Software manager at indoor farming startup


Role description:

As the software manager at LettUs Grow, you will report directly to our CTO. In your role, you will be responsible for managing the LettUs Grow software team.

You can expect to be delegated responsibility at an early stage and will have a real opportunity to progress quickly as the company scales. This role is ideal for a diligent, personable applicant who is keen to grow with an impact-led startup.

We look forward to welcoming you to our diverse team of horticulturists, growers, engineers, marketers and operational experts, to design and build the next generation of indoor farming technology together.

Salary band: £31,500 - £54,000 dependent upon experience

Your responsibilities:

Mentor and manage the software team on personal and professional development (OKRs, processes, projects, needs and concerns)

Report on project progress to the CTO and wider company

Interface with other team leaders across the breadth of LettUs Grow to maintain alignment of objectives

Develop roadmaps as the company scales

Plan resource requirements

Recruit your software development team

Bring experience to evolve the software development practices as the team grows

Who are you?

As you will be the main channel of communication between the software team, the CTO, and other managers at LettUs Grow, you will be an honest and open communicator

You are a supportive and caring manager

You want the members of your team to be independent, and you give them the space and freedom to flourish

You are attentive, can quickly realise when someone needs guidance and support, and you’re quick to provide it

You are excited about working for a dynamic Bristol-Based startup and recognise that with this comes a necessity to work in a fast changing environment

What you need:

At least 5 years experience in software management

An up-to-date knowledge of multiple software practices

Awareness and knowledge of the software stack that LettUs Grow uses: Linux, Django, Python, JavaScript, RDBMS, embedded C

Experience working with distributed software systems

The ability to anticipate bottlenecks, escalate as needed, balance business needs and technical constraints

Also desirable:

An understanding of the sales process and how that feeds into software development and strategy

Experience working in the development of web applications

An understanding of software licencing and data protection/GDPR

An understanding of software architecture design and development

Understanding and experience cloud architectures

The position is full-time, based in central Bristol and will benefit from training and external mentoring. Salary will be competitive to match experience, with the benefit of employee share options scheme. LettUs Grow Ltd is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About LettUs Grow

LettUs Grow is a fast-paced and agile start-up based in the heart of Bristol. We design technology for indoor farms with the mission to reduce the waste and carbon footprint of fresh produce by enabling anyone, anywhere, to grow nutritious produce near its point of consumption.

We’ve developed innovative software and hardware solutions that combine efficient aeroponic technology with data collection, automation and operational insights for the farmers and growers of the future. Our driven and friendly team is scaling quickly to meet the growing demand for this trailblazing technology.

Everything we do is impact-driven. We want to make a substantial positive change, not just through our products, but also in how we operate as a team. We are ambitious, responsible and caring, and bring these core-values into everything we do. This is clear in the way we approach challenges: we’re ambitious enough to run into a fair few, responsible enough to address them with innovative solutions and caring in our approach to solving them as a team, for the good of our planet and all the people that inhabit it.

At LettUs Grow, we collaborate across teams so you’ll have the opportunity to work with our team of plant scientists and engineers or to speak at public events with our communications team.

You will be working from our open office where hotdesking is encouraged, within our world-class horticultural research facility and/or in our engineering workshops and production areas.

At LettUs Grow we offer:

Flexible working hours. Whether your child's ill, you're waiting for a package or you have some deep-focussed work to do, we all need some time away from the office.

A living wage in line with our salary framework.

25 days holiday a year (pro rata, plus UK public holidays), and we encourage you to use them all up! If you don't, you can carry some over into next year.

Training and professional development: training courses, resources and conferences that help you learn and grow in your role and for your future.

A team of ambitious, open and impact-driven employees.

An inviting office atmosphere complete with skill-sharing workshops and a ping-pong table.

The best coffee in town. We keep our team well fuelled with top notch coffee from a local supplier.

Bike repair station. Everything you need to keep you on the road from tools and parts to spare lights and a lock.

Want to know more about what it’s like to work at LettUs Grow? Visit our careers page to hear from some of our current staff.

How to apply:

Please go to and use the application form provided.

  • Closing Date:
  • Friday, 24 January, 2020 - 23:00

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