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Senior Manager, Corporate Functions and Tools

Job Req ID:  30067
Posting Date:  26 Mar 2024
Function:  Software Engineering
Unit:  Digital

Deansgate, Manchester, United Kingdom

Salary:  Competitive with great benefits

Why this job matters

This role is critical for achieving key business transformation by guiding the strategic vision of the software engineering practice and through this enables business change to execute the roadmap that supports BT's commercial strategy through cross functional business collaboration. 


This is a hybrid model role (3 days a week in the office) based in Manchester or Birmingham.

What you’ll be doing

  • Accountable for the BT group wide corporate function systems & IT strategies for areas like Legal & Regulatory, Properties & Facilities & Corporate Affairs
  • Accountable for the pan-BT Archival platform, which helps terminate legacy systems by securely storing the data during the mandatory retention period
  • Accountable for PPM (Project & Portfolio Management) toolsets that help the various business units keep a track of their end customer deliveries and revenue as well as understand the throughput of our Agile teams
  • Accountable for various pan-BT tooling capabilities that solve specific business problems (e.g., business travel, ESG, health & safety etc.)
  • Defines the tooling strategies across the areas working closely with the Enterprise/Tribe Architects and create a multi year roadmap for the same
  • Helps define the transformative business processes that help the different units become efficient through implementation of required tooling
  • Eliminates legacy and works towards building a system estate in line with the BT Group wide architectural strategy
  • Directly manages a large team of program managers, software engineers and leads from the front to deliver the right software for the business
  • Influences various cross functional teams like business analysts, software testers, UX professionals and scrum masters to ensure the whole tribe moves in the direction of agreed strategy for that area
  • Ensures the in life stability of the systems and works on continuous improvement of the system performance and capabilities
  • Interworks with various units and stakeholders like Enterprise Architects, Directors of different Corporate Functions and other system owners to help drive the adoption of new tools
  • Accountable for multi million pounds worth of gross managed costs
  • Pre-empts business change needs, estimates and builds large multi year business cases and secures approvals from various investment boards
  • Defines the strategy, vision, roadmap and delivers those for the stakeholders benefitting whole of BT Group
  • Decides the effective ways of working with both stakeholders and internal teams and champions Agile methodologies and leads the tribe using capacity model principles
  • Influences Director and MD level stakeholders on business strategies
  • Demonstrates technical thought leadership that inspires the engineering teams to become their best

Required Experience and Skills

  • Extensive experience in delivering large scale and complex programs efficiently
  • Ability to manage, assess impact and deliver large scale change in complex and matrixed environments
  • Consult and define on strategy, identify business outcomes and lead on delivery
  • Extensive experience analysing and connecting concepts and components across the entirety of a domain ecosystem to understand how value flows through and diagnose and resolve complex problems across cross-functional contexts
  • Prior experience with key domains like Legal & Regulatory, Corporate Affairs would be highly preferred
  • Experience in leading software engineering teams across multiple technologies like Java, .NET, AWS and ability to influence and deliver solutions on SaaS platforms as well
  • Ability to understand and influence budgetary decisions
  • Solving business and technical transformation challenges across a vast and senior set of stakeholders
  • Translating complex business needs into a vision and executing against that vision
  • Strong communication skills that can deliver inspiring ideas



  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • 15% on target bonus
  • Company car cash allowance
  • Life Assurance
  • Pension scheme
  • Private Medical cover 
  • Direct share scheme
  • 50% off EE mobile pay monthly or SIM only plans
  • Exclusive colleague discounts on our latest and greatest BT broadband packages
  • BT TV with TNT Sports and NOW Entertainment
  • 50% discount for friends and family on EE SIM Only plans & airtime element off a Flex Pay plan

Our leadership standards

Looking in:
Leading inclusively and Safely
I inspire and build trust through self-awareness, honesty and integrity.
Owning outcomes
I take the right decisions that benefit the broader organisation.

Looking out:
Delivering for the customer
I execute brilliantly on clear priorities that add value to our customers and the wider business.
Commercially savvy
I demonstrate strong commercial focus, bringing an external perspective to decision-making.

Looking to the future:
Growth mindset
I experiment and identify opportunities for growth for both myself and the organisation.
Building for the future
I build diverse future-ready teams where all individuals can be at their best.

About us

BT is part of BT Group, along with EE, Openreach, and Plusnet.

Millions of people rely on us every day to help them live their lives, power their businesses, and keep their public services running. We connect friends to family, clients to colleagues, people to possibilities. We keep the wheels of business spinning, and the emergency services responding. 

We value diversity and celebrate difference. ‘We embed diversity and inclusion into everything that we do. It’s fundamental to our purpose: we connect for good.’

We all stick to the same values: Personal, Simple, and Brilliant. From day one, you’ll get stuck in to tough challenges, pitch in with ideas, make things happen. But you won’t be alone: we’ll be there with help and support, learning and development.  

This is your chance to make a real difference to the world: to be part of the digital transformation of countless lives and businesses. Grab it.



Although these roles are listed as full-time, if you’re a job share partnership, work reduced hours, or any other way of working flexibly, please still get in touch.


Studies have shown that women and people who are disabled, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse or from ethnic minority backgrounds are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification and criteria. We're committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace where everyone can be their best, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every requirement on the Job Description, please apply anyway - you may just be the right candidate for this or other roles in our wider team.

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