Head of Software Engineering

  • Frontiers Media SA
  • Basel, BS, Switzerland
  • 27/02/2023
Full time Data Engineering Business Intelligence Software Engineering DevOps

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We are on a mission to make science open so everyone can live healthy lives on a healthy planet
Who we are
Frontiers is the 3rd most-cited and 6th largest research publisher and we publish groundbreaking discoveries by the world's top experts.
Scientists empower society and our mission is to accelerate scientific discovery by making science open. We place the researcher at the center of everything we do and enable the research community to develop the solutions we need to live healthy lives on a healthy planet.
Join the publishing revolution.
We are looking for an Head of Software Engineering to complement our Engineering team and assist the Director with handling the department’s operations. The successful candidate will work with cross-functional teams of experienced professionals and daily liaise with the Engineering Director to ensure the alignment of the Engineering roadmaps with the business goals.
  • You are responsible for the successful execution of Engineering Strategies within the Engineering department
  • Together with the Engineering Director, you shape the vision for Engineering that enable Frontiers’ strong growth
  • You manage a team of experienced Engineering Managers, ensuring their alignment with the other Engineering units and the coordination with cross-departmental initiatives
  • You coach, mentor and manage performance of your team members in alignment with the Frontiers principles and business objectives
  • You are responsible for hiring senior team members and setting up the most appropriate structures within your team and within Engineering, in alignment with the Engineering Director
  • You ensure that the teams you manage and the corresponding team members fully understand the business objectives, their initiatives are aligned to them and establish a healthy communication channel to keep the alignment with the leadership team
  • Planning together with the single threaded leaders on the business side to ensure the right planning and resource allocation.
  • Together with the Engineering Director, you set up the best methodologies to work within the department and ensure the swift execution of the Engineering roadmaps and initiatives
  • You will help create a balance with our Engineering counterparts, shaping up the way we create a valuable knowledge sharing flow within the Technology department
  • You will regularly deep dive into the data generated by Frontiers’ products to bring clarity into the successes and failures of the initiatives within your department
  • You will proactively propose and lead cross-departmental initiatives related to our Objectives and key results (OKRs)
We seek enthusiastic team players with great initiative and a get-it-done attitude. Candidates must be able to handle a fast paced work environment while juggling several different tasks at the same time. Excellent organisational, communications, and multi-tasking skills are musts.
Minimum skills
  • Ten years of working experience in the development of Digital Products, of which at least 5 within an Engineering unit
  • Three or more years of experience as a Head of Product or above, managing teams of experienced product managers
  • Previous experience in scale-up environments
  • Experience with at least one of the following: Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning Products, Customer Journeys and User Experience, Process-Driven Products, Change Management, Digital Platforms, Data Products
  • Data savviness and fluency, capability to comfortably engage in technical discussions with senior data scientists and experienced machine-learning engineers
  • Ability to deep dive into raw datasets to find key information that will enable you to make decisions for your product
  • Strong analytical skills and independent, entrepreneurial approach,
Desirable Skills
  • Previous experience in Scientific Publishing
  • Familiarity with concepts such as Customer Journeys and Experience
With more than 50 nationalities represented in our global team, you will work regularly with teammates in other countries, and with our community of researchers, editors, and authors from around the globe.
Our mission to create solutions for healthy lives also extends to the working environment we provide for our employees.
This includes:
100% remote working
Employees now have the flexibility to choose where they want to work, with remote working available on a part- or full-time basis (not applicable to some Workplace/IT jobs due to nature of role requiring presence onsite, in the office).
Learning and development
All employees have access to LinkedIn Learning (and Pluralsight for our technology team), an annual personal learning budget, and dedicated L&D time.
We offer free online yoga classes, an employee assistance plan, access to the Headspace app, and four wellbeing days on top of your annual leave allowance.
Volunteering opportunities
Employees can dedicate three days each year to volunteer for a personal cause or through our volunteering partner platform, Alaya.
Frontiers actively embraces diversity and is a safe and welcoming workplace. Recruitment is free from discrimination – including based on race, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. With over 600 employees from more than 50 different nations, our diversity creates vibrant teams and constantly challenges us to appreciate multiple perspectives.