Some are born great; some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.
This according to William Shakespeare.
I think thought that there is a third category that the bard missed - some are helped on the road to greatness by a brilliant manager.
It is just such a manager that we are on the lookout for.
The current situation,
A team of 9 developers (Backend Python and Frontend React) are busy building a new product in the IoT space. They are in the classic bind of ensuring they meet their delivery goals to their biggest customer whilst making smart long-term choices. This customer also happens to be one of the key investors. The team are well balanced with some very talented seniors and some junior engineers with a lot of potential. At the moment the VP of engineering is stepping into the gap to help the team deliver but his role needs to be a layer further removed as he is responsible for more than one of the companies’ products.
This is where you step in;
You will need all of your previous leadership experience in this role. You have a lot of technical knowledge but you are humble in how you apply it and you believe in collaboration. Using your experience, you will start by identifying the obstacles currently tripping up the team and moving them out of the way. You have some experienced engineers here, you just need to free them up and let them take care of delivery for the customer. You will also help them to thrash out the technical decisions that they make and help steer them clear of technical debt. You will help guide decision making around the product design and long-term challenges around building something that scales. Finally, there are three relatively junior team members who need to be given some room to do great work.
The long-term view;
There is a real possibility that this product will be spun out as a separate business in the future. Leaving you as the natural choice for the VP of engineering.
Berlin or anywhere within the CET time zone. The team work remotely but they have an office in Berlin and part of your role will be deciding on when it makes sense to come together as a team.
Sounds pretty great?
Send through your CV and let’s have a chat.