Director of EngineeringZoe

UK/EU or compatible timezone (Remote 04-12-2023
We are redefining how people approach their health

ZOE is combining scientific research at a scale never before imagined and cutting-edge AI to improve the health of millions.  

Created by the world’s top scientists, our personalised nutrition program is reimagining a fundamental human need – eating well for your own body. Currently available in the US and the UK, ZOE is already helping > 100k ZOE members to adopt healthier habits and live better. Our work and expertise in biology, engineering, data science, and nutrition science have led to multiple breakthrough papers in leading scientific journals such as Nature Medicine, Science, The Lancet, and more.

To learn more, head to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Audible to listen to our Science & Nutrition Podcast (with 3 million listens!) 

A remote-first, high-growth startup, we are backed by founders, investors, and entrepreneurs who have built multi-billion dollar technology companies. We are always looking for innovative thinkers and builders to join our team on a thrilling mission to tackle epic health problems. Together, we can improve human health and touch millions of lives. 

We value inclusivity, transparency, ownership, open-mindedness and diversity. We are passionate about delivering great results and learning in the open. We want our teams to have the freedom to make long-term, high-impact decisions, and the well-being of our teammates and the people around us is a top priority.

Check out what life is like for our tech team on ZOE Tech.

About the role:

ZOE is looking for an Engineering Director who will play a pivotal role in shaping our engineering culture, driving technical excellence, and leading our talented teams. We value leaders who are as passionate about technology as they are about people management. This is a great opportunity for you to shape a workplace that embraces differences and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

About the teams:

We're currently looking to hire 2 Director of Engineering:

About the Growth Group
The Growth group is responsible for acquiring members via engaging and targeted content. We build the first leg of the ZOE journey and help educate people about how food affects their bodies. 
The group is composed of 3 teams spanning web, mobile, backend and payment infrastructure. We collaborate closely with product managers, product designers, data analysts, performance & brand marketing or finance. 
It’s a fast-paced environment where lead time is key. We are very data-driven, run many experiments and invest heavily in marketing tech (Google Analytics, Mixpanel, AB Tasty, Braze, …) to innovate fast.

About the PhysX Group
The PhysX group is responsible for the physical experience of our product. It encompasses all the technology needed for our members to test their bodies.
The groups are composed of 3 teams spanning mobile, backend, processing pipelines, lab integrations, data science or fulfilment. They work closely with product managers, product designers, data analysts, operations, science or our service teams.
It’s a rich environment where teams build software for members and internal users. Our teams are as good at creating great UX as they are scaling operations or extracting insights from test results.

You'll be...

    • Leading and mentoring a diverse team of engineering managers and engineers, fostering an inclusive and innovative environment. 
    • Partnering with group product managers and design directors to build roadmaps and ensuring teams deliver high-impact initiatives to our members.
    • Driving technical strategy and architectural decisions, ensuring alignment with business goals.
    • Championing engineering best practices and continuous improvement.
    • Overseeing the performance and development of direct reports.
    • Leading projects that do not fit well into existing team boundaries

We think you'll be a great fit if you are...

    • Have a successful track record in an engineering leadership role. This role is not a hands-on position, but you consider yourself a software engineer and builder at heart. 
    • Are passionate about leading a distributed team, in a fast-paced environment. You have managed 15+ indirect reports before, preferably more. 
    • Have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence and collaborate at all levels of the organization. 
    • Are a strategic thinker with the ability to translate high-level goals into actionable plans.
    • Enjoy taking ownership and being comfortable with ambiguity. You provide clarity and make things happen.
    • Have an appetite to understand the business in depth and work closely with other teams to quickly test and release new ideas. 
    • Have a data-driven mindset. You challenge teams to measure impact and demonstrate added value
Our hiring process consists of the following stages:

➡️ Talent Acquisition Screening: Selected candidates will be contacted for an initial phone interview with our Talent Acquisition Partner. This conversation will help us assess your qualifications, experience, and your fit for our team. Duration 45min

➡️ Hiring Manager Screening: Selected candidates will be moved forward in the process and meet our CTO. This conversation will focus on diving deeper in regards to your qualifications, experience, and your fit for ZOE. Duration 60 min

➡️ Technical Interview: You will be asked to complete a system design interview to assess your knowledge and experience in this field. Duration 90min/each

➡️ Behavioural Interviews: You will be asked to complete three behavioural interviews, which evaluate your present and past experience from a behavioural standpoint. Duration 45min/each

Expected Timeline: The entire hiring process typically takes around 3-4 weeks from the Talent Acquisition Interview to the job offer. We understand the importance of your time and aim to provide timely feedback and updates at each stage.

These are the ideal skills, attributes, and experience we’re looking for in this role. Don’t worry if you don’t tick all the boxes, especially on the skills and experience front, we’re happy to upskill for the right candidate. 

Life as a ZOEntist – what you can expect from us:
As well as industry-benchmarked compensation and all the hardware and software you need, we offer a thoughtfully-curated list of benefits. We expect this list to evolve as we continue supporting our team members’ long-term personal and professional growth, and their wellbeing. 

Remote-first: Work flexibly – from home, our London office, or anywhere within the EU 
Stock options: So you can share in our growth 
Paid time off: 28 days paid leave (25 holiday days, plus 2 company-wide reset days, and 1 “life event” day) 
Enhanced Parental Leave: On top of the statutory offering
Flexible private healthcare and life assurance options
Pension contribution: Pay monthly or top up  – your choice. 
Health and wellbeing: Like our Employee Assistance Program and Cycle to Work Scheme
Social, WFH, and Growth (L&D) budgets. Plus, multiple opportunities to connect, grow, and socialise 

We’re all about equal opportunities 
We know that a successful team is made up of diverse people, able to be their authentic selves. To continue growing our team in the best way, we believe that equal opportunities matter, so we encourage candidates from any underrepresented backgrounds to apply for this role. You can view our Equal Opportunities statement in full here

A closer look at ZOE 
Think you’ve heard our name somewhere before? We were the team behind the COVID Symptom Study, which has since become the ZOE Health Study (ZHS). We use the power of community science to conduct large-scale research from the comfort of contributors’ own homes. Our collective work and expertise in biology, engineering, and data/nutrition science have led to multiple breakthrough papers in leading scientific journals such as Nature Medicine, Science, The Lancet, and more.

Seen ZOE in the media recently? Catch our co-founder Professor Tim Spector (one of the world’s most cited scientists) and our Chief Scientist Dr Sarah Berry on this BBC Panorama, and listen to CEO Jonathan Wolf unpack the latest in science and nutrition on our ZOE podcast.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why ZOE? It translates to “Life” in Greek, which we’re helping ZOE members enjoy to the fullest.

Applications are now closed