CTO (Chief Technology Officer)

We’re people on a mission to help schools use data more effectively to save teachers time and improve student outcomes. At the moment data is more of a burden than a benefit to teachers. Schools are increasingly required to store vast amounts of information on attendance, behaviour and assessment, which takes teachers hours and hours a week to input and often isn’t used effectively to improve student performance.

We’ve built a great system that improves the input, analysis and communication of school information, saving teachers days of precious time and allowing them to target student interventions more effectively to improve the outcomes of hundreds of thousands of children. Imagine taking the register on your iPad, then having the system instantly text all parents whose child was not in school asking them to confirm their absence by texting the school back. Easy.

Since our launch five years ago, we’ve raised venture capital from top-tier, socially-minded investors, expanded in three countries, and are now working with thousands of schools, helping them to improve outcomes for hundreds of thousands of students. We care about our social goals as much as our business targets and want to make a lasting, positive impact across the education sector. We’re looking for passionate, curious, ambitious people who share our ethos and want to make an impact at scale.

Technologies we use

Our technology ecosystem that drives our main product “School Information System” consist of a number of microservices and other supporting applications. 
The ecosystem is running on AWS using load balanced LEMP (Linux, Nginx, MySql, PHP) stack and open source services like Beanstalk, Redis, Jenkins, Elasticsearch and many others.

We are international company with HQ in London and our R&D team based in Belgrade is currently growing and this is why we are looking for software engineers of various profiles and interests.

We are looking for a rockstar CTO who is hands on and strategically minded, and who has experience building and developing teams through leading and mentoring, not managing. We’re growing fast so we’re looking for someone who can deliver engineering excellence and make sure our technology & platform scales with the growth ambitions of the company. This is an exciting and challenging role where you can have a real impact across the business.

About the role

  • Develop technical aspects of the company’s strategy to ensure alignment with its business goals
  • Scale the Engineering team and mentor the engineering leads to become world-class heads of department
  • Manage, coach and motivate the engineering team and project managers based in Belgrade & London
  • Supervise system infrastructure to ensure functionality and efficiency
  • Build and maintain quality assurance and data protection processes
  • Act as the Chief Information Security Officer and be responsible for the security and data privacy of our schools
  • Use data and stakeholders’ feedback to inform necessary improvements and adjustments to technology and processes
  • Own and report on the technology strategy to the Management Team and board
  • Regularly travel to London as an integral part of the company’s leadership team, and act as an ambassador for our culture in Belgrade

About you

  • We're looking for someone who is smart and driven, who has experience working in technology as well as a passion for improving education outcomes (this is a must!).
  • Proven experience as a CTO or similar technical leadership role
  • Experience of scaling, mentoring, and leading an engineering team
  • Excellent communication skills and fluent in spoken Serbian & English
  • Proven leadership and organisational abilities
  • Able to think strategically with excellent problem-solving abilities
  • BSc/BA in Software Engineering or a related field; MBA or other relevant graduate degree would be a bonus!

Our benefits

  • An opportunity to make a difference to children's lives
  • To work on some very interesting projects
  • A generous salary above market rates
  • Vibrant open office and custom catered meals
  • Great dev tools
  • Opportunity to work with some very interesting people from around the world
  • Social events with a great team, entertainment & international travel