Location: London, UK
With our Series A funding secured, Ably is looking for a leader to scale all of engineering for our globally distributed, fault tolerant, and highly available realtime messaging platform.
Working at Ably means helping to build the infrastructure that will power and shape the future of the internet. We enable things like HubSpot’s chat and collaboration products, live scores for millions of Australian Open tennis fans, and real time transit updates for three million Chicagoans. Engineers at some of the largest companies in the world choose Ably because, when it comes down to it, we’re the only platform that dependably delivers on the most demanding realtime requirements at global, production scale.
The opportunity in front of us is immense. Our mission is to become the definitive realtime infrastructure of the internet while powering and accelerating the emerging ecosystem. We’re on track. Today we deliver billions of realtime messages to more than 50 million people across web, mobile, and IoT platforms. But we can’t rest yet. In five years we want to reach one billion people everyday.
We’ve got some hard technical and business challenges ahead of us. We know that. But we believe the greatest rewards lie on the hardest paths. We’re looking for an engineering leader that will be instrumental in driving Ably’s product vision and will hire, develop, and guide our engineering team as we work toward our mission.
Who you’ll work with and what you’ll do
Ably’s engineering team is deeply technical, collectively bringing a wealth of experience and broad technology skills across infrastructure, security, distributed systems, and much more. The calibre of the code we produce is what excites and motivates us each day. If you enjoy solving hard distributed system problems that are mostly platform agnostic and theoretical in nature, then you'll love working at Ably.
You’ll work directly with the founders of Ably: our CEO Matthew O’Riordan and CTO Paddy Byers. They started Ably because they were unable to find a realtime solution that provided adequate guarantees for performance without compromising on data integrity or reliability. They’d found a hard problem to solve, and so they solved it. They architected and built Ably around Four Pillars of Dependability: performance, reliability, availability, and integrity. This is what sets us apart.
Matthew has been a programmer for over 20 years and first started working on commercial internet projects in the mid 90s, when Internet Explorer 3 and Netscape were still battling it out. He’s previously founded and successfully exited from two tech businesses.
Paddy is a security and realtime specialist with over 20 years experience architecting systems, developing new technologies, and setting industry standards. He’s done some serious stuff. He was CTO for eight years of Tao Group, creators of the intent virtual OS, and the first full Java VM for mobile, where he worked to set new standards in mobile operating systems. He holds a degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Theoretical Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.
You will be successful if you:
Nice to have skills and experience:
What’s it like to work at Ably?
Ably is entering a new phase of growth led by an experienced senior team from the likes of Econsultancy and ThoughtWorks. You’ll be part of a successful, highly motivated, and extremely collaborative team. To provide the infrastructure required for the next generation of the internet, to tell the world about it, and to support everyone inside Ably to do so we hire people who are ready and capable of taking on challenging problems in a high-growth environment. We want to work in a company of inclusive people who treat each other well. We’re building a company with a diverse set of people who value:
What's in it for you?
Ably has a culture that values employee freedom and responsibility. Apply to talk to us to see if this role on an impactful and collaborative team is right for you.