Our developers have been contributing code to major organizations and open source projects for over 25 years now. They’ve also been writing books, speaking at conferences, and helping push software development forward -- changing companies and even industries along the way.
As consultants, we work with our clients to ensure we’re delivering the best possible solution. Our Lead Dev plays an important role in leading these projects to success.
Curious what makes a developer a Lead around these parts? A lead is:
- Able to strategically lead a project team to successful delivery.
- Able to design and architect an enterprise-grade solution, taking into account the cross-functional needs of the client.
- An expert in at least one OOPS/Functional language & have quick learning skills to adapt as per project needs.
- Code! We don’t subscribe to the “post-technical” ivory tower leadership style.
- Often the day-to-day primary point of contact with our clients.
- Passion for technology and software quality.
- Excited to mentor, influence a team of ThoughtWorkers and clients.
- Be an inspiration of innovation to the client.
We believe that to flourish in this role, you're good at:
- Architecture. You should be comfortable working with your team to craft a design: choosing the appropriate technology and designing a solution that both answers the problem at hand, and stays within constraints.
- Coding. Our Leads never go post-technical. We think that it’s important for technical leadership to continue to code. Our clients don’t all work in one language or platform, and neither do we. As a lead, we’re looking for a breadth of experience in a lot of languages, and expertise in one or two: Java, Ruby, Python, Scala, .NET, Clojure, GoLang.
- Core Dev Practices. You should be proficient with practices like TDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and Infrastructure automation.
- Understanding and often playing a major part in the entire cycle of software consulting and delivery, from ideation, to project conception, to UX, to code, to testing, to deployment, and around again.
- Agile. We believe strongly in agile delivery practices, having implemented them for ourselves and our clients for a long time now. You should be very comfortable working with Agile, Lean and Continuous Delivery practices -- and love it as much as we do.
- Mentoring a team and bringing them up to speed on new languages and skills. We all learn from each other, but with the breadth of technical experience you’ll bring to the table, you’ll be an invaluable teacher to your less-experienced peers.
- Thinking big and acting fast. You’ll need a startup mentality with enterprise awareness. That means you can manage competing priorities, that you’re ready to pivot or adjust plans quickly, and that you understand the role you and your team play in major organizations’ tech strategies.
- Influencing priorities, for both the team and the client. You understand both the business problem and the technical solution, and you’re able to advocate for excellence and effect change when necessary.
- Finesse. As consultants, we navigate within our client’s organizations to influence big decision makers and win trust. In this job, you’ll be using your people skills as much as your coding skills.
- Driving the community
- Building the tech capability in community.
- Driving the community events/ workshops to build ThoughtWorks as brand in market.
- Driving organization level Dev Boot-Camps to build future of ThoughtWorks.
And here’s some of the perks of being part of a unique organization like ThoughtWorks:
- A real commitment to “changing the face of IT” -- our way of thinking about diversity and inclusion. Over the past ten years, we’ve implemented a lot of initiatives to make ThoughtWorks a place that reflects the world around us, and to make this a welcoming home to technologists of all stripes. We’re not perfect, but we’re actively working towards true gender balance for our business and our industry, and you’ll see that diversity reflected on our project teams and in offices.
- Continuous learning. You’ll be constantly exposed to new languages, frameworks and ideas from your peers and as you work on different projects -- challenging you to stay at the top of your game.
- Support to grow as a technologist outside of your role at ThoughtWorks. This is why ThoughtWorkers have written over 100 books and can be found speaking at (and, ahem, keynoting) tech conferences all over the world. We love to learn and share knowledge, and you’ll find a community of passionate technologists eager to back your endeavors, whatever they may be. You’ll also receive financial support to attend conferences every year.
- An organizational commitment to social responsibility. ThoughtWorkers challenge each other to be just a little more thoughtful about the world around us, and we believe in using our profits for good. All around the world, you’ll find ThoughtWorks supporting great causes and organizations in both official and unofficial capacities.
Curious how a day looks like for a tech-lead in ThoughtWorks?
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