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Software Engineering Team Lead

tails.com -   Richmond upon Thames, England, United Kingdom   ENG

Posted 13 days ago

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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">COVID-19 UPDATE: We are continuing to interview, hire, and onboard remotely. All of our engineering staff are working from home following the UK government’s advice. We shipped everyone’s tech gear and office chairs to their homes and we’re working to ensure everyone is comfortable. We’re expanding on our existing remote practices, and holding some fun online events too!</span></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once we go back to the office, we're open to both in-office (hybrid, anywhere from 1 to 5 days per week in the office) and fully remote, within the UK.</span></p>

<p><strong>Who We Are</strong></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">tails.com is an e-commerce platform and subscription business. We deliver tailor-made dog food to over 150,000 dogs every month. Every single bag we ship is unique — which is no mean feat when you produce 11,000+ per day. We own the whole experience, from our landing page to the customer’s front door. We use Python everywhere we can, including in our factory.</span></p>

<p><strong>What You'll Do</strong></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You’ll work in one of our autonomous teams made up of software engineers, product managers, designers, and quality assurance. You’ll collaborate with teams to solve difficult problems across the entire company — from marketing and data to the factory engineers. As Python is currently our main language we prefer you to be already familiar with Python or any other web-oriented language (PHP, Ruby, JavaScript, etc).</span></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this position, you’ll get to:</span></p>

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<li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Work with a modern web stack and microservices to deliver features and products</span></li>

<li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Take on responsibility for the team's delivery and planning</span></li>

<li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Line management of the engineers in the team</span></li>

<li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lead best practices ensuring great software engineering and appropriate testing</span></li>

<li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Contribute to the ongoing evolution of the platform architecture</span></li>

<li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Participate in bi-monthly hackdays to build or learn absolutely anything you want</span></li>

<li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Build software in an environment that supports your individual growth</span></li>

<li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ensure our customers have a healthy and happy dog for life!</span></li>

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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We'd like you to be comfortable with:</span></p>

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<li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Python 3 (plus Flask, Django or any other framework) or any comparable language, with web experience</span></li>

<li><span style="font-weight: 400;">At least one SQL dialect</span></li>

<li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Modern CSS including build tools, post-processors and SASS</span></li>

<li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Modern ES6 JS, including at least one state-of-the-art framework like React or VueJS</span></li>

<li><span style="font-weight: 400;">DevOps experience in scaling and running high-traffic software on AWS or GCP is a plus</span></li>

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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We ship early and often, so we push multiple deployments live per day through our CI/CD pipelines. Our local development environments have setup guides and it’s possible to ship something on your very first day. We like to keep the code review process friendly and supportive so everyone can learn and grow. We also make space in our sprints for learning and development time, and hold in-house workshops on new technologies.</span></p>

<p><strong>What Our Team Leads Do</strong></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We have a number self-organising teams that are led by a team lead/product manager combo. Team leads influence and contribute to company-wide decisions and workstreams while being responsible for the team's delivery. They choose the correct implementation paths and run their own sprints. If there are challenges during a project, team leads are encouraged to propose solutions such as lowering the scope or iterating with an MVP. Most of our teams run two-week sprints but some occasionally use Kanban-style weeks. It’s really up to them.<br></span></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Team leads are in close communication with each other. They make technology and architecture decisions in meetings together with domain experts but anyone can attend and contribute. There is a flat structure and teams help each other out. Decisions are made in the open.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We expect all software engineers to grow in their roles. Team leads help guide them in this journey through regular 1-on-1 meetings and reviews. Software engineers choose their own objectives but team leads help ensure these objectives are S.M.A.R.T. and they support along the way.</span></p>

<p><strong>What Makes Us Different</strong></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We prioritise work-life balance. We have flexible hours (start 7-10 am, finish 4-7 pm) and if you’re working remotely you’ll have the same schedule. You are never expected to reply to Slack messages outside of your working hours.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Teams are free to choose their technology stack. We primarily use Kubernetes, Python 3, Flask, Celery, and SQLAlchemy for our monolith and microservices. AWS is our main cloud provider and CI/CD is paramount. Any new frontend features are built with Vue.js in collaboration with product designers. We have a design system which is currently evolving into a design components library.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We don’t use algorithm puzzles in the hiring process. After a phone interview with an engineer, you’ll get a short take home test directly related to the work we do everyday. After that, we’ll bring you in for a round of interviews. Usually two and a half hours, during which you’ll speak to two pairs of engineers and our head of engineering with small breaks in between.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We like to hear our employees' voices. We also use anonymous polls (we publish the results internally) as well as live anonymous Q&amp;A questions to the CEO. We won “The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work for 2020” award and the </span><a href="https://www.b.co.uk/company-profile/?tails.com-108582"><span style="font-weight: 400;">survey results are public</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>

<p><strong>You Are Welcome At tails.com</strong></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You are welcome at tails.com no matter what you look like or where you come from. We are actively seeking a diverse pool of applicants, including those from historically marginalised groups. We believe that a diverse company is a powerful company. It’s through our differences that we will innovate and change the world of pet food for good.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Read more about tails.com Engineering and our working practices on our </span><a href="https://lifeat.tails.com/tag/engineering/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">tech blog</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>

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<p><strong>Work in an office full of dogs, with a team full of ideas. Plus these awesome benefits:</strong></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You’ll get a competitive salary, reviewed annually, and from day one will be a shareholder in tails.com.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We’re proud to be on a high growth trajectory and offer the chance to work in an environment and with a team that will constantly challenge, support and develop you.&nbsp;</span></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You’ll start on 25 days of holiday which will increase in the time you’re with us. On top of this, we offer optional unpaid leave and a paid volunteer day each year.&nbsp;</span></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For expectant parents, we have extended maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption pay.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We have shed loads of other great benefits, visit our <a href="https://www.tails.com/careers" target="_blank">careers page</a> for more info.&nbsp;</span></p>

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