Remote Senior Engineering Manager

Druthers Search
Closing date
14 Jul 2022
* Please note - this is a fully remote role and can be based anywhere in Europe *

Druthers has partnered with a Series B opensource startup looking for a Senior Engineering Manager. The product is an opensource platform making messaging as open as email, allowing everyone to choose where their data is hosted, enjoy truly private conversations thanks to advanced encryption, and ultimately be in control of their own communication. They build open source messaging apps for the web, iOS & Android, along with a SaaS platform for personal & professional use.

Since ( almost ) everything they do is opensource the most important thing that they believe passionately in is the mission of decentralisation of the internet. They would love it if you also believe that communications should not be centralised in the hands of a small number of very large organisations and instead individuals should control their own data and choose who they share it with. Backed by Metaplanet and Notion amongst others, they are in a great position to further scale over the next 18 months.

Your experience

-You have experience leading teams of high-performing engineers and will have shipped cross-functional or multi-team projects. Total team size will be around 10 with plans to grow.

-You enjoy collaborating with Product Management, Technical Account Management and UX Design on the product discovery & delivery lifecycle.

-You are endlessly curious about the technologies your team works with and strive to keep your technical knowledge sharp. It is likely that you have worked as engineer with web technologies in the past, though you must feel comfortable knowing your greatest impact won't be as a technical contributor.

-You place a tremendous value on good communication and appreciate async- and remote-friendly working practices.

-You understand methodologies like Agile, XP, and Lean, and see their value, but don't believe there's only one right way to get work done.

-You have worked as a web developer in the past, experience with React and Typescript would be a plus but is not essential.

-You are comfortable with the pace and trade offs of an early stage startup (meaning: know how to take care of yourself and your team, get your work done without working around the clock, prioritise ruthlessly, be able to tolerate a little uncertainty and sometimes wear different hats).

Additionally they are looking for someone who is:

-Smart, curious and enthusiastic

-Likes to ship early and often

-Take responsibility for the overall effectiveness of engineering delivery for your team/s.

-Shape and communicate the technical strategy for your area.

-Partner with your peers in the Product and Design organisations to ensure strong alignment between your team's goals and the broader company strategy.

-Ensure that your engineers are well supported to deliver on their goals, course-correcting where necessary.

-Facilitate technical design sessions, retrospectives, 1:1s etc.

-Take responsibility for the ongoing professional development of your engineers.

-Contribute to the hiring strategy and participate in interviews and hiring decisions.

-Act as a point of contact for other areas of the business.

-Relentlessly remove impediments blocking your team.

-A tireless advocate of code quality (understanding the need for trade-offs in the short term whilst keeping them honest in the long term)

-Enjoys working in an Agile/Lean development environment

-Is articulate and empathetic.

-Is comfortable with the pace, trade offs and ambiguity of an early stage startup (specifically: how to take care of yourself and get your work done without working crazy hours).

They build things for everyone, and they know they can't succeed without a diverse team. Fot that reason their hiring process is designed to be humane and give you the best chance to show them what you can do!

Druthers Search is a Diversity & Inclusion specialist recruitment consultancy and only partner with organisations that share the same values. We welcome talent from all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, neuro-diversity or disability status in our recruitment process.

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