Head of Engineering

Location: Moscow, Russia

Our team is passionate about building a product that improves the global language industry. Smartcat’s goal is to develop the world’s best environment for translation and industry-specific payment automation and make it a vibrant network enabling easy collaboration for all market participants, including freelance linguists, translation agencies, and translation buyers.

Smartcat is backed by Matrix Partners, a top VC firm focusing on SaaS and marketplace startups (you might recognize names like HubSpot, Oculus, Zendesk, and Quora in their portfolio).


The mission of the Head of Engineering at Smartcat.ai is to build and grow a best-in-class, high-performing and adaptable engineering team focused on continuous delivery from development to production deployment and everything in between. Your success will be measured by contributing to Smartcat’s fast annual revenue growth rate of 200–400% through the accelerated and predictable development cycle, as well as the stable performance of the platform.

Your outcomes

  • Introduce and continuously evolve cutting-edge development, quality assurance, release, and engineering processes increasing the output of the engineering team 2x+ within the first 6 months.
  • Expand the team of highly-qualified engineers in the next 6 months by 20%. You are expected to formalize and strengthen the recruitment process, define career ladders and put together an effective organizational structure, as well as provide expert technical guidance, effective coaching, and career development.
  • Grow the next generation of company managers and technical leaders. Nurture a culture of continuous improvement, open-mindedness, and experimentation paired with robust metrics-driven decision making.
  • Update and properly describe the processes, key metrics, and performance indicators driving the evolution of the engineering team.
  • As an owner of an area of the business, partnering with the product team, define the roadmap and architecture. Consequently, create quarterly plans, communicate these to the rest of the company, and ensure high-quality execution of these plans.


  • 2+ years of experience as an IT-manager for a successful engineering team with outstanding achievements. Our tech-stack:
    • • Back end: .Net Framework v4.7.2 и ASP.Net (WebAPI),
      migration to .Net Core.
    • • Front end: Vue.js
  • Your background is in B2B/B2C SaaS software development including architecture, infrastructure, deployment or incident management.
  • Knowledge and experience of Agile practices and ability to work and run own scrum teams.
  • A data-driven approach to IT. You need to be ready to let the numbers measure success
  • Good communication and management skills to oversee colleague and partner interactions.
  • Ability to think big and start small, meaning finding the easiest and fastest solutions to test hypotheses and get results.
  • You are a team-builder, innovator, disruptor and a passionate technologist.
  • Integrity and full commitment to your work, colleagues, and customers.
  • Readiness to work in a highly intense startup environment requiring extreme focus, a sense of urgency, and persistence to break through.
  • Eagerness to succeed and an aggressive growth mindset.
  • Openness to constructive criticism and the opinions and ideas of others.

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