Sainsbury’s invests in Manchester-based DevOps roles

National food retailer Sainsbury’s will create 150 new digital and technology jobs over the next 18 months based in Manchester’s City Centre. The retailer says that the reasoning behind this recruitment drive is to enable the company to respond to the ever-increasing demand from customers to shop “whenever and wherever” they want.

Agile coaches, software developers, and DevOps engineers

The new members will join Sainsbury’s 900 strong digital and technology team on a range of projects, including the company’s apps and core business systems.

According to the company, “agile coaches, software developers and software development managers in addition to DevOps engineers” will make up the new roles. The new roles will allow Sainsbury’s to expand upon its in-house digital and technology capabilities, as well as providing a stronger team to make shopping for the retailer’s 25 million customers much easier.

Jon Rudoe, Digital and Technology Director at Sainsbury’s said, “The world is changing rapidly. Our vision is for Sainsbury’s to have a world-class Digital and Technology function to ensure that we can deliver great services for our customers whenever and wherever they want to shop with us.”

He continued, “This announcement demonstrates our commitment to that goal and to attracting the best talent in this ever developing sector. As Manchester is the UK’s second largest technology hub, it’s a natural step for us to recruit here.”

The ever-growing need for tech engineers

Over the past year Sainsbury’s have more than doubled their digital and technology staff in order to compete with its competitors, such as the UK’s dominant online grocer Tesco.

Other large retailers such as Marks & Spencer and John Lewis have also set up tech hubs in order to compete, and to enable themselves to stay one step ahead of the rapid changes in online shopping, increasing the need for software developers, software development managers, agile coaches and DevOps engineers.

Mike Dilworth, Agile & DevOps Transformation at Sainsbury’s, will be a speaker at this year’s The National DevOps Conference. Attend his talk to hear more on the subject.


Written by Jordan Platt


The Guardian

The Drum


Manchester Evening News