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Engineering Manager - Platform in Amsterdam


Engineering Manager - Platform

Catawiki’s purpose is to enable people to discover and obtain special objects that help them fulfil their passions. In doing so, we add some color & make the world a more interesting place!

Our Engineering story

As the biggest online auction platform for special objects in Europe, Catawiki operates in a huge market which brings a lot of unique challenges and opportunities. Having more than 15 million monthly visitors, Catawiki’s Engineering team takes the reliability and the scalability of our systems and applications seriously.

We strive to build scalable systems that will perform well under load. We ensure great quality by choosing the right technologies, adopting relevant algorithms and data structures, benchmarking our system’s performance and automating everything. Our Engineering team is spread over many Product teams organised in pillars (Supply, Engagement, Fulfilment, Capabilities, Platform) and relies on microservice architecture with a great level of separation between business domains.

So what's the job

The impact that you will have is massive; You will play an integral part in structuring processes, building on our high-performance culture, and shaping engineering future at Catawiki.

As an Engineering Manager of Platform, you’ll be responsible for Catawiki platform-wide systems and reliability. Catawiki is a containerised platform running in Google Cloud and powered by systems built on top of Cloud Native technologies (eg: Kubernetes, Prometheus). You’ll be leading a group of talented and passionate Software and Systems engineers who are able to tackle any technical challenge and provide a layer of support for product teams.

The 3 most important aspects of your job will be:

Strategy & Planning:

  • Aligning closely with business goals within your domain.
  • Ensuring teams are moving in the same direction as the business.

Engineering excellence:

  • Communication across teams and being the point of contact in your area.
  • Leading teams and planning their capacity as they work on challenges.

Team Building & Management :

  • Playing a leading role in appraisals, reviews, coaching and mentoring, ensuring the team feels engaged and valued.
  • Think actively about both the professional development of existing teams and the best way to attract and retain new talents.

How we roll - Our Stack


We work with Ruby on Rails, Go, nginx, MySql, Redis, ElasticSearch, Javascript, React, and Git in an agile development team of 70+ developers (and growing). We have 5 main product verticals with each one being led by an Engineering Manager and Product lead working in tandem.

You'll move in sync with…


As Engineering Manager of our Platform Vertical, you will manage a group of engineers across two or three technology teams. Working with them and the Product Lead to craft the roadmap, align it with business goals, and deliver it.

A little about you

  • You have relevant experience in a variety of contexts, during which you have built scalable, robust, and fault-tolerant systems adding tangible value to the business and its users.
  • A proven leader who has scaled up and managed within a consumer-facing Online business, playing a key role in aligning the technology strategy with the business objectives.
  • Experienced in developing a clear vision and direction for your teams. You’ll be well versed in planning the career path of team members, ensuring engineers are engaged and inspired.
  • You think in terms of the value added to the business and users and know the trade-offs to make clear choices (eg: build vs buy).

The Catawiki Story

A piece of the moon, a complete dinosaur skeleton, the Pope's hat, the world's smallest book - at Catawiki, we come across extraordinary objects such as these every day.

As Europe’s fastest growing online auction platform, our mission is to make special objects available to everyone. In fact, 14 million users are buying and selling on Catawiki every month. This means we are continually growing and always on the lookout for new talent!

Born and raised in The Netherlands, we started in 2008 as a platform where collectors could manage their collections online. Yet, times change, ideas evolve, and in 2011 we hosted our first online auction and we haven’t looked back since! We’ve now grown to 500+ Catawikians working across international offices and are proud to have maintained our start-up mentality.  

Here’s what we can offer you

A diverse and international team with over 40 different nationalities, located in the heart of Amsterdam and Assen with an easy-going atmosphere. The Catawiki Community gathers everyone together for everything from ‘CataFooty’ to International Food Festivals, Friday Drinks, Board Game Nights, Pub Quizzes and Boot Camps!

And there’s more! We also provide paid holidays, holiday allowance and a pension plan paid for by Catawiki.


Extra informatie

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