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R&D Director in Barcelona


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60,000 - €70,000
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About The Position

We’re looking for a Director of Software Engineering to lead our growing R&D organization in Barcelona. Building a platform to support the entire global air freight industry is kind of a big deal and demands a kind of awesome technical and business leader. Particularly one that understands the challenges that come with building and owning v[1]-v[N] growing development teams, and still being incredible at Xbox.

WebCargo, part of the Freightos Group, digitizes global freight sales for over 1,400 of the world’s largest logistics providers and carriers. In other words, the phone, computer, tablet, or Discman you’re reading this on probably was imported using one of them (you’re welcome).

We’re part of the Freightos Group, a logistics technology company that’s raised nearly $100 million from investors like GE Ventures, the Singapore Exchange and Aleph, and have gotten the BBC, TechCrunch, and The Wall Street Journal excited about freight.

The perfect director has amazing experience designing, architecting and implementing technology in greenfield areas as well as scaling established pieces of the technology stack. In other words, help us build a beautiful tech stack and keep our already pretty stack running. The successful candidate must come from a software architect or developer background. We like professional LEGO builders but it’s just not enough.

The successful candidate should be able to manage people, process and products (and anything else you can think of that starts with the letter P). We expect the R&D Director (aka you) to be a strategic thinker, a role model that leads by example, an innovator, an actual owner, an effective coach and mentor, and a great communicator. Yes, we expect a lot.


Set standards (that actually get enforced!), deploy mechanisms (that actually get used!) and create processes (that are awesome!) to deliver highly available and performing systems with end to end ownership on all services and product lines. In other words, build a great team that works.

Develop technical leaders and managers until they’re good enough that headhunters try to steal them.

Recruit, develop, and retain software engineers to meet business growth needs while making sure that they say no to those head-hunters.

Create, sell and manage strategic plans with demonstrable results to grow the R&D organization and to deliver on the business goals.

Use data to make key decisions. Our average decision is made based on 6 data points (yes, we made that up).

Create a positive and transparent culture. The kind you’d want to work in.

Contribute to every part of the development and deployment cycle throughout the R&D organization.

A doer that finds creative ways to deliver quickly and to maximize the value of the team and organization efforts



Bachelor or Master’s degree in Computer Science or a related field. Not sure if Super Master is a thing but if it is, that works too.

3+ years of software engineering or software architecture; able to read, write and review code. In other words, you really like squiggly brackets.

5+ years of building teams and organizations and managing and developing software engineering managers.

Excellent Computer Science fundamentals, problem-solving, and knowledge of current technologies.

Good knowledge of PHP. Because it’s just that cool.

Outstandingly and incredibly excellent communication, self-organization, time management, and interpersonal skills.

Must be fluent in English with excellent reading, speaking and writing skills.

Must have a valid EU work permit

Preferred Qualifications:

Good knowledge of Google/AWS cloud infrastructure and platforms (load balancers, storage, databases, and information security)

Good knowledge of Javascript (React) and Java

Experience in building teams and products in a startup environment.

Knowledge of the freight industry.


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