Founding AR Tech Lead (f/m/x) – Beauty Tech AR Venture

Permanent employee, Full-time · Berlin

What we do

Our latest pre-launch startup is building the new way of shopping makeup online by combining the potential of augmented reality with a new take on social commerce. Their goal is to create an inclusive experience that embraces self-love, moving away from traditionally narrow marketing beauty standards by putting the users (and not models) at the core of the experience. 

The venture is based at the AI Campus Berlin and financially backed by Merantix, an AI Venture Studio with a track record of 7 incubated companies and more than 120+ team members employed. Our growing ecosystem constitutes a unique brand with a shared tech and operational infrastructure that attracts talent, resonates with industry partners, and leverages the proven network and product building experience. You will be joining an experienced founding team with experience in building and launching ventures internationally.
Your role

We are looking for an AR Tech lead (f/m/x) that has managed the E2E development of facial augmented reality applications/effects to join the core tech team of our pre-launch AR BeautyTech startup. This is a unique opportunity to join a mission-driven startup at the most important and exciting phase! 

More specifically, you will:

  • Architect and implement the first MVP and subsequent iterations - while expanding and leading the engineering team on the way;
  • Set the foundations and decide on the best tech stack upon which to build the first iterations of our application;
  • Be part of the founding team and work closely with the founders defining the strategy of the product and the company's vision and culture;

  • Work closely with the design & product leads to conceptualise prototypes, new features and product iterations, from beta to mass launch;

  • Build and lead the engineering team from the ground up to scale the product beyond mass launch;

  • Promote robust and maintainable code, clear documentation, and deliver high-quality work on a tight schedule (e.g. code reviews, pair programming, clear documentation, CI/CD, code testing frameworks, TDD, etc).

As one of the first hires, you will influence the company’s culture, its operating philosophy and generate a long lasting impact on the business by shaping the technology infrastructure from day one. 

Your profile

  • 3+ years of proven experience or equivalent, developing facial augmented reality applications or effects (makeup products/effects highly preferred);

  • Degree in computer science, Machine Learning, or related technical field - a Master’s degree is a plus;

  • Knowledge of software design patterns and best practices;

  • You are a self-starter that takes ownership of the products you build and take a proactive approach to collaboration;

  • You like to learn, but also love to teach and make others grow;

  • You are a servant leader, not being afraid to zoom-in when needed and do the jobs required to make the product and the team succeed.

If you think you are right for this role but don’t meet all of the requirements, we strongly encourage you to apply anyway. Even if this isn’t a perfect fit, strong candidates will be kept in our talent pool for future hires.

Bonus points if:

  • You have passion and experience building consumer-facing products; we would love to hear about what you've developed!;

  • You are passionate about augmented reality, as well as creating the most fun, original and creative products and experiences - A portfolio featuring immersive technology (AR, VR, interactive designs, real time graphics, etc) is a big plus;

  • You have some interest/experience in the beauty/fashion industry - makeup is a big plus.

What we offer

In addition to a competitive salary, you can expect the following: 

  • Growth as part of an innovative team supported by an ever-evolving development program that we craft for/with each of our team members from day one;

  • Impact on the company’s strategy & culture of the company as an early team member;

  • Flexibility and trust to own your work and hours - with the main team location being Berlin but with a flexible work-from-home policy;

  • Diversity, equal rights and respect at the core of our values;

  • Fun building cool products with a cool team that you’ll get to meet at company outings, Friday beers, and team lunches;

  • Equity package matching your experience and responsibilities, making you an owner of the business we are building together;

  • De-risk your startup journey by having Merantix and it’s ecosystem as a backer;

  • Comfort with the equipment of your choice, free breakfast, drinks and a cool office in the newly opened AI Campus at the heart of Berlin;

  • Visa sponsorship to those residing outside of the EU.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about creating inclusive systems and applications for the beauty, fashion and tech industry overall, so candidates who identify with traditionally marginalised communities are highly encouraged to apply.

About us
We are an equal-opportunity employer and value diversity. We consider all applications equally regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or gender identity. We strongly encourage individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech to apply, and we can help with immigration.​​​​

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