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BlaBlaCar // long distance carpooling service
Engineering, Full Time       Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2019
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  Company Description

BlaBlaCar's vision is to bring fairness, freedom & fraternity to the world of travel.BlaBlaCar was created in 2006 with one dream in mind: fill the millions of empty seats on the road to create an efficient, affordable & friendly way to travel. Today, our global, trusted community counts 75 million members in 22 countries, enabling a smarter, large scale & truly sustainable transport network.

Born from a simple idea of people sharing their rides, BlaBlaCar's ambition is to become the go-to marketplace for shared road mobility. We offer long distance carpooling service, a commuting carpooling service, & since 2018 a marketplace bus service too. A filled bus emits one third of the emissions per passenger kilometer as an average car. So we want to fill those seats too!

In 2018, 84 million travellers used BlaBlaCar globally saving 1.6 million tons of CO2. Meanwhile we enabled human connections, bringing people closer together in more ways than one with 87% of members say that carpooling is an enriching experience.

BlaBlaCar offers a truly & unique international environment with a team counting 35 nationalities, serving a global member-base from 8 offices in Berlin, Kiev, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Paris (HQ), So Paulo, Warsaw. English is the official spoken language across BlaBlaCar. We are privately-held & founder-led. Our team of 500 employees is entrepreneurial, passionate, & fundamentally mission-driven.

Job Description

Why join us?

We're looking for a Chief of Staff to help amplify the VP Engineering & the Engineering Management team (direct reports of the VP Engineering). As the right-hand person of the VP Engineering, you'll be given authority to drive key cross-cutting programs & processes to continually level-up the engineering organization. You'll be instrumental in scaling the engineering organization by doubling the number of engineers in a year.

This job is a great opportunity to learn from successful VPs & leaders, to attend high-level meetings & to work on strategic projects with teams in the company.

What you will directly contribute to:

1/ Drive cross-cutting Tech (non-software) Projects

  • You'll drive our Tech organization-wide projects, aiming at the engineering organization to scale & operate more efficiently: our Tech Delivery Capacity program & also our (about to start!) HR Tech program as well (better attracting & retaining our Tech talents).

  • You lead the relevant meetings or steerco, coordinate the relevant stakeholders contributing to your projects & follow-up on action plans & results.

  • You will have a keen pulse of the engineering team & use this to propose new initiatives that will improve the overall health & happiness as well as belonging feeling of the engineering team.

  • Your projects will necessarily be non-software projects, software projects being handled by delivery teams you'll closely work with.

2/ Facilitate Engineering Management team

  • You will support the Tech Management team governance : you'll run weekly Engineering Management team meetings, ensure communication of the key decisions & follow-up on actions ;

  • You lead cross-cutting missions such as tech vision definition, follow-up & updates : you organize work sessions, offsites & any kind of efforts for the Tech management team to improve its skills & the way we work together.

  • You'll provide a bridge for smooth communication between the VP Engineering & other executives & organizations (Product, People, Marketing, Finance, Customer Relations & Legal) across BlaBlaCar, enabling effective cross-functional collaboration across the company.

  • You'll provide decision support through research, analysis of information, & clear presentation of considerations.

3/ Key contribution to Tech Executive Communications

  • You'll prepare memos, presentations, & emails for internal & external audiences. This involves setting the agenda for engineering all-hands meetings, internal keynotes, helping draft presentations to the executive team & board.

  • You stay up-to-date with the Tech economy & community & leverage your knowledge in a Blablacar context to sustain our Tech ambitions.

  • In the situations where the VP Engineering has multiple commitments, you'll provide counsel on how to collaborate to ensure coverage.


What you will need to be successful:

Your Work Background

  • The right candidate will have interacted with significant engineering teams, set strategy, & experienced technical organizations scaling. 7+ years of overall software development lifecycle experience or product management experience

  • Significant cross-functional project experience, working with many stakeholders across departments

  • Having managed engineering teams or geographically distributed projects is a plus

  • Be comfortable working with executives & senior leaders, be proficient at running executive meetings

  • Strong program management

  • Structured approach to decision making, but with a strong bias towards action & speed

  • Good at driving accountability

  • High-level thinker, but also detail-oriented when executing on projects

  • Emotional intelligence, empathy, & ability to establish trusting & strong relationships

  • Strong oral & written communication skills & ability to influence others

  • Fluent in English

Additional Information

A few practical details about the role

  • Start: as soon as you are ready!

  • Location: Paris HQ

  • Contract: Permanent contract

  • Compensation: Competitive package based on experience

What we offer all of our employees

  • The opportunity to have a meaningful impact, building a CO2-saving global travel network enabling strong human connections too

  • A strong Fun & Serious company culture

  • An international environment with a team counting 35 nationalities, serving a global member-base from 8 offices around the world (Berlin, Kiev, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Paris (HQ), So Paulo, Warsaw)

  • State-of-the-art office spaces, in a great location

  • Free carpooling to live our value Be The Member

  • Annual BlaBlaBreak which takes us all for an unforgettable weekend

  • Possibility to work from another BlaBlaOffice abroad for a week once a year (BlaBlaSwap)

What is next:

If you are ready to join our exciting journey, please apply below: upload your resume in English (PDF format) & answer our questions in English.

Kindly note that only complete applications will be reviewed by our hiring team & that all your information will be kept confidential.

You can expect us to review your application within the following 2weeks. If your application & profile fit our requirements, we will invite you for a call followed by 2/3 onsite interview sessions.

BlaBlaCar is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity & are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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