Head of Architecture (all genders)

Published on July 09, 2024

Founded in 2007, today Babbel is the top-grossing language learning app. It was the first app of its kind and now has millions of active subscribers. Fast Company Magazine ranked Babbel as the world’s #1 most innovative company in education.

Meticulously designed courses guarantee to teach you language skills that are useful from the start. 73% of users indicated that they’d be able to have a short, simple conversation in their new language within five hours of using Babbel.

Babbel is on the lookout for an inspirational and forward-thinking Head of Architecture / Principal Engineering Chapter Lead. As a leader in online language learning, we are dedicated to breaking down language barriers and making learning accessible to all. With a technology stack that is deeply rooted in Ruby, Typescript, and Amazon Web Services, we are inviting a visionary to shape the future of our platform and our team.
You will:
  • Empower and Lead: You will laterally lead our team of Principal Engineers, serving as a mentor and guide. Your leadership will be pivotal in elevating their expertise and encouraging them to pioneer advancements in our technology.
  • Drive Technological Excellence: You will be responsible for the continuous development of our Tech Radar, ensuring it reflects the latest and most relevant technologies and practices that align with Babbel's vision.
  • Set the Foundation: Establish and maintain guardrails and guidance for engineering practices at Babbel, enabling our engineering teams to build software that is innovative, scalable, and maintains a high standard of quality.
  • Foster Collaboration: You will nurture an Architecture Council that serves as a think-tank for strategic technology decisions, ensuring cross-functional alignment and fostering a culture of collective ownership and knowledge sharing.
  • Blueprint Our Future: Create and articulate a visionary architecture blueprint that maps out the future of Babbel's platform, ensuring it is robust, scalable, and adaptable to the ever-changing landscape of online learning.
You have:
  • Proven Background: Several years of experience working in highly mature tech companies as a Distinguished Engineer or Architect, with a demonstrated track record of technical leadership and innovation.
  • Experience: Proven experience in leading high-caliber engineering teams, with a deep understanding of software architecture and system design in a cloud environment, preferably with AWS.
  • Technical Proficiency: Hands-on experience with Ruby, Typescript, and AWS, and the ability to guide and grow a team working within this stack.
  • Strategic Thinking: The ability to think strategically and create a long-term vision for Babbel's technology architecture, paired with the operational skills to implement that vision.
  • Collaboration Skills: Exceptional collaboration and communication skills, with the capacity to build consensus across various stakeholder groups.
  • Inclusive Leadership: A commitment to fostering an inclusive environment where diverse ideas are celebrated and every team member feels valued and empowered to contribute.