Chief Technology Officer


We work a 4 day week (32hrs), with no drop in salary

Only considering candidates who are eligible to work in Newmarket, UK ⚠️

Chief Technology Officer

Reports to: CEO

Location: Hybrid - Newmarket - ideally 3-days on-site, 1-day WFH

Hours: 32 hours across a 4-day week (no salary sacrifice)

Salary: £110,000 - £140,000

Product: Group Level, Wonde, Evouchers & Secure Schools

Who we are and what is important to us:

Beyond unifies three technology-driven brands, Wonde, Evouchers and Secure Schools.

Each brand shares a vision to reduce the friction of adapting technology, to help customers navigate an often overwhelming area and provide powerful solutions that make their everyday life easier.

The three brands run independently with the autonomy to continue to prosper although as part of the Beyond team, you’ll join a wider, supportive environment where you’ll be able to pull on the expertise and capabilities of the group.

We do not limit ourselves to standing still. We look ahead and strive to disrupt the sector we operate in. We believe technology should not be complicated or overwhelming. It should do what it says - quickly, safely and efficiently.

Job snapshot:

As our Chief Technology Officer, you will be at the forefront of driving technological advancements across the group, shaping the future of Beyond and our portfolio of products. This is a unique opportunity for a visionary leader with a strong technical background who excels in both strategic thinking and technical contributions.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive technology strategy aligned with the group's objectives
  • Collaborate with executive leadership to ensure technology initiatives align with Beyond’s vision and mission
  • Provide opinion on the product development process, offering discussion on coding, architecture and design
  • Offer insights surrounding coding, debugging and problem-solving to contribute to the development of robust and scalable solutions
  • Provide PHP and Laravel expertise to the team, supporting the architecture, development and maintenance of efficient solutions
  • Lead by example, demonstrating a commitment to excellence in coding, software engineering, and product development
  • Champion robust security practices across the entire development lifecycle
  • Identify opportunities for technology-driven enhancements and efficiencies across Beyond
  • Oversee and encourage robust processes for quality assurance and ongoing improvement
  • Foster a culture of innovation, encouraging the team to explore new technologies and methodologies
  • Set technical standards and ensure adherence to best practices in software development
  • Work closely with other departments, such as Product Management and Marketing, to understand business requirements and translate them into technical solutions
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and competitor landscape to inform strategic decisions

What we’re hoping you’ll bring:

  • Proven track record of successful leadership in a CTO role, ideally within a start-up/scale-up environment
  • Strong knowledge of PHP development, showcasing a deep understanding of the language’s nuances and capabilities
  • Proven expertise in the Laravel framework, demonstrating the ability to support scalable and maintainable solutions
  • A deep understanding of modern software development principles and practices with a modern approach to software development
  • Proven ability to align technology initiatives with overall business strategy, ensuring that technical decisions contribute to the achievement of Beyond’s goals
  • Experience in leveraging emerging technologies and industry best practices to enhance product features and functionalities
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, inspire, and develop an engineering division
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to convey complex technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders
  • Adept at identifying and solving complex technical challenges, demonstrating a proactive and solution-driven mindset
  • Proactive in addressing issues and implementing improvements to ensure the delivery of high-quality products
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with a passion for innovation

What you'll get:

Beyond is much more than just a place to work. It is a place to grow, innovate, excel and learn. We have tech people, creative people and people people, all focused on providing a superior customer experience.

We value, support and champion those we work with - promoting personal growth and happiness. We get that our success is dependent on the collective energy, intelligence and contributions of all our team members and we are committed to ensuring our work environment is the best it can be.

We value your commitment and have worked hard to create adaptable and comprehensive benefits packages to suit individual needs, although you can expect the below as standard:

  • 4-day working week
  • Flexible working schedule/work-from-home opportunities
  • Onsite gym facilities
  • Annual personal and professional development budget
  • Buying and selling holiday scheme
  • Additional holiday for length of service
  • Annual allowance for volunteering days
  • Onsite trained mental health and well-being champions
  • Monthly lunch club (on us)
  • Comprehensive wellness programmes (think meditation retreats and continuous access to well-being apps/initiatives)
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Electric car scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Eye examination scheme
  • Financial contribution to the set up of work-from-home environments
  • Use of new and leading technology in the form of Apple products
  • Frequent company-funded social events
  • Office closure between Christmas & New Year
  • Access to continuous learning and development opportunities
  • Comprehensive employee referral scheme
  • Casual Dress Code

In addition to the above, you’ll have access to our ‘take your pick’ benefits scheme, which is tailored specifically to you and includes:

  • Enhanced pension payments
  • Retail vouchers
  • Private medical insurance
  • Dental plan

Beyond is an equal-opportunity employer. We encourage interest from all candidates and do not discriminate against any non-merit factors. If you require any adjustments to the application or selection process please call or email us so we can ensure you have the correct support.

Helping drive the EdTech sector forward through innovation and creativity. Supporting our team with a 4 day work week.

Working Week

We work a 4 day week (32hrs), with no drop in salary

Our 4 day week = any day off

Our Vacation Policy

We offer 17.6 days paid holiday per year

  • 17 days
  • 52 days
  • 69 days off per year

Remote Working Policy

We work fully remotely and are a team of 104 and mostly based in Europe.

Company Benefits

  • Private medical care
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Frequent company funded social events
  • Get the latest Apple products

Our Team

We're a team of 150 across 13 departments:

  • engineering
  • support
  • business development
  • sales
  • finance
  • marketing
  • product management
  • +6 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • PHP
  • Laravel
  • Software development
  • Technical strategy
  • Leadership
  • Product development
  • Quality assurance
  • Security practices
  • Innovation

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