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Head of Software Engineering, Cardano



Remote worldwide


Posted 11 months ago

IO Global (IOG) is searching for a Head to lead all technical aspects of the Cardano project.

Tech stack

  • BDD

IO Global (IOG) is searching for a Head of Software Engineering to lead all technical aspects of the Cardano project. Cardano is an advanced proof-of-stake blockchain built on strong research principles to produce a high-quality, high-assurance distributed system. It takes advantage of advanced lightweight formal methods to deliver a decentralized blockchain that has real-time, high-reliability characteristics. The product has been delivered in a series of stages (hard forks) that fulfill specific high-level requirements for a 3rd generation blockchain. The challenge is to complete the core set of requirements so that the project can be transitioned to an open source development model as part of an open governance process.

The team comprises a number of highly motivated, highly skilled designers, software developers, test engineers, and others, organized into specialist groups that focus on specific aspects of the system design. This role involves managing those teams to successfully deliver ongoing and future user requirements while ensuring a successful transition to the new open source processes and mechanisms. It also involves interacting with other teams within IOG, including those developing the new governance mechanisms, blockchain wallets, sidechains, smart contracts, DApps, sharding, and other core technologies, while ensuring that core user and stakeholder requirements are met.

Your mission

  • Manage¬†the¬†Cardano¬†software engineering¬†teams
  • Ensure the technical feasibility of the¬†Cardano¬†project
  • Assist the Product¬†team¬†in ensuring software meets business requirements
  • Propose and negotiate project requirements with the Product¬†Owners
  • Ensure the¬†delivery¬†of products as¬†defined¬†and in time in line with business objectives
  • Contribute technical and systems design expertise to assist in the¬†architectural¬†design,¬†development,¬†implementation, and¬†testing¬†of¬†Cardano¬†software
  • Contribute to¬†architectural¬†decisions and the design of solutions to resolve challenging problems
  • Determine and¬†define¬†clear deliverables, roles, and responsibilities for¬†team¬†members required for¬†specific¬†projects or initiatives, working closely with software¬†engineers, QA, product¬†managers,¬†and other engineering¬†teams¬†to produce high-quality¬†products and features through the software project lifecycle (build,¬†test,¬†and¬†release¬†on time)
  • Maintain high¬†standards¬†of software¬†quality¬†within the¬†team¬†by establishing best practices and¬†performing¬†code reviews for the software¬†development¬†team
  • Follow appropriate coding¬†standards
  • Work closely with the Product¬†Management,¬†Project¬†Management,¬†Site Reliability¬†Engineers, and Executive¬†teams¬†to deliver the product roadmap
  • Identify¬†the staffing and resourcing requirements that are needed to achieve¬†delivery¬†goals, and guide budget¬†owners¬†to allocate resources effectively
  • Monitor¬†the progress and¬†performance¬†of projects to ensure timely and effective¬†delivery.


Your expertise

  • Engineering Graduate or PhD degree
  • 10+ years experience in the software industry
  • 5+ years experience in¬†managing¬†software¬†development¬†teams
  • 5+ years experience with¬†functional¬†programming
  • 3+ years experience in¬†managing¬†managers
  • Experience working with remote¬†teams
  • Experience in coaching¬†teams¬†through¬†agile¬†method and organizational changes
  • Proven experience in people¬†management
  • Proven experience in strategic planning
  • Experience¬†mentoring,¬†coaching, and¬†developing¬†rising¬†talent¬†in the technology¬†department
  • Experience working in globally¬†distributed¬†teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills so as to be able to relate with people from diverse¬†backgrounds¬†or personnel from different units of the company.



IOG is a fully distributed organization and therefore this is a remote position. Due to team distribution we are ideally searching for someone in an European timezone.

All Colleagues

  • Flexible schedule
  • Remote work - ability to work anywhere
  • Laptop reimbursement
  • New starter package to buy hardware essentials (headphones,¬†monitor,¬†etc)
  • Learning &¬†Development¬†Opportunities
  • Competitive PTO and Sick Leave plan

US Employees

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits coverage through Anthem with 100% premium cost covered by IO Global for the employee and dependents
  • Health Savings Account
  • Life Insurance

UK Employees

  • Monthly Health Stipend to use towards any wellness or medical coverage/service
  • Pension



Contract type

Full time

Visa sponsorship

Not provided

Benefits & perks

  • Healthcare Stipend - UK & Ireland Employees

  • Health Insurance - US Employees

  • Pension

  • No call Fridays

  • 100% remote working

  • Promote From Within

  • Paid time off

  • Paid Sick Days

  • Tokens

  • Committed to a diverse team


  • Learning & Development

  • Performance Bonus

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