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VP of Engineering | Platform tribe

Back Market

Back Market

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Software Engineering
Paris, France
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Back Market is the world’s leading refurbished electronics marketplace with a team of 650 people, powering operations in 21 countries (and counting!).

Named one of the World's Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2019 and again in 2021, our mission is simple: empowering people to consume tech sustainably by offering folks a high quality, accessible, and more eco-friendly alternative to buying new electronics. Why? Refurbished tech helps lower our collective environmental impact . We have indeed contributed to avoid the production of more than 1,000,000 tons of CO2e worldwide since our launch in 2014.

Be part of an exciting and growing international adventure that will change the way the world consumes tech.

Back Market is looking for a dynamic engineering leader to take our platform and our team to the next level as we prepare for our next level of growth.

As we embark on breaking down our monolith, modernizing our infrastructure, and building for the next 5+ years, this is a unique opportunity to define the very foundation of our technical strategy.

The VP of Platform Engineering reports to the CTO and is entrusted with owning and defining the technical vision for software infrastructure, cloud platform, tools and services used by all software developers to deliver daily value for Back Market and partnering with the product engineering leaders to deliver world-class software at scale.

This role will uplevel our capabilities and is crucial to getting Back Market through the next stage of growth.

We are looking for a highly skilled engineering leader to deliver a robust, reliable foundation that meets the changing needs of a scaling organization.

With a track record of influencing others including product and business leaders, and easily explaining the most technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders, the right candidate is adept at advocating for technical priorities, clearly communicating the business value of technical investments.

They partner with peers in product engineering to ensure the achievement of a cohesive technical vision.

To know more about our Bureau of Technology (BoT), composed today of about +300 people, you can consult:

A video of Dawn Baker, our CTO: https://urlz.fr/kyX6

Our company purpose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1z5CafhGbM

Our engineering blog: https://urlz.fr/kyX8

What you'll be doing:

  • Cloud platform ownership
  • Budget planning, ownership for SaaS, cloud, and software licenses
  • Developer tooling
  • Engineering KPIs - identification, improvement
  • Reliability tooling, associated processes
  • Vendor management
  • Technical strategy, vision and plan
  • Evangelizes best practices
  • Being a spokesperson for BackMarket, internally and externally
  • Developing ICs and managers in line with Back Market values
  • Owns and drives continuous improvement initiatives
  • Recruit top talent
  • Driving mutual accountability across organizations
  • Influencing peers and other leaders to realize the technical vision

You are in the right place if you:

  • Navigating ambiguity
  • Leading teams of 80+ engineers across cultures and geographies
  • Success with communicating with the C Suite
  • Proven track record of improving developer productivity
  • Budget/Cost management
  • Contract negotiationRecruiting and retaining diverse and top talent
  • Demonstrated success in mentorship
  • Driving collaboration cross-functionally
  • Ability to tie business objectives to technical vision
  • Leading large, business-critical projects with on-time delivery
  • Identifying ways to create leverage, both with people and technology
  • Demonstrated skill in anticipating trends, blockers, and building for the future


  • A meaningful job: you will help avoid thousands of tons of electronic waste and fight against planned obsolescence. It counts!
  • A meaningful company: we became a mission-driven company in January 2022.
  • Be part of a worldwide growing company based in Europe, the USA and Asia to face great challenges : you will have the freedom to innovate and adopt new ideas!
  • Work alongside passionate experts: who will share their knowledge and help you develop and grow in your career.
  • Grow your career: with a flexible career path and a dedicated Learning & Development team. Back Market will help you evolve with personalized internal trainings and external handpicked providers from day 1!
  • Leadership Academy by Back Market:“be a coach not a dictator” is at the core of this program ! We train and enable all our leaders to support their team towards achieving goals. Be a manager at Back Market is an unique experience we take by heart.
  • An attractive salary, equity and a host of benefits including : Lunch voucher, health insurance, relocation package, paid time off for activism in your community, parental benefits, flexible hours, etc…
  • One Loving Tribe: you will have the opportunity to work in a fast-paced, open-minded and friendly environment.
  • Be part of one of our Employee Resource Groups createdaround shared identities, common backgrounds and/or special interests crafted to be a safe space and an expressive outlet.
  • Several internal events: The Monday Brief (weekly)/ The Somehands (monthly)/ The All Hands (annual).
  • We’re here to SABOTAGE: It’s our mantra. It keeps us focused on what we aspire to be: a little bit sneaky, always smart, kinda frugal and constantly conspiring to create maximum impact.

Back Market is an Equal Opportunity Employer which means we pledge to not discriminate against employees based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.. If reasonable accommodations are needed for the interview process, please do not hesitate to discuss this with the Talent Acquisition Team.

Back Market is helping to address one of the biggest challenges of our time: climate change. We take this so seriously that we were awarded status as a “Société à Mission”, or company with a social mission, by the French government. We know we can’t tackle a global problem without a globally representative team so we are committed to embedding diversity, equity and inclusion principles in every aspect of our organization. But more importantly, being One Loving & Free Spirited Tribe is in our DNA as it is one of the five foundational values of our company since we got started way back in 2014. We are committed to hiring and supporting diverse teams of people from all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We know our lofty goals cannot be reached unless everyone has a seat at the table along with the resources and opportunity to grow.

This job is no longer accepting applications

See open jobs at Back Market.