Engineering Manager - Gardens Division

Contract type: Full-time, Permanent
Location: Queen Square, Bristol (temporarily remote)
Salary: from £75,000
Ideal start date: ASAP

About Candide

Candide is a market-network platform helping businesses and the public break new ground in the garden, through the application of technology.
Candide is the gateway to inspiration for garden visitors using exciting immersive technology and enabling quick, contactless ticketing for visitor access. We also motivate the public to connect with nature and enable everyone to grow big and shop small, with curated online catalogues of plants, tools and accessories from exceptional independent businesses.
Based in central Bristol, surrounded by the greenery of Queen Square and the floating harbour, we enable people to progress their passion for plants and nature. We are a team of over 70, openly putting our people first; we're proud to be building a team that genuinely loves working and learning together. We know how important a positive, inclusive culture is, so have a read and see if you think we might be a good fit.

The Role

As an Engineering Manager within Candide’s Gardens Division, you will first and foremost be responsible for the growth & development of our engineers. In addition, you will play a pivotal role in shaping divisional strategy and capacity planning. You will have a keen interest in organisational design and what makes high-performing teams tick. Conversely, you will have experience of the failure modes arising from engineering growth and how those can inhibit high-performance.
Engineering Managers at Candide build on their people skills and leadership, finding innovative ways to level up their teams creating a culture of trust, experimentation, and innovation. You will work closely with your team’s product managers and engineers to deliver against challenging objectives, keeping alignment with key stakeholders and communicating what is going well and what isn’t. You will represent your teams through thick and thin providing context when course corrections are made and a mediator when there is debate.
From a technical standpoint, Engineering Managers at Candide will be familiar with how the components comprising the Candide stack work together but are not expected to be daily contributors. Your calm demeanour and leadership under pressure will mean that you will form part of our on-call rota helping out when your teams need help.

Engineering Culture

We’re a full-stack, agile team producing several user-facing products including our native Android & iOS native apps, customer-facing website and various CMSs to help businesses manage their presence on the platform. Teams work within the boundaries of their divisional objectives and have the skills and capabilities to change any aspect of our stack in order to reach their goals. We highly value our collaborative no-blame culture and encourage everyone to share ideas on how we can improve our processes, technology, and product.
You’ll find us attending local meetups, including CodeHub hack nights, SW Mobile, Bristech, Bristol JS, Bristol SRE, Bristol Cloud Native & DevOps, Cloud-native Wales, Bristol Machine Learning, and ProductTank Bristol. Come and say hello!

Our Ideal Candidate

To support and develop our Engineers we are looking for an experienced Engineering Manager. Reporting to the CTO you will need enough engineering experience to contribute to technical and architectural discussions and be empathetic towards existing challenges. We are looking for:
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative startup environment
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Effective in developing and enabling Engineers
  • Track Record of leading teams
  • Confident contributing towards non-critical path code changes
  • Understand that there is rarely any problem that is purely social, tools or technology and therefore can leverage a wide variety of techniques to keep their teams on course

Our values

For plant lovers
We democratise information about plants by building social connections between people, gathering their knowledge and making it as accessible as possible. We ultimately aim to be the most useful tool in a gardener’s pocket and to accentuate the social, environmental, and physical benefits already associated with gardening.
For the future
We explore new, emerging technologies and constantly adapt to rapidly seize opportunities others have missed. In this way, we will bring the gardening industry into the 21st century and secure its relevance in the long-term.
For good
We build on the inherent positivity of our subject matter and protect our “warm and safe community”, which sets us apart. We use our platform to encourage conscious, informed decision-making and work with individuals and companies to progress our values.

What you’ll get from us

  • 25 days holiday pro-rata (plus bank holidays), because the rest of your life is important too
  • An extra paid day off to spend among plants
  • Regular team socials
  • An amazing plant-filled office in Queen Square
  • Your choice of equipment
  • Pre-paid training budget for whatever you need to do your job more effectively
  • Grant of SARs (Stock Appreciation Rights) after two years of employment
  • Flexible working hours (core hours 10 am - 4 pm)
  • Enhanced shared parental leave

Application process

Please send a 1 or 2 page CV covering your employment history, relevant experience and education, and a covering letter explaining why you have applied for this role to
A successful application typically involves:
  • A short initial interview
  • A small take-home assignment
  • A longer video interview with a few members of the team, and some from other teams
  • An interview with our CEO
Please do not hesitate in contacting if you want to find more before you apply.
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What is Candide?

Candide has everything for plant lovers – buy plants from independent sellers and book tickets to visit inspiring gardens near you. Identify plants in seconds from a single photo and learn how to care for them with our in-depth guides.


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