Head of Engineering

cape town


4 years experience

Job description:

As the Head of Engineering at HyperionDev, you will lead the technical vision of the company and own all technical decisions relating to the methods of implementing and iterating on our platforms. You will take on complete ownership and project management to drive the technical implementation of cross-functional projects. This is a senior role reporting directly into the management team of the company.

You will build and lead an independent and strong technical team who are tasked with developing two highly impactful and technically innovative platforms that impact the education, learning, and employment of thousands of developers weekly from over 40 countries around the world. You will be responsible for hiring and performance management across the technical team, as well as their on-going professional development and training. 

As a Department Lead at HyperionDev, you will work within the senior management team to help in building, influencing and managing the culture of the organisation. You will create and drive strategies on everything from talent acquisition to company quarterly planning for your department and the company at large, and be at the helm of one of the world’s fastest growing tech startups. 



  • Lead a cross-functional, technical team developing two innovative platforms;
  • Lead the technical implementation of HyperionDev platforms;
  • Provide the developer team with technical advice and support;
  • Estimate and analyse technical implementations and time and resources needed to inform company strategy and product decision;
  • Research, improve, and introduce new technologies, processes, and tools to improve technical efficiency and reduce technical debt across all products and codebases;
  • Lead the hiring, training, retention, and growth of technical roles within the division;
  • Provide strategic input into all matters related to the department and the company as a whole.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a related field
  • Minimum 2 years of  experience in software development, as a developer
  • At least 6 months of management experience leading or co-leading a team of software developers
  • Deep knowledge of a modern web stack, such as the MERN stack
  • Experience owning all technical aspects of products which scale to hundreds of B2B customers or thousands of B2C customers
  • Interest in recent pedagogical advances in computing and online education
  • Interested and experience in the coding education and ed-tech space
  • Fast learner, meticulous attention to detail.
  • Experience managing large budgets, hiring and managing a team, and defining company culture and processes at scale
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • A problem-solving and positive attitude
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Prior tech startup experience in a high-growth and ambitious environment
  • An interest in the future of developer education, assessments, tooling and placements.



  • 5+ years of experience in software development, as a developer
  • 2+ years of management experience leading or co-leading a team of software developers
  • 2+ years leading a software development team at a fast growing startup 
  • Experience as a senior software developer building online education platforms or APIs for B2B products 


About company:

CoGrammar is an edtech startup that is dedicated to closing the global tech skills gap. We achieve this by integrating human mentorship and code review into the world's leading tech education brands. CoGrammar has also built and scaled its own coding education product - HyperionDev - which supports learners from over 40 countries in changing into fulfilling tech careers. HyperionDev rebranded to CoGrammar in August 2018.CoGrammar is recognised as one of the top edtech startups in Europe, Middle East, and Africa and in 2016 won first prize in Facebook's Innovation Challenge, gaining financial backing from both Facebook and Google. CoGrammar was originally launched from the University of Cambridge by Computer Science graduates and our senior leadership comprises of world-leading talent out of places such as Google, Amazon, Groupon, and 2U. We're a people-first company with a purpose that underlines everything we do. We're obsessed with the potential in people and challenge them to do their best work. We embrace a culture of growth and learning to deliver on our vision and ours is a relentless quest for improvement.

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