Development Team Lead

London, England, United Kingdom · Development


We're growing and looking to add a Development Team Lead to our London office. We’re looking for an experienced technical leader to support and grow our development team in London, while also continuing to be an individual contributor. Together we’ll build both great products and a great team.

As the leader of the development team, you’ll provide mentorship and support to 6-10 developers in London with one-on-ones and reviews. You'll also be working to grow the development team, our reputation in London, attracting great projects, and working inbound opportunities. You’ll work together with the rest of the thoughtbot London leadership team, and global thoughtbot leadership, to manage the business and success of the studio.


Alongside hands-on technical work, you'll be helping to support the London development team: working with team members on their professional development, hiring new people, and finding new projects. Along with the other Directors in London, you'll be responsible for profitability of the studio.

thoughtbot web developers are able to rapidly build high-quality web applications in Ruby on Rails or Elixir and Phoenix, fully test-driven. Qualified candidates have an excellent knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SQL, Unix, deployment, performance, debugging, refactoring, design patterns, and other programming practices. While Rails experience is a must, we're also rapidly expanding our work into other languages and frameworks.

Very well-qualified candidates will also have experience with consulting, and have a proven track record of attracting potential customers.


This is a full-time position with a competitive salary, paid time off, pension eligibility, and private health insurance.

Our team works in a relaxed and educational environment to develop excellent products for our clients. We work a sustainable pace of 40 hours/week, consulting for clients four days/week. We also like to learn. Everything we do is predicated on having a great team and a culture of growing. We use the latest technologies and are always down to try new methods on both internal and client projects.

We like to keep ourselves happy while we work. Our offices are fully stocked with everything from tasty snacks to neat little notebooks, and we organise quarterly social activities.


We consult for clients four days/week. On Fridays, we work to make ourselves, the company, and our community better by learning new tools and techniques, working on open source, blogging, creating new products, volunteering our time, and more.


We pay 100% of expenses when you speak at conferences and 50% of the cost for attendees. We also pay 50% of all expenses for job-related training.


We offer 24 vacation days and 8 holidays. For new parents, we offer additional paid leave on top of your statutory rights.

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