Head of Software Development - Malta Based

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The Head of Software Development forms part of the technology leadership team reporting into the Chief Technology Officer, where you will be responsible for all development activities on the Weavr platform. Your mission is to give developers and QA engineers the support they need to perform to their best – while also providing your peers in Product Management and Operations with a partner they can trust to help develop and operate the product further. You will drive technical approaches and decisions, best engineering practices, and provide relentless improvement to deliver better and faster, to ultimately delight our customers. From initial scoping to final deployment, you will be there to provide oversight. You can, and should, delegate to the development leads reporting to you, but be ready to verify that things are being done properly and jump in if they are not. In short, you will get stuff done!

Specifically, the position holder will

  • Lead the translation of business goals into technical strategies, and ensuring alignment between company, product and technology objectives
  • Liaise and cooperates with team members, product managers and stakeholders as necessary in designing, writing and releasing software, as well as supporting and maintaining said software
  • Be responsible for continuous improvement of software development processes and key technology metrics for the teams within their remit
  • Own people management responsibilities for the developers and QA engineers – including recruitment, regular one-on-one’s with individual team leads and team members, providing continuous performance feedback, and enabling team and individual growth from onboarding to ongoing learning and development.
  • Source and manage outsourcing relationships including selection, setting up, coordination and building relationships to support the development needs of the company and to complement internal resources.

Experience and Background

  • Fluent written and verbal English communication skills.
  • ICT-related degree (including engineering-related, and other numerate disciplines), or skills and experience to match.
  • 8+ years of experience in a software development and technology environment – minimum 5 years in hands-on software development roles; minimum 3 years of people management experience.
  • 5+ years of development experience, ideally in Java, including implementing and consuming REST APIs, with good knowledge of web development – HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • 3+ years practicing Agile
  • Communicates effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences including senior management and other stakeholders; instills confidence while setting expectations appropriately.
  • Thorough understanding of software engineering principles, the software development lifecycle, and modern software development methods.
  • Knowledge of and experience implementing XP development practices such as unit testing, continuous integration, pair programming, and code refactoring.

Your Profile

Weavr is a startup. Early stage businesses like Weavr need resourceful, intelligent and high-energy people who are flexible at doing what needs to be done. In a small business, it’s essential for even senior execs to be hands-on, able to handle ambiguity and to operate with limited resources.

Key characteristics

  • Able to communicate and engage effectively
  • Proven commercial awareness
  • Practical problem solver
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong communication, literacy (verbal and written) and numeracy skills
  • Ability to communicate vision

Place of Work

Presently our team is concentrated around Malta, London, Berlin and Lisbon but we expect to have presence in other capitals in Europe. We often work remotely but have face to face meetings from time to time. As long as you have access to good quality broadband, a strong remote work ethic, able to work during European working times, and can easily travel to European capitals (where we’re most likely to meet in person), then you can be based wherever.  


Your remuneration package will depend on your experience, but will include a base salary, a performance bonus and stock options. Health insurance will also be provided.

Our Culture

We are unashamedly geeky. We prefer smart to big. We don’t see borders and barriers, we see connections and bridges.   We are dedicated to helping ‘makers’ or all size or stripe succeed. The community of makers that we’re empowering is big and diverse, so there’s place for all types in our team – but it’s a team. What matters are our values: create value through simplification, be accessible and collaborative, and be open to change. That’s as true of our products as it is of how we work.  

Commitment to diversity & inclusion: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability. We are a diverse and inclusive team and we actively seek to recruit people with different backgrounds and experiences.

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