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Director of Product & Engineering

About Us

Based in west London, Little Bridge is a virtual social community where children come together to communicate and learn. Little Bridge is an academically-endorsed, interactive, online educational platform that enables children globally to learn and improve their English language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). We are a unique place for kids to learn English…together. Our platform uses a proven pedagogy, gamification, and peer-to-peer communication to teach English at schools and homes. Our platform currently focuses on equipping non English speaking children with basic language skills, but our long-term mission is to provide children with a variety of critical skills to unlock their full potential (language, numeracy, engineering, science, technology). Little Bridge currently has 5 million users, operating from 100+ countries. With a level of personalisation where the user can create their own customised avatar and page within the Little Bridge platform, this highly innovative and engaging program allows discovery via thousands of carefully-structured, fun lessons and activities. Children can share their newfound language skills with other young users within the global DigiPal community, which is humanly-monitored and censored to ensure maximum safety. Imagine the delight when a child in Mexico can safely interact and learn with a child in Turkey or Korea. We’ve seen the impact of making the world a safe, connected place for children and look forward to expanding the platform to new schools and homes! We are a small team of under 10 employees excited to grow our Little Bridge army! If you are interested in joining our team, please keep reading. Learn more about Little Bridge vision by clicking here.

General Summary

Reporting to the CEO, we are looking for a Director of Product & Engineering to join our team. This is an exciting role for an individual who has a passion for Education and Technology (EdTech). This role focuses on defining the product development plans alongside the founding team, to build and manage the next stage technical and product team. We are looking for a commercially savvy technical leader with strong experience designing and creating scalable architectural systems. Previous experience leading a team of software engineers is essential. You should have hands-on experience delivering large, complex systems and working across our technical stack (listed below). Being a member of our Executive Management team, you will work with the founders to define the product and technology strategy, goals and deliverables within one of the most exciting businesses within the Edtech space. If you have a passion for product and engineering excellence with end to end ownerships of a product and technical life cycle, we would love to hear from you.

Technical Stack

Infrastructure runs on Amazon, using various AWS services including EC2, ELB/ASG, VPC, SQS, S3, RDS, CloudFront, ElastiCache, Route53.
Backend applications run mainly on php7 (fpm/nginx) with Laravel/Lumen.
Jenkins build and AWS config services.
Git and Jetbrains IDE for php/html/css/js development.
Responsibilities

Lead and execute the growth of our product and technical team, own the product roadmap and be responsible for the overall enhancement of our platform
Collaborate with the Engineering team to direct the technical vision for our platform
Expand our social platform using AI to build and enhance P2P features and components of Little Bridge
Be a manager, coach, and inspiring leader within the organization
Be hands on when needed and not afraid to roll up your sleeves to help engineers and product managers solve issues
Partner with internal teams to create a shared vision and strong cross functional relationships and alignment across the business
Manage relationships with third-party vendors
Ensure the optimal application of technology and engineering resources to meet product development and customer requirements
Manage formal processes to support product development activities and deliver continuous improvement to those processes

REQUIREMENTS

A degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or Engineering is an asset
7+ years of progressive Engineering and Product experience
Experience working in a start up or fast paced technology focused company
A successful track record scaling web and/or mobile based platform in super safe, low bandwidth friendly environments with a mix of in-house developed and open source technologies
Experience leading, coaching and building teams in a dynamic environment with a global presence
Must be able to work and communicate effectively with all levels. Will have the gravitas, charisma and knowledge to be credible in typical business/customer/board situations
Ability to multi-task and prioritise in an innovative and hands on environment
Pragmatic nature with an ability to think effectively and collaboratively for the benefit of all stakeholders
A passion for Edtech with an appreciation of the Little Bridge product with a growth mind-set
Say wise and very brainy things to keep everyone inspired 🙂
You must eligible to work in the UK
Experience of highly scalable architectures, distributed processing/data and NoSQL data-stores and associated technologies
An intuitive understanding of web technologies, big data and internet scale architectures
Organised with the ability to introduce and implement structured systems and processes whilst allowing sufficient flexibility for a culture of innovation to flourish
Will be an innovator at heart – willing and able to take well-managed risks

BENEFITS

We offer 25 vacation days
Bring your dog to work!
Flexible working
Competitive package with potential for options for the right candidate
You have an opportunity to work with smart, talented and resourceful group of individuals who are insanely passionate about making a quality social and educational experience accessible for kids around the world!

Application Method

We will be accepting applications until March 24th, 2017
Please apply online directly here
Please note that we are not working with any staffing firms or agencies and will not be accepting any resumes submitted through them. Please apply directly to be considered
We are located in Shepherds Bush, the west end of London