Head of Development - Crawlera

Scrapinghub — Company based in Cork, Ireland

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Job Title

Head of Development - Crawlera

Job Description

Crawlera is a smart downloader designed specifically for web crawling and scraping, removing the headaches of proxy management. It is part of the Scrapinghub platform, the world’s most comprehensive web crawling stack which powers crawls of over 8 billion pages a month.

We’re looking for a highly collaborative Technical Lead for Crawlera.

Leading Crawlera’s technical development through the exponential growth that we’re experiencing is just the start. You’ll help set overarching business strategy and goals, identify opportunities, and over time, together with Crawlera’s Product Manager, will have full responsibility for Crawlera as a business.

You should be comfortable not having all the answers but being the person that gets the right people to the table for discussions, and a strong bias towards taking action. Ideally you’ve done this job before, either in an early stage company or a new team/initiative, and have a concrete history of developing world-class team(s).

Job Responsibilities: Identify and resolve performance and scalability issues with distributed crawling at scale. Develop, maintain and support a high load distributed system. Comfortable taking ownership in business critical situations; you enjoy being the “go-to” person. Lead the team. You’ll have a fair amount of autonomy over this, but it will likely include: Developing talent and maintaining a strong team culture. Expanding and maintaining technical and quality standards, in conjunction with broader Engineering expectations. Translating business intent and requirements into architectural design/decisions to achieve that intent. Collaborating with other platform teams to provide Crawlera customers the best possible integration to the growing Scrapinghub platform.


  • Telecommuting is OK
  • Agencies are OK


Job Requirements: 2+ years of production experience with at least two of: Erlang (or other functional programming language), Python, and Go. Good communication in written English. Strong knowledge of Linux/UNIX, HTTP and Networking. Experience managing and growing a technical team: developing talent, creating and enforcing standards, resource allocation. A strong history of achieving both technical and business goals. Comfortable taking ownership in business critical situations; you enjoy being the “go-to” person.

Desired Skills: Familiarity with techniques and tools for crawling, extracting, and processing data. Knowledge of ELK, Graylog, Docker and Mesos. Good spoken English.

About the Company

Scrapinghub is a fast growing and diverse technology business turning web content into useful data with a cloud-based web crawling platform, off-the-shelf datasets, and turn-key web scraping services.

We’re a globally distributed team of 170 Shubbers working from over 30 countries who are passionate about scraping, web crawling, and data science.

As a new Shubber, you will: Become part of a self-motivated, progressive, multi-cultural team. Autonomy to make the role your own, supported by great people Join a team with huge opportunity to make a difference Have the freedom and flexibility to work from wherever you want. Have the opportunity to go to conferences and meet with the team from across the globe. Get the chance to work with cutting-edge open source technologies and tools.

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