JD&Co has an unrivalled reputation across the scaleup & VC communities. We have spent the past decade partnering with high growth, scaleup businesses and have helped to build and shape the leadership teams of some of the best and brightest business and consumer tech brands around today.

We’re partnered with a market leading, socially and environmentally conscious scaling brand to help them hire a VP Software Engineering.  This is an exceptional opportunity and a chance to be part of a global initiative that is truly special. We need someone creative, innovative and who has deep experience of building world class software engineering teams, developing robust technical infrastructure, processes and people growth initiatives to support significant growth and scale. If you have built and inspired teams of 50-100+ and have been instrumental leading on the delivery of the strategic product roadmap in a software/hardware IoT environment (including overseeing architecture, software development, dev ops, QA, data and security) then we’d love to hear from you.

Reporting into the CTO, we’re looking for someone who is passionate about technology, technically astute and expert at leading, coaching and motivating teams of engineers. It’s critical that this person has a strong track record of interfacing with hardware teams to drive product development and integration ensuring that cross-functional products are delivered on time and on budget. A blend of global tech scaleup & corporate organisation experience would be highly desirable

The role is based remotely with access to central London offices as required.


At a high level, you will need to lead and deliver on the following:

  • Oversee and design correct architecture capability for software solutions to support ambitious scaling plans in the future
  • Ensure fit for purpose software development capability required to maintain systems and tools now and in the future.
  • Ensure software development best practice.
  • Be accountable for ensuring the timely delivery of the software elements of the product roadmap, for external customer-facing products, and internal products.
  • Ensure DevOps capabilities actively deliver the correct tools and processes to maximise output
  • Ensure thorough testing/QA of quality software products that can scale effectively in addition to ensuring best practice
  • Ensure data capabilities are fit for current and future product requirements
  • Ensure cyber security and risk management framework is fit for purpose
  • Hire and manage a team of direct reports, including holding regular 1:1s, and drive positive career development and succession planning activities through the function as it scales
  • Manage budgets efficiently to drive efficiencies and financial returns
  • Manage partnerships with 3rd party providers

About you:

  • You are an inspiring technology leader with proven ability to develop, encourage, grow, and maintain a high-performance software development team & culture
  • You have significant software product development experience in growth orgs, including knowledge of application development, data management and interfacing with embedded systems and smart, connected products
  • You have a solid track record and proven ability to manage complex software products through the entire product lifecycle to support the roadmap
  • You can evidence a combination of sharp technical skills with strong customer focus, ownership, urgency, and drive
  • You have a firm knowledge of DevOps, including experience with AWS
  • Exposure to CRM systems (Salesforce or similar) fully integrated into customer-facing and employee-facing software products
  • You can evidence strong commercial acumen, with the ability to make sound pragmatic decisions (balance resources, cost efficiency and financial returns)
  • You are a skilled & engaging communicator, armed with huge amounts of warmth, authenticity, humility, EQ and no ego. Positive can do attitude and can lead by example.
  • You are passionate about the environment & sustainability and drawn to “change for good” organisations active in this space

Sound like you? Let us know