ding* was established in Ireland in 2006 and has grown to become the world’s leading top-up service. They have their headquarters in Dublin and also have offices in Miami, Dubai, Bucharest, Dhaka and San Salvador. ding* won the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in both 2012 and 2013. They have reached billions of phones, via their app and website as well as in-store at over 600,000 retail outlets worldwide.
With approximately 60 team members based in Dublin, Bucharest, Dhaka, Dubai and Miami, the VP of Engineering would be responsible for managing, developing and mentoring each team member whilst assisting the team to deliver projects on time and to the needs of the business. As a direct report to the CEO, ding* was looking for someone who could communicate and interact well with both the CEO Founder and the rest of the business to ensure that there is only one viewpoint; what’s best for the business.
Accreate were looking for a highly technically competent leader candidate who also had to possess a commercial mindset to ensure that the Technology team would deliver what the business needed most. ding*‘s proprietary technology is the engine that drives the business, and they needed someone who would understand the nuances and fundamentals of online technology, while also bridging the gap between business needs and technology development.
For this search, we focused first on Ireland and then on overseas candidates with a link to Ireland. We shortlisted candidates with the right background to be able to audit a technology team of considerable size and complexity and optimise that team to meet the organsation’s considerable scale-up and growth plans. The successful candidate was not only an exceptional technology leader, but proved over time the ability to work seamlessly with the CEO Founder to realise their commercial goals.