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Web3 Staff Software Engineering Manager (Digital Currencies)

Compensation: $63k - $150k *

Location: London

Staff Software Engineering Manager (Digital Currencies)

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At R3 you would be at the cutting edge of decentralized Digital Ledger Technology (DLT) technology. Corda is a distributed DLT platform designed for running complex workflows between businesses, with or without any centralized points of control. You will work on a digital ledger platform trusted by banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges, payment companies, and other highly demanding industries, while dealing with the interesting technical challenges that come with them.

Digital Currencies Team

You will join the R3 Digital Currencies team to build the next generation digital currency systems that integrate directly to the blockchain.
This is an exciting time in the digital currency space. As part of the Digital Currencies engineering team you can expect to work on truly unique Central Bank Digital Currencies (CDBC) as Central Banks the world over are preparing for this transformation. Our Digital Currencies work also encompasses cutting edge products such as tokenised cash and other types of digital assets (e.g. digital bonds/derivatives) etc. 

No team is an island - you will work with many others across the company, to help ensure we build the best possible products across the digital currencies, tokenised cash and digital asset DeFi ecosystem. You will have the opportunity to showcase your work and help influence your colleagues’ thinking.

About You

You’re a highly motivated, autonomous software engineering manager with experience in truly leading teams and having extensive experience working in software development/design/architecture. You’re excited to learn more and develop in this space as well as coach the teams to be customer’s shoes, build quality software in time and budget.

You have a strong grasp of Computer Science fundamentals, particularly in what it takes to build a secure, high quality, business critical system that supports extreme high volume transactions. You are curious and quick to learn about new technologies, and keen to build on your skills by learning on the job. You have an interest in distributed systems generally and DLT more specifically. A detailed knowledge of payments within the banking system along with digital currencies and tokenization would be advantageous.

Our software development is based on JVM languages, more specifically Java and Kotlin, but while advantageous, expertise in these languages is not an essential requirement. The important thing is that you have the software development expertise in some modern high level language and willing to learn what is required for the role.

We believe that customer experience, quality, security, developer experience, and operational experience are everyone’s responsibility, so you’ll be driven by a passion to ensure excellence in all of these.


    • Build a strong, empowering engineering culture that helps the engineers to see the big picture, empowering engineers to take decisions, take reasonable risk, fail fast, have learning culture. The role will be responsible for a very high impact small 5-7 member team.
    • Mentor developers in the team to become industry-leading engineers.
    • Undertake line management duties, depending on the requirements of the team.
    • Own the product. Build customer empathy while building the product. Work on design, processes, bring teams and customers in the journey. Be comfortable with ambiguity and seek to bring different stakeholders in the journey through clarification, build and show. Cross-collaborate with different cross-functional teams. 
    • Assist in estimating and planning complex engineering tasks.
    • Evaluate trade-offs between different implementations and technology choices.
    • Act as design authority - own design choices of software applications and work with the team to get inputs / feedbacks as well as to socialise the same to ensure fitness for the purpose, improve acceptance and implement the designs. Balance long term strategic design vs. tactical choices to have architecture runway.
    • Build holistic architecture / solution with different required facets.
    • Code review peers both within your team and in the wider organisation.
    • Liaise with the Release Manager to package and deliver software, while ensuring it meets complex security requirements such as deterministic builds.

Required Qualifications

    • Very strong programming competencies.
    • Strong understanding of Computer Science and engineering principles, most likely obtained through a combination of advanced academic study and significant professional experience.
    • Typically 9+ years' experience in an enterprise level environment.
    • Experience working with open requirements and limited guidance, identifying goals for yourself and bringing them to management to approve rather than having direction set for you.
    • Proven problem-solving skills and ability to work under pressure.
    • You may have possibly led a small or medium-sized team at some point in your career, but the role is also suitable for strong individual contributors who offer guidance and mentoring in a less formal way and want to step up in people management.

    • At R3, we encourage a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you don’t meet all of the above criteria, but you think you’d be a great addition to R3, send us your CV. We’re always interested in meeting collaborative people who are excited to work with us

Preferred Qualifications (would offer a significant advantage):

    • Kotlin or other JVM based language experience.
    • Hands on experience with digital currencies or digital tokenization of assets.
    • Domain knowledge in banking, particularly clearing / settlement / Forex
    • Experience working in the FinTech space (e.g. banking, PSP’s, SWIFT, DeFi, crypto etc.)
    • Additional skills such as DevOps, QA methodologies, Jira, Agile, distributed systems programming, design principles, system architecture, network communications (certificates, network protocols, ssl etc.)
    • Process driven mentality with flexibility to allow processes to evolve whilst keeping them lean and efficient
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Compensation: $63k - $150k *

Location: London

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