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CTO/VP of Engineering (India Remote)

RemoteIndia, Karnātaka, BangaloreEngineering

Job description

Who Are We

We are Virtual Internships, an EdTech startup on a mission to bridge the gap between education and the workplace by making internships accessible to all.

Over the last four years, we’ve established partnerships with 12,000+ companies, 100+ universities, and supported thousands of students and graduates in becoming more employable via our online work experience product.

We are a team of 130+ across 25+ countries, backed by some of the world’s top investors. We recently secured our Series A funding from investors such as Hambro Perks, Sequoia Capital, Kaplan, Arsenal Growth, and Ascend Vietnam Ventures who have collectively guided the likes of Google, Linkedin, WhatsApp, Canva, Udemy, and Applyboard.

Our 2022 awards include:

What you will do

Reporting into the CEO, your role at VI will focus on defining and leading the implementation of our long term strategic technology roadmap. This role brings company-wide architecture, platform, data design and engineering practices under one leader. You will be responsible for the common foundational technology strategy for the company.

Your Impact

  • Lead a thriving engineering and data sciences team distributed across multiple value systems and squads/pods in having a transformative impact by building a product to disrupt the Edtech industry

  • Lead the transitions necessary to grow the engineering and data science organisation by 3x over the next 6-12 months.

  • Lead sprints with goals aligned to the product roadmap; manage and coach in-house engineers; and write exemplarily code and define our future architecture.

  • Work closely with the product team to develop our platforms with the goal of qualitatively and quantitatively grow our primary and secondary user bases rapidly and iteratively

  • Provide technical expertise and leadership wherever required throughout product life cycles, influence/evangelise best engineering practices

  • Architecting, building, testing, and releasing features with the highest quality. You will be very involved at the ground level and work closely with your engineers to identify and improve team, product and engineering quality. You will focus a good portion of your time in contributing and reviewing code.

  • Lead the recruitment process to identify and hire top engineering talent in India, Vietnam and/or the rest of the world.

  • Help shape the engineering team culture by working closely with your reports and helping them grow their career at VI by giving frequent guidance and motivation

  • Represent Virtual Internships in conversations with external parties including at board meetings, investor discussions, and industry events

Your Attributes

  • Strong interest in the Universities/Higher Education/Upskilling/Future of Work space

  • Deep empathy for our three key end-users (intern, companies, universities & other partners)

  • “Founder DNA”- either the mindset or experience of being a founder, you exhibit the traits of high performance, grit, and limitless thinking

  • Know how to build a product yourself, ideally you’ll have done this no more than 5 years ago

  • High level knowledge of high-level programming language/s (e.g. Java, JavaScript, Go, Python, etc.)

CTO vs VP of Engineering?

Depending on your experience and background, we are open to discussing to the appropriate job title and remit. In either role, you will be the lead individual at VI for all things engineering!

Job requirements

Your Experience

  • Experience growing and leading an engineering organization of 10-50 people at a venture-backed, high-growth scaleup as a VP+/CTO

  • Extensive experience in architecting distributed systems and developing enterprise level technology roadmaps

  • Experience working with and leading Data Science/ML/ AL teams OR have significant knowledge in this field

  • Experience supporting product engineering teams that work cross-functionally in a squad/EPD model.

  • Experience and a desire to zoom in and zoom out as necessary. We want someone who is excited and capable of tackling interesting technical/scale challenges with their team

You stand out from the crowd if:
  • You have engineering leadership experience at a Series A / B startup and/or have been a founder of VC-backed SaaS startup
  • You have built products in that are in Upskilling/ Employability / MOOC domain

What do we offer?

One of our core values at Virtual Internships is transparency. That’s why, we’re giving you the opportunity to ‘try before you apply’ in our “VI-P Guide” which includes our values, how we operate, how we build our packages, and how we interview.

To give you an example of some of our perks and benefits:

  • Flexible Working Hours- Start earlier, leave earlier, take a shorter lunch or leave a bit later, it's totally up to you.

  • Remote First- work from anywhere, with a budget to support your remote setup

  • Learn from the world’s best- access to exclusive content including how-to guides and playbooks from Sequoia/500Global backed organisations

  • Professional Development Budget- dedicated budget towards content/platforms/courses that can contribute to your professional growth

  • Swag- delivered to your door

  • Impact- we’re still at an early-stage, so your impact is magnified. You will likely be solving something that hasn’t already been solved or you will be taking something to an entirely new level !

  • Meritocracy- a culture that prides itself on internal promotions and meritocracy. The majority of our managerial team have risen up (quickly), including our COO, CAO, CFO, Head of Host Companies, and Head of Intern Experience