ZeptoLab is seeking a talented and passionate Head of Server-Side to join our team in Barcelona. The Head of Server-Side will play a critical role in the success of our future and current games by supervising all server development in the company and managing the team of Server-Side Developers.

You'll be making sure that our server-side related solutions meet the requirements and best practices of the market and build the server-side future of the company where hundreds of thousands of daily players get the best, most uninterrupted experience possible. As a people manager, you will be responsible for hiring, performance management, 360 and conducting 1:1s for a team of 5 server-side developers.

If you have experience in developing live systems, and you understand what it means to support a system with large user volumes, in addition to being interested and excited about working in these areas - this might be a great opportunity for you!

Responsibilities

  • Define and drive company Server-Side strategy, OKR definition and staffing;
  • Ensure high quality and stability of all current server systems and technologies;
  • Lead and mentor a Server-Side Department, providing technical guidance and promoting a culture of knowledge sharing and excellence;
  • Conduct 1:1 meetings with the Server-Side team, drive motivation, provide tailored growth opportunities and foster high performance culture;
  • Identify areas of improvement in the teams and projects and promote good practices in development
  • Work on implementation, deployment and maintenance of highly-scalable and available game/company backend components;
  • Improve development process and communication;
  • Contribute to best practices on reliability and availability.

Requirements

  • Excellent knowledge of infrastructure architecture of server-side systems, highload performance maintenance, distributed system deployment, ability to communicate it to the team, overseeing implementation;
  • Strong team management skills and passion for growing and supporting others;
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to build effective relationships with cross-teams;
  • Excellent problem-solving and result-oriented mindset;
  • Excellent Java/Kotlin programming skills – a minimum of 7 years experience with server-side Java, concurrency handling, and distributed systems;
  • Excellent experience with Linux shell and scripting languages;
  • Knowledge of TypeScript and Go programming languages is highly recommended or willingness to learn it quickly;
  • Knowledge of common devops practises (you will work in close collaboration with devops so it is important that you can talk with them on same technical language and participate in decision making processes);
  • Database design and implementation skills, and good SQL knowledge, experience with NoSQL databases, Cassandra and Redis;
  • Ability to think clearly under pressure. We aim for minimal downtime in our games, and you are expected to be able to respond to and troubleshoot a wide range of issues in a production environment;
  • Strong communication in English, Russian is a plus.

Nice-to-haves

  • Enthusiasm towards games in general;
  • Familiarity with Nakama;
  • Familiarity with Unity;
  • Familiarity with C++;
  • Familiarity with other JVM-based languages like Scala, and Groovy;
  • Knowledge of network protocols and non-blocking IO;
  • Understanding the challenges and caveats of large-scale distributed systems;
  • Familiarity with concurrent, event-driven systems.

Why join us

  • We do something magical and unique – we create great games – and we do it well;
  • We operate in a challenging and rapidly growing mobile gaming industry;
  • ZeptoTeam - is a cohesive team of enthusiastic professionals - so your input will be heard, and your role in the project will be weighty;
  • Diversity and inclusion are important to us. ZeptoLab is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or disability;
  • And at last – we'll offer you an attractive compensation package (from wages to social intangible elements. Package includes medical insurance, meals, transportation, fitness and a lot of additional services).

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Discover benefits
We put our employees first! We understand that your happiness, health, and sense of community are crucial. That’s why we offer a range of benefits to help with your physical and mental well-being, work-life balance, and overall job satisfaction.
Personal development
Personal development

Your growth is guaranteed not only by on-the-job learning, but also by a specific budget to spend on your development (coaches, trainings, etc.)

On-site sponsored Spanish classes

Order any books or games to broaden your horizons and share them with colleagues

Health and wellness
Health and wellness

We care about your wellbeing and provide company-sponsored health insurance

Mental and physical wellness support

Community
Community

Unique culture created by an amazing community of very different people who share a common passion for games

Inspiring and comfortable spaces to work, recharge, and collaborate with your Zepto colleagues

Activities and parties to bond and celebrate life with colleagues

Additional discounts from different providers specifically for ZeptoLab

Flexibility and time off
Flexibility and time off

Paid time off, including vacation, sick leave, parental leave, national holidays, and some specific personal cases

Hybrid work model in Barcelona office: three work-from-home days each week for most roles

Remote work opportunities available

Relocation support
Relocation support

Our relocation specialist will support and guide you through all stages of your individual case (i.e. paperwork, country requirements, document translation)

Reimbursement for flight expenses

Temporary initial accommodation for 1 month

Reimbursement of rental agent fee

Networking
Networking

Support of conference participation and sharing experience

Game community meetups

Open Doors events to meet other professionals

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