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Head of Technology - Cluj-Napoca

06 Mai 2018

About the company:

Food waste is a $1 trillion problem – costing the world over 1% of global GDP. We’re dead set on solving the problem by developing cutting edge technology to transform the way we produce food.

Now in our fifth year of operation, we are currently operating in over 30 countries solving food waste issues for many blue chip global clients. We are rapidly growing, we are well funded, and we are just at the start of our journey.

Our current product is solid. But we are ambitious and have big plans to transform our system to one which makes headlines. To help us achieve this we will be investing heavily in hiring the smartest and most talented technical expertise, and we plan to do this by opening a brand-new office in Cluj.


About the role:

As you’d expect with any fast growing start-up, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of responsibilities. Working closely with the CTO (London-based), you’ll lead the tech team in Cluj, helping to design and implement the company’s technology plans.

You won’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and help unblock colleagues at the ground level.

You’ll provide daily direction and decision making to the Romania based team, whilst also providing input to and representing the region in global strategic decision making.

You’ll be expected to take a keen interest in industry trends and new technologies and help evaluate and incorporate them into the business moving forward to make sure it remains an environment of innovation.

This is a truly exceptional opportunity for a driven and motivated individual to lead our technical office in Cluj. As our first hire in Romania, you will be instrumental in shaping the office, helping us recreate the positive and unique culture we enjoy elsewhere around the globe.


What we need your help with:

Leading the team to deliver multiple software development projects
Work closely with other teams and specialties like DevOps, Testers, Product, Scrum Masters, Operations, Support, etc
Work closely with technical operations team to ensure proposed solutions will work effectively with hardware we supply or commit to support as required.
Grow the office taking ownership for the recruitment, selection and onboarding of new joiners to meet annual headcount plans
Estimate and track budget related to projects, technology selection, resource management
Mentor, coach and develop team members including performance management for direct reports
Drive culture of continuous improvement, challenging current practices with a view to constantly improving performance of team members, process and deliverables
Participate in system design and system architecture efforts
Evaluate current and new technology and recommend improvements in stack or architecture
Automate low value activities in the work stream to improve our efficiency
Track and monitor performance metric of our development team and our deployed software
Deliver quality applications and services
Maintain current knowledge of technology landscape and developments, taking the initiative to drive innovation and adoption of best practices 

Our Technology:

Technology is at the forefront of what we do, and the success of our company is based on our world-class technology and on finding solutions to real world problems that have not been solved to date. Our current stack includes:

Languages: Node.js, Java, AngularJS, Python
Android apps
Designing and manufacturing IoT ‘smart’ edge devices and expanding using Linux powered devices on the field collecting data using cutting edge technologies
Focus on security, user authentication, permissions, data integrity
AWS Cloud using EC2, Aurora, S3 and other services
JIRA, Confluence, BitBucket (Atlassian products)
Moving to a Microservices architecture using Kafka for messaging and currently implementing other patterns
Continuous Integration and Delivery using Jenkins, SonarQube, New Relic, Docker,Terraform
Test Driven Development environment with focus on testing and quality output
Agile team using Scrum or Kanban (each team chooses the best approach to drive results)
Reporting and Analytics using Pentaho 

Here are some things that we really need, to have a good start:

Good English, spoken and written.
Can program using at least two programming languages - one of them being Java, Node,js or Python) and eager to expand skills when needed to complete a project
Have a solid understanding of concepts like Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Code Coverage, Code Quality, Test Driven Development, Unit Testing, and Integration Testing
Are passionate about TDD, thinking how to test and are not trying to ‘escape’ writing Unit or Integration tests. Each developer is responsible and accountable for their delivered work
Able to estimate effort and deliver on your commitment
Have experience working with tools like JIRA and Confluence in a fully Agile environment using Jenkins as the CI tool
Knowledge of the following will be beneficial: SQL, ElasticSearch, Kafka, Sockets, Linux administration, Microservice patterns, Javascript (AngularJS), REST API and DevOps tools like Docker, Terraform and Ansible is a plus
Want to prototype solutions using new cutting-edge technologies and present them to the team (or to the world)
Comfortable in a fast-moving small company environment where things change
Able to plan and measure progress to that plan and report progress to the Product and the CTO
With proven leadership capabilities, you are able to demonstrate how you have successfully implemented your projects by delegating and delivering through others
Able to attract, support, and inspire great technical teams
Able to convince others of expressed point of view, gaining acceptance and buy-in to plans
Be the ‘bridge’ between London and Cluj, facilitate team meetings, events and will be able to travel to London frequently and when needed  

In return, we offer:

Competitive base salary
Company stock options package
Eligible for discretionary annual bonus
Health insurance
25 days of paid vacation time in addition to national holidays
Shared office space with a great working environment and a flexible approach to work
You will love what you do – waking up every day solving one of the biggest social problems of our generation
Committed team members with broad experience who share a common passion to build a world class business. 

Of course, everyone’s career has a different path and you may not have all of the skills and/or experience listed below.

However, if you feel you might fit the job, feel free to prove your point and contact us.

If you're in any doubt whether to apply and you have many unanswered questions (after all, an enquiring mind is what we're looking for) please e-mail us: office@adrya.ro and we'll get back ASAP with a response to your enquiry.

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