Do you want to join us on our mission to shape democracies for the digital age? Are you looking for an international and fast-paced, yet collaborative and inclusive environment to thrive in?
You have come to the right place.
CitizenLab, a social impact scale-up with headquarters in Brussels and offices in New York, Amsterdam, Paris, and London, aims to make public decision-making more participatory, inclusive, and responsive.
The SaaS platform is already being used by over 270 cities and municipalities in 15+ countries, facilitating two-way communication between governments and their residents.
Since it was founded in 2015, CitizenLab has enabled 500,000+ community members to weigh in on the local topics they care about, and got recently recognized as 'Best Social Impact Startup in Europe'.
Lead Architect at CitizenLab
As the tech lead of our Platform squad, your main responsibility is to guide CitizenLab through making optimal high-level technical choices.
The platform squad is a horizontal, engineering-focused team that maintains and improves the foundations of our platform.
It serves the other feature squads as well as outside contributors on our open-source version. Its mission is to technically facilitate others, internal and external, to grow CitizenLab.
Your main responsibilities include :
Define a technical roadmap , taking ownership over the horizontal non-functional aspects of our product : security, privacy, compliance, performance, and durability.
Deliver on the roadmap with the engineers in the platform squad (DevOps, Back-end, and Support) and follow up on day-to-day work.
Proactively communicate technical direction to the different squads and collaborate with the Tech Leads and CTO to anticipate future challenges.
Lead the way in working out our architecture to continue our transition from a web app to an extendable platform.
Educate engineers across the whole engineering team on technical aspects.
Take initiative to facilitate open-source contributions by providing a better developer experience through improved setup and documentation.
What do we expect from you?
As our Platform Squad tech lead you can demonstrate :
Relevant experience in scaling production-grade SaaS software in a technical leadership role .
Experience in Ruby on Rails .
Experience with other technologies we use is a plus : Typescript & React, Elixir and Python .
A leadership style that naturally includes others in the decision process and fosters discussion across the whole engineering team.
Affinity with compliance on privacy and security matters is a big plus.
The ability to relocate to Brussels is a plus.
Experience leading open-source software projects is a big plus.
Eagerness to learn, talent, and enthusiasm are more important than ticking the boxes though. Even if not all desired requirements are met, but you're very excited about the role, we want to hear from you.
What can you expect from us?
Unlock your full potential and have a social impact at scale . We're daily working with +230 governments to connect them to their citizens.
Become a key factor in our rapid transition from startup to a scaleup (50 employees).
Work in a fast-paced, collaborative and supportive environment. We share a participatory culture of autonomy and ownership by everyone, not only by the leadership.
Be part of our dynamic, international team . We organise many team activities and afterworks (when possible). We are as serious about our work in digital democracy, as about having fun on our journey together.
Informal work vibe with open communication and full transparency on results.
Participate in inspiring team lunches, our company book club, bi-quarterly strategic town halls, bi-yearly off-site team retreats .
Work 10% of your time on personal projects and self-development for the long run. We’re growing fast together, both collectively and individually.
Receive a competitive salary package , incl. perks such as 26 paid holidays, training budget, well-being budget, collective bonus plan, your own laptop, full flexibility on working from home, and much more.
CitizenLab is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage applicants of different backgrounds, cultures, genders, experiences, abilities and perspectives to apply.