Lead Developer

Tech Will Save US
United Kingdom
12 Oct 2018
10 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
*Join* *our* *mission*. *To* *make* *every* *kid* *feel* *like* *a* *hero*...

...To bring coding down to earth with a *KAPOW*! Making it messy. And creative. And cool. To show mums, dads and grandparents that tech-time doesn’t have to mean screen-time. That skills they learned in school – like sewing, drawing or making rockets out of cardboard tubes – are all still part of the story. That anyone, and everyone, can do this. And that ‘this’ can be whatever you want it to be.

We’ve always believed that *technology* *is* *the* *future*. And not just for the coding wizards or the spaceship engineers. For all of us, big and little. So back in 2012, we got to thinking about the ‘little’ part – how can we motivate kids to learn the skills they’ll need to shape tomorrow?

Our range of digital and physical toys combine education with play to help kids find their superpower. Teaching kids about tech doesn’t start with a university diploma in quantum-computing science. It starts with a ‘PING’, the lighting up of a bulb and a smile from the world’s newest creator.

Now you can find the award-winning Tech Will Save Us kits in *over* *97* *countries* and in *over* *4000* *stores* including Target, Best Buy, Nordstrom and John Lewis. Leading brands such as Google, Code Club, The Prince’s Trust, BBC micro:bit and Disney seek us out to collaborate on innovative products that reach kids.

*Bring* *your* *Superpower* to Tech Will Save Us and help our team of innovative engineers, product designers, marketers, educators, content producers, support reps, financiers, sales people and user experience specialists *empower* *the* *next* *generation*.

We’re looking for a bright, enthusiastic and creative person to lead the development team and help us to build experiences that delight, inspire, amaze both kids and parents alike. You’ll use your experience to lead by making, growing a team who can create technology and products that are delightful, engaging and easy-to-use while also delivering our business objectives.

This is a hands-on role, and requires a high level of technical knowledge and expertise, along with the ability to plan and execute the core business strategy with your team. This is more than just a coding role. You’ll be part of a team who decide what we build and how. This is a great opportunity to have a direct impact on the way people—both young and old—learn using technology.

* Create awesome, robust and sustainable products that support the business goals and strategy of Tech Will Save Us.
* Lead a development team capable of delivering the ambitions of the business. Developing the team, their competencies and ensuring their happiness and continual improvement.
* Lead technical decision-making, and support technical requirements within all areas of the business.
* Champion the discovery, evaluation and implementation of new technologies, tools and systems to enable the company’s growth.
* Ensure technical best practice and achieve excellent team productivity and satisfaction
* Nurture a culture of supportive collaboration, trusted innovation, hard work and continuous learning.
* Deliver new integrated products to market on time and with the highest level of quality and experience. Starting from concept all the way to sitting in the hands of hundreds of thousands of kids


* At least five years experience building digital products, preferably in a startup environment. Working right through research, ideation, prototyping, testing, production, and evolution.
* Experience managing and growing development teams, guiding personal development and iterating team processes to adapt to new challenges and deliver continual improvement.
* Excellent coding skills: a solid understanding of computer science principles, a keen interest in best practises and a desire to continually learn and improve as technologies evolve.
* Comfortable working right across the stack and across platforms: frontend, backend, devops, web, mobile, desktop. No need to be an expert, but you shouldn’t be afraid to get stuck in.
* Expert in JavaScript: the language, the ecosystem, and the latest developments. We use it everywhere, particularly important are React and Node, and increasingly React Native.
* Experience working with e-commerce sites, preferably using PHP. Comfortable working with a marketing team to help evolve and deliver their requirements.
* Experience building a modern web architecture using AWS, Docker, CI, and Github.
* Keen to use data to evaluate success and inform the work we do. Comfortable working with data tools like Google Analytics and able to make insights accessible to everyone.
* Pragmatic approach to problem-solving, able to compromise between technical brilliance, user experience, business requirements etc. and communicate these decisions effectively.

* Experience working with electronics, particularly embedded software (e.g Arduino, C++).
* Native mobile experience on iOS and Android, particularly working at a hardware level.
* Experience with data architecture: Integrating data sources into a data warehouse + BI tools.

* 25 days PTO
* A company pension scheme
* Equity as part of our EMI Scheme
* Professional development fund for all employees
* Flexible work hours as needed, to fit around childcare
* Vibrant office environment at our London HQ, NYC Loft and Parisian co-working spaces
* Wellness programme including weekly lunch and yoga
* Bi-annual company make-a-thons to expand your skills and be creative with technology
* Fresh fruit, nuts, beer, tea and coffee
* A generous bike-to-work scheme plus in-house bike storage
* Generous Parental Leave policy
* Epic holiday parties all about learning and being creative
* We believe that the best work comes from a diverse team. If our mission excites you, and you can contribute to our culture of lifelong learning and growth we want to hear from you!

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