A lead software development engineer will lead efforts to create software that fits certain needs within a company. Work may be done for a consulting company that provides software solutions to various companies, or it may be done directly for a company. This software can have various purposes. In any case, the engineer will often try to make the format of the software easier to use for the end user.
Since this is a lead position, it usually involves managing a team of engineers and working with them to come up with ideas. The lead software development engineer will also oversee the work of other software engineers. He or she will make sure that the work that they do is on track, so that deadlines can be adhered to. Before software is released, rigorous testing should be carried out, in order to discover any bugs that might be present. After the software is released, continuous work may be done on it to provide updates and improvements.
Problem-solving and analytical skills are essential. Strong knowledge of various programming languages, such as C++ and Java, is necessary. It may be necessary to work with various computer software operating systems, such as Linux, Mac, or Windows. This job is usually done in an office environment. Some telework may be permitted. Usually, an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in information technology or computer science is needed. Since this is a lead position, many years of experience in the field may be needed.
Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Tasks
- Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.
- Test and document software for client applications.
- Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
- Test and document software for web sites.
- Work with with designers and content producers.