iOS Developer

London (Greater)
12 Oct 2018
17 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
*About the Company*

Curio’s mission is to build the media platform of tomorrow

With the arrival of smart audio devices, the world is ready to accept audio as a mainstream source of information and entertainment. While radio and podcasts have been around, the true potential of voice as a medium is yet to be realised. We are building that media platform of tomorrow.

Today, Curio offers curated, professionally narrated articles from premium publications like The Financial Times, The Guardian and Aeon, so people can listen at home or on the go. We already have over 20 premium publications as partners and the app has over 500 hours of audio, covering a wide range of topics, moods and durations.

Curio is a 500 Startups company and has since been seed-funded, to push rapid growth and development into building out the media platform of tomorrow. We are backed by some of the best tech and media investors in the world, and have the founding team required to achieve that goal.

*The challenge*

We are a startup and that means working in an environment that requires responses to fast changing requirements. In the short-term, the challenge is to rapidly transition from the existing hybrid app to build a seamlessly functioning, beautiful, robust and light iOS app that rivals the best audio offerings in the market. In the medium to long-term, the product would need to be built out into a true platform that operates seamlessly across different environments, including on conversational devices, offering best-in-class personalisation while working in concert with a truly world-class machine learning based recommendation engine.

*The role*

With the title of iOS developer, you will be responsible for how our customers experience Curio. We are looking for someone with a great passion for working on a product that will shape the way we consume content, who is obsessed with product design and who aspires to build products used by millions. More specifically, the goals are -

Customer and product first - you will will be developing iOS products aimed at a range of devices, including mobile phones and tablet computers. In doing this, you will have a strong say on UX/UI and be a unique voice in the team. Your primary focus will be the development of the iOS app and integration with the backend services. You will therefore work with all the layers of the infrastructure in order to deliver the product the customer needs.

A world class and high impact team - you will taking part in the decision-making process in a handpicked team. You will work closely with the co-founders to continually iterate on the product roadmap. A commitment to collaborative problem-solving, sophisticated design, and the creation of quality products is essential.

*About you*

This role is broad and suited to an experienced, critical and growth-focussed technologist. This is a significant opportunity for a driven and ambitious candidate, who will have the chance to build a truly world-beating media platform that is driven to become a unicorn.

*Important criteria*

* Pride in writing well-designed code.

* Expert knowledge of Swift and core iOS frameworks.

* Knowledge of common design patterns used in iOS development

* Test driven development advocate

* Experience working collaboratively on a codebase.

* A willingness to try things and iterate


* Take the lead on all aspects of iOS development

* Collaborate with your product team to help define, design and ship new features

* Work closely with the platform team to deliver a scalable, high performance app

*It would be nice if you have:*

* Prior experience in a Startup (ideally consumer facing product)

* Experience working in a scrum team.

* Familiar with continuous integration

*Additional information*

*You’ll be working with people who:*

* Are here for the long-term to build the media platform of tomorrow

* Feel that sense of urgency to design, build and ship fantastic products

* Believe that the end-product says a lot about the people who built it

* Are naturally empathetic to our end users and have an ability to translate that empathy into a delightful product

* Enjoy teaching others

* Are data driven

*Founding team*

"Govind Balakrishnan": has a background in physics, design and strategy. He previously led strategy for BBC News, which is where the idea for Curio germinated. Prior to Curio, "Srikant Chakravarti": was the founder of an image recognition startup. He has a background in law and worked as a finance lawyer in one of the world’s leading law firms in the City of London.

*What we offer*

* A once in a lifetime opportunity to create a product that shapes the world

* A strong team to learn from and work with

* Customer facing product backed by top investors

* An internationally diverse, sociable, dynamic team with a clear vision and strategy

* Competitive package with a pension scheme

We are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace and encourage applicants from all backgrounds.

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