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Motorway • London, United Kingdom

Tech Lead

Employment type:  Full time

4 days/week at home

A little flex time

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Hybrid, London (1-2 days/week on site)

About us:

Motorway is the UK’s fastest-growing used car marketplace – our award-winning, online-only platform connects private car sellers with thousands of verified dealers nationwide, ensuring everyone gets the best deal. Founded in 2017, our technology-led approach has redefined the experience of selling a car, generating thousands of monthly car sales and helping us to grow to a team of more than 400 people across our London and Brighton offices.

About the role:

As a tech lead, you'll be on a mission: help us create the most personalised vehicle selling and buying platform on the planet. But you won't be alone! You will work closely with our senior engineers as well as coach and mentor your team to ensure the timely delivery of features and architecture changes. You will be the technical point of contact for the team, ensuring code quality, promoting good practices and improving existing systems and processes to ensure stability, security, and performance of our platforms.

This is a greenfield opportunity for you to solve very interesting problems in the industry while having great impact. Help us build something no one has done before in the industry!

You will lead a cross-functional squad (Product Managers, Design Leads, and Engineers) to deliver new platforms and solve some interesting problems in the industry!

Teams that are hiring:

We're looking for talented Technical Leads to join our dynamic teams across all our “worlds” – dedicated groups focused on specific areas of the business. Each world fosters a collaborative environment where multiple squads work together to achieve our goals.

  • Vehicle Profiling - Our vehicle profiling teams experiment and develop brand-new features that improve the vehicle journey across our platforms. Working with the latest ML techniques to covering the initial profiling process to shipping.

Tech stack: Typescript using a microservice Node.JS architecture, utilising the latest JS features. We use PostgreSQL and Redis. We’re currently using AWS for our deployment using a microservices architecture. We are currently moving to a severless-first event-driven architecture.

What you'll do:

  • You'll be responsible for the architecture, design, code quality, platform stability and resilience of the features your team produces - you don’t do it all, you work with your team to make it happen!
  • Work with your team to scope complex tasks and projects, working closer with the Product Manager to break them down into smaller, tangible tasks and stories
  • Be a people leader – You'll lead, mentor and promote career growth by providing feedback, learning & development opportunities to the engineers in your team, being their direct manager
  • Partner with your Product Manager and Engineering Manager to help with decisions around prioritisation, work division, goal setting and tech debt
  • Develop new features - at least 50% of your time, preferably 70% should be writing new features
  • Engineer a better code base with your team
  • Help evolve development standards and processes
  • Model the behaviour you want to see in the team


We encourage you to apply, even if you feel you don't meet all the requirements

  • Significant commercial experience with JavaScript. In particular, experience with ES6, Node.js and Typescript.
  • Excellent communication skills. You're capable of bridging the gap between engineering and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable experience leading technical teams.
  • Experience designing and implementing architecture
  • Micro Services/Distributed Systems Experience
  • Experience planning and confirming technical specs for features or system design (Convert requirements from stakeholders to tasks that need to be implemented).
  • Experience of agile software development practices and working collaboratively in a team environment
  • You enjoy helping other Engineers become better Engineers
  • Be hands-on with development teams, you’ll understand what good code looks like and see the bigger picture, taking architecture into consideration with a DevSecOps mindset.
  • Previous experience working in a company scaling up is useful, but not essential.


  • A competitive salary
  • Annual learning budget - you can choose how you like to learn and find the best learning experiences to support your progression.
  • BUPA health insurance
  • Discounted dental through BUPA
  • Discounted gym membership through BUPA
  • On-Hand volunteering membership and one paid volunteering day per year
  • Hybrid working from home (approximately 1-2 days in the office a week)
  • Pension scheme
  • Motorway car leasing scheme - lease a zero-emissions electric vehicle at a significant discount
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Workplace nursery scheme
  • Top spec M1 MacBook Pro and accessories
  • Regular social events
  • Cycle to work scheme

Equal opportunities statement

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all employees. We work to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where people can maximise their full potential. We believe our workforce should reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences. Our strong commitment to a culture of inclusion is evident through our constant focus on recruiting, developing and advancing individuals based on their skills and talents.

We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships


Company benefits

Health insurance
Enhanced maternity leave – 6 months fully paid
Enhanced paternity leave – 1 month fully paid
Cycle to work scheme
Volunteer days
Share options
Dog friendly office
Personal development budgets
In office massages
In office yoga classes
Faith rooms
Meditation space
Compassionate leave
Enhanced sick pay
Mental health platform access
Teambuilding days
Open to job sharing
Open to part-time employees
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are moderately happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Working at Motorway

Company employees


Office locations

London & Brighton

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023

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