At Mrs Wordsmith, we’re on a mission to illustrate the English language one rare word at a time. We’ve teamed up with the award-winning artists behind Madagascar and Hotel Transylvania – so that children fall in love with words.

We’ve recently closed a significant funding round from top-tier VCs and industry leaders to accelerate our growth plans. Come and join us to build the world’s first technology platform that will enable us to re-imagine the dictionary for today’s digital natives.

We will create innovative vocabulary products for every device and every moment from hilarious loo roll to augmented reality word games. We want to be the next big education content brand. English is Britain's GREATest Export.®

Your Role

As our Head of Technology, you work closely with our cofounders and CEO, and share responsibility for delivering a service that is transforming tens of thousands, then hopefully millions of people's experience. Your primary role will be to create a content management system that will enable us to warehouse our digital media assets and leverage this CMS to create scale-able print, mobile and web-based consumer interfaces and tools. Key aspects of this role include the ability to:​
  • Partner with other members of the leadership team to create processes and project plans that enable the team to efficiently produce a high quality product on time and on budget
  • Provide long-term technical guidance and planning as well as being a significant individual contributor from the start
  • Be a visible, hands-on engineer and leader, delivering clear technical direction and standards to the engineers that you hire
  • Encourage a collaborative and inclusive environment for people to do their best work
  • Implement web and mobile interfaces, building smart tools and great experiences for both consumers and educators
  • Work with our Operations Team to build up the backend for our shop system and develop and enhance our front-end to increase site traffic and conversion
  • Manage all development processes including scheduling, scrums, quality assurance, release and product reviews as you bring in a lean team
  • Grow engineering org over time, providing guidance on compensation (budget and allocation) and promotions
  • Drive, monitor and guide product releases/updates
  • Develops and directs all networking safeguards to reduce the risk of outside breaches and protect sensitive (child safe) internal and external client information
  • Be passionate about close collaboration with design, product, and marketing to craft the best experience possible throughout the entire customer journey

About You

  • You’ll be experienced in developing highly scalable, performant and internationalised applications
  • You're a good communicator and have an opinion on tools, technologies and ways of working, with the experience to back it up
  • You're a great ‘people developer’ as well as hands-on engineer. Initially you will be working alongside the Founder before building out a team
  • Have a strong focus on quality and a desire to get things done the best possible way
  • You care about code quality, TechOps, security, web performance and testing
  • You're happy to experiment, learn and pick the right tools for the job
  • Strong promoter of agile methodologies and thriving in fast-paced and changing environments
  • Strategic thinker but also hands-on and able to deliver
  • Excited about ambitious goals and willing to do anything to make them happen

What is in it for You?

  • You’ll play a key role in helping us work out what to build, when and why
  • A chance to create a meaningful contribution to millions of families
  • Influence, trust and impact inside a well funded startup that's scaling
  • Work alongside other talented and friendly people with a history of learning new things
  • Competitive salary and meaningful stock options
  • Pick your own kit
  • Access to an amazing network of mentors

Closing date: March 30th, 2017

Mrs Wordsmith cares deeply about helping our industry become a more inclusive and diverse place to work. We work hard to lead by example and are committed to Equal Employment Opportunity through attracting and retaining a complementary team of employees and building an inclusive environment for all.