Creative Technologist

Health Moonshot – Engineering

Creative Technologist 
Alpha is an innovation start-up based in Barcelona, established by Telefonica in early 2016. Alpha’s mission is to create Moonshots: audacious projects that use radical ideas and breakthrough technology to address some of the biggest challenges in society. Such Moonshots are designed to affect 100 Million people or more, be a force for good on the planet, and grow into impactful businesses.

We are building a team to work on ground-breaking and life changing projects and products in the health and energy sector. More and different Moonshots are to come.

Alpha Health Moonshot
Worldwide, healthcare costs have been increasing faster than GDP for 50 years, whilst key indicators such as life expectancy have plateaued in many countries.  The root cause is a change in disease burden – across the world, today’s biggest diseases and biggest killers are chronic diseases such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, and mental health disorders.  In fact, for every life saved from infections since 2000, we’ve lost two lives to chronic disease. 

However, it’s now well-established that the main cause of chronic diseases is everyday behaviours such as poor diet, lack of exercise, using tobacco, excessive alcohol, or lack of sleep. To make tackling everyday behaviours even harder, pioneers in neuroscience and behavioural economics have begun to reveal that people are not even really in conscious control of their behaviour. 

At Alpha, we believe that advances in neuroscience, mobile computing, and machine learning now mean we can help people to take control of their own behaviour, optimise their life, and limit the effects of unhealthy behaviour on their bodies and their minds. 
To support our work, we are partnering with the best academics, developers, companies, and professionals around the world.

Alpha Health Moonshot: Engineering Department
The Engineering team is divided into several five-person feature teams. Each feature team has a Tech Lead, four Engineers, a Product Owner and QA. We also have a matrix support structure across feature teams.

Engineers are very autonomous, we guard against one Engineer directing others. Tech Leads co-ordinate but do not control. We are open, very courteous and our retros are both focused and impressive - we continually improve. We make joint decisions and we are collectively responsible for our choices.

A recent team survey told us our engineering team feels their opinion is valued and we've an incredible peer learning culture. We're focused on building a brilliant, bright engineering team. Most Engineers are software polyglots.
-       Web UI development (e.g. Angular, Ionic, JavaScript, WebGL, CSS, HTML)
-       Native UI development (Android & iOS)
-       Keeps up to date with new frameworks,emerging technologies and how they are being used in the brand marketing world
-       Excellent UX sensibilities and insights; you have the ability to iterate over concepts with designers and creative colleagues. You are challenging ideas of others and offering insights.
-       Comfortable occupying a hybrid position between our engineering, creative and production teams. Therefore, you are not just a creative thinker, you also love tinkering and figuring out how to make ideas into realities. You are comfortable work inside the engineering team
-       You have an ability to deliver quality work in a fast paced, high volume, environment
-      You are also an excellent writer with great communication and organisational skills
-      You can demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities
-       You will bring +5 years of relevant experience 
-       You are fun to work with, have a positive attitude, and are passionate about the work you do
-      Rapid prototypes UIs with product team.
-      Build style template from digital style guide.
-      Consult on user stories.
-      Provide creative advice on use of technology and design.
-      Provide a better bridge between design thinking and production.
-      Rapid prototyping of applications and features.
-      Mobile application motion design and animation design.
-      Expert web and mobile UI software development.
-      Prototyping of UI features for platform and apps.
-      Full design and development of platform and apps.

Alpha Perks
We provide all the necessary help and perks to make your life at work and outside of work fun and comfortable all year round, like:
-       Benefits package (health, pension, life)
-       Casual dress code and open culture
-       Flexible work schedule
-       High social impact with world-wide reach
-       Free daily catering for lunch and large stocked kitchen
-       Weekly Lunch & Learn sessions with guests talking about the most varied world topics
-       Work & learn with some of the very best minds in innovation & ideation
-       Our environment is friendly and open, we are a democratic team that encourages everybody to contribute ideas and acquire new skills.
-       Based in Barcelona, right by the beach!

Final Note
Join us on this exciting journey if you’re motivated by making the world a better place, for real, by making a positive impact on society and by improving people’s lives. This is about solving really hard problems - not about making cool things. You could personally have an effect on millions of people’s lives. Are you up to the challenge?