VP of Technology

Dubai Full-time

About OYO

OYO Hotels & Homes is the world’s third largest and fastest-growing chain of leased and franchised hotels, homes & spaces managing over 1 million exclusive rooms across 800 cities and 80 countries. OYO was founded on the mission that everyone deserves a quality living and working space and we are very passionate about this mission. Technology and Innovation plays a critical role in this mission and therefore today we employ over 1000 World Class engineers, product managers and designers across Americas, Europe, China, India, Japan and rest of Asia. If you are looking for a high pace environment, itching to create a large impact through technology impacting 100s of millions of customers across the globe, we love to hear from you.

Technology is a core driver of every aspect of OYO’s business, from supply discovery, hotel onboarding, transformation, CX management, booking and post booking experience, to running efficient hotel operations. Led by engineering leaders and principal engineers with extensive past experience at companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Adobe, OYO is proud to have one of the best technology teams anywhere in the world. If you are looking for a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment where you don’t have to choose between complexity and scale and get to learn from some of the sharpest colleagues, OYO is the right place for you.

This is for you, if:  You are a seasoned people manager who has built and led engineering teams and consistently delivered high quality software solutions. You thrive on tackling very hard problems. You are an excellent communicator, both verbal and written, and equally adept at communicating upwards and downwards. You are curious, love to dive deep and collect data to make well-informed decisions. You keep abreast of the latest technology developments and drive your teams to innovate. 

 What responsibilities will you get when working with us?

  • Responsible for the overall development life cycle of technical solutions and manage complex projects with significant bottom line impact. 
  • Work closely with Engineering Managers to develop the best technical design and approach for new product  
  • Work with the Chief Technology Officer and with other functional leaders in the company. Instill best practices for software development, ensure designs meet requirements and deliver high-quality work on tight schedules.
  • Project management - prioritization, planning of projects and features; stakeholder management and tracking of external commitments.
  • Be a champion of engineering excellence: establish team metrics for measurement of engineering and operational excellence. Implement a consistent, regular process for assessment and improvement.
  • Show strong business and technical judgment that will accelerate time to market of releases, while incrementally moving our services towards the long term vision.
  • Be responsible for mentoring and developing frontline managers and engineers.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor Degree or higher in Computer Science or related field
  • 12+ years of work experience in software development and/or product management and 5+ years in a leadership role.
  • Presently leading a large, distributed multi-cultural product development & engineering team.
  • Experience in building and running distributed systems for 24x7 online services at scale with mobile & online presence.
  • Track record of data-driven decisions, strong analytical and quantitative skills; ability to use hard data and metrics to back up assumptions, recommendations, and drive actions.
  • Knowledge of Object-Oriented Design, data structures, algorithm design, and complexity analysis  Experience in defining and executing professional software engineering best practices for the full software development life cycle
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and discuss technical concepts, manage trade-offs and evaluate opportunistic new ideas with internal and external partners
  • Experience working in start-up, high growth environment is very desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with business, legal, engineering, design, and other stakeholders to deliver products/services.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and discuss technical concepts, manage trade-offs and evaluate opportunistic new ideas with internal and external partners. 
  • Experience in machine learning design practices and implementation

Leadership Capabilities

  • Strong business acumen and the ability to partner with business and drive business growth.
  • A techno-commercial leader who is comfortable empowering people while also supporting their development needs – must have the personal gravitas and strength of character to rapidly gain the respect of direct reports, peers and the wider executive team.
  • A strong sense of ownership, urgency and drive. A self-starter with strong entrepreneurial drive
  • A strong leader, mentor, and people manager..
  • A positive disposition, approachable by all stakeholders and a good listener. The personality to inspire and motivate teams. A good sense of humour!
  • Highly developed leadership qualities and influencing skills; strong stakeholder management. Politically astute.
  • Ability to work in a matrixed environment; working with senior/junior stakeholders to deliver results. Ability to adapt style and approach to suit different situations and environments. Confident in building consensus.
  • Strong analytic and quantitative skills; ability to use hard data and metrics to back up assumptions, recommendations, and drive actions.
  • Strengths in problem-solving, issue resolution, ability to work in a deadline-driven work environment, attention to detail, and ability to multitask.