Backend Engineering Manager


Remote | Full Time

Join Mondly by Pearson, one of the leading language learning platforms worldwide, in our mission to revolutionize language education.

Mondly offers high-quality online learning in English and 40 other languages in a combination of 1300+ different language pairs. With innovative technology and engaging gamified content, we have won the trust of over 110 million customers globally. We lead the industry with cutting-edge technology such as VR, AR, and AI integrated into our core products, earning accolades like "Best New App" by Apple, "App of the Year" in EMEA by Facebook, "Editors' Choice" by Google, and "Best Apps of 2020" by Huawei.

With Mondly by Pearson, you'll be part of a company that is dedicated to making language learning accessible, innovative, and transformative for all. Our core values, from programming to design, marketing, and language courses, are anchored in innovation. Together, we can empower individuals to unlock their full language learning potential and make progress in their lives.


About the position


Mondly by Pearson is seeking an experienced Engineering Manager with strong technical expertise in Backend development using Spring Framework and Kotlin, as well as some knowledge of PHP. We are looking for a leader who can drive technical excellence while maintaining a pragmatic, product, and business-driven approach. As an Engineering Manager at Pearson, you will play a crucial role in shaping the future of educational technology and making a positive impact on learners worldwide.

You will report to the Head of Engineering and operate as part of the Technology team, unless the Employer determines otherwise.



• Technical Leadership: Lead and mentor a team of Backend engineers, fostering a culture of technical excellence, best practices, and innovation. Provide guidance on architectural decisions and ensure the team delivers high-quality code.

• Product and Business Alignment: Collaborate closely with product managers, designers, and stakeholders to define and prioritize product features and enhancements. Balance technical feasibility with business value and user needs.

• Technology Stack Mastery: Demonstrate expertise in Backend development using Spring Framework and Kotlin. Stay up-to-date with industry trends and continuously evaluate and adopt new technologies and tools where appropriate.

• Cross-functional collaboration: Work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure the successful delivery of projects. Collaborate with frontend engineers, QA, DevOps, and other stakeholders to achieve product goals.

• Team Development: Cultivate a high-performing engineering team by providing clear goals, performance feedback, and professional development opportunities. Foster a collaborative and inclusive team culture. Provide direction, guidance and training to their team; manage the onboarding plan of new employees and ensure consistency around practices, tools and technologies used inside the team. Promote a culture of partnership, teamwork, innovation and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

• Agile and DevOps Practices: Advocate for and implement agile methodologies and DevOps practices within the team. Drive automation, CI/CD, and a focus on rapid and reliable software delivery.

• Quality and Scalability: Ensure that systems are designed, developed, and maintained with an emphasis on quality, scalability, and reliability. Implement and enforce coding standards and best practices.

• Problem Solving: Identify technical challenges and proactively address them. Collaborate with the team to troubleshoot and resolve issues as they arise.

• Recruitment: Collaborate with HR and talent acquisition teams to identify, hire, and onboard top-tier Backend engineering talent.

• Duly observe all applicable health and safety laws and regulations.


Qualifications & Skills


• Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science or a related field.

• Proven experience in Backend development using Spring Framework and Kotlin, with some knowledge of PHP.

• Substantial experience in a leadership or management role, preferably in a technology-driven environment.

• Strong understanding of modern software engineering practices, including agile methodologies and DevOps principles.

• Strong understanding of best practices in infrastructure (Kubernetes, Docker, Terraform, etc), Observability, Stability, Availability, CI / CD, etc

• Ability to balance technical and business considerations and make data-driven decisions.

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams and stakeholders.

• Results-oriented mindset with a focus on delivering value to the business and customers.

• Evident fluency in English, being confident in speaking, reading and writing communication.


At Mondly by Pearson, we believe the key to greatness lies in passion, dedication, achievement, and a good environment. We empower everyone to be at their best and we hold our team to high expectations, as we believe in their potential to achieve remarkable things. That’s why we offer a generous array of benefits and opportunities in return for your commitment.

Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy:

  • Performance-based bonuses and attractive compensation
  • Discounted share purchase plan
  • Best in-class tech and software
  • Private medical insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexibility to work from home, the office or abroad
  • Team events, informal gatherings, and celebrations - online and offline
  • Extensive training and education resources
  • A free Premium Mondly subscription to brush up your language skills
  • The right environment for ambitions, high objectives, creativity, innovation, and teamwork

Join us at Mondly by Pearson and embark on a journey where high goals meet unparalleled rewards. Together, we can surpass boundaries, accomplish extraordinary feats, and shape the future of our industry