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Ben Godfrey

Head of Engineering UK

Engineering Manager at Facebook

London, United Kingdom

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Head of Engineering UK

June 2015 to Present

Engineering Team Lead

November 2009 to May 2015


Web Architect

October 2008 to November 2009

Ben Godfrey's Education

University of East Anglia

BSc Computer Science

1997 to 2000

Bilborough College

1995 to 1997

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I'm a technology leader specialising in agile delivery in fast-growth companies. I'm a veteran of 3 startups and explosive growth at Wonga. I joined Wonga as employee 30, helped scale the business to 800 people in 4 years, lending >Ā£1bn/year and trading in 9 countries. I care deeply about building great teams and nurturing people. I lead agile tech teams building great products. I'm an engineer working with modern tools: JavaScript (Node.js, AngularJS), Python, Scala, Erlang, Java, HTML5, Git, Unix, AWS, Docker and more (see below for the full kitchen sink list). I strongly believe agile is the best way to deliver software. The market is moving fast, you should too. I've rolled out XP, Scrum, Kanban, TDD, BDD, pairing and continuous delivery to large teams at Wonga. I'm a black belt in JIRA. I'm passionate about creating great products, design & UX. I've managed requirements & prioritisation, created hypotheses & experiments, done Customer Development, all in a regulated environment. I've mentored entrepreneurs at Seedcamp & Launch48. I'm a first-class communicator. I'm proactive, a problem-solver, an analytical thinker, above all, team player.Head of Engineering UK @ From June 2015 to Present (7 months) Engineering Team Lead @ - Led team delivering, a large-scale, transactional application delivering 5,000 loans/day to UK customers - Technical design & architecture of large Angular apps (desktop/mobile), Dockerized microservices, REST, IaaS/Chef - Evolved agile delivery process by applying lean and Kanban and introducing TDD, BDD, XP, and pair programming - Defined quality, testing and release policies as part of transition to FCA regulation - Hired and coached members of London tech teams, managed growth and development of engineers - Worked closely with stakeholders to gather requirements and manage backlog and roadmap and owned releases - Drove improvement of org hiring: improved process, built tech brand (open source, Twitter, blogging, meetups) - Ran internal PFM project using Lean Startup methodology, owned product and led team building MVP - Ran product experiments, interviews and focus groups for multiple products, inc. redesign of - Scaled CI and test infrastructure during period of huge team growth - Introduced DevOps and continuous delivery methodologies - Hired engineers and other team members as tech team grew from 5 to 150, inc. building new Dublin-based team - Member of team building new SOA lending platform, now live in 4 territories From November 2009 to May 2015 (5 years 7 months) Web Architect @ Consulting for a number of tech startups, including: - OpenSocial application development for Huddle. - EC2-based application scale-out for Fujifilm. - Early prototype data mining tool for PeerIndex. - REST API design and specification for BitCoin. - Python tools for working with linked data for Guardian Media Group/ From October 2008 to November 2009 (1 year 2 months) Director @ Moblog develops technology for moblogging - letting people send images, video and sound to you straight from their phones and build communities around sharing photos and videos. I lead the engineering and product management teams, managing the transition from PHP to Django and building new application features in rapid iterations. From October 2005 to December 2008 (3 years 3 months) CTO @ As CTO, product manager and lead engineer for MyMart and MyShops, I built our mobile commerce product, including both web and mobile applications. Our platform was Django. I also managed other aspects of the business, including leading a failed funding round. From August 2006 to October 2008 (2 years 3 months) CTO, co-founder @ Cohack provided analytics tools for online marketers. I co-founded the company and delivered the platform. From August 2004 to January 2006 (1 year 6 months) Web Application Developer @ Key projects include: - wwWebflow digital asset management system (Java/Tomcat) for Silicon Systems. - Arena4 UI/UX development and testing. - Project management tools for SOLAS research project. From 2002 to 2006 (4 years) Web Application Developer @ Front-end Developer. Clients included Fujifilm, Severn Trent and Start-rite. From January 2001 to February 2002 (1 year 2 months) BSc, Computer Science @ University of East Anglia From 1997 to 2000 Bilborough College From 1995 to 1997 Ben Godfrey is skilled in: Start-ups, Software Development, Entrepreneurship, Team Leadership, Continuous Delivery, Product Management, Open Source, Business Strategy, Venture Capital, Lean Startup, Architecture, Agile Methodologies, Web Applications, Scrum, Continuous Integration

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