Principal Software Engineer

Leeds, England, West Yorkshire
25 May 2022
22 Jun 2022
Sky Group
Contract Type
Full Time

As we're changing, we're seeking a Principal Engineer for our Group Identity platform to support 15+ teams of multidisciplinary engineers to create amazing Identity and Access Management products, focusing on reusability, stability, scalability, value and performance.

In conjunction with the wider Digital Technology Identity leadership team, the Technical Product Owners and Architects you will be one of several principal engineers responsible for leading the technical direction of the software engineering teams, to ensure we have the capabilities of scaling to meet the ever-demanding strategic Digital demands from Sky and the wider Comcast group. You'll help create a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone is comfortable to be themselves and foster an environment that is fun yet challenging.

What you'll do:
  • Technical leadership of our software engineering teams, helping to maintain and grow the appropriate mix of skills and abilities to deliver the Identity product roadmap and meet Sky's "Best Platform" vision for all things related to our customer's Digital Identity.
  • Support the Head of Software Engineering and the Head of Solutions to develop and articulate the vision and strategy for the engineering teams; refine the engineering approach that will see continuous improvements and automation of the team's ways of working.
  • Work closely with all engineering disciplines and providing a level of coaching and hands-on expertise as required to our software engineers and automated test engineers.
  • Through this leadership and coaching help grow the next level of leaders in the team, promoting expertise and best practices in technology through internal Guilds, external Meet Ups, speaking at Conferences.
  • Recognise that of primary importance is that engineers are enabled to build great technology so helping to remove any blockers for them is critical!
  • Be mindful that the engineering teams need to support production systems 24x7 and where appropriate support any troubleshooting across the engineering and Site Reliability Teams.

What you'll bring:
  • Excellent software engineering background and a track record of being a senior contributor to the delivery of complex, scalable software solutions into production.
  • Extensive hands-on coding experience of developing cloud-based services, backend, frontend and mobile apps.
  • Software architecture: while not essential, it is likely that you'll have a Bachelor's / Master's degree in engineering, computer science or a similar, relevant field.
  • A solid appreciation of DevOps principles and practices, with extensive grounding in data privacy and information security, and knowledge of dev/test process improvement, tools and automation.
  • A high degree of commercial awareness and the ability to model and forecast technology considerations such as running costs and lifetime costs.
  • A strong collaborative approach to leadership and delivery: decisive while remaining open-minded, setting high standards and leading by example.

Team overview:

Group Technology Digital Transformation

Want to create a smooth and uninterrupted digital experience for millions of customers? Then our Group Technology Digital Transformation is the team for you. Agile, collaborative, data-driven and diverse, our team works on brilliant products like NOW and Peacock. That's not even the best part. We get to build our own software and our work has a global stage. Our team also delivers exceptional customer experiences and defines digital first propositions in customer journeys across all channels.

The Rewards:

There's a reason people can't stop talking about #LifeAtSky. Our great range of rewards really are something special, here are just a few:

  • Sky Q, for the TV you love all in one place
  • A generous pension package
  • Private healthcare
  • Discounted mobile and broadband
  • Access a wide range of exclusive Sky VIP rewards and experiences

How you'll work:

We know the world has changed, and we want to offer our employees the chance to collaborate at our unique office spaces, whilst enjoying the convenience of working from home.

We've adopted a hybrid working approach to give more flexibility on where and how we work. You'll find out more about what this means for this role during the recruitment process.

Your office base:


Our Osterley Campus is a 10-minute walk from Syon Lane train station. Or you can hop on one of our free shuttle buses that run to and from Osterley, Gunnersbury, Ealing Broadway and South Ealing tube stations. There's also plenty of bike shelters and showers.

On campus, you'll find 13 subsidised restaurants, cafes, and a Waitrose. You can keep in shape at our subsidised gym, catch the latest shows and movies at our cinema, get your car washed and even get pampered at our beauty salon.



Our spacious tech hub is under a mile away from Leeds train station. There's also plenty of parking in the surrounding streets and at the nearby CitiPark.

You can also blow off steam over a game of pool or table tennis, and stay fit at our subsidised gym.


We take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion: we've been recognised by The Times and Stonewall for this, and we've committed £30million to support the fight against racial injustice. We've also set ambitious targets for increasing ethnic diversity and representation throughout our organisation.

At Sky we don't just look at your CV. We're more focused on who you are and your potential. We also know that everyone has a life outside work, So we're happy to discuss flexible working.

And we'll do everything we can to support you during your application. If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process, speak to our recruitment team who will be happy to support you.