Head of Engineering

Dataswift Ltd

London | Full-Time

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Head of Engineering - £90k-120k / equity available / partial remote available

An exciting task is waiting for you:

Shape the future of the technology and people working behind distributed personal data accounts! As our first Head of Engineering, your mission will be to build a high-profile, high-impact technology products and an attractive engineering culture together with our CTO. In close collaboration with the technical and product teams, you will define and architect our technical stack, write and review testable high quality code, shape our cross-functional development projects, ensure alignment across all tech-related projects and help shape our offering.

Your role in detail:

  • Leading and aligning our engineering projects

  • Scaling up the teams and operations through hiring and people development and supporting timely delivery of technical solutions to address business needs

  • Providing your teams with the best possible environment and selecting the optimum technical solutions for building and optimizing the technology stack

  • Advocating and advancing modern, agile software development practices and helping develop and evangelise great engineering and organisational practices

  • Evaluating outsourcing opportunities and strategy

  • Growing a healthy, collaborative engineering culture in line with the company values

  • Managing goals and expectations and creating a comprehensive and relevant OKR structure

What we definitely need:

  • A University degree in Computer Science or a related field (exceptions possible)

  • 5+ years’ experience in software engineering

  • 2+ years’ experience in leading, managing and coaching cross-functional teams

  • A solid experience working in an agile development environment

  • Proven experience in designing and implementing services on the cloud

  • Polyglot and full-stack understanding of technology

  • Passion for a clean and appropriately tested code

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking

  • Comfortable with uncertainty or ambiguity

  • Willingness and experience with both strategic and more detailed tasks

Extra bonus points for:

  • Hybrid cloud architecture experience

  • Previous experience with Scala or other functional programming languages

  • Familiarity with enterprise systems in a large corporation setting

What Dataswift stands for:

Dataswift provides personal data account solutions in the form of app-issued, user-owned infrastructure.

We believe the whole world’s been building apps and websites wrong. We’ve been storing user data and corporate data on the same servers, when we should have been storing user data on the user side. Company-owned user data is expensive and it’s pretty bad. It’s non-dynamic, non-representative, single-source information that costs every website and app in the world 23% of their engineering budget.

The Dataswift API-driven technology platform lets companies give user information back to their users, storing on user-owned infrastructure instead of on their corporate servers. They don’t have to change anything else about their app or technology in order to do this. Dataswift is working with dozens of companies around the world, including some of the largest pharmaceuticals and smallest, fastest-growing FinTechs.

Dataswift Culture & Values

Your impact: With your expertise and commitment you will actively shape our growth and the team itself! With our mission lock, the company is set to generate global social impact through changing the internet.

Teamwork: We pride ourselves on working around each other’s constraints. Need flexible hours due to childcare? We do that already. Need to work remotely part of the week due to personal commitments? We do that already.

Stable environment: We have just raised seed funding which will take us to the end of 2020 and we have guaranteed commitment from our investors on Series A funding if we successfully reach our goals in the next 16 months.

Growth: We have a 20% rule which means that we believe in learning through failure and growing by reaching for the stars so we expect to fail 20% of our goals.

The team’s favourite benefits:

  1. Remote working options

  2. Unlimited holiday

  3. Budget for personal development and training

  4. Countryside office if you prefer the peace and quiet of Cambridge countryside

  5. Regular team away days and bonding time

We believe in the diversity of our team and we don’t judge based on gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, history, culture, geography, nationality or any other possible discriminatory category. If you feel you don’t match every single specification, reach out to us at [email protected] to discuss your options further.

Recruiters: We do not accept candidates through agencies. Please do not reach out to us as we are not interested in recruitment services at this moment in time. 


Salary range £90,000 — 120,000

Dependent on experience