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Founding Head of Engineering

Omnea

Omnea

Posted on Saturday, January 6, 2024

Founding Head of Engineering

London • £120k-£160k+ • ⇪ Substantial Equity

"If you've ever built a company you know Omnea is solving a critical pain point. This could be an entirely new category in enterprise SaaS.”

- Claire Hughes Johnson, Ex-COO, Stripe

Omnea named top 10 SaaS companies in the UK to watch 2022 by Beauhurst.

Mission

The way businesses buy stuff is completely broken. Whether it’s SaaS, hardware, or contractors, the average B2B purchase takes over 3 months, requires 50+ emails, and involves multiple different stakeholders (IT, Legal, InfoSec, Finance, etc.). No one likes the way it is and it’s slowing businesses down.

Omnea’s platform handles the entire purchasing process: giving employees an easy place to make requests (Intake), managing the necessary approvals for the purchase to be made (Approvals Engine), and automating all renewals management & supplier risk assessments. And Omnea gives finance & procurement leaders visibility into how money is being spent.

Given the current market downturn & increased focus on capital efficiency, there has never been a more vital time for businesses to use Omnea and get control of their spend. This is Spend Control 2.0 — built for tougher times.

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We are looking for an exceptional, product-minded engineering leader to be Omnea’s first Head of Engineering. You’ll lead the engineering org and bring us from low double-digit to 200+ enterprise customers, from 10 to tens of engineers, and through 10x revenue growth...all in the next 2-3 years! You will support us in driving the growth of our product, team, and company through each chapter as we go from ‘start-up’ to ‘scale-up’.

You’ll be joining us at the most exciting possible time — we raised an initial $5m from two tier 1 VCs and 30+ renowned founders & angel investors in summer 2022 and have since become one of Europe’s fasting growing SaaS businesses. We’ve built an incredible & passionate engineering team (who were all top performers at companies like Cazoo, Primer, Freetrade, etc.) and we’ve shipped our platform to many renowned & happy customers (Lookout, McAfee, Onfido, Typeform, Tractable, etc.), all whilst managing to stay lean & operate efficiently.

Now we’re ready to scale. This role is not for the faint-hearted and we are looking for the best engineering leader out there to help build Omnea into one of Europe’s leading tech businesses.

Ben Freeman

Co-Founder & CEO

What can you expect?

  • You’ll be the Founding Head of Engineering at one of Europe’s fastest growing early-stage companies reporting into our Founder CEO and working with an experienced team who have built businesses before & worked with the best investors and teams out there

  • You’ll own the execution of our product roadmap from initial scoping & estimations all the way through to committing to key development milestones with the team — you will ensure things are delivered on time and to the right level of quality

  • You’ll be product-minded and over time will become a sparring partner to the product team, sharing opinions & understanding customer needs

  • You’ll take over management of our existing engineering team, which is made up of 10 top performing, thoughtful, and product-minded engineers who are excited to learn from someone who’s scaled teams before

  • You’ll design the structure of the eng org as we scale, and will establish the right level of structure & process for each stage of Omnea’s growth

  • You will oversee the hiring & onboarding of new team members & maintaining our high bar for quality — we try to stay lean where we can and focus on quality > quantity

  • You’ll be the voice of engineering across the company, ensuring the eng org is well aligned to business goals. And you’ll ensure we’re a highly effective engineering company and that we follow best practices (eg. Continuous Delivery)

  • You’ll help to set our technical vision, fostering the right environment & team structures for healthy decision-making, and you’ll working closely with the team when building Omnea’s technical strategy

  • As a member of the leadership team, you’ll work closely with all areas of the business including our CEO & Head of Finance on company strategy and hiring plans, and our Product Lead (Ben Allen, our ‘CTO’ leads Product, not Eng) & Customer Lead to maintain a good understanding of how customers are using the product & what they want us to build. And of course you’ll get to know everyone across the business too as we’re a start-up!

Omnea’s vision is as exciting as it is challenging. This is an incredibly unique opportunity for ambitious engineers who want to have an outsized impact at the start of something big.

Ed Bishop

co-founder & CTO @ Tessian

Our backers

We are lucky to be supported by the two best VCs out there (one European, one US) and 20+ of the most renowned Founders of the last decade, who have invested an initial £4m to help us develop our core product.

Being part of the early Omnea team and going after this multi-billion dollar problem space is the ideal opportunity for anyone looking to get in at the very start of something huge.

Matt Robinson

Founder, GoCardless

Omnea is a long awaited disruption in a critical problem space. Their focus on quality product design and engineering, combined with a gigantic market opportunity, makes this an amazing career choice.

Guillermo Rauch

Founder and CEO, Vercel

Omnea is using some of the most cutting-edge tech in the market to build a scalable product while innovating at the speed their users want. Delighted to be partnering with them on their journey to solve a billion dollar problem!

Tanmai Gopal

Founder & CEO, Hasura

Omnea’s vision is as exciting as it is challenging. This is an incredibly unique opportunity for ambitious engineers who want to have an outsized impact at the start of something big.

Ed Bishop

Co-founder & CTO, Tessian

If you've ever built a company you know Omnea is solving a critical pain point. This could be an entirely new category in enterprise SaaS.

Claire Hughes Johnson

Ex-COO, Stripe

Being part of the early Omnea team and going after this multi-billion dollar problem space is the ideal opportunity for anyone looking to get in at the very start of something huge.

Matt Robinson

Founder, GoCardless

If you've ever built a company you know Omnea is solving a critical pain point. This could be an entirely new category in enterprise SaaS.

Claire Hughes Johnson

Ex-COO, Stripe

Omnea is a long awaited disruption in a critical problem space. Their focus on quality product design and engineering, combined with a gigantic market opportunity, makes this an amazing career choice.

Guillermo Rauch

Founder and CEO, Vercel

This is an incredible opportunity to learn how to scale a business & go on the journey of a lifetime. All under the guidance of someone who had to learn the hard way and succeeded. Omnea is building something very special.

Tim Sadler

Founder CEO, Tessian

About you

TL;DR: You have a constant focus on growth and will succeed at whatever you put your mind to. You’re intelligent & can work stuff out from first principles. You’re hard-working and willing to roll up your sleeves to do whatever. You’re entrepreneurial and will make an excellent future sales leader and/or founder.

  • You’ve managed a high performing team before for 4+ years, having been a great coach, mentor, and leader. You know that managing teams & building a business is tough but have a way of bringing out the best in people along the way
  • You’ve built exceptional teams before — hiring & onboarding amazing engineers, designing the org through scale, and setting the technical vision
  • You’ve worked in high calibre environments, alongside great people building great products. It’s likely you’ve been an engineering leader at another tech start-up / scale-up and now want to go on the journey of taking a team/business/product from early stage to scale
  • You had a strong track record as a senior IC before you grew into an eng leader. You’ve built full-stack web apps, having designed and implemented features from start to finish ideally using Typescript and AWS
  • You’ve built broad, complex, and secure systems before that needed to scale to tens of thousands of users (b2b SaaS experience is a big plus here)
  • You’ve thrived inhigh intensity environments before. You’re used to being held accountable for results, have proven that you have a ‘steady hand’ when leading, and you can instil confidence in your team and customers
  • You’re ambitious and committed to a really successful career. You know this requires hard work & some sacrifice but to you it’s all worth it, and you’re excited by the journey of building something. You’re willing to lead by example and put in what it takes
  • You’re a product-minded and business-minded engineering leader — you have thought through the lens of customers before, can link engineering outcomes to business goals, and can communicate effectively with non-technical leaders across the business

Nice to haves

  • You have experience building from the earliest stages onwards, whether that’s a company, engineering team, or a product. For example you may have built a team from 5-20+ engineers before, or a product from hundreds to thousands of users
  • You’ve been involved in other aspects of businesses or entrepreneurial endeavours — perhaps you’ve managed support, product ops, or customer teams before. More broadly, you have the ability and/or appetite to get stuck into anything that can drive Omnea forward
  • You’ve performed exceptionally at something else in the past, be it academics, sport, work etc. You have a track record of going above and beyond the norm

    Know anyone great? Refer them to us by emailing Claire at claire.w@omnea.co and we’ll pay you £10,000 once they pass probation!

    At Omnea, we embrace diversity. To build a product that's loved by everyone, we need a team with all sorts of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We encourage you to apply even if your experience doesn't quite match the full job spec! And regardless of your race, religion, colour, gender, or anything else! If you want to chat about Omnea & think you could be a good fit, please contact our Chief of Staff, Claire, at claire.w@omnea.co to arrange a call.

    Know anyone great? Refer them to us by emailing Claire at claire.w@omnea.co and we’ll pay you £10,000 once they pass probation!

    How we build

    • Iterate at speed. Our engineers ship code within their first 2 weeks so users can play with it straightaway!
    • Share early. Whether it’s a draft of a proposal, or the MVP of a customer facing feature. We are ok with putting stuff out there when it’s “70% done”.
    • Be multidisciplinary. There will be a good amount of context switching from day-to-day. A typical day might include anything from several hours of coding to a technical brainstorm or product design session. You’ll be working across the board on a bit of everything!
    • Collaborate with those around you. Being a high trust team allows us to work autonomously, but we remain collaborative to resolve the most challenging problems together.

      Technologies

      • Frontend: NextJS, React, Material UI, TypeScript.
      • Backend: Typescript, NodeJS, GraphQL, Hasura, Docker, Postgres, AWS CDK, NoSQL & SQL.
      It’s more important to have the right mindset and ability to resolve problems than your exact experience with certain languages and tools, so please don’t let that put you off applying — we often back hunger over experience.

      At Omnea, we embrace diversity. To build a product that's loved by everyone, we need a team with all sorts of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We encourage you to apply even if your experience doesn't quite match the full job spec! And regardless of your race, religion, colour, gender, or anything else! If you want to chat about Omnea & think you could be a good fit, please contact our Head of Finance & Ops, Claire, at claire.w@omnea.co to arrange a call.

      At Omnea, we embrace diversity. To build a product that's loved by everyone, we need a team with all sorts of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We encourage you to apply even if your experience doesn't quite match the full job spec! And regardless of your race, religion, colour, gender, or anything else! If you want to chat about Omnea & think you could be a good fit, please contact our Head of Finance & Ops, Claire, at claire.w@omnea.co to arrange a call.

      Transforming the way businesses purchase

      Omnea is supported by the two best VCs out there and 10+ of the most renowned Founders of the last decade, who have invested an initial $5m to help us develop our core product, helping how businesses streamline their purchasing processes.

      We are now building our ambitious team to go on this journey with us and build one of Europe’s fastest-growing start-ups! Join us on this adventure!

      "Being part of the early Omnea team and going after this multi-billion dollar problem space is the ideal opportunity for anyone looking to get in at the very start of something huge. Omnea has every ingredient necessary to build an entirely new category of enterprise SaaS."

      Matt Robinson

      Founder, GoCardless

      "Omnea is a long awaited disruption in a critical problem space. Their focus on quality product design and engineering, combined with a gigantic market opportunity, makes this an amazing career choice"

      Guillermo Rauch

      Founder & CEO, Vercel

      "Omnea is using some of the most cutting-edge tech in the market to build a scalable product while innovating at the speed their users want. Delighted to be partnering with them and proud to have them using Hasura, on their journey to disrupt and solve a billion dollar problem!"

      Tanmai Gopal

      Founder & CEO, Hasura

      "If you've ever built a company you know Omnea is solving a critical pain point. This could be an entirely new category in enterprise SaaS."

      Claire Hughes Johnson

      Ex-COO, Stripe

      "Omnea’s vision is as exciting as it is challenging. This is an incredibly unique opportunity for ambitious engineers who want to have an outsized impact at the start of something big"

      Ed Bishop

      Co-founder & CTO, Tessian
      “Somehow procurement has been left out of the last decade of innovation and we’re stuck with old systems and manual processes. Omnea will fix this and we’re lucky to be helping them.”
      Head of Procurement, Top 20 FinTech

      Our Team

      Ben Allen
      Co-Founder & CTO
      Ben Allen
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      Brian Azizi
      Tech Lead
      Brian Azizi
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      Ramon Balthazar
      Software Engineer
      Ramon Balthazar
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      Hannah Bernard-Bell
      Software Engineer
      Hannah Bernard-Bell
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      Ollie Brown
      Account Executive
      Ollie Brown
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      Ben Champion
      Commercial Associate
      Ben Champion
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      Anne Crabill
      Junior Commercial Associate
      Anne Crabill
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      India Derrick
      Software Engineer
      India Derrick
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      Ben Freeman
      Co-Founder & CEO
      Ben Freeman
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      Fraser Guillen
      Customer Lead
      Fraser Guillen
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      Becca Hallam
      Software Engineer
      Becca Hallam
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      Sam Kempner
      Commercial Lead
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      Jozef Kocur
      Product Design Lead
      Jozef Kocur
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      Rowan Kypreos
      Software Engineer
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      Maria Lavrentyeva
      Customer Ops
      Maria Lavrentyeva
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      George Nishimura
      Software Engineer
      George Nishimura
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      Dalyan Parker
      Software Engineer at Omnea
      Dalyan Parker
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      Rhys Patten
      Software Engineer
      Rhys Patten
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      Erfan Samieyan
      Software Engineer
      Erfan Samieyan
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      Harry Thompson
      Customer Lead
      Harry Thompson
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      Gavin Williams
      Software Engineer
      Gavin Williams
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      Claire Williams
      Head of Finance & Ops
      Claire Williams
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      Bea
      Chief of Fluff
      Bea
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      Omnea Life

      Omnea is made up of a small team in pursuit of one mighty goal; to help businesses thrive. Our journey has led us to guide some of Europe's fastest-growing start-ups, working with the best investors and bringing multiple products to the market.

      We understand that persistent progress needs a certain kind of mindset. One, that wants to define their career by personally having a direct, visible and meaningful impact on the industry. Nowadays it is easy to swap meaningful and exciting trajectories for elaborate company perks, such as free food and regular sponsored time working abroad.

      But at Omnea we want to give you both. All while our focus feeds a culture, where we give you autonomy over your area, create a diverse team with the best peers to learn from and help you work towards goals, that actually excite you.

      To ensure that Omnea feels like your business, we are giving early team members equity above the market rate.

      Here, we are building in a space that hasn't been disrupted in over 20 years. The opportunities we are creating for some of the most exciting companies out there are vast and of incredibly high quality. If this sounds like you, come and join the ride!

      Omnea Benefits

      We are carefully thinking about all things that foster a healthy, balanced and fun work-life balance. Although we might not always have the most advanced & out-there company perks, here at Omnea we want to ensure that the environment created and the benefits received contribute to your life in a meaningful way. We find that so many companies nowadays will prioritize fancy perks and work environments over actually taking care of their employees - we want to make sure employee wellbeing actually comes first.

      We are hoping you can help us shape the culture and promise to listen to the feedback of our team to expand this list.

      A top percentile compensation package - we give more equity than usual so that each team member has financial and emotional ownership over Omnea.
      Company-sponsored remote working opportunities - we'll go to nice places and work together remotely. And Omnea will sponsor it.
      Actually fun (!) company events and offsites! We have a rota so that everyone can choose what we will do (so far there have been strong tendencies towards nature and animals).
      A cool office in central London with snacks, drinks, games and regular dog visits.
      Private meditation coaching and other fantastic well-being support - our CEO has a pretty thorough mental well-being routine and as a company, we want to support and encourage people to develop their own. And Omnea will sponsor it.

      External referral scheme

      Know someone amazing? Refer them to us (email their name/contact infoand we’ll pay you £6,000 once they pass probation!🏦
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