Technical Lead- Ranking and Recommendations

Depop

London, GB
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Post Date: 02/24/2021
  • Website: depop.com
  • Company Address: 7-9 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3LT, GB

About Depop

We are the fashion marketplace where the next generation buy, sell and get inspired. We are headquartered in London, UK with locations in Manchester, New York, Los Angeles and Australia. We have almost 20 million registered users in 147 countries. In the UK, 1 in 3 Gen Z/Millennials are registered and in the US we have grown 300% over two years. We are also the only European player to have recently entered the top 25 shopping apps by daily active users.

Our mission is to empower the next generation to transform fashion, and our team of over 200 people are dedicated to serving the needs of our global community.

Job Description

Depop is the fashion marketplace where the next generation buy, sell and get inspired. We are headquartered in London, UK with locations in Manchester, New York, Los Angeles and Australia. We have more than 25 million registered users in 180+ countries. In the UK, 1 in 3 Gen Z/Millennials are registered and in the US we have grown 300% over two years. We are also the only European player to have recently entered the top 25 shopping apps by daily active users.
Depop exists to build the world's most diverse progressive home of fashion. We are a community-powered fashion ecosystem that's kinder to the planet and kinder to people. We give our audience something they can't get anywhere else - unique fashion, with amazing people and the chance to create a better future by showing up as their full selves, at full volume.
 
We operate on three pillars:

    Community: Our buyers, sellers and employees are inclusive, diverse and accessible. We are committed to empowering diversity within the fashion community.
    Entrepreneurship: We support our community and help them build their business with Depop. We thrive on supporting innovation by shaping an environment where creators, makers or hustlers can thrive.
    Sustainability: Depop helps extend the life of garments and reduce waste, we care about the world and want to make a positive change within the fashion industry.

The Ranking & Recommendations Team
Our Ranking & Recommendations team looks after the search and recommendation platforms here at Depop - in order to ensure buyers on Depop find the most relevant items they are looking for during their shopping experience. The team is currently working on iterations to our search algorithm to further drive relevance, along with a strategic focus on building the next generation of search and recommendation platforms for Depop.

The Role

Lead the team building cutting edge search and recommendation systems that are delivering personalisation to over 20M users

Depop is looking for a Technical Lead to join one of our core cross-functional teams and have a key input into the future direction and delivery of search, recommendations and personalisation.

You'll lead a brilliant team of engineers that are building and delivering industry-leading search and recommendation systems. We're currently recommending 500,000 unique items per day to our user base, and performing over 1.5 billion searches per month, with both systems continuing to scale as our user base grows globally.

Initially, your focus will be on improving our existing search platform, with further greenfield projects on our 2021 roadmap to refine and build out the future of recommendations. All the while, prioritising your team's professional growth, championing best practice software development and reinforcing a healthy engineering culture.

You'll be working in a technically innovative environment, building high-traffic and scalable distributed systems that service 10,000s of concurrent users, mentoring and coaching other engineers, and iterating and improving your teams work based on short feedback loops. Sound like your thing?

Want to find out more about Depop & our engineering team? Take a look at our blog.

We write about technology, people and smart engineering - https://engineering.depop.com/

 

Responsibilities

    Driving the roadmap from a technical perspective, collaborating closely with Product and our VP of Search and translating ideas to code
    Helping your team design systems that can keep up with Depop’s growth
    Growing your team’s sense of ownership; from running their own services to monitoring, maintenance and reacting to production issues
    Ensuring timely delivery of your teams’ projects, which will ultimately have a tangible impact on Depop’s success
    Supporting a strong engineering culture, orientated on technical innovation, and professional development
    Ensuring your team follows our engineering practices, by leading from the front

Requirements

Technical:

    Experience building high-traffic systems servicing 10,000s of concurrent users
    You have experience of building Search, Recommendation, or Feed-based systems (using underlying search engines such as ElasticSearch, Lucene etc.)
    Expert knowledge with a high-level programming language (e.g. Java, Scala, Python)
    Strong knowledge of systems design, within a modern cloud-based environment (AWS, GCP)

Non-technical:

    Experience working in a B2C product-based technical environment
    Successful end-to-end delivery of your team’s projects; from scoping and translating business requirements into plans, to design, implementation and maintenance, whilst coordinating with other teams (and engineers).
    Good people management and mentoring experience; we want you to help shape and develop our people
    You’re experienced in improving your team’s way of working (e.g. testing, deployment, delivery)
    Reinforce the ‘you build it, you ship it’ mentality to your teams working methodology, ultimately, owning the underlying infrastructure
    Exemplary communication skills, especially in dealing with multiple stakeholders

Benefits

    Learn and Grow: We want to give our people the opportunity to learn. We sponsor and run a myriad of programs, conferences and meet-ups to upskill our employees and enhance their journey with us, just ask!
    Wellbeing: We care about our employees wellbeing. We offer a cycle to work scheme, healthy fruit and snacks in the office, breakfast every Tuesday, eyecare vouchers and a discounted gym membership at Nuffield Health.
    Mental Health: Our employees mental health is a top priority. We offer subsidised counseling appointments with a qualified therapist through SelfSpace, we have trained mental health first aiders and we also run yoga, meditation and more.
    Work/life balance: We have 25 days of holiday with the opportunity to buy or sell 5 more, a day off for activism to allow you the opportunity to make a difference and we offer sabbaticals for our long serving employees
    Family life: We offer flexible working (based on the team you will be joining), generous maternity/paternity and parental leave policies which includes adoption and paid time off for fertility treatments. Also, all of our offices are dog-friendly! Do your best work with your best friend.
    Fun: We love to hang out with each other at Depop. On Friday we finish an hour early to socialise with free food, and have amazing Winter and Summer Parties to celebrate our successes. We also host internal employee socials such as quiz night, games night, movie night and more...we’ve taken this virtual for now!

Equality and Diversity Monitoring

Depop is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Depop recognises the benefits of a diverse workforce which reflects the wider population and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Under the Equality Act (2010), Depop must demonstrate that their recruitment processes are fair and that we are not discriminating against or disadvantaging anyone because of their age, disability, gender reassignment status, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. We need to ask applicants some questions to make sure that no one is being unfairly discriminated against or disadvantaged.

We collect this information only for anonymised monitoring purposes to help the organisation look at the profile of individuals who apply, are shortlisted for and appointed to each vacancy. In this way, we can check that we are complying with the Equality Act (2010).

Under the Equality Act 2010 the definition of disability is if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Further information regarding the definition of disability can be found at: www.gov.uk/definition-of-disability-under-equality-act-2010

Reasonable adjustments will be made available should you be invited to interview.

GDPR Statement

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