The Local is seeking a Head of Engineering to lead the technical development of this thriving European network of news websites.

The Local’s news websites serve a worldwide audience of some 6 million monthly users across nine news sites, and a growing customer base of nearly 50,000 paying members. The company also owns and runs two forum sites.

As our Head of Engineering you will lead our work in maintaining and developing our technical architecture, with the aim of constantly improving our users’ experience and our core platform stability. You will keep up with new technologies and work with our product team, our editorial team and outsourced UX designers to implement new features. You will aim to constantly improve the efficiency of our tech stack. 

You will be responsible for managing our outsourced developers and for procuring the competence needed to meet the future technical development of the sites.

You will have a deep awareness of the regulatory environment (e.g. GDPR) and issues relating to data security. You will be ultimately responsible for ensuring uptime and ensuring that our server environment is appropriate for our needs. You will use your knowledge of data security to help our operations manager ensure the security and effectiveness of our business systems, such as email and CRM.

As our head of engineering, you will be passionate about news media and be enthused by the prospect of innovating in the media space. 

 

About you:

  • You have advanced knowledge of coding, including one or more of MySQL, JS, CSS, HTML and PHP.

  • You have several years of working experience in frontend or backend development.

  • Experience in iOS and/or Android development is a plus.

  • You have a strong knowledge of system infrastructure, including Linux administration and cloud hosting.

  • You will be familiar with the main regulatory issues affecting the technical operation of websites in the EU, for instance relating to GDPR and security.

  • You enjoy working as part of a team, and want to make meaningful and lasting connections with others. You will be able to inspire confidence in others.

  • You are a clear communicator in writing and in speech, and are comfortable briefing developers and communicating with non-technical members of the team.

 

Location: EU, preferably Spain, France, Germany or Sweden. Candidates who wish to work in other EU countries will be considered, but candidates in the countries above may have an advantage. This is primarily intended as a work-from-home position, though we can also offer office-based work in Berlin, Stockholm or Paris. 

 

Other: Candidates must have the right to live and work in the EU.

Salary dependent on experience.

To apply, please send your CV and a short covering email to: recruiting@thelocal.com