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Startup CTO - AI/FinTech (Wise)

London, United Kingdom Studio - Engineering Full-time
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What is Project Wise?

Wise is a FinTech business and one of the newest projects to join our portfolio. With a vision built around a future where banks become traders of data, they are currently building a product that uses voice analytics and NLP to extract business-critical insights from voice communications. Led by a Morgan Stanley alumnus with a decade of experience in investment banking, the business has a solid and experienced team with great ambitions.

Role Description

As the first hire to join the CEO, you will be responsible for building our entire AI project platform from the ground up.  You will be our most senior technical decision maker - responsible for driving the infrastructural development of the business. You’ll collaborate directly with the CEO on product development, technical strategy, and lay the groundwork for the technology as it scales. You'll need to be someone who is willing to be completely hands-on during the product build, but also ready to lead a technical team in the future.
  • Build our data platform from scratch - take charge of platform development, and make key decisions on technical architecture
  • Oversight of all aspects of engineering including technical strategy, best practice implementation, and technology stacks 
  • Define technical support processes and ensure customer support for technical issues 
  • Deliver the MVP, enabling us to test, iterate and serve our early customers
  • Ensure the systems architecture and infrastructure is scalable and can support a large B2B platform 
  • As the company grows, you will eventually lead a team of engineers and react to changing commercial and partner requirements
  • Technical Requirements
  • Strong NLP and Speech Recognition understanding
  • Exceptional experience building a machine learning product, ideally for financial institutions 
  • Minimum of 7 years of industry experience OR have built at least 2 - 3 products
  • A track record of delivering well-engineered products that delight users
  • What we want from you
  • Able to deal with and keep motivated in uncertainty
  • Have a great passion for creative problem solving: able to take a step back and practice “first principles thinking” when necessary
  • Relentlessly resourceful in the face of potential limitations
  • Have exceptionally high standards in everything you do, big and small
  • Thrive in environments where you are given lots of responsibility and freedom
  • Able to put results before ego and to take criticism constructively
  • Benefits
  • A competitive salary + equity package that rewards you for joining us from the start of our journey 
  • Work with 100+ start-ups in one space at the Founders Factory HQ 
  • Catered lunches on Thursday and Friday, with wider network and knowledge sharing 
  • Unlimited breakfast, healthy snacks and variety of coffee and beverages