Lead Engineer

  • Full Stack
  • Permanent
  • Zug, Switzerland

Job Description

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill job. You are someone who wakes up every morning passionate about what you do and is brimming with new ideas. You’re driven by curiosity and the desire to challenge the status quo. You push yourself and others to reimagine, optimize and innovate.

About Viatu

Be part of shaping the next-gen travel platform that lets you design and book your next adventure of a lifetime. Viatu simplifies the booking experience for itinerary-based travel.

As a young and ambitious startup based in Switzerland, we have the goal of promoting nature-based travel with a key focus on sustainability. For us, travel is a force for positive impact and should leave the place better than you found it. websiteInstagram


We are seeking a full-time Lead Engineer to join our founding team. As an ideal candidate, you have at least 5 years of relevant experience in software engineering and product development as well as a proven track record of working in a fast-growing organization.

As Lead Engineer, you are responsible for developing our technology strategy and aligning it with our long-term vision for Viatu.

We are open to hiring a remote candidate, but would require that the time zone they work in is within +- 2 hours of CET (Zurich).

Your role and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

Product Development

  • Collaborate with our internal teams to gather requirements, prioritize and develop product features.

  • Develop end-to-end solutions that include domain modelling, API creation and front end integration.

  • Design and develop UI products and tools by extending our company’s design system.

  • Build our backend services and APIs to create scalable systems.

  • Deliver web applications from the ideation process to prototyping to implementation.

API Integration

  • Develop product ideas and integrations in line with our travel partners' technology.

  • Integrate our product with different providers according to API specifications and best practices.

  • Evaluate and implement new integrations with other products (CRMs, payment systems, tracking systems) to improve efficiency across the company.

  • Own and improve our software infrastructure and architecture.

  • Create automation strategies for deployment and testing across all our tech products.

Leadership and strategy

  • Successfully hire, develop and manage a team of engineers and data scientists to execute your technology vision for the business.

  • Define and own the technology roadmap for the business and effectively communicate your vision externally and internally.

  • Evaluate the feasibility of new product ideas and collaborate with people in the business to deliver on company objectives.

  • Manage planning and budgeting process for technology infrastructure.


  • 5+ years of experience in a Full Stack Software Engineering role, ideally in the travel industry.

  • High knowledge of software development frameworks. Having hands-on experience with Django is a big plus.

  • In-depth knowledge of Front-End technologies, specifically Javascript and SCSS. Ideally, you are familiar with modern web development frameworks. Having real experience with VueJS is a big plus.

  • Strong working knowledge with at least one programming language. Having Python experience is a big plus.

  • Experience developing customer-facing products with strong attention to detail always thinking customer-first.

  • Experience building APIs and integrations. Working knowledge in GraphQL is a big plus.

  • Strong leadership, communication and creative problem-solving skills that make you the perfect team player for a fast-paced start-up

Compensation, perks and benefits

  • Market-related salary

  • Substantial equity incentive (4-year vesting, 1-year cliff, bi-yearly vesting)

  • Access to attractive travel incentives at reduced rates

  • Fully remote and decentralized team

  • The opportunity to fundamentally change the way we travel for the better


You will report to our CEO and have frequent interactions with our leadership team. In addition, you will be in charge of building and managing our tech team.