VP Engineering

Amsterdam, Netherlands

albelli and Photobox Group have merged to create a leading player in the online European Photo Product and Gifting market. Together we now serve a pan-European customer base of over 7 million customers, supported by our 1,150 colleagues across the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany, Norway and Sweden. We are focused on inspiring our customers to easily make beautiful photo products and bring their special moments to life.

What You’ll Be Doing

We are looking for a passionate VP Engineering to lead our Photobox teams based in London and Lviv (gradually progressing towards our pan European locations). Reporting to our CTO you will be responsible for ten product and engineering teams with over 70 leaders and engineers. You will need to inspire, coach and support our engineering teams to be the best that they can be.

Our teams are cross-functional and accountable for interfaces and services that power our Apps, Editing Experiences, Shopping Experience, Acquisition and Ecommerce APIs. They are constantly striving for quality software solutions that have maximum impact within our culture of quality and personal accountability.

An understanding of large-scale e-commerce platforms, building for both app and web based customer journeys, experience building scalable web services and an appreciation of the challenges engineers face would be beneficial. Coaching members of your team, peers and upwards across all of our groups brands (albelli, Bonusprint, Monalbumphoto, Photobox, Hofmann and PosterXXL). You will be passionate about quality, predictability, delivery, and scalability to help teams fulfil their mission and achieve their goals..

Our customer base is changing the way that they interact with us and we need to transform our approach to capture this demand. This role will play a key part in helping us with this transformation away from a predominately desktop based organisation. Leveraging our existing platform to solve customer problems on the platform where their photos exist.

You will play a key role in creating and refining the principles and processes that we take to enable engineering at scale across multiple locations. This role is both operational and strategic helping engineers and teams find the right balance between consistency and autonomy.

You will have an engineering background and have a good understanding of architectural practices. You will be an advocate of Agile engineering practices and help us support a culture of continuous improvement. You will also have prior line management experience with a track record of keeping highly skilled leaders and their engineers motivated and engaged.

Mentoring and developing team members’ careers and supporting individuals and teams to reach their full potential. You will support your teams to refine their processes and take the lead in driving engineering initiatives to improve productivity. We believe in TDD and continuous delivery and this should be a passion of yours.

You will be delivering sustainable growth and managing a large existing legacy code base. The role is 10% technical and 90% psychological. You will be managing C-level stakeholders and permanently pursuing the best balance between delivering functionality and non-functional aspects for the platforms.

We offer
  • A fast-growing e-commerce environment
  • An international company hosting over 50 nationalities
  • Competitive compensation, relocation support, and lots of benefits (such as a discounted gym membership)
  • Budget for personal growth and development, including external training, courses, and conferences
  • 26 days of annual leave with a healthy work-life balance
  • A flexible hybrid work set up with a minimum of 2 days per month in the office and everything you need for a proper work from home setup
  • An informal, fun, proactive, and inclusive culture with a social atmosphere (Friday drinks, parties, sports, etc.) to be resumed properly post COVID-19!
  • A central location in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, Amsterdam!

We are working in a hybrid environment and this role is based in our Amsterdam office, located in the centre of city next to Central Station with stunning views of the harbour, and the numerous canals running through the old city. The office is spread over five floors, with ample amenities and easy walking distance to nearby shops, cafes, and restaurants. The team here is made up of more than 45 nationalities, who work across all areas of the business with a focus on analytics, marketing, HR, and technology.

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