Director, Engineering & Product (Berlin, f/d/m)

Quality education for all

We believe that all children should be given the chance to reach their full potential. However, more than 600 million children in the world do not achieve foundational skills like literacy and basic numeracy – despite the majority of them going to school. 

At EIDU, we are creating the next-generation ed-tech platform for children who lack access to the high-quality education that all children deserve. We currently serve a quarter of a million active students in Kenya, and we look forward to serving up to 30 million students by 2030. A recent Randomised Controlled Trial places EIDU among the top 10% of educational interventions worldwide, demonstrating a 65% increase in learning rates among children. We also have fascinating projects with leading technology companies to further enhance learning outcomes through AI. 

EIDU is funded by well-known development agencies, foundations, and impact investors and we are about to scale our programs rapidly through partnerships with governments.

With a mission like EIDU’s, diversity of thought and background within our team is crucial. We value those who can bring a diverse perspective to our platform and help us provide high-quality education to as many children as we can across the globe. If you’d like to learn more about us, visit our website at eidu.com or watch our two-minute video.

About you:

You are a technology enthusiast looking for an opportunity to make a major impact at a mission-driven company relying on your ability to build relationships at all levels, build, drive and manage teams with solution orientation and resilience embedded in how they operate. You have a solid technical grasp of architectural components – mobile and web – so you can anticipate the risks and the technology choices to be made, and a background or interest in product development to be able to manage the engineering and product team. As the Director of Engineering & Product, you will manage all matters of engineering and product as a member of the Senior Leadership team and direct supervisor of engineering and product leads and team members.

What you will do:

In collaboration with the CTO, you will strategically drive the layout and build of a scalable B2B product architecture that fulfils the needs of our customers, ensure compliance and data security, and communicate product and engineering strategy to senior leadership across EIDU. You will be responsible for the delivery of high-quality products and play a critical role in managing the engineering and product team, driving product innovation, ensuring high-quality deliverables, and contributing to the overall success of the organisation. You will also:

    • Shape the company’s technical strategy along with the CTO, and set and execute upon a roadmap for how to get there.
    • Play a key role in shaping our development culture by applying modern software engineering and product development practices.
    • Help shape and improve the product development process, by communicating technical constraints, opportunities, and solutions.
    • Managing and mentoring a team of engineering and product managers. Build and maintain a culture of excellence, mentorship, and collaboration.
    • Create and implement structures around people in the engineering and product team, such as establishing processes for promotions and hiring.
    • Communicate technical progress and roadblocks to senior leadership teams, ensuring that they are informed and can make informed choices.
    • Engage with senior leadership across the company and operational experts to direct, support, and shape new business initiatives.
    • Creating and maintaining good relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Hire engineering and product staff and facilitate their professional development, providing the resources and opportunities necessary for their growth.
    • Set and adhere to budgets, ensuring that all projects are completed within budget constraints.
    • Providing technical direction to all engineering and product development areas. 

What you should bring:

  • The desire to use your skills to bring about positive social change.
  • At least 10 years of experience in Software Development, Engineering, and/or Product Management, with at least 5 years in a supervisory position.
  • Experience working in reputable software development organisations, ideally  high-growth platform startups.
  • Broad knowledge of mobile and web based and backend technologies, as well as of common architectural patterns.
  • Keen interest in AI and machine learning and in introducing these in existing ecosystems 
  • Strong management skills: demonstrated experience in the supervision of an engineering and product team of at least 20 in cross-functional projects in an agile environment..
  • You are a talented communicator with the ability to make complex topics understandable to a broad audience.
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to quality, so as to ensure that all products and services meet the highest standards.
  • Excellent problem solving and judgement skills, to be able to identify and solve complex technical problems.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire team members, so as to create a positive and productive work environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and a high EQ. Positive, can-do attitude and value collaboration a must.
  • Startup mindset and pragmatic hands-on attitude: you are motivated to make a difference every day. 
  • Ability to balance business needs and technical limits, and to communicate tradeoffs effectively and empathetically.
  • We speak and operate in English – knowledge of German is not required.

What we offer

  • 🌐Social impact like no one else: we are working to fix one of the world’s biggest problems.
  • 🌐An international and highly skilled team located in Kenya and Germany, who support and help each other grow to achieve the great goal we set out for
  • ☔ A financial runway that ensures you have the security and resources you need to excel in your role.
  • 🧘🏿‍♀️ A modern company culture that emphasises transparency and freedom. We care about results, and believe people work best when given the freedom to structure their work themselves, so there is a high degree of flexibility with regard to working hours and vacations, and the option to work in a hybrid manner.
  • 👐🏾An open environment where feedback is welcomed, promoting mutual growth and transparency.
  • 🚧 Unconventional and unique experiences given the environment that we operate in: low-cost devices, limited connectivity, non-tech-savvy users, and massive scale.
  • 💰 A (seriously) unparalleled equity scheme.
  • 🇬🇧 A multicultural work setting. 
  • An agile approach informed by data at all levels of the organisation.
  • Quarterly one-week hackathons where we freely explore new ideas.

If this resonates with you, there is no time to waste

Please submit your CV, a one-paragraph motivation letter, and your earliest start date to joinengineering@eidu.com

EIDU is an inclusive workplace for people of all backgrounds and walks of life. We especially encourage women, as well as members of other groups underrepresented in the technology industry, to apply. We look forward to hearing from you and to working together on this exciting chance to effect global change.

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EIDU has offices in Berlin, Germany and Nairobi, Kenya. We are happy to help with paperwork upon relocation to Berlin or Nairobi if needed. If you feel strong resonance with our mission and think you can make a significant contribution, please send an email to joinengineering@eidu.com. We look forward to hearing from you, and working together on an exciting chance to make a global change.
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