Engineering Manager

London, UK
Technology – Engineering /
Permanent /
Hybrid
Join our innovative team to play a pivotal role in creating the best photo product creation experience for millions of customers all over Europe and be part of our journey towards excellence!

About the role
Storio Group currently offers many web editors, desktop and mobile apps in our markets across Europe. Our customers use them to create their personalized photo products. Each software is powered by different technologies and catered to a specific set of products from our broader range. In Creation, which is the name of our tech and product domain, we are responsible for all the editors and all our customers’ photos. In line with Storio Group’s journey of transformation and simplification towards a single platform, we are heavily investing in accelerating our editor landscape simplification, introducing lots of innovation along the way.

We are looking for an experienced (Senior) Engineering Manager to lead the Editor Platform team. This team is responsible for software components and backend services for all our customer facing editors. The software components offer abstracted editing capabilities and standardized interfaces with the rest of our Storio platform services. The backend services allow the creation of all products including the usage of themes and leveraging AI. With its deeply innovative ideas driven by principles of scalability and simplification, its best-in-class design practices and modern technology, the Editor Platform software is the future of all our editors, and is already being introduced in our mobile and desktop apps as well.

The team's main tech stack revolves around React and Javascript. For the backend services NodeJS and lambda via Serverless. The cloud technology used across all teams is AWS.

Primary Responsibilities

    • Overall accountable for the team health, performance, budget and culture
    • Directly manage the engineers that develop and innovate our Editor Platform component library and all the services built around it
    • Establish mastery, ensure health and overall composition of team
    • Nurture, grow and develop engineering talent in the teamInspire, motivate and empower the team
    • Embed agile ways of working within the team
    • Work on continuous improvement and developer experience, experimenting together with the team on strategies, practices and metrics that will lead them to high performance 
    • Foster a great culture of technical innovation, performance and quality as well as proactivity, mutual trust and open feedback, working as a team to help each other, help other teams and celebrate success
    • Get into the technical detail where required to coach, support and mentor the team
    • Work alongside the Product Manager to deliver the Editor Platform strategic objectives and roadmap
    • Work alongside the Principal Engineer to ensure technical excellence and seize technology opportunities 
    • Ensure product roadmap features and technical health grow together with the right balance
    • Lead by example by owning all you do, giving your best, embracing curiosity as well as acting with heart and finding the joy in building amazing software for our customers

Impact and Contributions

    • You will join a dynamic and fast-paced environment, working alongside one Product Manager and one team Principal Engineer
    • You will work closely together with the other Creation teams Engineering Managers, Product Managers, Principal Engineers and Product Designers to deliver on our domain strategy and goals.
    • You will work with the Creation Domain leadership on our strategy as well as on broader Product, Technology and people topics
    • You will interact with many other P&T domains as well as many other company stakeholders and as such, exceptional communication and collaboration skills are essential

Experience and Attributes we'd like to see

    • 7+ years of experience in a B2C web technology environment with 3+ years of experience in an Engineering Manager role or equivalent
    • Proven and demonstrated track record of leading technical teams
    • Knowledge of growing teams and/or organisations
    • Be both highly technical and an effective people manager in a domain focused on web technologies
    • Strong work ethic; self-directed and resourceful
    • Solution-oriented and result-driven, analytical skills and data-driven mindset
    • Strong executional skills - an ability to summarise and abstract from information, to break a problem into its component parts, to prioritise by value, to efficiently manage a meeting, to make and defend decisions, to make hard trade-offs and to say no;
    • Proven track record of proactive communication and leadership to effectively manage cross-functional teams and stakeholders
    • Proven track record of optimising agile development methodologies to improve the effectiveness of digital project teams 
    • You are respected for your proactive communication, which prevents your teams from becoming siloed from other teams and functions across the organisation.
    • You have a lot of experiences (good and bad) of working with agile practices in digital product teams.
    • You know that one size does not fit all but have a range of ideas and processes that may help. 
    • You are able to understand complex technical problems as well as empathise strongly with customers.
    • Fluent in English.

What's in it for you?

    • At Storio group, we understand the importance of work-life balance. You'll find opportunities to make the most of our generous annual leave policy, remote working policy, and a versatile hybrid working model. We provide a comprehensive benefits package to all Storio group employees, and you'll discover a warm and inclusive company culture that includes social events throughout the year and a team rich in diversity.
About us
Hello. We are Storio group. A place where life’s stories are made, crafted and shared. A place where we create new ways to pass memories and stories between people and generations. And where, together, we make joy unforgettable.

We bring our customers’ stories to life through a range of high-quality personalised photo products, like photo books, wall decor, calendars & gifts. Our innovative technology enables customers to easily personalise their creations to keep for themselves or share as the most thoughtful of gifts.

Every single one of our employees brings something unique to Storio group and leaves a lasting imprint on our work, our culture and our company. Storio group is a place where we can all see and feel the impact of what we do, every day. A career with us is an opportunity to make your mark on our customers’ lives and on your career.

Equal opportunities statement
We are committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

If you have a disability or special need that requires reasonable adjustments in order for you to perform at your peak during the interview, please let our HR team know ahead of time so that they can assist. We will consider the matter carefully and try to accommodate your needs within reason. If we consider a particular adjustment would not be reasonable we will explain our reasons and try to find an alternative solution where possible.

Sponsorship
We aren't able to offer sponsorship for this role so please only apply if you have the Right to Work without the need for sponsorship