Head of Engineering

Job description

Are you a Tech Leader looking to make an impact? At Castor, one of the most disruptive healthtech companies, with a top rated SaaS platform, we're looking for a Head of Engineering to join the team!

Who is Castor?

Castor is one of the fastest growing healthtech startups. Our mission is to bring medical research into the digital age. Why? Because medical research is still largely run using free-text, paper and spreadsheets. By enabling our users to capture high quality data and making it machine readable, we are fundamentally changing the broken evidence based medicine process. You’ve found yourself a company with a true purpose. Learn more at castoredc.com and on our Life at Castor instagram channel.

The opportunity

Castor has reached a critical junction on our journey to bring lasting change to medical research. Running over 4000 studies, including 200 on COVID-19, and our meteoric growth in commercial research, it’s now time to ensure we are prepared for the road ahead.

This comes with the proactive decision for change, as our CTO transfers into the role of Principal Innovation Engineer, reporting directly into our new Head of Engineering. This new structure will allow you to take ownership of our engineering organisation, including our product's technical roadmap and technical practices.

An integral part of Castor’s Senior Leadership Team, you’ll work closely with our Head of Product and report directly to our CEO, being the coach and voice of our Engineering team.

Our Engineering team

Working on our platform are 15 ‘Castorians’ organized into Product teams, a Platform Team and a Design Systems team. How would we describe the team? Vibrant, purpose-driven and internationally hailing - with 10+ nationalities.

Our diverse team of engineers iteratively develop our cloud-based, multi-tenant, web applications. On what stack? Each product has a Javascript frontend and a PHP, MariaDB, backend.

What you’ll do

You’ll manage and develop Castor’s engineering practices. How? By growing and mentoring our tech team, nurturing a resilient culture and shaping our architecture and engineering practices which support our ambitions as a global player in healthtech. You’ll also:

  • Proudly own and champion Castor’s technical strategy, ensuring high value technical decisions
  • Collaborate on Castor’s roadmap to ensure team wide understanding and efficient delivery
  • Guide the team through feature builds, automated tests and refactoring code
  • Ensuring an optimal and on-going collaboration between engineering and product

What you’ll bring

As an experienced leader, you’ll truly live our core values, championing our purpose and supporting our global impact on medical research. You’ll thrive by guiding teams to achieve a state of flow and be comfortable challenging the leadership on key topics. You also:

  • Know how to run and deliver B2B, web-based, software solutions
  • Experience or understanding of a broad tech stack and good technical depth
  • Knowledge and ability to scale web-applications in the cloud in a secure and reliable manner
  • Understand and advocate for strong collaboration with Product teams
  • Bring the adaptability and energy to support an ever-changing and dynamic startup

What you’ll get

At Castor we truly live and breathe our core value, believing we can 'achieve anything with a healthy and happy team.' With this in mind, we offer the following benefits:

  • Moving to The Netherlands? We support VISA applications, 30% rulings and a relocation bonus!
  • Awesome new office near Amsterdam Amstelstation - the Castor Burrow!
  • A competitive salary plus a guaranteed annual ‘happy holiday’ bonus
  • A rewarding allocation in our Employee Stock Option Plan
  • 30 days annual leave (plus national holidays)
  • Interested in ‘lifelong learning’? You’ll love using our development and training budget
  • We love good food! So, we provide lunch and healthy snacks in the office every day
  • Want to keep your PJs on? Then work from home one day each week!
  • Flexible approach to working - nobody is tracking your time except you.
  • A new MacBook or Dell laptop, we’re a tech start-up after all ;)
  • Like to feel zen? Join daily meditation, in our very own office ‘yoga room’
  • How do we care about your wellbeing outside of work? A company subscription to Calm
  • Grow together as a team during our annual company retreat


Want to know more? Check out the detailed role profile for some further insights or apply now!