Software Development Manager

Look up and you probably don’t see much. Maybe a plane, the occasional helicopter and, of course, the odd bird. Not for long...   

We at Altitude Angel envisage a future where drones are set to revolutionise the lives of everyone on the planet, so we’re building the platforms to ensure drones can fly safely alongside other, more traditional, forms of aviation. 

Since 2014 we’ve been steadily growing our team beyond our Reading HQ, whilst expanding our network into Europe, attracting some of the finest minds and top talent from the worlds of aviation, software engineering and product development.  

Our platform is now used in 152 countries across the globe enabling over 50,000 safe drone flights every month, including everything from transport of life saving medication in sub-Saharan Africa to coffee and burger delivery in the Republic of Ireland.  

With drones becoming more and more prevalent, we’re looking for individuals who are eager to help us build and deliver the solutions which have the potential to change the world.  

If you want to join us and be at the forefront of the aerial revolution, apply today.  


About the role: 

Widely regarded as a technical leader in our field, our software technologies are deployed by national aviation authorities and used by drone fleets globally. 

As one of our Software Development Managers, you will lead a team of Software Development Engineers with a key focus on quality, delivery and continuous improvement. 


Key Activities:  

  • You will coach, mentor and develop your Engineering team, and provide guidance through line management, regular 1:1s and performance reviews.  
  • You will hold accountability for release timescales and prioritisation as well as overseeing and managing the scale-up of our Engineering team through planned expansion.  
  • You will work closely with our CTO, VP Products, Principal Engineers, and key stakeholders, providing technical expertise and contributing to solution design. 

Top Qualities: 

  • Pragmatism. You appreciate that while there are many ways to solve a problem, action is important and you highly value results. 
  • You are a natural team-player and are motivated by the success and wellbeing of your team.  
  • You have excellent communication skills and are able to navigate tricky situations with empathy and compassion.   
  • You have a high attention to detail and the ability to make the complicated seem simple.  
  • A strategic thinker with the ability to make data-driven business and technical judgements with confidence.  


  • An experienced Engineering manager with a clear focus on managing the development and growth of Engineering teams. Technical background with the Microsoft stack and a thorough understanding of the full software development lifecycle (SDLC).  
  • Previous experience managing and leading a high-performing, fast-growing and happy team.   
  • A solid understanding of best practices and experience in various methodologies, ideally Agile (SCRUM) and waterfall.  


At Altitude Angel we’re dedicated to creating a positive working environment which empowers our employees to the be the best version of themselves. Through personalised Career Development Plans and generous home/work life-balance considerations, we support our team to work in the best way for them. 

  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays  
  • Company Pension Scheme  
  • Cyclescheme 
  • £3,000 employee referral scheme 
  • Free access to mental health coaching  
  • Quarterly team socials
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