Remote / Istanbul

Lead Software Engineer

What we believe in
Better Futures, shaped by all of us.

At Neol, we believe that impact-driven individuals have the power to change the world. And the lasting impact is delivered when we do it as a community.

Our model puts the power back in the hands of communities. We do this by supporting them to learn in cohorts, connect and prototype together.

We are on the mission of building an immersive learning and a seamless collaboration platform that connects top independent creative talent with organizations working to solve the most urgent issues facing our society and planet.

We are looking for team members to support us on this mission and shape better futures, together.

Find more about Neol here.

About the role

This is an opportunity to lead Neol’s engineering efforts.

We are currently hiring a Lead engineer to work closely with senior stakeholders to understand business goals and ensure that the development team & technologies used are aligned with these.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Developing a technical roadmap to meet the existing and potential needs of customers, users and internal systems
  • Working closely with senior stakeholders to understand business requirements and help translate these into technical requirements for the development team
  • Planning and documenting technical specifications for features or system design
  • Designing, building and configuring applications to meet business process and application requirements
  • Directing the development team in the design, development, coding, testing and debugging of applications
  • Writing testable, scalable and efficient code and leading code reviews
  • Mentoring junior team members and ensuring they adhere to determining software quality standards
  • Document and demonstrate solutions by developing documentation, flowcharts, layouts, diagrams, charts, code comments and clear code
  • Remain current on new technologies and available vendor packages, evaluate and make recommendations as necessary
  • Assist in task planning, scheduling and staffing
  • Grow engineering teams by interviewing, recruiting and hiring
  • Stay on the leading edge of development practices

Note: We don't have a strict tech stack requirement. Candidates should be experienced in building tech stacks from scratch based on customer, user and business requirements.

For Neol,

  • Blockchain applications,
  • Marketplace dynamics,
  • Advanced data security, access, identity management,
  • Interoperable systems building,
  • A great user experience,
  • Consistent, fast and high-performing interfaces,
  • Graph databases and visualizations,
  • Proprietary algorithm development

are mission-critical matters regarding software engineering.

Ideal candidate

We are looking for a hands-on technical lead with strong experience in leading teams building greenfield projects. The ideal candidate is a strong communicator who likes to work alongside other leaders in product, design, and software, and has successfully led teams of 5+ people on various projects before. From a technical point of view, the ideal candidate has expertise in the backend, building out architecture for such systems, preferably in marketplace applications.

The ideal candidate has 5+ years of experience building backend applications with relational and non-relational databases. Experience in building applications with highly-connected data; and affinity with graph data structures and databases such as Neo4J are preferred. The ideal candidate must have working experience with Node.js.

Having experience in cloud technologies and CI/CD preferably with Google Cloud is required. Experience in serverless systems is a plus.

The ideal candidate also has either working experience or team-leading experience in front-end technologies, especially in building single-page applications providing a top-notch user experience in mobile browsers.

The candidate will be in charge of a team of full-stack engineers; and should be positioned to grow further into management roles.

We want you to join us while building the future of impact creation if:

  • 8+ years of experience as an engineer
  • Demonstrated ability to manage teams, lead squads and create long-term technical roadmaps
  • Strong understanding of product and business
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, apply and evangelize new technologies and ways of working
  • Demonstrated ability to create and manage technology stacks from scratch
  • Demonstrated people management skills
  • Eagerness to roll up the sleeves and develop code
Additional information


  • Neol offers a competitive salary, stock options, and employee benefits to all of the team members.


  • We are a remote-first team. Currently, we have two main hubs: London and Istanbul, but we have distributed team members from GMT- 8 to GMT +5 timezones.For this role, we prioritize candidates that are located in Europe, between GMT+1 and GMT+3 time zones.

Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Neol is an equal-opportunity employer dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse workforce. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need, without any discrimination against individuals. We strongly encourage applications who are members of underrepresented communities to apply.


  • Please note this role is only open to candidates that are legally authorized to work where they reside. Due to the remote nature of the role, Neol does not currently sponsor candidates for visas or work authorizations/permits and does not currently support the transfer of visas or work authorizations/permits from prior employers to Neol.
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