Vice President of Engineering

Location: Dublin, Ireland

About Drop

Drop is a fast-growing, venture-backed team of human-computer interaction specialists with a love of great food who are working with the biggest kitchen appliance brands in the world to deliver the experience that removes the friction from the whole food-making process.

Eating food is part of our social fabric and a core part of a healthy body and mind. The experience of making food is now so daunting, ambiguous and friction-filled that people are being forced to turn to takeout, deliveries, and meal kits which ultimately leave you unfilled and unhealthy.

Our mission is to empower and inspire anyone to cook delicious food by connecting the world’s recipes and appliances — all orchestrated through a magical user experience.

We started with our own smart kitchen devices that integrate with the critically acclaimed Drop Recipes app. We have since launched partnerships with Bosch, Electrolux, GE Appliances, Kenwood, and LG Electronics, with many more to be announced in the near future. Each appliance and recipe partner we connect brings us one step closer to being the de facto KitchenOS.

Key focus for Drop

  • Create a delightful consumer experience
  • Deliver deep integrations for the largest appliance manufacturers in the world
  • Bring the world’s favorite recipes onto the platform via NLP and ML

What will I be doing?

Your responsibilities will include:
  • Grow an elite team of experts in Android, iOS, Python, machine learning, AWS, etc., tripling our current dev team of 10 in the next 18 months
  • Foster a culture of delivering high-quality code
  • Focus on building a better environment for the team of developers
  • Lead all aspects of engineering across the core product, partner on-boarding and internal tooling, ensuring high-quality deliveries
  • Leverage your technical expertise in iOS, Android, backend, dev-ops and embedded systems to ensure we deliver in the most efficient way possible, with ideal UX in mind
  • Ensure high availability of all services as we scale
  • Have an uncompromising focus on high-quality deliveries
  • Be heavily involved in the roadmap execution strategy
  • Build relationships with appliance partners through involvement in both the sales and execution processes
  • Decide when to take on technical debt, and constantly look at removing it
  • Promote usage of the latest tools, technologies and design patterns
  • Be an evangelist for the company
  • Present execution strategy to VCs and partners

Requirements

  • Must have scaled large teams (20+ engineers min) in a high-growth environment, either as VPE at a growing startup or entrepreneurial/growth division head of a larger tech company
  • Proven ability to motivate and inspire a talented and creative tech team to perform at the highest level
  • 12+ years of overall engineering experience, 6+ spent in managing and scaling teams
  • Proven ability to efficiently manage all aspects of the software development life cycle
  • Excellent working knowledge of web applications (frontend, backend, databases, scaling), mobile, embedded software
  • Experience working on large scale, high-traffic sites
  • Excellent knowledge of best practices and software design patterns
  • Strong Agile development background with a focus on TDD and quality process automation
  • Prior development experience in one or more of the following programming languages: Python, Objective C, Swift, Kotlin or Java

Good-to-have:

– Backend software development of large-scale, distributed systems, IoT
– Mobile software development (preferred: consumer applications)
– Experience running software services on Amazon Web Services
– Experience with NLP and machine learning
– A passion for making and eating food

What’s next?

If you’re interested in joining the team, please send your resume to careers@getdrop.com. Let us know why you’re excited about this role and believe it’s a fit for the next step in your career

As a part of the Drop team, you can look forward to working with a diverse group of creative, kind, hard-working humans. You’ll get to join a fast-growing start-up, and play an active role in that growth by tackling challenges and making a difference. Our tight-knit teams work cross-functionally, learning from each other in a bright and open office. We work hard to create something we can all be proud of, support each other in the process, and go home at a reasonable hour — because balance isn’t just for flavors.

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