Location: London hub

Why Lingumi

Our mission is to help children (2-6) all around the world learn critical skills, affordably and effectively, from the world's best teachers. We teach more effectively than a live teacher, for a fraction of the price, making education scalable, effective, and accessible through asynchronous learning and communication. We've started with speaking English, and have already built the most effective, affordable and fun way to do so - all through a connected mobile or tablet.

Our people are a smart bunch, brought together by our mission, and work extremely hard to deliver on what is required. We can clearly see how our role plays a key part in the company's success and are super hungry to grow in our careers. We aim to consistently achieve great results, but if we don't, that's ok - we learn from our mistakes and progress forward. We're humble in our approach and are team players. Collectively, we speak over eight languages in the team and are spread across four hubs - London, Cardiff, Singapore and Shenzhen.

Our customers love what we do and advocate our mission. We really care about their child's development, providing them with the critical skills that they need to succeed in life. Parents praise us and children love us - with some families using Lingumi for over three years. Together, we're only at the beginning of what we can achieve.

Our technology allows us to create innovative ways to teach the Lingumi children in new ways - we're working on ground-breaking technology that will revolutionise how they learn. Children can connect to their friends and other children from around the world, to learn together, and take us one step closer to connecting this world and making it a better place.

Our investors and advisors range from Europe's best VC's, including Local Globe and ADV, to advisors such as Michael O'Sullivan, former CEO of Cambridge Assessment and the British Council in China.

How we get there

We’re on an exciting trajectory - over the last year we've gained incredible traction through the first course on our platform, and are rapidly scaling our customer base, particularly across mainland China, and Taiwan. However, our target is to teach 100 million children critical skills by 2025, so we're only just beginning!

We are now building out our Technology team, and are looking for a talented, creative, and ambitious Engineering Manager to join us. This role is suited for someone who loves developing technologists, helping them grow in their role, and enable them to have a big impact at Lingumi.

Here's what you'll be doing

  • Building and managing a high-performing Technology team, including hiring and onboarding new team members
  • Ensuring the Technology team has the right context, support, and training to be successful
  • Working across cross-functional squads, supporting Developers in delivering great products by helping unblock them & improve our processes
  • Defining our team’s approach to career progression
  • Working with the VP Engineering and CTO to manage the day-to-day of running the Technology team, including defining our Tech team values & culture

Here's what you must be/have

  • 3+ years experience managing developers
  • A passion for mentoring, coaching, and developing your team
  • A technical background – this role is hands-off, but you'll be expected to be able to contribute to technical discussions, and ask the right questions
  • Excited to be heavily involved in shaping our processes, how we work as an Technology team, and how we collaborate with other departments
  • A great communicator

Here's what we build in

  • Our mobile app is written in React Native, which also makes use of Unity components and native iOS/Android components
  • Our backend services run on AWS and AWS China using Node.JS on Lambda, Api Gateway, DynamoDB and S3 with Cloudfront. We will also be exploring how we can use Alicloud to support our expansion in China
  • We use Github to host our code and we use CircleCI for automated testing and builds

The benefits of working for Lingumi

  • Generous salary and equity packages
  • Company laptop (if you need one)
  • 20 days of paid holiday, plus the week of Chinese New Year (for CN/SG team members) or the Christmas to New Year break, as paid leave
  • Coaching on request depending on your needs - whether you need someone to talk to on a regular basis outside of work, or specifically on developing your leadership skills. We have an extensive network and will put you in touch with the right coach for your needs
  • We ask you to be located near enough to one of our Hubs so you can attend key team meetings and events (where safe to do so), but we embrace remote work and working from home, and we have done for many years. Lingumi hasn't had to react to COVID-19 working conditions so you'll have a smooth experience whether in the office or not. Outside of core meetings, you can organise your time how you want - some team members spend their less productive afternoon hours for personal wellness things like going to the gym or getting a haircut
  • We take the team on an annual retreat for 1 week (usually somewhere warm)
  • We offer a £50 per month Health budget for all members of the team which can be spent on things like: gym, classes, and mental health applications or similar paid services (e.g. Calm, Headspace, etc.)
  • We also offer a £1000 per year L&D budget which can be spent on courses, coaches, books or mentoring.

Every child deserves an equal chance in life. If you share our vision of building, inspiring and empowering the world's next generation of learners, apply to join our team today.

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