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[TL;DR] If you are a visionary and results-driven engineering leader with a strong technical background and a passion for innovation, we invite you to join Akeneo as our Vice President of Engineering, where you will lead and shape our engineering team, drive product development, and ensure the delivery of cutting-edge SaaS solutions in a dynamic startup setting.
We seek a Vice President of Engineering who will oversee the Engineering organization responsible for our SaaS offerings, collectively managing a team of approximately 100 engineers.
This role is integral in shaping the future of our technology and product development. We are seeking a customer-obsessed, visionary, results-driven engineering leader who can provide strategic direction, foster innovation, and drive the execution of our engineering initiatives. You will set clear goals, and ensure the timely delivery of high-quality SaaS products. You will directly report to the CTO and co-founder.
At Akeneo, our engineering values are:
Teamwork | We believe a workplace should be a place where we can learn from one another,
Product Oriented | For us, our product must be about solving our customer problems,
Mentoring | Continuously improve yourself, grow with others, and emulate your team,
Trustworthy | Your team is accountable for finding creative solutions,
Engineering | We do serious business without taking ourselves too seriously.
🧠 Key responsibilities
Quality and Delivery: Establishes an engineering culture prioritizing prompt delivery, unwavering commitment to quality, dedication to customer and business value generation, and continuous vigilance over production processes.
Technical Leadership: Provide technical vision, guidance, and expertise to the engineering team, ensuring alignment with the company's strategic objectives.
Team Management: Recruit, mentor, and develop a high-performing engineering team, fostering a culture of collaboration, continuous learning, and innovation.
Technology Strategy: With the CTO, shape and execute a technology roadmap that supports the company's growth and innovation, staying current with industry trends and emerging technologies.
Cross-functional collaboration: Collaborate closely with other departments, such as Product Management, Design, and Operations, to drive product development and ensure seamless product launches.
Scalability: Establish operational practices that ensure the high availability, scalability, and performance of all services across the extensive product portfolio, fostering an unwavering commitment within teams to meet these quality standards and deliver an exceptional user experience.
Organization: Develop and implement effective organizational structures and workflows within the engineering department to ensure efficient resource allocation, streamline decision-making processes, and align with strategic goals.
Budget Management: Manage the engineering budget, allocate resources effectively, and make data-driven decisions to maximize ROI.
Risk Management: Identify and mitigate technical risks that could impact product development or the company's ability to achieve its goals.
Continuous Improvement: Promote a culture of continuous improvement, embracing feedback, and fostering a mindset of innovation and efficiency.
🏅The skills we require
Experience in the following areas is mandatory:
- Proven track record of successful leadership in a senior engineering role within the SaaS industry.
- Strong technical background with software development, architecture, and system design expertise.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively across teams and departments.
- Experience in building and scaling engineering teams of at least 100 people in a fast-paced startup environment.
- Exemplary at management mechanisms that empower teams to deliver high output autonomously without being involved in every decision
- Expertise in systems measurement and instrumentation, a firm believer in “measure everything.”
- A strategic thinker with the ability to balance long-term vision with short-term goals.
- Demonstrated ability to make data-driven decisions and manage budgets effectively.
- Experience with agile development methodologies and modern software development tools and practices.
- Experience making difficult priority trade-offs, advocating for projects in business and customer-friendly terms, and developing this practice at every level of your organization.
- Passion for technology, innovation, and staying current with industry trends.
- Strong high-scale, high-availability operating expertise, including testing/deployment, monitoring, DevOps practices, and creating a culture of caution on behalf of customers.
Additionally, here are some general skills that Akeneo teammates tend to have:
- you are proactive, autonomous, self-motivated, resourceful, and eager to have a meaningful impact,
- you are curious about creatively achieving high standards in product development and addressing issues
- you like to have fun and have a life outside of work,
- finally, you learned from your mistakes and are ready to make new ones with us!!!
Life at Akeneo
🌎 Diverse, cross-cultural team.
🎉 Annual All Staff gathering week, office parties, team offsites
👋 Top-notch 8-week onboarding programme for new teammates, including live presentations, online courses you can take at your own pace, and an exhaustive checklist with all the resources, calls-to-action and support contacts for a smooth integration into the company.
💰 Competitive package and complementary health insurance
⏰ Flexible working hours, hybrid home/office policy
👶 33 days paid leave if you are the second parent (instead of 28 days)
Health & Wellness
🧘Individual and confidential coaching sessions with a mental health practitioner of your choice
💆 Massage sessions offered regularly and at a reduced price
🔊 Best-in-class communication and collaboration tools: Slack, Notion, Google Suite, Jira, GitHub...
💻 Choose between MacOS or Linux
💸 Personal remote allowance to maximize your home office environment
🎫 Participation in in-house events welcoming external guests (ie. Meetups) or industry events
🧑🏫 Group and individual training opportunities
Perks & Discounts
😋 Get your Swile lunch card funded at 50% by the company
🚇 Receive a 50% discount on the transportation pass of your choice
📽️ Comité Social et Economique: advantages and deductions on cultural activities, entertainment etc.
👶 Take advantage of our company crèche whether you need a nursery spot (subject to availability), emergency childcare, or care for Wednesdays and school vacations.
🤲 Employee Volunteering program: give back to the community with two days per year dedicated to supporting the charities of your choice.
🧑🤝🧑 Diversity & Inclusion: Akeneo provides and ensures a safe work environment for everyone, regardless of seniority, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, nationality, or other characteristics. Akeneo is deeply anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-sexist, anti-ableist, and inclusive. We create the right conditions for you to feel safe and be yourself!
- Say hi! If your application has caught our attention, you will receive an invitation to a 30-minute conversation with one of our Talent Acquisition Specialists, where you’ll learn more about the role and about Akeneo.
- Meet your future manager! This 45-60 minute interview will allow you to go in more depth into what the role entails and discuss your experience and skills.
- Meet the team! Project yourself into the reality of the position and confirm our company culture fits you with one or two additional interviews with your future colleagues or stakeholders.
- Sign your offer!
At all stages of your recruitment process, our Talent Acquisition team is committed to giving you an update in a one-week time frame.
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