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VP of Engineering

Utrecht, NetherlandsDevelopment

Job description

We are looking to hire our first VP of Engineering!

In this role, you will be responsible for managing our Engineering teams (both Haskell and Python) and enabling them to succeed.

You will shape our processes and improve them to foster a strong and innovative engineering culture. You will work closely together with Robert (our CTO) on our technical roadmap and strategy, and make sure that it is executed on time and within budget.

You can independently manage the teams, and make sure that our day-to-day operations are running smoothly.

Your responsibilities:

  • Manage our Haskell and Python Engineering teams. The first 3 months you will lead our 3 Haskell teams. Afterwards, you will also manage 4 of our Python teams.

  • Mentor our Team Leads of each team, and help them grow in their roles

  • Create and improve processes to foster a strong engineering culture that optimizes for the correctness, reliability, and maintainability of our services

  • Identify roadblocks and help to keep projects on course

  • Coordinate between our teams' team efforts during incidents

  • Partner up with Gio (our Tech Recruiter) to hire new team members

  • Make sure that our day-to-day operations are running smoothly

  • Build a friendly and helpful atmosphere

  • Report to Robert (our CTO) and collaborate on the technical roadmap and strategy

Who are you?

You are an engineering leader with extensive experience both as an individual contributor as well as a manager of engineering teams. You have a proven track record of building high-performing software engineering teams and know how to make the teams focus on the projects that have the highest impact for the company.

  • You have at least 5+ years of experience as an Engineering leader/VP of Engineering/CTO

  • You have hired at least 10+ Engineers

  • You have an extensive track record of successful project execution

  • You should have managed a team that shipped at least one major new service or product before

  • You have excellent communication skills, and you can present your ideas to Management in a concise way

  • You are a great team player, who knows how to motivate a team, and lift the more junior team members up, while giving the seniors the freedom they need

  • You have experience making an O.K.R. planning for an Engineering team

  • You are an experienced people manager - you can do progress reviews of team leads, recognizes excellent performance, and can improve performance of teams

  • You can work very independently - e.g. could set up a new engineering team, set out the mission and vision for the team

  • You have your own vision on strategy, but also on operational processes and how to improve them

  • You are committed to high engineering standards

  • You are living in The Netherlands (or you’re willing to relocate) and in possession of a valid work permit (if you’re a non-EU citizen)

Who are we?

Channable was founded 9 years ago in the heart of Utrecht. We are now a strong team of 250+ diverse individuals, and more than 30 nationalities.

Joining Channable means you’re looking for a bit more than just a job. Diverse as we are, we all share our love for growth, to help, to take ownership, and create an awesome journey together. Feel free to take a further look at who we are here and on our Instagram or Linkedin! Wanna get to know us even more? Give our Culture Playbook a read.

Do you want to read more about our engineering culture? Then have a look at our popular tech blog:

Additionally, you can also take a look at some of our open-source work at to get a feeling of how we work together and what our code looks like.

Job requirements

What do we offer?

  • A gross monthly salary of €6.197-€10.487 based on 40 hours per week.

  • Stock Appreciation Rights: you will be eligible to financially profit from Channable’s success

  • Saving for old age - we provide an extra 5% of your monthly base salary

  • Company-wide bonus

  • Are you going to become a parent? We think it is important that you spend time with your newborn. Enjoy 5 weeks of 100% paid partner leave.

  • 26 vacation days + 2 reload days based on 40 hours, and on top of this; you are allowed to go for a 3-week-long workation and an extra 3 weeks if you're an expat living in the Netherlands!

  • To work in a beautiful historic and fully renovated office in the heart of Utrecht & with a flexible hybrid working policy of (minimum 2 days in the office).

  • Having flexible working hours means starting your day between 8.00 - 10.00 am

  • Since you can work from home for 3 days a week, we will provide home office supplies.

  • Once every 10 weeks, you can use your creativity during our internal Hackathon day.

  • A €1.000 annual Individual Learning & Development budget.

  • We want you to feel good - please feel free to use our discounted OneFit subscription.You also have free & anonymous access to the OpenUp platform and psychologists. This free service is also available to your family members.

  • Traveling to our office? No problem, we will take care of your travel costs.

  • Channaweekend (we go abroad in 2024 for a long weekend with all the colleagues from all over the world)

  • Additional working conditions like great lunch, massages, in-office bar (Channabar), parties, yoga lessons, sports teams, video games, and many more!

How can you apply?

Are you interested? Please apply by clicking on the "apply now" button below. Please send your application in English.

If it's a match, Giordano (Tech Recruiter) will get in touch with you for an introduction call.

After that, you'll be invited for interviews. We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible!

Note: as part of this recruitment process, we will perform a personality test, a short case study, and check 2 of your references.

Contact by job agencies and recruiters will not be appreciated. Each recruiter or headhunter who approaches us agrees with a donation of €250 for Make-A-Wish.

At Channable, we strive to create and foster an environment of belonging and collaboration and we believe in diverse and inclusive teams.


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