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Title: Software Development Manager

Ryanair Labs is the technology wing of Ryanair, a start-up inside a corporation and a state of-the-art digital & IT innovation hub creating Europe’s Leading Travel Experience for customers. More than 600+ IT enthusiasts are working on 30+ projects with a collaboration of our Dublin, Madrid, Wroclaw and Portugal Labs teams and are making your travel experience unique. As a result of our continued expansion, we want to hear from the best IT experts the European market has to offer to join our Labs.

We are looking for Software Development Manager to join our new digital development team in Dublin. In this role you will work closely with our development and product team to develop, modify and support our website and user interfaces across all channels. We want someone who is motivated by emerging technologies and has a passion to drive digital transformation. A real desire to work in a collaborative and fast-paced retail environment is essential. You will be joining Ryanair at an exciting time with an ambitious roadmap to become digital leaders and pioneers.

Your responsibilities as a Development Manager will include:

  • Mentor and grow a team of developers focusing both on career and personal development.
  • Conducting goal setting, performance reviews and appraisals of Developers in collaboration with the Head of Development.
  • Ensure positive and fast paced environment is maintained as the scrum teams grow.
  • Providing input into the Development strategy driving the standardization of processes and procedures across the development group.
  • Responsibility for the team to produce scalable, secure preforming top quality code.
  • Responsibility that the team is following best software delivery standards to ensure a continuous delivery of code.
  • Report to management on the progress of the team and communicate any issues effectively.
  • Work with scrum teams to remove blockers with a focus on delivery of high quality code.
  • Proposing improvements in process to improve code quality and speed of delivery.
  • Gather feedback from team members on all matters, ensure people are heard, be the voice of the team.
  • Review CVs, arrange and conduct interviews, work with HR to expand the team.
  • Enforce the development process delivery guidelines from the business.
  • Assist on allocation of resources to each delivery team.
  • Meet regularly with the Head of Software Development to ensure line up of developer strategies and share best practices across the organization.


  • Proficient in software development (Java/.Net/JavaScript) and associated technologies.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ lead experience in a fast-paced commercial environment.
  • Previous team leadership experience.
  • The candidate will possess a keen interest and be up to date with the latest technologies and developments in the software industry.
  • The candidate will demonstrate the ability to lead a high performing team.
  • An ability to write end to end solutions for web-based applications, create robust high-volume production applications and develop prototypes quickly.
  • The candidate should have a strong understanding of and proven experience with building high performing enterprise applications.
  • Exposure to and knowledge of software release management techniques including continuous integration and delivery (DevOps).
  • Experience of leading in an agile or other rapid development environment.
  • Developing high quality, testable and performant software using agile practices.
  • Mentoring staff and assisting in their professional development.


  • Competitive salary
  • Discounted and unlimited travel to over 230 destinations
  • Defined Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Death in Service Benefit – Up to 2 times of annual basic salary
  • 20 Days Annual Leave – Increasing to 22 days after 12 months and 25 days after 3 years of continuous service.
  • Option for up to 5 additional unpaid leave days per year
  • Cycle 2 Work Scheme
  • Unrivalled career progression


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