App Team Lead

Zagreb, Croatia

What do we do?

Photomath is a fast-growing EdTech company whose mobile app is the #1 app in the world to learn math. Powered by advanced machine learning technology, the app instantly scans, accurately solves, and intuitively explains printed and handwritten math problems to users through step-by-step explanations.

With over 300 million downloads globally Photomath is the most popular mobile application from Croatia and one of the most popular educational apps of all times. Since its launch in 2014, our award-winning app has topped App Store & Google Play Store education charts and Apple has recently declared it the application of the day.

Today, we employ almost 200 people and have offices in Zagreb and Silicon Valley. We are a team of people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and skills, united by passion for technology and innovation. We believe that math is an increasingly crucial skill, particularly as problem-solving and quantitative analysis become prerequisites for many occupations.

 We are constantly expanding what Photomath can do and the types and quality of our content - we have so much more ahead of us and we need your help to get there. Join us in our mission to revolutionize learning math and help students across the globe gain math superpowers!

Your role?

As a Team Lead in the App team you will be leading part of the App team engineers (3-5 mobile development engineers). This role is the first step in our Managerial path. Technical excellence is a prerequisite for you to be able to drive roadmapping, understand and empathize with our engineers. However, Team Lead should be phasing out of technical work. Your strong focus will be on managing team members, organization and improving and scaling team processes. The next career step from this role is Engineering Manager.

Our dev stack:

  • IDE: Android Studio, Xcode
  • Languages: Kotlin, Java, Objective-C, Swift
  • Libraries: Retrofit, OkHttp, Gson, Hilt, Lifecycle (ViewModel, LiveData), Navigation, Transition, Firebase
  • Repository: Github
  • CI/CD: Github Actions

What you will do at Photomath:

Scope

  • Manage several (3-5) App team engineers (Android and iOS platform)
  • Understand product and company strategy and provide inputs for goal setting, prioritization and roadmapping
  • Take care that relevant communication reaches engineers at the right time and filter out unnecessary information
  • Actively propose and implement improvements in internal processes and procedures within the team

Growing our engineers

  • Have regular 1:1’s with team members, give them clear and actionable constructive feedback proactively and follow their career progress. Actively seek constructive feedback from other team members, peers and managers.
  • Create individual development plans and participate in the performance management process 
  • Identify new hiring needs, based on the current team's skills and projects' needs. Interview new candidates to join the team. Ensure team robustness and redundancy in skillset among team members
  • Help in mentoring, coaching and conflict resolution within the team and in between different teams

Technical

  • Advocate engineering excellence like high levels of code quality, best engineering practices, test coverage, optimizations etc. and motivate team members to do the same
  • Detect blind spots in team's technical plans and execution and help in removing any roadblocks 
  • Help in improving knowledge sharing and technical development of the engineers by organizing team members' educations, presentations, team stories and either executing on them or delegating to other team members
  • Be able to replace any engineer in the team in activities like roadmapping, planning, prioritization, reviews and technical decision making

In your first week you will:

  • Follow your personalized onboarding plan
  • Meet the team
  • Start reading our documentation and watching introduction videos

In your first month you will:

  • Start having 1:1s with your team members
  • Learn about the tech stack, projects and challenges of the App team
  • Learn about the work and people in other teams
  • Learn about our culture

In first 3 months you should:

  • Propose improvements in the way how the App team work
  • Actively participate in technical and product related discussions
  • Start understanding the strengths and aspirations of your team mates
  • Enroll in our Engineering Management Academy program

In your first year expect to:

  • Conduct performance reviews which means asking for and collecting feedback, figuring out growth opportunities for your team members and giving them guidance on how to improve and grow further
  • Find opportunities to improve intra-team and cross-team processes
  • Interview new potential team members

Our ideal candidate has:

  • Strong engineering background and at least 5 years in the industry
  • At least 1 year of leadership experience as being a Team Lead
  • Track record of delivering successful products as an engineer and a team lead
  • Experience guiding the continuous improvement of processes and technology
  • Experience in providing and receiving honest but constructive feedback
  • Flexibility to work in diverse environments (in office or remotely, across different business locations and time zones, occasional flexible work hours)
  • Excellent English language skills (speaking and writing)

An additional plus is if you:

  • Have years of experience in App development (native Android or iOS)

Salary range: 

  • 31.000 - 36.000 kn gross, depending on candidate's experience
  • Stock options

What we offer:

  • User friendly, agile selection process consisting of just 3 clear steps
  • An opportunity to work on innovative projects with global impact in close
  • Flexible working hours and work from home arrangements
  • Dedication to a healthy work-life balance and various benefits for parents
  • A diverse environment with agile and talented individuals across the career spectrum - to teach and be taught
  • A friendly, collaboration-heavy team atmosphere
  • A culture that recognises and rewards dedication and success
  • Dedicated person (mentor/buddy) to help you navigate your first weeks in a new role
  • Learning and growth opportunities through knowledge sharing, education and conferences
  • Cutting edge hardware and equipment, budget for additional equipment
  • Company events and celebrations, company retreat, team budget for team building activities
  • Birthday and holiday presents for employees and their kids
  • Generous vacation and paid leave policy, sick leave without a doctor's note, annual physical exam (check-up)
  • Multisport card for various discounts at sport facilities
  • Underground bicycle parking garage
  • Modern office design, great view :) and great location (Zagreb, Strojarska 20)
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App Team Lead

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