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Head of Software Engineering

Cox Automotive is the world's largest automotive service company, providing solutions to clients at every stage of the vehicle lifecycle. We help dealers, manufacturers, fleet and leasing companies.
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The Engineering team is a core part of Cox Automotive’s Enterprise Technology group delivering products & software to support our business strategy.

The software engineering department has recently moved to report directly to the CIO as part of transforming the critical role the team plays in our organisation. The objective of this move is to increase the significance and importance of software & product engineering in the business by making it part of the Senior Leadership Team.

The team plays a key role in delivering and supporting approx. 50 products/projects at any time varying in scale from small change activity to projects running over multiple years with multi-million pound budgets. The team is part way through a transformation journey towards taking a more DevOps, Agile and Lean approach, plus is currently exploring a switch from a project to product delivery mindset alongside our Product group.

We are looking for an experienced and senior software engineering leader to join the team and help drive this transformation forward at pace. 


Define and communicate the software engineering strategy and lead the agile transformation driving agility in how we deliver value to our business & customers.

 Working closely with Enterprise Architecture maintain an up to date backlog of all technical debt within the Cox application and product estate plus cost /benefit analysis for remediating the debt.

Accountable for the delivery of software, including the business analysis, development and QA teams, from customer requirements elicitation through to end of post go-live support.

Work closely with the Enterprise Service group to ensure a smooth transition of software into production including handover to the application support team post go-live support.

In partnership with Service, develop our DevOps strategy towards our vision of ‘Creating a culture and mind-set for collaboration between product, development and service.’


We're looking for a candidate who has developed enterprise products and platforms who can help us grow these platforms and add additional services and products to our portfolio. 

Helping us to integrate these products to work together so experience of working with multiple products / services would be beneficial. 

Working in an agile way and used to frequent delivery on different time schedules. 

A visionary leader who can provide us with the technology leadership who can help define what we need to do better as a business looking after the UK initially with future scope for a more European / International remit. 



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At Cox Automotive, we love to celebrate individual achievements as well as career success.

Georgia, Auction Assistant at Manheim Plymouth, recently did something out of this world to honor her dads legacy!

“Before my Dad passed away,” explains Georgia, “we talked about the possibility of doing a charity sky-dive. After he died, I knew that I had to focus my thoughts and attention on trying to do something positive to help other people. “I wanted to make him proud and because the staff at the hospital were so amazing – I pushed myself to raise as much money for them as possible. My team, and our wider Cox Automotive family, have been incredible in their support. I’ve been overwhelmed with the donations that everyone has made!”

Georgia raised an amazing £3,206.14 for the Brent, Bracken and Birch ward in Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. The hospital is putting the money towards extending a specialist suite, which provides accommodation for patients who must be in isolation and will be replacing broken TVs with brand new ones for patients to enjoy.

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