Director of Engineering - Growth

Join Busuu as they are looking for a Director of Engineering - Growth

About us

Joining Busuu means being part of one of the top EdTech companies in the world, a multiple award-winner recognised for its innovation and impact in language learning.

Busuu’s vision is to empower people through languages. We are the world’s largest online community for language learning, with 120+ million registered users. We make learning a language easy by combining AI-powered courses with feedback from our global community of native speakers and lesson content designed for real life.

Busuu is part of the global Chegg family. Chegg is the leading student-first connected learning platform and a NYSE listed company.

What does a Director of Engineering do at Busuu?

Busuu engineering is organised into mission driven Tribes. As a Director of Engineering, you will be leading the Busuu’s Growth Tribe, responsible for top of the user funnel, registrations, onboarding and premium conversion. Your area consists of 3 cross platform squads who own systems like authentication and payments platforms. In addition your area is responsible for the Verbling two sided language tutor marketplace business. Overall the position offers many interesting engineering problems to solve as we scale as a business.

The Growth Tribe is co-led by you and your Product counterpart. Together with stakeholders from the Marketing department, you will be a key member of the Growth business steering group driving the overall success and growth of the business. You will also be a member of the Senior Engineering Leadership team together with 3 other Tribe leads, steering the technology choices, strategy and planning for the entire department.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborating closely with your Product Tribe Lead counterpart developing and driving the strategy and vision for the Tribe.
  • Driving overall success and growth of the business
  • Line manage, mentor and grow the Engineering Managers responsible for running the squads.
  • Taking accountability for the technical vision, strategy and health of the Tribe.
  • Work closely with the CTO and other senior engineering leadership on the direction, strategy and planning for the Engineering Department.
  • Travel regularly between London and Madrid as you have teams on both locations

What we’re looking for in a Director of Engineering :

  • Experienced in running multiple teams, growing technical leaders and scaling teams with 5+ years of overall engineering management experience.
  • Ability to navigate multiple tech stacks across backend, web, mobile apps and infrastructure to form an engineering vision, drive practices and take ownership of operating your features and services in production.
  • Scale-up and lean mentality, driving at minimum viable products and solving the customers’ problems
  • Passionate about people and excellent skills on people management with the ability to inspire, coach and mentor the best of people
  • Extensive background in developing and launching global online B2C services

Facts about the Engineering Department and the way we operate

  • We believe in aligned autonomy and mission driven squads and tribes
  • We put heavy focus on personal development and growth of engineers, people leadership is going to be one of the most important aspects of the job
  • We have a dual track for management and individual contributors. We believe that architecture decisions should be taken by the ICs.
  • Busuu is operating a modern microservice stack built on AWS EKS and ISTIO. While some work remains in splitting down our old monoliths, many of the parts have already been pulled out.

At Busuu we want to ensure that you have access to some great benefits:

  • Our centrally located offices are well-equipped with free breakfast, plenty of snacks, fresh fruit, and free dinner of your choice if you need to stay late
  • Busuu offers a great Private Health Insurance scheme
  • There is a personal training budget just for you, so you can learn more in your field, attend virtual conferences and events that you find interesting
  • We like to support our teams with their work-life balance so we offer flexible working hours and a hybrid model of working
  • We offer enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • Staying connected as a team is very important to us, so we have lots of social activities for you to join such a team lunches, Friday socials, quarterly team, and company events

What happens next

We aim to have a simple and speedy hiring process and we want to make sure that we are right for you as much as the other way around.

  • CV application review - We will review it as quickly as possible
  • Let’s chat - Quick chat with our team about your experience and the role
  • Interview - With the Hiring Manager
  • Case Study - At home case study to show off your skills
  • Interview - Interview to review the task and speak other colleagues in the team

Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. We pride ourselves on embracing our differences, whether they're cultural, racial, religious, or otherwise. This means each one of us comes to work knowing that we have a voice – and a safe, judgment-free zone to speak freely.

If you like the sound of that, join us. We'd love to hear what you have to say.