CTO / Tech Lead - Personal Finance Fintech Start-up (equity opportunity) CTO / Tech Lead - Personal Finance Fintech  …

Excelsior Search
in London, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 30 Nov 21
Appropriate salary plus equity.
Excelsior Search
in London, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 30 Nov 21
Appropriate salary plus equity.
Excelsior Search
Are you a technologist with an entrepreneurial streak, who would relish the opportunity and challenge of taking up the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) position for a personal finance / investing fintech as they embark on their next stage of growth? For the right person this really could represent a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to reap both the career and financial rewards of being part of an exciting fintech venture.

Our client is a pioneering fintech start-up helping millennials re-define their relationship with money, with the UK's first ever app built for their area of personal finance / investing. The company is 2 years into their journey, secured an initial round of funding and launched a Beta product working closely with early adopters to further iterate, receiving some great feedback and traction in the process.

2022 will be an exciting year as they go through their next round of funding in Q1 and a full-scale UK roll out, before expansion into the USA in 2023. They've also attracted some high profile fintech non-execs and struck a partnership with a top 10 global asset manager, all of which is testament to the pioneering nature of their app - so everything is coming together nicely for them! 

The product has been built and technical environment managed by a technology consultancy, but it's time to appoint a CTO who can take full technical ownership and join the founder on the coming high growth journey. 

The CTO is a key hire, taking full responsibility for the technical environment from the consultancy, bringing the technical stack 'in house' (front end react native, back end firebase).  Whilst it's expected you'll get 'hands on' with development of the platform, the CTO will also build the technology team from the ground up to further develop, test, release and support the platform. Owning the product / service architecture strategy and technological roadmap, you will have complete autonomy to ensure the platform scales efficiently by driving rapid, agile execution of the product roadmap.

As you can appreciate it's a critical hire for the company as they continue to build a winning product, attract further investment and adopt more users, so looking for the following in the CTO:
-  Firstly you don't need to have held the CTO role in a company, so happy to consider applicants in a team lead role ready to take on the technology leadership role in a small but rapidly growing fintech. 
-  Experience architecting technology solutions from the ground up with the ability to build a world class system architecture that is reliable, secure and scales.
-  Full stack app development (consumer, personal finance or investing app experience would be ideal).
-  Experience with automated testing.
-  An interest in finance would be a bonus.

The founder of this validated personal finance fintech has a unique business proposition which is destined for great success with the right team around him, and he appreciates the value of someone joining with 'the technical playbook' in an influential role at this stage in development of the company.  So for the right person with the requisite entrepreneurial spirit this really could represent a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to reap both the career and financial rewards of being part of an exciting fintech business venture as the CTO.


The role would currently be remote, either in the London area where the founder is, or anywhere in the UK.


Keywords:  CTO, chief technology officer, technical lead, head of software engineering, head of technology, IT director, chief architect, head of architecture, team lead, fintech, wealthtech. personal finance, consumer finance, open banking.

Company Overview

Excelsior Search

Since 1999 Excelsior Search has been partnering with financial technology (FinTech), data and research providers to the global capital markets and investment industry.  Whilst supporting immense technological change the past two decades, using our deep niche industry and specialist talent acquisition expertise we play a key role in helping our clients build high performing teams across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Creating win-win situations

We work passionately in close partnership with fintech companies to secure for them the very best talent available globally, delivering win-win solutions all round:

The companies we partner with hire proven top performers whom can make a dramatic difference to their business i.e. by providing strong C level leadership, build great products and realise true sales potential.

By only partnering with the best companies in the sector, we add significant value to the careers of the industry professionals placed and hiring executives, enabling top performers to shine and meet their own career goals and earning potential.

Companies we partner with

We recruit for providers of financial technology, market data, investment research and consultancy services. This also includes partnering with private equity & venture capital companies, fintech innovation labs & hubs playing an important role developing the fintech ecosystem.

Roles we fill

C level down and across all company functions; executive management, sales & business development, marketing & communications, client servicing & relationship / account management, systems implementation & consulting, product management, sales engineering, finance, legal & compliance.

Global coverage

Track record of hiring and extensive industry networks in: New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Sao Paulo, London, Paris, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Vienna, Zurich, Dubai, Cape Town, Sydney, Singapore & Hong Kong.

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