Chief Technology Officer (CTO) - Tracr

CTO - Blockchain
London

Tracr™ is an innovative, industry-focused blockchain traceability platform developed for the diamond industry by market leader De Beers with support from corporate investment and incubation firm BCG Digital Ventures. Tracr is the first blockchain use case that can securely track a diamond across the diamond value chain – from mine to cutter and polisher through to the jeweler. It uses a unique cutting-edge privacy technology that allows users to own their data and share it selectively, while still ensuring immutable traceability. The platform also creates opportunities for its users and third-party developers to build applications.  

The pilot project launched in January 2018, following a successful proof-of-concept trial, and is on track for a full launch later this year.    

Tracr is an exciting and innovative platform that is setting the standard for blockchain traceability solutions and is on the lookout for bright people to join its commercial and product development teams.  

For more information visit www.tracr.com
 
This role is a unique opportunity to work with both diamond industry experts and leaders in venture building. As one of the early employees in this new initiative, you will have the opportunity to take an active role in strategic decisions and the overall direction of the initiative.
 
Career Opportunity
 
The CTO will explore a variety of Blockchain technologies and lead the development of leading edge crypto systems as well as building and leading a team of engineers to deliver complex platform engineering solutions. The role is a mix of hands on engineering and architecture, as well as man management and strategy setting.

Responsibilities

  • Develop architecture and technology design of application modules including solution apps and platforms 
  • Hands-on development of one or more modules of a product/solution and peer review of team member’s code 
  • Own sprint planning and manage the releases for assigned modules 
  • Accountable for design and code deliverables for the assigned modules across sprints 
  • Provide hands-on technology leadership to the team 
  • Build technical strategy, technology blueprint, hiring and define tech stack best practices 
  • Define and manage the technology landscape and blueprint for defined module scope working closely with other lead engineers
  • Ensure consistent best practices, processes, and procedures for software development, quality assurance, and maintenance 
  • Work closely with the leadership team to identify risks, opportunities 

Requirements

  • Sustained platform engineering experience, including integration with third party products or deep Supply Chain technology experience
  • Built and led engineering teams of 10-15
  • Sustained experience working on large software products as a senior/lead member of engineering team at startups/SMEs/spin offs
  • Systems Engineering experience and has worked on diverse computing protocols, high performance systems, and distributed technologies 
  • Worked on a diverse set of full stack technologies including experience with web, scripting and low level system coding 
  • Worked with RDBMS/NoSQL databases and have good understanding of distributed storage technologies 
  • Experience with building systems based on messaging, RESTful APIs and different types of symmetric and asymmetric encryption methods 
  • Thrive on learning new technologies, don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions and adapt easily to meet the needs of massive growth and rapidly evolving business environment 
  • Highly detail oriented and well organized. Strong analytical and problem solving skills BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related subject 

Desired

  • Strong programming skills in Python and/or C++
  • Blockchain or Smart Contracts experience
  • Comfortable with differing levels of stakeholder management
  • Familiar with contract oriented scripting languages like Solidity 
  • Component level understanding of security protocol stacks and crypto libraries and functions 
  • Experience working with diverse consensus methods
  • Hands on experience with front end development using frameworks like Angular, React, Bootstrap 
  • R&D background
  • Experience with bleeding edge technology
  • Start up experience highly desired
  • Solution Architecture and Integration background


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