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Principal Software Engineer
Up to £73,000 plus benefits (Grade D19)
Manchester city centre

As a principal software engineer you’ll enable multi-disciplinary teams to create solutions that deliver simple applications that respond to real user needs. The domains for our products vary from funeralcare to healthcare to food and insurance. With everything in between. We’ll look to you lead on technical strategy, build high performing teams, mentor our engineers and foster a culture of continuous learning and innovation.

We have quite a few products at different stages, from discovery to alpha, beta and live. You can read about these in more detail on our blog ( You’ll initially join a specific business area, but there will be lots of opportunities to move around and keep things interesting. We have a community of digital technologist across digital and the wider Co-op, where we come together regularly to share knowledge and learn from each other.

We’re flexible when it comes to your technology background. If you can bring us great people skills and a real passion for delivery and innovation, we can offer you the chance to develop your skills and progress your career with a business that’s putting digital at the heart of its strategy.

What you’ll do

• lead technical delivery for large/multiple teams or major projects
• provide architectural guidance and direction
• be accountable for making sure services meet operational requirements (i.e. scalable, reliable, secure)
• make sure we’re following best practices and adhering to our development standards
• lead, guide and develop engineers in our community of practice
• build services that make a difference to people’s lives

This role would suit people who have

• experience leading technical delivery in multi-disciplinary agile team environments
• significant experience with at least one programming language
• the ability to lead and coach people in how to write maintainable code
• extensive experience with (and able to coach/mentor in) engineering practices like TDD, pair/mob programming and continuous delivery
• experience working across the full engineering stack
• the ability to adapt and learn new technologies

Why Co-op?

Here you’ll do work that matters. We’re a commercial organisation with a purpose beyond profit, you’ll have an opportunity to help us build a stronger Co-op and stronger communities. You’ll also get a package that includes:

• competitive salary
• coaching, training and support to help you develop
• pension with up to 10% employer contributions
• annual incentive scheme
• 28 days holiday (rising to 32 in line with service)
• discounts on Co-op products and services

Building an inclusive work environment

We’re actively building diverse teams and welcome applications from everyone. But simply having a diverse workforce is not enough. We aim to build an inclusive environment, where everyone can contribute their best work and develop to their full potential. We celebrate our differences, and recognise the importance of teams reflecting the communities they serve.

We can make adjustments to our interview process according to your needs. And we offer a flexible working environment so you can adjust your hours to suit your personal circumstances. You can find out more about Co-op people policies at

As part of your application you’ll need to complete an online assessment. It will take you around 12 minutes to complete this test.


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