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Head of Platform Engineering

Creative Fabrica

Creative Fabrica

Software Engineering
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

We're Creative Fabrica, a fast scaling tech start-up from Amsterdam.

Our mission

Enable creativity by giving access to everything related to the creative process: inspiration, learning, creating and sharing. The ‘Creative Inspiration Flywheel’

This creates a self-sustaining community that lives within the Creative Fabrica ecosystem.

About the platform

We launched in 2016 as a marketplace for fonts with a subscription service. In the last 8 years we have been through tremendous growth, and we're just getting started!

We have scaled to 40 million+ monthly page views, over 20 million listed products and 20000+ active designers.

Our focus is to create a platform for designers that enables them to offer exceptional high-quality content. We make their products searchable in unique ways. This allows our customers to speed up their workflow, allowing them to focus on what they love most: Creating.

About the Team

The Platform teams are focused on the Creative Fabrica infrastructure and foundational software components. That includes SRE and dev experience, core domain services (foundational entities like identity management, authentication, authorization, sessions management, etc), and the content domain (management of lifecycle of all content items in the system). This is the foundation used by multiple feature teams at CF to build the end-user facing functionality and accelerate value delivery.


About the Role

Given our current coverage and rapid growth, it is essential to ensure high-talent staffing and expertise to build an effective platform engineering team. Our infrastructure and backend domain services must scale with the company's growth and be prepared for future challenges. To achieve this, we need a strong Head of Platform Engineering with experience in building large-scale backend systems who can navigate the complexities of scaling our infrastructure. This role involves defining and driving strategy and major goals, building and leading the platform engineering team to ensure the reliability, scalability, and performance of our platform. The Head of Platform will join the senior engineering leadership team and work closely with the CTO to foster strong collaboration, drive productivity, and implement best SRE and software architecture practices across engineering.

Experience:

  • 5+ years in an engineering director or head of platform engineering role in software product companies, with a strong preference for SaaS.

  • 10+ years of experience operating and supporting a high-volume, high-performance, cloud-based distributed computing environment.

  • Proven track record in building, scaling and inspiring dynamic engineering teams of 20+ people.

  • Experience with leading foundational core domain services on the backend, such as user repository, authentication and sessions management, authorization, resource and content management, licensing, payments etc.

  • Understanding principles of running an internal platform - (infra at scale, software layering, how to build as a service)

  • Experience with defining, embedding and leading engineering-wide SRE practices and processes, including ownership over production stability, availability, support, performance, and security.

Technical Skills:

  • Experience in modern distributed web service-based architecture.

  • Good understanding of Cloud Native architectures, approaches, and cost optimization, with a focus on AWS.

  • Ability to develop and enforce on-call policies, logging, and reporting business metrics.

  • Understanding software architecture and trade-offs

Desired Mindset

  • Passionate about backend engineering and building large-scale systems.

  • Strategic thinker with a platform-oriented mindset, committed to continuous improvement and operational excellence.

  • Collaborative and open to working with cross-functional teams to achieve common goals and to enable others with the necessary tools and infrastructure for success.

  • Hold yourself and others to high-quality standards and help people meet that level.

  • Proactive in seeking feedback and kind in giving it.

Example Profiles

  • Individuals who have successfully led backend engineering efforts in large-scale enterprise environments.

  • Leaders with a proven track record in building and scaling engineering teams, particularly in SaaS or B2B/B2C2B companies.

  • Professionals with a strong background in cloud services, particularly AWS, and a focus on cost optimization and efficiency.

Let us take care of you.

  • Competitive Compensation: We believe that hard work, skills, and ambition should be fairly compensated.
  • Top-Notch Tools and Gear: You'll be equipped with everything you need: a top-of-the-line laptop, the latest collaboration tools, and stylish accessories to match.
  • Awesome Office: Based in a beautiful office in the center, working here means delicious lunches cooked by our very own chefs, plus access to our own CF library to keep the learning going.
  • And a great team: We work hard and have fun together. On Fridays, we kick off the weekend together at the local bar, but there's more; we regularly organize events and company trips, creating opportunities to bond and build meaningful connections

Is this you?

Get in touch! We'd love to speak to you.

You can apply by clicking the "Apply now" button.

Creative Fabrica is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.