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Engineering Manager – Mobile

Hertfordshire, UK


£60,000 - £80,000

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A world-leading semiconductor firm is looking for an Engineering Manager, in what will be a Greenfield opportunity. A globally recognised organisation is giving a suitable candidate the chance to really put their unique stamp on things. They will be responsible for building and growing a mobile app development team from the ground up. 


The team develops software for internet-connected devices and applications. The devices are predominantly flow products at present, and so the present focus is around cloud-based music services. This is a very active market segment with global companies announcing things on a seemingly weekly basis. However, further to this, they are also beginning to license the technology developed here into a number of completely new markets – the only link being that the device connects to a management/content web service developed and hosted by them for third parties.  Application development is wide-ranging, including mobile, desktop and web applications.

A suitable candidate will be involved with a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, in highly competitive markets. It will be your job to ensure that mobile apps are successfully delivered within challenging timescales.

This is a new position, which requires the successful candidate to grow and develop a Mobile Apps Team from scratch.

The Role

Your role will be divided between team leadership and hands-on development.

Primary role responsibilities will include:

  • Hire and develop a Mobile Apps Team.
  • Lead and manage the Mobile Apps Team, with regard to technical and line management.
  • Lead developer for Android and iOS apps, plus other future standards.
  • Ensuring that the apps team is utilised to maximum effect, including day to day management of engineers, setting objectives, measuring performance and resolving issues.
  • Managing resource allocation, chasing deliverables, ensuring that objectives are met and reporting progress.
  • Maintaining excellent flow of communication with UK team.

Required Skills 

  • Excellent development skills in iOS Objective-C/Cocoa Touch and Android Java/Application Framework.
  • Good knowledge of C programming / C++ programming.
  • Excellent communication, planning and organisational skills are all essential
  • Able to make clear, reasoned decisions and prioritise tasks

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of as many of the following as possible:
  • Android native app development (NDK)
  • Familiarity with building Open Source applications – automake, autoconf etc
  • Webservices – REST, XML, JSON etc
  • Web application development on LAMP (Linux, Apache MySQL, PHP) stack
  • GCC, embedded Linux
  • Multi-threaded, real-time systems
  • TCP/IP and sockets
  • Windows, Linux or Mac desktop applications
  • Streaming audio protocols
  • Network discovery protocols – UPnP, Bonjour etc
  • Cross-platform mobile development frameworks
  • UML or Yourdon design methods
  • Experience with Agile software development practices

Core Competencies

  • Highly self-motivated and an ability to get things done
  • Natural tendency to assume leadership
  • Strong interest in digital audio/ multimedia, web technologies and electronic gadgets
  • Stays calm under pressure

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