Argos creates new head of digital engineering role and hires Matt Hobbs

Argos has appointed Matt Hobbs to the new role of head of digital engineering, as part of a drive by the company to become a digital leader in retail.

Hobbs, who joins from Nuance Communications where he was responsible for delivering a global multi-channel digital technology platform, will work across digital and IT teams on the continued development of technical and engineering capabilities within the business.

Based at the Innovation Hub in Victoria, London, he will support expanding digital delivery channels, scaling teams, process and platforms.

On his appointment, Bertrand Bodson, chief digital officer, Home Retail Group, said: “His expertise will be key to help us connect the agile front end environment with back end infrastructure and maximise API’s, to deliver meaningful technical solutions that benefit our customers.”

In August, Argos parent company Home Retail Group revealed plans to build on digital initiatives. This includes the launch of its ‘My Account’ function across its online channels, as well as its ‘1click’ reservation service, which will include the redesign of its online checkout to include ‘flexible payment and credit card options’ while improving its search functions and how it presents real-time stock availability by location

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