About Us

Head of Tech

London, England, United Kingdom

The Company

Octopus Legacy is the place to plan for death and find support after loss. When people think about planning for death they think about wills, life insurance and funerals. We take these cold processes and turn them into something more human. Share more than money: leave voice notes, music, recipes. Shape a legacy that connects you while you're here. And after you're gone.

Founded by Sam after his mum died suddenly, we’re a group of people who work in death because we’ve been affected by it. We know the difference a good plan makes, and what it’s like when there isn’t one.

Death can come between us, leaving mess, legal fees, frustration. But it can also make us stronger. We see a world where people talk openly about death, and work out the real meaning of legacy, one that connects to them. We’re here to make that world happen. 

The Role

We are looking for an experienced and tenacious Head of Technology to join our leadership team, building game-changing, recruiting and leading a high performing tech team. Reporting directly to the Founder and CEO, Sam Grice, you will play a critical role in shaping the engineering team structure to scale successfully with our ambitious growth plans. 

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to thrive in a fast-paced, high-growth environment, solving complex problems and driving success.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create, build and implement the operational planning of the technology strategy in alignment with the company's goals.
  • Develop, plan, resource, and budget the technology roadmap.
  • Recruit and manage the technology team, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence.
  • Oversee the design, development, and implementation of scalable and robust technology solutions to meet business needs and drive growth.
  • Evaluate emerging technologies and trends to identify opportunities for innovation and competitive advantage.
  • Embed best practises and operational excellence - we want to do this right, so don’t be afraid to assess and offer alternatives to improve our processes and help us adopt new technologies.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including product management, marketing, and operations, to align technology initiatives with business priorities.
  • Monitor and analyze key performance metrics related to technology operations, performance, and efficiency, implementing improvements as needed.
  • Serve as a thought leader and advocate for technology innovation within the organization, promoting a culture of continuous learning and professional development.

Who Are You?

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field; Master's degree preferred.
  • 5+ years proven experience in a senior leadership role with a very hands-on, proactive approach.
  • Strong technical background with expertise in Laravel and Vue.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully leading complex technology projects from conception to completion, delivering high-quality solutions on time and within budget.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit and manage high performing Development teams.
  • Collaborative and nurturing leadership style; you know how to get the best out of people while promoting autonomy and innovation. You know what good looks like, and can map out a clear development path for an engineer.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills, with the ability to effectively engage and influence stakeholders in a non-technical manner.
  • Strategic thinker with a proactive, results-driven approach and a passion for driving innovation and continuous improvement.

Benefits:

  • Octopus share incentive scheme.
  • Flexible working: 3 days in the office (Holborn), remote 2 days a week. 
  • Flexible holiday policy + extra day off for your Birthday.
  • Work from anywhere in the world for up to 4 weeks per year.
  • Vitality Health & Life Insurance. 
  • Enhanced parental leave.
  • Dog friendly office.
  • Free Will & LPAs + discounts on other Octopus services.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and access to the Electric Vehicle (EV) Salary Sacrifice Scheme.
  • Octopus Giving: we match any charitable fundraising that you do up to £500. 
  • Octopus Springboard: where we help our employees become fully-fledged entrepreneurs.

We know that to be truly innovative, we need to have a diverse team around us. That is why Octopus Legacy is committed to creating an inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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We’re tackling some of the biggest taboos surrounding death. Together, we can help to make some of the toughest times in people’s lives easier.