tails.com is a tech-centric startup, using the power of technology combined with applied nutritional science to change the world of dog food for good.
We launched to the public in July 2014. We’re proud members of the TechCity Future Fifty, a prestigious network of the UK's fastest growing tech companies, and are #4 in the Startups 100 index of exciting UK startups to watch. We also scooped a whole bunch of awards at the 2016 and 2017 Startups Awards, including Tech Business of the Year.
4 million. That’s how many meals we deliver every single month, and we’re just getting started.
Imagine a world where what you feed your dog is being as carefully optimised as the recommendation engine for what to watch next on Netflix. Well that world exists - we’re creating it right now.
So where do you come in? Turn 4 million into 4 billion. We’ll need new nutrition algorithms that handle more types of food. We’ll need better pricing engines for value engineering. And we’ll need to keep making sure our customer experience is top of the line in a constantly evolving E-commerce world.
Who we’re looking for
We’re looking for an experienced technical leader from a hands-on technical background who has a successful track record of nurturing and growing high performing, highly motivated software engineering teams. We want someone who knows what makes great engineering teams tick and is eager for the opportunity to shape and build that environment as part of a fast moving high technology startup.
Reporting to the Technical Cofounder you will take on direct line management of developers and team leads, guiding career development, team structure, recruitment and software development processes as well as driving the day to day delivery of new features and functionality. You’ll collaborate with the Technical Cofounder on engineering best practice to build a challenging and rewarding technical culture befitting a company like tails.com.
You’ll be a key leader in the business, so in addition to the above you’ll also work closely with the heads of Product, Marketing, Creative and Data to plan, prioritise and manage the workload of the development team across multiple projects.
The primary responsibilities of the Head of Engineering role are to:
In the first 12 months you will:
Tech Stack + team
Because of the bespoke nature of our product, we’ve had to build pretty much the entire tech stack behind tails.com: the website, the blend algorithm, the billing and subscription engines, right through to the automation and workflow systems that run the physical fulfilment process in our blending room.
The current team of 9 is consists of full stack developers that lean heavily towards either front-end or back-end development specialisms, with a good mixture of skills and experience levels. We expect to double the size of the team by the end of the year.
Our tech stack is Python (Flask + SQLAlchemy + Celery) on the backend along with a smattering of Go, with Redis, DynamoDB, MySQL and S3 for data storage.
The platform is comprised of resilient and scalable applications and services powered by AWS with a mixture of Elastic Beanstalk, AWS Lambda, CloudFormation and EC2 Container Service (introducing Kubernetes with EKS).
What we’re offering