Depop • London, United Kingdom

Head of Data Engineering

3–4 days/week at home

A little flex time

Dog friendly

Job Description

Company Description

Depop is the community-powered fashion marketplace to buy and sell unique fashion, with over 30 million registered users in more than 150 countries. Depop is a place for anyone to discover and celebrate their style on their own terms, and to feel good about their fashion choices by extending the lives of millions of garments.

The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in London with offices in Manchester and New York. Depop has approximately 400 employees dedicated to its mission of building the world’s most diverse progressive home of fashion, that’s kinder on the planet and kinder to people. In 2021, Depop became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Etsy - the global marketplace for unique and creative goods - and continues to operate as a standalone company.

Depop is an equal opportunity employer. Our mission is to build the world’s most diverse progressive home of fashion. To do this, we encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We’re continuing to build recruitment processes that are fair and welcome requests for reasonable adjustments required throughout your interview experience with us. Depop supports visa sponsorship, sponsorship opportunities may be limited to certain roles and skillsets.

Job Description

In 2023 our ambition is to be a high-performing, delivery-focused organisation and the best engineering organisation for those who value meaningful career growth.

We are looking for a leader to guide our teams and be part of shaping our engineering culture of high performance and high compassion.

As a Head of Engineering in Depop, you will lead multiple initiatives, achieving strategic initiatives, centred around our engineering strategy, which will be instrumental in driving impact. You will serve as our point person for our talented engineering managers.

In this role you will be challenged to drive and evolve our Data Strategy. Work with our internal teams to simplify and enable their use of data - a critical outcome for a data-driven organisation like Depop that is focussed on ‘test-and-learn’ culture through experimentation.

A critical role for Depop which we are eager to identify the right leader to take us forward!


  • Serve as the Engineering leader for 1 or more functional business areas, generally 2-6 squads of engineers.
  • Primarily manage Engineering Managers with some Individual Contributor direct reports in strategic areas or on an interim basis as needed.
  • Establish a high-functioning leadership team of Engineering Managers within your area of responsibility.
  • Actively participate in the Engineering Leadership Team, by promoting a culture of continuous improvement and innovation that values learning and a commitment to our product development
  • Actively intervene where needed to improve team health, ensure inclusion, and drive positive change.
  • Align cross-functionally and be accountable for representing the tech pillar and for all technologies delivered within your domain
  • Engage in hiring, retention, development, and people engagement events
  • Partner with the senior stakeholders to influence decision-making and drive operational performance across the functions
  • Be an active ambassador for Depop, especially to maintain/enhance our technical reputation and employer brand

About you:

You’ll be an excellent fit for this role if you are:

  • An Engineering leader who has worked closely with engineers to deliver products that simplify their workflows and enable them to go faster (key users: engineers, analysts, analytics engineers and data scientists).
  • Someone with excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Has a business-oriented mindset and is accountable to engineering enablement outcomes.
  • Able to translate business objectives into work streams for squads in close collaboration with a product partner.
  • Worked closely managing vendor relationships; negotiating new deals, managing ongoing support, & holding them accountable.
  • An excellent people manager with a proven track record of managing and coaching other people managers and high-performing engineers; whilst able to manage equally effectively in times of adversity or under pressure

Additional Information

UK Benefits
Health + Mental Wellbeing

  • Cash-plan or PMI - you have the choice of a healthcare plan that best suits you
  • Subsidised counselling and coaching - we partner with Selfspace to provide you with the opportunity for a good conversation with a qualified person
  • Cycle to Work scheme - choose between Evans or the Green Commute Initiative to help access a bike for your commute
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - have access to a confidential support network of expert advice 24/7
  • Mental Health First Aiders - we have trained individuals across the business to offer support and signposting

Work/Life Balance

  • 25 days annual leave with the option to carry over up to 5 days
  • 1 company-wide day off per quarter, for you to take some time for yourself and decompress
  • 2 activism days per year for you to use for volunteering, demonstrations or internal initiatives
  • We offer sabbaticals for our long-serving employees.

Flexible Working

We’re Flexa® accredited, meaning we offer genuinely flexible working.
MyMode is our hybrid-working model, designed to empower our employees to choose a working mode that works for them. MyMode is composed of 3 working modes: Flex, Office Based and Remote.

  • Flex: we'd love you to head to your nearest Depop office once a week, but feel free to work from home the rest of the week.
  • Office: Want to head into the office more? No problem, you can opt to be "Office-Based", with your very own desk.
  • Remote: depending on your role you can request to be a remote worker, and only head into the office 4 times per year.

All of our offices are also dog-friendly! Do your best work with your best friend.
You can also apply to work abroad for 4 weeks of the year (in UK tax treaty countries).

Family Life

Our parental leave policies aim to support and enable parents to play equal roles in nurturing their families, in a way that is flexible and truly gender-neutral. Our full-time regular employees are eligible for 18 weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of their child. We also offer IVF leave, shared parental leave and paid emergency parent/carer leave.

Learn and Grow

  • We offer budgets for conferences, learning subscriptions and more. We also sponsor and run a myriad of programmes, conferences and meet-ups to upskill our employees and enhance their journey with us.

Your Future

  • Life Insurance (financial compensation of 3x your salary)
  • Pension (Depop will match your contribution up to 6% of your qualifying earnings)

And finally, as a valued Depop employee we waive all of our employees’ fees when they sell on Depop so you can ship your sold items anywhere in the UK for free.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 18 weeks full pay. 21 weeks SMP.
Enhanced paternity leave – 18 weeks full pay.
Work from anywhere scheme – Up to 20 works days a year.
25 days annual leave + bank holidays
Pregnancy loss leave
Fertility treatment leave

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options Depop provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Depop is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

Working at Depop

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)

47% Women 53% `Men

Office locations

London, New York, Manchester

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
United States
What employees are saying

I love working at Depop. I think there is such a great balance of flexibility, trust and openness. I really can't fault them on their approach to wellbeing, engagement and flexibility.

Depop Employee

Awards & Achievements
Most flexible Retail & Ecommerce companies

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Industry awards 2022