Director of Engineering - Content Recommender and Moderation

Job description

Are you ready for a positive and life defining P&P challenge?

‘Empowering people to live their passions’

Our purposeful mission: reimagine Communities of Passion and propel them into Self- Perpetuating Economies.

Personally & Professionally, all of us at AAQUA will ensure that Aaqua (the proposition) will be a vibrant and fluid mix of ever-evolving Passion Communities where we focus on inclusiveness, authenticity and creativity, whilst always ON, keeping it real.

We naturally respect and embrace cross- cultural diversity and encourage reimagining experiences by out- of- the- box thinking, striving to make the impossible very much possible.

We enable our people to contribute to Aaqua’s purpose by bringing their own passion to our workplace community, collaborating with a team of like-minded people from all walks of life who love what they do.

Your Community

You will be a member of the Aaqua Engineering team, working closely with the Chief Engineer, the other leaders and the different engineering teams. You will be building out and leading our 'content management' engineering tribe with the mission to deliver the right content to our members at the right time. This includes search, recommender engine, content targeting and content moderation.

Your Purpose

Just like everybody else in the company, your purpose is to deliver a great platform for our members. As an engineering leader, you do that by passionately making the teams and individuals successful by mentoring them, supporting them in their continuous learning journey, and taking away impediments. Your passion and enthusiasm about building Agile organisations will be a beacon for the entire team. Your main purpose is to help the teams to continuously deliver high-quality software and instil a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.

Your Focus

Your contribution will include:

  • Build out the different high-performing engineering squads in the 'content management' tribe.
  • Own the tribe's mission and deliver on the goals.
  • Work together with the product management team to build out the tribe mission and continuously improve the Aaqua platform.
  • Mentoring and supporting the engineers in their day-to-day work by providing them with the necessary tools, tips & tricks, training, ... to improve every day.
  • Build an open culture where all feelings, good and bad, are easily expressed, actively listened to, appreciated and acted upon where necessary. 
  • Build a strong Agile and inclusive culture where, continuous improvement, continuous learning are central.
  • Build a trustful and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis on healing and problem solving.
  • Live and breath the company culture by leading by example.
  • Continuously look for ways to align your team with the broader organisation.
  • Hire the best engineers in the market and build motivated and empowered teams of highly skilled engineers where innovation thrives.
  • Gather 360 feedback on your direct reports to be able to provide them with appropriate insights, support and advice.
  • Work together with our People team and the other engineering leaders to solve issues and to continuously improve our processes and culture.
  • Navigate the organisation (and support the teams to do so) to remove impediments and achieve the mission of the tribe and Aaqua as a whole.
  • Facilitate discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution.
  • Be part of a high-tech team with a strong focus on quality, scalability and reliability.

Your Knowledge

  • You have a strong engineering background with experience in web and mobile.
  • You have 7+ years of leading engineering teams.
  • You played a key role in building and scaling engineering teams.
  • You have experience in areas like large volume data processing, AI/ML (image recognition, NLP) and recommendation engines.
  • You have a proven history in servant leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continuous improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency.
  • You understand that every company is different and can put things in perspective for the greater good.
  • You are an empathic leader and understand how to make others feel appreciated.
  • You know how to constantly keep an eye on the greater good and align the teams to that.
  • You understand and believe in phrases like "You joined not to be cool, but make others cool" (Satya Nadella) and "leaders eat last" (Simon Sinek).
  • You have excellent communication, listening and mentoring skills.

Your Qualities

Your qualities are seen, heard and observed every day through your words, actions and behaviours. They are a key part of our DNA.

We seek our team members to be :


Your Attitude

Your attitude is a big part of what you bring to Aaqua. It contributes hugely to our culture, which is why cultural fit is something we take very seriously when we bring on new team members.

We expect everyone to play their part in :

Putting Members First
Building an Inclusive Community
Delivering the Unexpected
Be Always Evolving, and
Keeping it Real

Why work for us

At Aaqua we are committed to real economic value distribution and this extends to our people. Aaqua is creating a work culture that caters to all your YOU's. Our total rewards package is highly attractive, with generous compensation, options programs, comprehensive medical coverage and workplace flexibility.

Developing our people is a given and the exposure you will get at Aaqua will see you always evolving, creating opportunities for rapid career advancement. By putting our "members first" (that includes YOU), you will deliver the unexpected every day. Aaqua's agile focus drives collaboration, ideation and allows you to be your true self, empowers our people and delivers a passionate and fun team.

Aaqua is a diverse and inclusive culture. We want our people to be reflective of our members and commit to a non-discriminatory culture that does not judge by; age, gender, sexual orientation and gender reassignment, race and colour, disability, religion and beliefs, pregnancy and family responsibilities, education level and all of your YOU's.

Aaqua is the place for all YOUR YOUS.

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