Engineering Lead (Frontend Team Lead)

  • Tokyo
  • Partial Remote
  • Full-time
  • March 11, 2024
Apply from Japan Only
No relocation to Japan
(No visa sponsorship from overseas)
Language Requirements
Japanese: Not Required πŸ‘
English: Fluent
Minimum Experience
Senior or above

What will you be doing?

Members of the Kraken Tech team need to be shining examples of the Octopus Way and believe in decision making based on simplicity, customer benefit, and efficiency. We are excited about how Kraken can change the lives of customers and operations teams in other companies and convinced that Kraken is the best answer, not only for companies, but as a tool to tackle the climate crisis.

We are fundamentally changing the way that energy companies work. We put customer happiness and cost competitiveness first with great people, technology and ways of working.

We are looking for a strong Engineering Lead that can help build our communications products within Kraken. You will help us to solve complex problems with great products that make it easy for our clients to communicate to their customers through various channels: email, telephone, text messaging, WhatsApp, LINE, and others.

Our ideal Engineering Lead is an individual who loves to engage with people to solve interesting software problems. They are well versed in front-end development, with some full-stack experience. As a Engineering Lead, you will oversee a frontend development team and be accountable for delivery of features, technical quality of code pushed to production, and stewardship of the products your team is responsible for. We operate a lean organization with a highly agile development approach and you'll manage a team of frontend software engineers, ensuring they’re happy, productive, and grow in line with their career aspirations.


What you'll do

  • Lead a team of frontend developers to deliver valuable features to our customers.
  • Motivate the team. Cultivate a transparent and supportive environment where they can ask questions and raise concerns.
  • Design, build, and maintain high performing and reliable code for Kraken’s communications products.
  • Drive decisions that help the team and products continually thrive. Strive to find simple, elegant solutions.
  • Be a hands-on contributor.
  • Coach and mentor engineers via pairing, design review, and code review.
  • Provides constructive feedback to team members to support their growth.
  • Collaborate regularly with colleagues with various specialities.
  • Get the team to focus on the highest-impact work.
  • Delight our customers and colleagues.


What you'll have

  • Proven experience in Typescript, Node.js, React, and GraphQL.
  • Proven experience leading and line managing high-performing teams.
  • Proven ability to perform well in a fast-paced, collaborative, agile environment.
  • A drive to support individuals’ needs for career growth.
  • An empathetic approach to delegation and collaboration.
  • Excellent analytical and multitasking skills.
  • Excellent communication, motivational, and interpersonal skills with ability to collaborate effectively across functions (product, design, data science, etc.).


Handy, but not essential

  • Experience developing APIs.
  • Experience developing data models with relational databases.
  • Experience configuring CI/CD pipelines.
  • Experience configuring distributed systems on AWS.


We’re at the forefront of innovation in the energy industry and we have succeeded because of our people. Those people are:

  • Passionate about leading, motivating and developing others.
  • Passionate about helping customers (without them, we don’t exist).
  • Passionate about technology.
  • Committed to sustainability (we are all about speeding up the shift to a more sustainable world).
  • Open minded, flexible and adaptable.
  • Confident decision makers.
  • Supportive.
  • Approachable.
  • Inclusive.
  • Resilient under pressure.


Our Stack:

  • TypeScript
  • React
  • GraphQL
  • Styled Components
  • Jest & React Testing Library
  • Playwright
  • Storybook
  • XState
  • CircleCI
  • Python Django (on the backend)


What You'll Love About Us

  • Our company culture - we won best company to work for in 2019 and our CEO, Greg has recorded a podcast about our culture and how we empower our people   
  • Flexible working environment - genuine work life balance here, we are in the top 5 companies in the UK, we treat you as a human, and do our best to make work and life merge smoothly together 
  • Relaxation - we don’t count your holidays here, we work hard, and so we know you need to play hard as well (within reason of course) 
  • Equity Options Scheme - you own your own part of the business, share options in the whole Octopus Energy Group so we all work together towards success 
  • Office culture - have a certain tech requirement? We’ll do our best to get it. Our offices are also stocked with fruit, breakfast, great coffee and soft drinks. Weekly on a Friday we all get together (this happens virtually too) for company updates and drinks - we call it Family Dinner 
  • Your development is important - we support and help with development including internal and external courses, learning, study support etc, all bespoke to you 

Part of the UK-based Octopus Energy Group, Kraken Technologies is driving the global green energy revolution through transformational Energy-Tech. We invented, designed and built Kraken to ensure that we had the most innovative, data-centric and customer-focused technology to support our top-class customer service. Kraken Technologies now delivers transformational Energy-Tech to businesses around the world to make the global transition to green energy quicker and more affordable.

We’re now licensing Kraken Technology to businesses globally. You can read about our partnership with E.ON as an example to see how Kraken is evolving our business. You can learn more about how the migration works in practice here. Our aim is to have 100 million customers on the Kraken Platform by the year 2030. We also recently secured over Β£500 million of investment from Origin, Australia's largest Energy Company. Our group includes Octopus Energy, Octopus for Business, Kraken Technology, Octopus Electric Vehicles and Octopus Energy Services as well as our new net zero Centre - Octopus Centre for Net Zero.

Now with recently announced investment worth ca. Β₯20 billion from Tokyo Gas, Octopus Energy will be entering Japan market to help us continue our mission. We are looking to recruit start-up members of our Japanese operations to build more tech to make energy in Japan greener and increase our investment in service and growth in Japan and Globally. Hear from Wendy, one of our Engineers here.

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