Director, Platform Engineering (DevOps) - CH
Brentford, United Kingdom
4d ago

Director, Platform Engineering (DevOps) - CH

GSK Consumer Health Care is one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, and we are on a mission to improve humanity’s quality of life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

We’re undergoing an exciting transformation, as we execute our strategy to spin-off our Consumer Healthcare division to create a world-class Consumer Packaged Goods company in its own right.

This role is to support the planning and preparation for Consumer Separation.

As Director, Platform Engineering and DevOps Chapter Lead you will lead this technical discipline as a chapter’ of engineers with a similar skillset and be responsible to talent development and community engagement across this group of colleagues.

You will deliver a DevSecOps capability in a platform-centric enterprise. The role has a deep cloud-platform engineering focus and is accountable for providing a world class, enterprise ready competitively differentiating infrastructure technologies across IaaS and PaaS architypes.

Leading team with a truly global reach providing engineering capability to every part of the consumer technology organisation you should be familiar with all the technology in you scope of control and your hands-on capability will ensure that you can lead from a position of technical authority.

DevSecOps, SDLC and Automation tools and techniques will be second nature to you along with a deep understanding of IaaS and PaaS cloud pattens.

You will adopt edge-of-curve levels of automation and expect to deliver direct business value at high frequency. You will naturally & seamlessly partner with infrastructure, security and product teams to maximise the value delivered by the engineering products & services delivered within your scope.

Key Responsibilities :

Oversees design and implementation of processes, practices and tools enabling CI / CD , maximising the speed and quality of software and system delivery and minimising unit costs across digital platforms

Manages build automation, release, deployment, and configuration activities of the DevOps platform; setting appropriate milestones & KPIs and working within an Agile framework

Partners with relevant Technology leadership teams (e.g. Squad Leads, Chapter Leads) to create and maintain a roadmap and project schedule, setting both short- and long-term goals and ensuring delivery against technical roadmap while delivering regular updates to senior leaders

Works closely with technical staff (including Software Engineers, QA, Site Reliability Engineers, Systems Engineers) to understand requirements and prototype, architect, implement, operate and update DevOps solutions accordingly

Manages tool and vendor selection across development automation activities to ensure that tooling is fit for purpose for an enterprise-grade software deployment automation & DevOps platform

Owns, leads and drives systems engineering, software delivery automation and CI / CD practices across all digital platforms

Ensures availability, scalability, maintainability, performance, and monitoring of systems for operations

Drives efficient self-service , incl. automation of provisioning and maintaining CI / CD environments, integration / QA testing, security & configuration

Evangelises DevOps / Platform Engineering across the organisation and provides leadership to the technical community supporting with standard methodology, recruitment, development and other community activities

Facilitates interactions between DevOps / Platform team and wider technical organisation to develop standard methodology and encourage knowledge- & tool-sharing

Follows industry trends and developments to better meet wider business & IT goals and ensure that the DevOps platform ecosystem is at the cutting edge of enterprise-grade software development automation systems

Contributes to specifications and standards designs, codes complex software and enforces guidelines on patterns and frameworks

Chapter Leadership manage resource demand, ensure spectrum of technical talent from early career-to-senior, ensure a mixed profile of T’ shaped engineers which together cover required set of technical fields.

Mentor / Coach teammates at lower levels.

Why You!

Bachelor’s / Master’s degree in Computer Science or related field

Strong programming and / or platform & systems engineering. DevOps platform management experience

Experience leading technical teams with a strong track record of change and run responsibilities.


Expertise with programming languages (e.g. Java, PHP), database technologies (e.g. PostgreSQL, MySQL) and release & configuration management tools (e.g. Chef, Puppet)

Experience with scripting languages (PHP, Perl, Bash Python) in cloud environments with a focus on IaaS, PaaS in Azure and GCP.

Deep understanding of modern DevOps platform technologies (e.g. Jenkins, TeamCity, ADO, GitHub Actions) incl. infrastructure-as-code (e.

g. Terraform, Ansible) and containers (e.g. Kubernetes, AKS)

Experience with code quality and code security tools (i.e. : SonarQube, Blackduck)

Experience with Atlassian suite

Extensive experience with agile methodologies

Extensive experience working in a cloud native environment (Azure and GCP desirable)


Strong business, leadership and communication skills as well as sufficient experience to understand : what is possible given current technology, how trends will affect the business in the future

Excellent project management skills and the ability to lead multi-functional projects ; capable of producing results within unstructured and dynamic environments


Strong leadership capabilities , having the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse set of customers or partners

Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills , and the ability to build strong and effective multi-functional relationships

Effective team management and supports others to grow and develop

Seen as a specialist within the organisation, even for colleagues outside of engineering.

Why Consumer Healthcare?

In GSK Consumer Healthcare, we are on an incredible journey as we prepare to create a new, standalone, world leading company with a 100% single-minded focus on everyday health.

We are doing this at a time when the work we do has never mattered more. With the COVID pandemic, people are increasingly looking for ways to manage their own health and wellbeing and to take care of their families.

This is where we come in. With category leading brands such as Sensodyne, Voltaren and Centrum, built on trusted science and human understanding, and combined with our passion, knowledge and expertise, we are uniquely placed to deliver better everyday health to millions of people around the world and grow a strong, successful business.

This is an opportunity to be part of something special.

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed.

We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers.

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