fun and transparent working environment
  • A place to look at things differently and challenge and offer solutions
  • Overall responsibility for the technical solutions spanning all key products
  • Lead and collaboration across all relevant product engineering development lifecycles
  • To be a positive influence on the engineers around you
  • Define the rules and definitions supporting the metrics, KPIs, and queries
  • Use of agile/lean methodologies for continuous delivery and improvement
  • To work within a highly collaborative team of software engineers


What we are looking for:

  • Previous experience as a Senior or Lead software engineer ideally within the digital media industry
  • Ability to mix advanced technical skills with good communication and managerial skills
  • Metrics driven approach to decision making, prioritisation and continuous deployment
  • Modern engineering mindset - moving fast with confidence backed up by experimentation, split testing and bringing new ideas on how to move forward and improve our systems
  • You make others better proactively through reviews, technical guidance and mentoring
  • Proficiency in modern technologies:
    • JavaScript
    • NodeJS
    • ReactJS
    • Redux
    • Typescript
  • Previous experience working with HTML5, PWA, modern browser APIs and experience of CSS3 (BEM/Sass, CSS-in-JS), PHP – LAMP stack, MySQL and Postgres
  • We don’t expect you to be an expert but experience with MongoDB, ImmutableJS, TypeScript, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Babel, Wordpack and/or Golang would be beneficial


We are proud to have a working environment that sets our employees up for success, as well as all the usual perks you would expect from coffee machines, free snacks, discounted city centre parking, Summer and Christmas parties as well as frequent socials. What we really aim for is a place where people can thrive and ultimately help us put our users first.


LADbible Group is an equal opportunities employer. We are determined to create a diverse group at all levels of our company and we welcome all members of the community to apply for openings with us.