Engineering Manager

London, UK

Cord is a product-first company building tools that make modern day team collaboration better than it has ever been. Our culture is open, nurturing, and transparent. We hire brilliant people and give them all the freedom and context they need to do great work. At Cord, we believe in hiring for talent, hard work, and team alignment. You won't find managers chasing people for expense reports or requiring day-off approvals. We care about the work our team gets done, not about what time they clock in or which days they take off.

Because we're early stage, our most core value is iteration over perfection. We ship new features at least weekly. We're constantly trying to learn what we've missed or what we've gotten wrong. The team is curious, switched-on, and creative. Day by day, we're getting closer to a sticky product that our users love.

We’re looking for an engineering manager to join our team and help us build something great.

Our ideal teammate

  • thinks getting things done > making things perfect
  • is an amazingly good listener and mentor
  • hates process and wants to keep things as simple as possible
  • feels comfortable in a startup environment where things change all the time
  • wants to work on a team that has Silicon Valley DNA, but European values
  • adds to our risk-positive, emotionally safe environment
  • is still technical enough to write and review code

Tech

While the list below includes the core of our tech stack, it's worth pointing out that it doesn't matter if you know any of this on day one. We run onboarding sessions and trust that bright folks will learn our tech stack on the job.

  • React / GraphQL
  • Real-time / Apollo / WebSockets
  • TypeScript monorepo (server and client)
  • Postgres
  • AWS

If you'd like more info about our tech stack, check out these posts:

  • Client-side tech breakdown
  • Server-side tech breakdown

Expectations

You’ll support senior technical team members and more junior folks. Our ideal engineering manager is a former tech lead who has transitioned into management. We expect a manager to be technical enough to offer guidance on technical execution. We believe great engineers can only be effectively managed by someone who speaks the language of engineering and can walk a mile in those shoes.

We're hiring a strong team and we support them well. This mean competitive pay, great perks, tons of autonomy, and meaningful one-to-ones. We expect our engineering manager to be emotional attuned and a great listener. We're looking for someone who can mentor and expand the abilities of the engineers they support. Because we're small, this is a role that will change and grow rapidly. Today, it's an engineering management role, in a year it will likely be much more. We're looking for an adaptable, strong communicator and facilitator who raises the team up.

Perks

At Cord, we believe in making sure our team has the tools they need to do their best work. That’s why we supply each new hire with a new laptop (Mac or PC, whatever you prefer) when they join. In addition to that, we set up everyone with a 27-inch, 4k monitor. Whenever we get the chance to work in our office again, we also enjoy fully electric adjustable height desks (sit or stand). Because we want to be flexible as we grow, all our desks are on wheels. Need to work with someone? Just wheel your whole desk over. We also have free snacks delivered weekly to the office -- fruit, chocolate biscuits, seaweed snacks -- whatever the team wants.

We want a happy team, so we also make time for play in addition to the work. Every Friday at 4pm we stop working and have a social catch up. When we can work in the office, this means free drinks on us. Even while we’re remote, we still play games over video chat. Outside of work, we make sure people have the time to do what brings them joy, so we offer an official 25 holiday days per year, but no one keeps track of this and we don’t care how many days people take as long as they get good work done. We’re a high-trust, high-expectations company.

A Note About Culture

At Cord, we treat code review and mentorship of our team members as a first-class priority. Because of that, we expect our senior developers to support junior folks. We want to build a team of senior engineers who are exceptional technically as well as interpersonally. We value EQ, IQ, and pragmatism equally for our senior team members.

We don't judge engineers by number of years of experience. It doesn't matter if you don't already speak idiomatic TypeScript. Some of our engineers have advanced degrees or PhDs. Some of us dropped out of university. For us, it’s not about on-paper credentials. We're looking for someone who is eager to learn and excited to deliver a new product to the world. We're much more concerned with your curiosity than how long you've been doing the job.

Building a strong, diverse team is hard, but it's something we're taking really seriously. At the moment, we're a team of twelve who speak 5 different languages and hail from 6 different countries. We deeply value people who can bring more diversity to our team. At the root of our company culture are things: pragmatism, technical excellence, and emotional intelligence. We value them equally. Our gender diversity is way better than the industry average at the moment, but we’re aiming for an even more diverse team.

If this sounds like an opportunity for you, send us a message.