Vice President Engineering
HousingAnywhere is Europe’s largest mid-term rental platform. With Kamernet and Studapart under its umbrella, it represents three fast-growing brands with over 30 million yearly unique visitors combined, 160,000+ properties available for rent and 100,000+ tenants securing their new homes, based on the 2022 performance. HousingAnywhere serves young professionals and students, primarily aged between 18 and 35, connecting them with accommodation providers. Through its advanced technology platform, tenants rent accommodation for 3 to 12 months outside of their country of origin. Headquartered in Rotterdam, HousingAnywhere operates in most European cities and recently expanded to key cities in the US, establishing a presence in over 125 cities. Driven by the mission to enable people to live wherever and however they choose, thanks to a flexible renting experience, the technology scale-up employs 340 professionals globally.
Rent Easy, Live Free.
We are empowering people to live wherever and however they choose. To find comfort and peace of mind on the other side of the world or the other side of town. All while feeling confident and totally at ease, whatever their adventure might involve. We are doing it by creating a new standard of renting. Safe. Harmonious. More options. Less hassle. With the help of our trusted networks of landlords and partners.
- We are Enablers
- We are Changemakers
- We are Connectors
Development comprises cross-functional teams from three functional departments: UX, Product and Engineering. The VP of Engineering leads the Engineering department made of more than 50 Engineers with different specialities: Product Engineers, Cloud Infrastructure Engineers, Data Scientists, Data Engineers, Analytics Engineers, Security Engineers, QA Engineers and Engineering Managers.
HousingAnywhere Group develops and maintains three products: HousingAnywere, Kamernet and Studapart. As HousingAnywhere acquired Studapart and Kamernet in the past years, each product has its stack and platform, with HousingAnywhere becoming the central, unified platform for the three of them as we continue to integrate.
The stack we use is the following:
- HousingAnywhere: React, Typescript, Go, Node, Postgres, Redis, Kubernetes, GCP.
Kamernet: .NET, React, Node, GCP.Studapart: PHP, Laravel, MySQL.
Snowflake, Stitch, GCP Composer, Tableau, and Cube mainly power our data platform.
Technical Leadership: You steer the technical direction of the company by formulating and maintaining an innovative technical strategy and roadmap that aligns with long-term business objectives. Whether personally serving as a systems architect or delegating responsibilities, you ensure clear communication of expectations and progress to Engineering Team Leads and team members, ensuring everyone is aligned with the company's forward-looking vision. You take accountabilities for the technical decisions and direction of the key strategic projects.
Engineering Execution: You oversee and manage the Engineering teams to deliver effectively within the defined technical roadmap. You establish clear metrics and processes for monitoring productivity, quality, and delivery. When needed, you lead strategic initiatives to enhance the team's efficiency, ensuring the health, security, and operational excellence of the systems of HousingAnywhere.
Integration and Unification Strategy: You are responsible for shaping and driving the technical strategy for the seamless integration of Studapart and Kamernet into the unified HousingAnywhere platform, while also ensuring scalability and adaptability for future acquisitions. This role demands meticulous planning, coordination, and execution, not only aligning with but enhancing the overall technical roadmap and business objectives. Your leadership is crucial in managing the complexities of integrating diverse systems and teams, ensuring a consistent and efficient user experience across the unified platform and future acquisitions.
Organisational Planning and Staffing: You actively shape and adjust the organisational structure, in collaboration with the VP of Product and Director of UX, to meet overarching goals. Collaborating closely with key stakeholders you lead the creation of a comprehensive Hiring Plan for your department that aligns with the company's strategic objectives.
Collaboration and Stakeholder Management: You build an open and collaborative work environment based on our core values. You manage inter-dependencies not only within the Engineering team but also foster collaboration between departments ensuring a cohesive approach towards the company's objectives. You lead Product Development in collaboration with the VP of Product and Director of UX.
Performance and Career Management: You set and apply an approach to performance and career management for your department. You cultivate an environment where Engineering Leaders and team members receive the necessary mentorship and coaching for their professional growth and development.
Budget Management: You act as the budget owner of the Engineering team's budget. you oversee financial aspects encompassing personnel, tool licensing, SAAS adoption, and cloud hosting costs. You plan for future needs by leading buy vs build decisions, and managing the relationship with key partnerships with providers of hosting and other core services we use in our platform.
- More than 10 years of experience in tech companies building and evolving distributed systems and engineering and mid-size engineering organisations. At least 3 years of experience in a senior manager role (Director or above).
- Background focused on software engineering, with a strong understanding of data engineering and cloud engineering.
- Strong communicator, both verbally and in writing in English. French is a plus.
- Proven experience in setting a technical strategy from business goals and aligning multiple teams with them.
- A strong leader, able to inspire, motivate and coach internal team members, as well as promote the organisation externally and in public.
- Strong Product Mindset that balances commercial needs with a great user experience.
What’s in it for you
- Diverse international community (46+ nationalities).
- Hybrid working policy.
- Unlimited paid holidays, minimum-based not maximum.
- 1,000 EUR personal development budget.
- Competitive cash compensation and equity as part of your total compensation package.
- Complete coverage for commuting.
- Personal equipment, including laptop and ergonomic setup.
- Relocation support & 30% ruling application assistance.
- Gym membership discount with GoVital or OneFit.
- Variable pension scheme.
- Dutch/English classes budget.
- Fun team-building and after-work drinks every Friday.
If you have further questions, please email