Engineering ManagerZoe

UK/EU or compatible timezone (Remote) 04-09-2023
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, orAudible 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 ZOE Tech
ZOE's Technology teams are working on unique product challenges: building delightful user experiences, analysing data for millions of users, predicting food responses, integrating with labs, automating our logistics, or acquiring customers at scale.
We are always looking for innovative thinkers and doers to join our team. Together, we can improve human health and touch millions of lives.

We strive to make use of best practices, and believe in always choosing the right tool for the job. We move fast, gathering feedback from our (at least) daily deployments. We collaborate and learn together, building strong working relationships that help us to build a product to fulfil our mission to improve the health of millions. Find out more about our group on

About the role
We are looking for technically minded people leaders who prioritise building a culture that enables their team to sustainably deliver at pace. You will partner with fellow engineers, product managers, data scientists, product designers and UX researchers to deliver meaningful customer impact and make ZOE a great place to work.

You'll be

    • Leading a team of 3-6 engineers, focusing on outcome over output
    • Spending 40%-60% of your time deep in the code, leading by example on code and testing best practices. You are not afraid to dive into very technical conversations.
    • Challenging the team on scope or sequencing to deliver faster, while still decreasing technical debt.
    • Coaching, mentoring and developing high-performing engineers.
    • Ensuring high psychological safety, where collaboration and equal voice are cornerstones of the team culture.
    • Partnering with other engineering managers on cross cutting initiatives like hiring or onboarding.
    • Building good relationships with your stakeholders to establish a roadmap that delivers value to our members.
    • Releasing small changes regularly to get fast feedback from our users
    • Optimising application performance and ensuring smooth user experience across different platforms and devices.
    • Providing constructive feedback through code reviews and regular 1:1s
    • Staying updated with the latest trends and advancements to proactively bring new ideas and approaches to the team.
    • Thinking longer term when solving challenges to ensure we build scalable, maintainable, observable systems that will continue to meet our needs as we grow.

We think you'll be great if you

    • Are experienced in leading a distributed full-stack team, in a fast pace environment.
    • Are someone who takes ownership and is comfortable with ambiguity. You provide clarity and make things happen.
    • Have the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams and communicate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
    • A servant leader who leads by example, finding opportunities for others to grow and shine.
    • Someone who enjoys stepping back and seeing problems from a different perspective in order to find innovative solutions.
    • Have great communication skills, both verbal and in writing.
    • Have an appetite to work closely with our product team to test and release new ideas fast.
    • Have experience with paired programming.
    • Are data-driven. You challenge teams to measure impact and demonstrate added value.
    • Have strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
    • Pay close attention to detail and a commitment to delivering high-quality code.

We will also appreciate if you have any of the following

    • An incredible growth mindset. You read books, watch talks, listen to podcasts and are never afraid to try new things.
    • Experience building mobile apps.
    • Experience with scalability (backend, data pipelines).
    • Experience working with Support teams, and understand best practices for handling Support at scale.
    • Experience working with payments and finance.
    • Experience with state management libraries (e.g., Redux, MobX) and UI component libraries (e.g., Material-UI, Ant Design).
    • Experience deploying machine learning in production.

The interview process

    • Intro to ZOE with a Talent Partner (30 mins).
    • Intro with our VP of Engineering or Senior Engineering Manager (30mins).
    • Technical Interview & Systems Design (90 mins). As part of this stage, we will ask you to teach us something technical asynchronously (text or video) to assess your ability to go in-depth and communicate.
    • Behavioural interviews with a Senior Engineering manager (60mins) and VP of Engineering (60 mins).
    • Meet a senior stakeholder outside of Technology (30mins) and meet a founder (30mins).
Listed above is a snapshot of the experience, skills and attributes we think would come handy for the success in this role. Are you passionate about ZOE and this role but don't tick 100% of the boxes above? Please consider applying anyway. We are happy to up-skill where possible.

What you can expect from us

Aside from ensuring the industry-benchmark compensation package and providing you with all the hardware and software you need, we have worked hard for our list of benefits to be focused on things that matter to our team members most. 

Remote-first - work from home, pop into our London/Boston offices, or work within the EU; you have flexibility to choose your own place of work and work flexibly
Stock options -  we want everyone to be rewarded for contribution to our growth 
Paid time-off - on top of any national / bank holidays, you get 28 days off (25 plus 1 life-event and 2 company-wide reset days) 
Enhanced parental leave - Enhanced parental leave, family planning and pregnancy/adoption loss leave - adding on to the statutory offering, we know how important it is to be supportive at times that matter
Private healthcare and life assurance - flexible options to choose what fits 
Health and wellbeing - ZOE nutrition product, Employee Assistance Program, Spill mental health support, Cycle to Work, yoga and more 
Pension - paying monthly and offering flexibility to top your pension up 
Allocated social, WFH and Growth (L&D) budgets from the day you join
Plenty of learning and social opportunities 

We continue to build a benefits package that invests in our team members’ long-term personal and professional growth and wellbeing, adding to this list as it evolves.

Equal opportunities
We believe that having a truly diverse team where everyone can be their authentic self is the key to our success and we are committed to improving the tech industry for the better. We are passionate about equal opportunities and encourage candidates from any underrepresented backgrounds to apply. We don't discriminate based on race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, marital status, disability or age. When applying, please let us know of any accessibility requirements you may have for your interviews and we will do our best to accommodate.
While this position is advertised as full-time, we can be flexible on the specific arrangements and would be happy to discuss part-time, job-share or other flexible arrangements, if required. 

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