Head of Software Development

Kara Connect 11. Nov 2022 Fullt starf

TalentHub is proudly recruiting on behalf of Kara Connect who are looking for a Head of Software Development.

Kara Connect is a leading mental health and well-being platform. We provide a suite of services for organisations which enable their employees to access support and well-being services including coaching, counselling and therapy, tailored to their individual requirements. Our purpose is to enable everybody to access the help they need.

We are a well-funded start-up building a diverse team of driven, creative, and passionate individuals to join us on our mission to become the world’s leading well-being platform. As part of this journey, we are building a leading-edge technical product and are looking for an ambitious Head of Development to drive the platform over the coming years.

This is an exciting role, in which you will lead a talented team of developers and work alongside senior stakeholders to deliver our shared product roadmap and vision for Kara Connect. We are in a fast growth scaling phase, and this role will be key to help build out our platform and technology team.

You will have a deep understanding of the software development lifecycle and play a fundamental role in developing easy to use applications for our customers and to ensure the optimum user journeys. You will have a terrific opportunity to shape and define the overall technology function.

This is a leadership position, though one which will require you to roll up your sleeves and tackle certain issues yourself. So, you will need to thrive in a high velocity environment, have a flair for leading people, and have a tolerance for ambiguity due to our early stage. It promises to be a fun, exhilarating and inspirational experience.

Responsibilities will include:

● Lead the development and implementation of high-quality, scalable, secure software solutions

● Work collaboratively with Head of Product and other stakeholders to deliver a market leading well-being platform for Kara Connect

● Take a lead on strengthening the technical architecture, and ensure it will enable our growth

● Refine and enhance existing agile/lean processes and methodologies to ensure stability, performance, and continuous improvement

● Provide technical leadership and mentoring to Development and QA team members who are based onsite and remotely

● Work with project team to meet agreed deadlines, while addressing emerging issues and recommending solutions

● Oversee the technical architecture and ensure the platform is continually fit for purpose and future-proofed. Maintain security compliance with agreed standards (e.g. ISO 27001)

● Fostering the development of diverse teams and an inclusive culture


● High levels of proficiency in software development ideally developing SaaS solutions and in an agile, product led environment

● A strong engineer with experience leading small teams

● Strong technical skills and familiarity with Python and JavaScript as well as database technologies such as MySQL

● Prior experience of working with CI/CD processes

● Strong understanding of technical architectures and experienced in Cloud Technologies (preferably AWS)

● Experience of working in a data-driven environment

● Capable of improving established processes, and of successfully challenging norms

● Great communicator who can synthesize complex topics, and is able to successfully communicate with diverse stakeholders

● Strong leadership skills and a track record of coaching and managing your team

● Self-starter with a tolerance for ambiguity combined with an ability to take direction

● Ability to work with remote teams and colleagues

● Experience of high growth SaaS and/ or Health Tech are desirable

What’s in it for you?

● The opportunity to work in a mission-driven organisation dedicated to enabling everybody to access the help they need

● Competitive remuneration with upside potential

● Comprehensive benefits package

● Access to company share option plan

● Access to coaches and therapists through the Kara Connect wellness hub

● Learning culture and unlimited career growth opportunity

To make things happen:

If this sounds like an exciting opportunity, please contact me for a confidential chat, geri@talenthub.ie if you don’t have a CV ready, no problem I’d still love to hear from you.

More about Kara Connect

Kara Connect is a leading health and well-being platform which connects employees with coaches, counsellors and therapists. It provides a suite of solutions for organisations enabling their employees to access support and well-being services tailored to their individual requirements. For well-being professionals, Kara provides a solution to seamlessly and securely connect with employees.

To learn more about our mission to become the world’s leading well-being platform please visit www.karaconnect.com

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Please contact me for a confidential chat, geri@talenthub.ie if you don’t have a CV ready, no problem I’d still love to hear from you.