Technical Lead

About Us

The global HQ of secrets and skills, SPYSCAPE is a totally new kind of company with a mission to inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

SPYSCAPE uses world class stories and experiences to help you see the world and your own potential more clearly. SPYSCAPE partners with top brands and talents to create exciting and innovative products and experiences which serve our mission.

In the physical world, SPYSCAPE HQ in New York City is the number one ranked new museum & experience on Google and TripAdvisor. It features seven core experiential zones, plus a huge temporary space that currently features the first ever James Bond exhibition in the USA.

In the digital world: our SPYCRAFT content includes authentic online spy skills assessments designed by a former Head of Training at British Intelligence, plus related articles, puzzles and videos; our True Spies podcasts (with hosts Hayley Atwell and Vanessa Kirby) provide unique insights into the world of espionage;

Our SPYFLIX film festival and SPYCON live events platform, plus numerous other exciting new initiatives, will launch in the coming months.

How we work

We are looking for a software developer to lead our development team in London, working together with the CEO and Product Manager to design and deliver the software that powers our physical and digital products. We need someone who is comfortable playing multiple roles in product discovery, analysis, and development, as well as being able to support our existing physical deployment in New York City.

Examples of our recent projects include:

  • SPYCRAFT: a collection of exclusive articles, podcasts, puzzles & videos on secrets and skills, personalised for users based on an assessment of their skills developed with a former Head of Training at British Intelligence.
  • “Touchless” HQ Companion: allows visitors to our HQ in New York to interact with our immersive exhibits via their own smartphones.
  • Surveillance: a new game available exclusively via our “Touchless” HQ Companion, testing visitors’ observation skills for speed and accuracy as they watch dozens of CCTV screens projected in 360 degrees all around them.

We use Ruby on Rails and Node.js with PostgreSQL for our server-side web applications, continuously deploying them to AWS Fargate and AWS Lambda using CircleCI. We use React and TypeScript for building rich client-side user interfaces across both SPYSCAPE.com and the interactives in our HQ.

We care deeply about the quality of our work and we use code review and pair-programming to ensure our code is not only timely but also simple, clean and covered by tests. We use agile ways of working to ensure we are consistently delivering working software at a sustainable pace, seeking feedback from users and stakeholders early and often.

What you will do

  • Be an active part of our 4-person software development team in London, writing and reviewing others’ code
  • Work on our existing codebases that power SPYSCAPE.com and our HQ museum & experience in New York City
  • Work with the CEO and Product Manager to design and deliver new experiences, features and products
  • Take architectural ownership of SPYSCAPE’s systems and infrastructure, maintaining and reviewing them for changing practices and scaling requirements
  • Shape the engineering culture within the team, setting standards and practices and promoting a collaborative, supportive environment
  • Mentor and coach members of the development team

What we need from you

  • Production experience working with JavaScript & React
  • Production experience working with Ruby and Ruby on Rails
  • Ability to rapidly prototype and test concepts
  • Experience with continuous delivery and its infrastructure

Things which resonate with you

  • Understanding and appreciation of BDD / TDD / Testing
  • Comfortable in multiple programming languages like JavaScript and Ruby
  • Cares deeply about code maintainability, composability and quality
  • Want a start up vibe in a grown up company
  • Care about the user experience, and good creative environments
  • Product-minded rather than task-minded

Location

Remote, London timezone

Start Date

Immediate

Application Instructions

For consideration, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to CareersLDN@spyscape.com

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For consideration, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to CareersLDN@spyscape.com