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Published 2023-10-16

Lead Mobile Developer

Type of job: Remote
Country: England
City: London
Company: Purple

Description of the offer

We’re looking for an experienced Lead Mobile Developer to join our Product and Engineering team. You’ll report directly to the SVP Technology and will lead our mobile application team, working closely with our Product Managers and UX Designers to help shape our mobile application products, whilst getting hands on with application development in Swift on iOS and Kotlin on Android.

This is the first role in a new, UK-based team to build and support our Wayfinding, Asset Tracking and WiFi connectivity mobile applications and SDKs. This is a rare opportunity to take the lead in building a new team and shaping the architecture to deliver value to our customers and business.

We are passionate about building applications that make our users’ lives easier, and are looking for an individual who can help us continue to create exceptional mobile application experiences.

Why join Purple?

Our values are at the heart of what we do and we’re all about getting the job done whilst having fun with no BS and no politics. We’re all about development, and embedded within the business is the value of know your stuff, keep learning, which means we support our people to continuously develop their knowledge and skills. You really won’t regret taking the next step in your career by helping turn the world Purple!


What you will do

You will be responsible for building and leading a team of mobile developers and driving the development of mobile applications for both iOS and Android. This role involves both hands-on coding and technical leadership, collaborating within multi-disciplinary teams to deliver high-quality mobile solutions, following Agile ways of working, with an unwavering focus on quality, user experience, security, data protection and scalability.

You will have the opportunity to work on exciting and challenging projects, often with cutting edge technology; mentor other developers; and contribute to the growth and success of our company.

  • Lead and mentor a team of mobile developers, providing guidance and technical expertise
  • Work collaboratively within multi-disciplinary teams , including UX Designers, Product Managers, QA, and other engineers, to develop and deliver high-quality mobile applications
  • Architect and design mobile solutions that are scalable, maintainable, performant and secure
  • Develop and maintain code libraries, frameworks, and tools for mobile application development
  • Proactively stay up-to-date with industry trends and best practices to drive continuous improvement in mobile development processes
  • Conduct code reviews to ensure code quality and adherence to coding standards
  • Troubleshoot and resolve complex technical issues
  • Lead the recruitment and hiring of new mobile developers
  • Advocating for agile ways of working, encouraging collaboration and helping us build an empowered and psychologically safe culture

Who you are

We’re looking for someone established in their career as a Mobile Developer:

  • Solid experience in at least one of Swift for iOS or Kotlin for Android, with comfort working in the other
  • Strong understanding of mobile app architecture, design patterns, and best practices
  • Experience working with app SDKs
  • Experience with RESTful API integration and data storage solutions
  • Excellent problem-solving and debugging skills
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment
  • Experience taking a senior/advocating role in Agile ways of working and participating in product discovery.


Our values

  • Make it happen – We own things and get them done whatever it takes.
  • Playful and positive – Life’s too short to take things too seriously, we like to have fun while we’re working and we love positivity – and yes the glass is half full.
  • We’re in it together – We all have our day jobs to do, our KPIs to hit and projects to complete but we’re always available to help for the greater good of the business.
  • No bullsh*t, no politics – Seriously! We want to enjoy coming to work and that stuff doesn’t make it pleasant.
  • Know your stuff, keep learning – We value people who have the knowledge and have a thirst for it, lots of it.
  • No drama – Things don’t always go right as much as we try, having a hissy fit over it won’t help the situation and you won’t find that here.
  • With great data comes great responsibility – Personal data is a big thing, particularly when you are the custodian of a lot of it, we take that very seriously.


Bring your best self to work

At Purple, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We value the unique perspectives and experiences that each individual brings, and we believe that diversity enriches our team and drives innovation. We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or any other characteristic. We understand that everyone’s journey is different, and we are open to conversations about flexible working arrangements that can accommodate your needs. We embrace a culture of learning and growth, where you don’t need to tick every box on the job description to apply. If you’re excited about the opportunity to contribute to our mission, we encourage you to submit your application. Join us in shaping a workplace that celebrates diversity and empowers all voices.


  • Remote first business – work from home (with regular opportunities to get together face to face)
  • Flexible working & a great company culture – bring your best self to work
  • Emphasis on learning and development – progress your career
  • 23 days holiday (plus bank holidays) with 1 more day each year – and the option to buy extra days
  • 4 volunteering days each year – give something back to the community
  • Company bonus – 5% of salary
  • Private Healthcare & Long Term Incentive Plan after 12 months’ service

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