Head of Product Engineering


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FreeAgent is one of the leading online accounting platforms in the UK. Over 65,000 customers rely on FreeAgent every day to manage their business and keep on top of their company finances. We have great ambitions! We are committed to constantly improving the user experience while making our apps and services as secure, resilient and reliable as possible. Our app is already loved by thousands of freelancers, small business owners and accountants, and this role is a great opportunity to be a part of something that makes a real difference!

As Head of Product Engineering, you will be responsible for leading and coaching multiple product engineering teams and upholding high standards as we continually evolve our products in a way that delights our customers and welcomes more people to the platform. As a senior technical leader, you will balance work on technical strategy and execution with growing, building and leading an engaged, inclusive and high-performing engineering organisation.

Key responsibilities

  • Partner with Product and Design leaders to define and execute on our product strategy
  • Manage and coach product engineering managers and team leads
  • Support the team to get products to market easily and deliver improvements often
  • Define and uphold software development best practices, standards and guidelines by providing team members with regular feedback about performance
  • Work at a high level with the senior leadership team in Engineering and other leaders in the business to understand the long-term company vision and goals, and ensure that our engineering strategy is fully aligned
  • Work closely with engineers, product managers, designers, operations engineers and data scientists to ensure that short- and long-term systems designs, monitoring, roadblocks and priorities are clearly understood and operational excellence upheld
  • Provide context, support and guidance and foster an inclusive culture of continuous improvement as the team works towards the company objectives
  • Internal and external technical leadership and evangelism
  • Collaborate with the VP of Engineering and CTO on strategic people and budget planning
  • Lead the product engineering hiring process


  • You have a wide breadth of experience developing and operating commercial SaaS products at scale
  • You are passionate about building great products and solving customers problems
  • You embrace pragmatism and simplicity and have the ability to deliver products on time
  • You care about people development and management and are committed to building inclusive and diverse teams
  • You have experience leading large engineering organisations (30+ engineers)
  • You thrive in a collaborative environment but embrace accountability
  • You are curious and always open to learn from others
  • You demonstrate good business acumen and can comfortably interact with customers, partners and vendors
  • You keep up to date with management and technical industry best practices


Work environment

This is a full time permanent position, working from our stunning offices at Edinburgh Quay (convenient for Haymarket station and airport links), or you can work remotely elsewhere in the UK - in fact, 30% of our engineering team are fully remote. We encourage continual self-development and hold bi-annual company hack days. We work smarter, not harder, and try to have fun doing it!

We believe in a healthy work-life balance and we’re a sociable bunch so there’s always something happening outside of work too. In the office you’ll be provided with the best kit including top-of-the-line Apple computers and comfy Aeron chairs. We sit down together for catered lunches every Friday, and a selection drinks, cake and healthy snacks are available pretty much all the time. For more of an idea of what it's like to work at FreeAgent, click here.

Perks of the job

  • 33 days annual leave, including public holidays, increasing year on year
  • Family friendly policies
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Professional development and training
  • Contributory Pension
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Group Life Assurance
  • Income Protection
  • Cycle to Work scheme

Applying for the role

Our application process is simple; just upload your CV and write a short cover note explaining why you are interested in this opportunity. Our selection process involves a phone-screen and a visit to our beautiful Edinburgh office so you can meet and get to know the team. Don’t worry, we’re a nice bunch and we work hard to make the process as straight-forward, transparent and enjoyable as possible.

At FreeAgent, we recognise the power of a diverse team, and we encourage applications from individuals with varied experience, perspectives and backgrounds.

Don’t forget to tell us about why you think FreeAgent is the right place for you to make a difference. We look forward to hearing from you!

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