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Senior Software Engineer (Team Lead)



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Join the eco-revolution as an Engineering Team Lead at Recycleye, where your expertise will help turn the world's waste into a resource


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London United Kingdom

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Organisation summary: Recycleye is a pioneering tech company revolutionizing the recycling industry with AI-driven sorting technologies. Founded in 2019, we're on a mission to make recycling more profitable and sustainable, supporting the global need to increase recycling rates. Our innovative solutions are deployed across Europe and the US, propelling the recycling economy by transforming waste into valuable resources. Our culture thrives on empowerment, inclusivity, and perseverance, making it an exciting time to join a team that's shaping a greener future.

  • Lead a talented engineering team while contributing to critical technical projects.
  • Balance hands-on development with management responsibilities, including mentorship and performance reviews.
  • Champion engineering excellence and robust, scalable solutions.
  • Collaborate on the technical roadmap and make impactful development decisions.
  • Strong empathy and leadership skills with a focus on team development.
  • Expertise in Python and cloud systems like Azure.
  • Proven track record in delivering production-level code and overseeing full project cycles.
  • Experience in mentoring and potentially leading a team in a high-tech environment.

Benefits include: Competitive salary, company shares, unlimited holiday, paid parental leave, inclusive team culture, healthcare from day one, and opportunities for training and development.

A little bit about us   

At Recycleye, we're changing recycling. We've developed ground-breaking AI that works with automated sorting tech like robots and airjets to make waste sorting more profitable. Because the truth is, if you can't afford to sort it, you can't recycle it, so we're changing that! We were founded in 2019, and have been growing rapidly ever since, with installations of our technology at leading waste management companies across Europe and the US. 

We partner with our clients to help them produce higher quality outputs, transforming the economics of waste sorting and recycling – it's all about our vision to turn the world’s waste into resource. And our work has never been needed more. According to the OECD, only 9% of plastic waste has ever been recycled, so we’re proud that our work helps to make the recycling of waste materials more attractive.   

Be part of it – come and join us!  

Why choose to work at Recycleye? Our team works together to grow and succeed, driven by our shared values of empowerment, inclusivity, and perseverance. We offer great benefits (which we think punch above our weight).   

We know that our mission will be achieved by having the most passionate, driven, talented, and all-around best people on our team. So come and shape the future and help turn trash into treasure!  

Responsibilities Overview 

 As the Engineering Team Lead, your duties will be split between contributing to the development and maintenance of our platform, and the line management of the engineers on the team.  

We’re looking for someone who cares about the wellbeing, professional growth and performance of the team, while still wanting to remain hands-on. 
 You’ll help our team grow and develop, while also contributing to business-critical technical work.  

This role would be suitable for those with experience as a tech lead, mentor, engineering manager, or skilled senior engineers looking to take their first step into management. 

You will report to Peter Hedley, CTO. 

Day to day role expectations 

  • Tech stack: Python, Deepstream, Azure, IoT Edge 
  • Line management of engineers: Holding 1:1s, providing pastoral care, conducting performance reviews. 
  • Overseeing the delivery of technical projects and features. 
  • Serve as a role model in adopting a holistic, well-rounded mindset that considers commercial, physical and software solutions in addressing challenges. 
  • Understand and adapt to practical limitations. Client site conditions (low internet) and running on hardware can affect the robustness of our system and ability to effectively test. Integrate this understanding into the design, testing, and deployment of your work. 
  • Advocate for and collaborate with other members of the team to improve our engineering excellence across the board.  
  • Work on support tickets and help to prioritise work to minimise the team’s support burden and enable the Customer Support team to self-serve issues by building tooling. 


  • You will collaborate with the team’s tech lead to create the technical roadmap in an uncertain environment, balancing business impact vs confidence and making tactical development bets. 


  • Advocate for an industrialisation mindset – high quality code and resilience over extra features, leading to strong, scalable production processes. 
  • Lead efforts to refine team ways of working, including versioning, documentation, release and deployment processes. Advocate for a working environment that is both efficient and sustainable.  



  • A high degree of empathy, and desire to help others grow and develop in their career.  
  • Leadership capabilities – such as the ability to make trade-offs, tough calls, deliver candid but respectful feedback, promoting a sense of team culture and belonging. 
  • Strong knowledge of Python, with examples of complex commercial projects to support this knowledge 
  • Significant hands-on experience in delivering production-level code and promoting best practices at a senior level. 
  • Experience supporting and mentoring more junior members of a team 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to tailor information and delivery appropriate to the audience 
  • Good familiarity with cloud systems such as Azure, GCP, AWS 
  • Experience with networking concepts – such as VPNs, certificates, and related technologies. 
  • Demonstrable commercial experience, with examples of when you have had to understand complex commercial requirements to deliver maximum customer value 
  • Experience working through the cycle of planning, designing, executing, and supporting a product 

Nice to have 

  • Experience with robotics, hardware, IOT, or industrial environments 
  • Experience acting as team lead, development coach, or other leadership duties 
  • Experience working in a startup and scaling a product according to business needs 

Like the sounds of the role but don’t tick every requirement? Studies have shown that women and those from underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. We’re dedicated to building an inclusive team, so if you’re excited about working with this, we encourage you to apply anyway. Maybe you’re exactly who we’re looking for! 


  • Equitable salary that is reviewed annually 
  • Shares in the company – each and every Recycleyte is invested in our vision, and we want to give you the opportunity to do so as well, both in your day-to-day as well as in your long-term investment 
  • Progression: we are growing rapidly and excited for you to make an impact as we do so 
  • Unlimited holiday – most colleagues take between 25-30 annually, and we trust you to know what the right balance is for you! 
  • Gender neutral parental leave, up to 12 weeks fully paid based on years of service 
  • A welcoming and inclusive team environment with monthly company-wide socials 
  • Plenty of opportunities for training and personal development  
  • Healthcare coverage – Vitality is available from your very first day! 

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