CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER (CTO) (M/F) in Zürich, Switzerland

Viu Eyewear



ABOUT VIU

VIU is a young and innovative eyewear label from Switzerland. We have set out to revolutionize the market for designer eyewear with our direct-to-consumer business model. Cutting out middle men we are able to combine highest quality with fair prices. VIU glasses are designed in Zurich and handmade in Italy and Japan. We offer a unique customer experience in more than 50 flagship stores across Switzerland, Germany, Austria, UK & Scandinavia as well as our online store. Our main office locations are Zurich and Munich.



THE JOB

We are looking for a CTO to create and execute a technology strategy that aligns with the VIU business vision & strategy. In doing so, the CTO will need to fully understand business requirements and capabilities and align technology principles, architecture, people and the organisational approach behind them. Do you want to bring in your ideas and entrepreneurial drive to help shape the success story of a young and growing company? Then we would love to hear from you!

Start: by agreement



YOUR TASKS

  • Take VIU from our monolithic legacy system towards our future, service-oriented architecture
  • Build and prioritise the right capabilities which the business needs, integrating best-of-breed external services where appropriate
  • Reinforce architecture principles of composable solutions through buy & integrate approach
  • Strengthen internal software development in areas where we can add real competitive advantage
  • Ensure a balance between operational value-add and high level strategic thinking - you need to have the ability and be excited about diving deep at times without losing the big picture
  • Further professionalize the VIU tech team across Software Engineering, Product Management, and IT Operations (including IT Support for our retail stores)
  • Grow a capable, well-organised, highly productive team of around 20-30 FTE (we are still in the process of hiring, and are currently about 20 FTE)



YOUR PROFILE

  • Experience as CTO or seasoned VP Engineering looking for a step up, in a dynamic and sizeable company
  • Background in e-commerce transformation and modernisation or transferable experience from consumer focussed technology
  • Proven track record of development experience across e-Commerce domains, such as PIM, Carts, Payments, Inventory Control, Marketing & Promotions, Pricing with ability to articulate best practice approaches and trends
  • Team leadership experience - leading and growing teams of at least 20+ FTE
  • Well founded opinions and passion for state-of-the-art e-commerce architecture, including containerised micro-services, headless systems, service oriented design, omni-channel customer interfaces and experiences
  • Experience or practical interest in our core technologies:
- Elixir / Pheonix /Erlang - GraphQL interfaces - Relational databases such as Postgres and MySQL
- Native iOS - Swift
- Vue.js and front-end development landscape
- AWS Lambda / serverless functions
- AWS native cloud services, like Aurora
- C.I. / C.D pipelines and test automation
  • Knowledge of cross-border and international market concerns across e-commerce domains and data governance
  • Master Data Management and broad data architectures covering transactional systems, reporting and analytics
  • Experience in connecting business and tech vision and building efficient structures and communication processes to support alignment and shared understanding
  • Entrepreneurial hands-on, pragmatic and operationally minded CTO type who can add value on different levels of the Tech and VIU organization
  • Analytical mindset and business acumen - able to make smart and business supportive choices, enabling the business to scale successfully
  • Experience in IT Services & physical retail is a plus
  • Fluent in English, German is an advantage






WHAT TO EXPECT FROM VIU

  • Open and dynamic culture with flat hierarchies and zero red tape
  • Exciting development opportunities in a rapidly growing international start-up
  • Competitive compensation package (incl. equity participation)
  • We make sure to create a joyful environment, celebrate success, and support each other in times of need
  • 5 weeks of vacation with options of unpaid vacation/sabbaticals



Join the designer eyewear revolution and send in your application!

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