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Head of Engineering

Job description

We are looking for a Head of Engineering to lead our technical capabilities at Vandebron. In the past 6 years Vandebron has been a fast growing  technology company in the energy sector. Our digital platform based strategy has enabled us to quickly innovate and grow our customer base up to 200.000 customers. We have more growth ambitions and want our team to be prepared. Therefore we are looking for someone that will lead, coach and inspire the engineering team of 20+ members. With servant leadership you will facilitate a mature and effective software development team.

In this role you will work with various technologies. You are interested in these various technologies up to the extent to help discuss and solve tactical challenges. Because at Vandebron technical knowledge is at the core of what we do, in-depth knowledge of API’s, Big Data, Frontend, BPM or CRM is highly appreciated. In your role you have a good understanding and feeling with software architecture and broad (fullstack) development experience. This experience helps you to lead the teams towards alignment and an effective way of working. While you continuously look for sustainable solutions you are also willing to jump into any of the critical topics that require your immediate attention.

As a Head of Engineering you are working closely together with our Product Manager to streamline innovation. Together you are steering and growing our digital capabilities and bringing our platform(s) to the next level.

What does the job entail?

  • You are responsible for all development activities within 6 scrum teams (20+ engineers).
  • You are responsible for the execution and optimisation of the technical strategy and capabilities and you are the owner of the development cycle.
  • You support your team in their personal development to grow their skills and experience, e.a. with regular one-on-one meetings. 
  • You guide ‘communities’ with the purpose to create technical alignment and ownership across different teams and technologies.
  • You are responsible for growing the team with qualitative new hires in collaboration with HR, while keeping a culture of high-standard engineering.
  • You are responsible for daily operations of our platform(s) as well as guiding innovation on the various products.
  • You are responsible for software engineering, as well as automated test engineering capabilities.
  • You have ownership for the architectural backlog to keep our platforms future-proof and in control.
  • You foster technical decision making on the team, but be confident enough to make final decisions when necessary.

Job requirements

What is your profile?

  • You have 2 to 4 year relevant experience, both in team leadership (including individual coaching) and technical leadership with a strong vision on technology; You know how to balance your people and technical skills in an effective way to empower your team and deliver results.
  • You have a Bachelor or Master degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or Information Science.
  • You are familiar with the Agile way of working.
  • You have experience in keeping infrastructure highly available and if unforeseen situations occur you are able manage the incident process.
  • You are familiar and/or highly motivated to learn more about the stack of Vandebron (Mesos/DCOS, SMACK, Scala.js, React.js, React Native, AWS, etc.).
  • You have detailed knowledge of one or more areas showcasing your technical skill set.
  • You are well organized, know how to prioritize and able to keep overview in a dynamic and complex environment.
  • You have good communication skills and know how to manage relevant stakeholders.
  • You are motivated for the mission of Vandebron.


What do we offer?

  • A contribution to changing the world for the better.
  • An ambitious and inspiring work environment.
  • Room for own initiative.
  • Growth opportunities.
  • Salary in conformity with the market.
  • Daily fresh lunches and drinks.
  • An office in the heart of Amsterdam.



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More about Vandebron

Best working place. In the center of Amsterdam!

Vandebron is a scale-up in the energy world, with a mission to transform the energy market. Starting with 100% green & local energy in the Netherlands. We are doing so by using state of the art technology that distinguishes us from other utility providers. In our latest developments we are using blockchain technology to create a flexible energy solution for electric vehicles.

With your skills as a developer, you can contribute to this awesome and ambitious mission. So not only you will get to work with the latest technologies and a group of enthusiastic international developers in an office with free bio-lunch and great parties: your effort will also help making the world a better place at the same time.


"Why wouldn’t you try to make the future better, if you are going to be a part of it?"

- Elon Musk

Our Way 

At Vandebron we strongly believe in the agile principles. We strive to follow the manifesto and we use Scrum as a structure way to plan and adapt our development. Always with a strong focus on customer value. We believe in quality and clean code and our speed is based releasing the smartest MVP rather than compromising the quality of our work. We have 2 week sprints and we manage to continuously deliver value for Vandebron. We move fast and we want our improvements to be in production even before our sprint is finished. We make it possible for Vandebron to offer new services online, like our new ‘smart energy platform’ where we use blockchain technology to develop ‘smart charging’ propositions which is used to speed up the transition to sustainable energy. Also, we offer all our services via a state of the art ecosystem where web (React.js) and app (React native) play an important role and while disrupting our market. Of course we are making sure that our (internal/external) processes, which rely heavily on IT (cloud) systems, remain speedy and flexible. We love creativity, and we're more than happy to give our developers the freedom to express themselves, growing both personally and professionally in a wonderful working environment.