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Head of Engineering 80-100%

Valora is building up an internal engineering team with the goal to increase the speed and agility of innovation. You will be responsible for this team and its output and as such, the top developer inside our company. As the interface between your team, the product management team and the rest of the company, you will be translating business needs into architectural decisions and manageable features. Besides your management duties and role as main software architect, we also expect you to get your hands dirty in code on a daily basis. Your team is embedded in our Digital unit which operates on the group level. This means you will be delivering projects with high visibility across all our units and all countries we operate in. Your projects will be varied, acting as an internal service provider, developing the digital team’s own initiatives and even launching in-house startups.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Manage our team of software engineers and data scientists, working across backend, frontend and mobile
  • Take architectural decisions and defend them towards all stakeholders
  • Lead by example by writing well-tested, concise code across our stack
  • Choose the right tools and institute good development practices
  • Improve and maintain our production environment, for example by adding monitoring and alerting (DevOps)
  • Set up a modern development workflow for your team, including a continuous integration pipeline and automated deployments
  • Be the interface between the development team, the product management team and the rest of the company
  • Manage the hiring process and grow/develop your team
  • Support the developers in your team with technical guidance

Key skills / requirements

  • Minimum of 5 years of software development experience in a general purpose programming language
  • BSc degree in Computer Science, similar technical field of study or equivalent practical experience
  • Leadership experience
  • History of taking or influencing major architectural decisions
  • Lived or instituted good development practices like testing, code reviews, agile development
  • Likeable personality with good communication skills
  • Ability to quickly get up to speed in any programming language or system if needed
  • Ability to tackle problems outside your comfort zone and get things done without supervision
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English

Desirable:

  • Experience in any of the following programming languages: Java, C/C++, C#, Python, JavaScript, Rust or Go
  • Experience working with one or more from the following: web application development, Unix/Linux environments, distributed and parallel systems, service oriented architectures, REST APIs, developing large software systems
  • Expert knowledge of Git or another DVCS
  • Good spoken and written knowledge of German

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