A lead software engineer holds many responsibilities, primarily developing and testing software programs. Responsibilities for a lead software engineer can vary vastly depending on the company, department, and infrastructure of the employer. They are employed in a variety of sectors, including not only software companies, but also in health care, insurance, retail, and many other industries. Lead software engineers can expect to be involved in design planning, scheduling release dates, participating in product committees, contacting clients, and heading up project leadership.
The lead software engineer typically answers to the head engineer, managers, clients, and possibly vice presidents and presidents of the organization as needed. They are primarily expected manage their own work, and being a self-starter is a must. Lead software engineers may be entrusted with high-profile projects and clients, and this position may require employee management skills. A lead software engineer also must possess the ability to review details and monitor product quality.
A bachelor's degree is generally required for lead software engineers, with a master's degree strongly preferred. Extensive experience working as a software engineer or in a related position is strongly preferred. A prime candidate for this position would have extensive experience with programming environments - most often Windows - with experience in Mac environments being a plus. They should have several years performing quality control for programs and features, as well as experience managing teams to accomplish a common goal.
Lead Software Engineer Tasks
Implement high quality code in an agile, test-driven development environment.
Create detailed software development plans and assign tasks to team members.
Scope development effort, and provide reliable resource and timeline estimates.
Coach and mentor development staff.
Perform performance and scalability analysis as needed.