Chief Technology Officer (f/m) 80 - 100%

Ricardo is a vibrant online marketplace based in Switzerland, a local champion for second-hand goods and deals, and an active supporter for sustainability and re-use. Every week, over 100,000 people connect to buy and sell goods. With modern payment, shipping, search and ratings, Ricardo is innovating and growing fast. 

Chief Technology Officer (f/m) 80 - 100%

We’re looking for the next CTO of Ricardo, to lead a team of around 50 engineers distributed in Switzerland, France, Poland and Serbia. In this role, you will work closely with the engineering management team, as well as the executive team of Ricardo, helping to guide development and strategy. 

You are experienced in both tech and business - you’ve built things, designed them, marketed them, brought them to market, succeeded and failed. You’ve pitched ideas, hired people, budgeted costs, and monitored the vital signs.

What we expect you to contribute:

  • Inspire and lead the whole engineering staff, directly and indirectly
  • Invest in team members’ career growth as their coach and advocate
  • Foster organizational health to create a high-trust and high-performance environment
  • Provide a company-wide source of expertise on information technology and communications to support effective decision-making
  • Promote Ricardo Engineering through speaking, writing, and sharing via connections
  • Recruit and hire talented software engineers in collaboration with Ricardo’s recruiting team
  • Collaborate with TX Markets CTO and other marketplace companies (Homegate,, etc)

What you believe in: 

  • Data, automation, XKCD, garden gnomes
  • People are our greatest asset and we need to develop them
  • Always have fun when we work together
  • Software must fit in your head
  • Don’t fall in love with your code

What you bring along:

  • Proven experience as a CTO or similar team leadership role
  • Firm understanding of agile development processes, code, product development and software architecture
  • Comfortable working with business metrics, high-level planning, budgeting and monitoring KPIs and revenue progress
  • Strong negotiator, good at aligning with other teams and departments
  • Great communicator, who can express requirements to engineering, and explain complex topics to non-technical stakeholders
  • Excellent presenter, at  ease in front of large audiences
  • Experience in change management in complex environment
  • Prior experience to evaluate new solutions, competitors, build-or-buy decisions and gauging impact
  • Strategic thinking, looking ahead for both our platform and tech, and our business and users
  • Plus: Has worked in the Swiss tech field, and is familiar with the major players and key figures

We do not accept unsolicited applications from third - party agencies. 


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Zug, Switzerland

Theilerstrasse 1a
6300 Zug Directions View page

Workplace & culture

We share, learn, party, ship, fail and succeed together (not necessarily in that order).

We believe in healthy living and offer free flow of fresh fruit and other healthy snacks, and replenish our Felfel fridge every day with tasty and nutritious meals. During lunch hours there's the opportunity to do all kinds of different sports - just 5 minutes from our main office which is located in Zug, a short train ride away from Zurich or Lucerne.

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