Lead Android Engineer

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Lead Android Engineer

We're looking for a Lead Engineer who will play a critical role in balancing team health, quality and delivery of projects and client relationships with the care and craft that Obvious is known for. 

Full-time · Remote (India)*
We are looking for applicants from under-represented, diverse backgrounds! We believe that the strongest solutions (from technology and design perspectives) are created when a diversity of voices, opinions and perspectives are brought to bear on problems that our clients hire us to solve.

You are our new Lead Android Engineer if:

You are a strong Android engineer. You have a strong technical background with experience in building and designing Android applications.

You’ve got experience. You’ve been an engineer for at least 6 years or more. You have built different products or contributed to open-source libraries.

You measure your own success by the progress of the people around you. To you, a job well done means providing opportunities and support that allow your teammates and community to thrive.

You are inspiring. Your team sees you as a role model. Even senior engineers feel they are able to learn from you. You care deeply about mentorship and growing engineers.

You work well cross-functionally and with your co-workers at all levels. You listen to clients and work with the designers to create the very thing that somehow makes their wishes come true.

Not required but nice to have

You have led a team before. You've worked as a team lead or manager before, so you know how much work and care goes into it. You enjoyed that part of the role and want to do more of it.

What does this role mean for you?

Lead from the front as a player-coach. Run small to mid-sized projects with minimal oversight from the Head of Engineering. Lead a "pod"—our atomic unit of consulting that includes a dedicated team of 3-5 engineers/designers for each client and deliver their best work with constraint-driven thinking. Leadership at Obvious isn’t about telling other people what to do. You lead by listening and by example.

Thrive in a collaborative environment while balancing quality, timelines and delivery of the projects, while ensuring that the high standard for which engineering at Obvious is known is upheld.

Listen well and internalise the best ideas from all over the organisation while also setting a vision that others are excited to get behind.

Directly contribute to core interface design and writing code. Serve as a role model for software design by developing, sharing, and setting the quality bar for Obvious Engineering as a whole.

Teach and mentor engineers to become next generation leaders.

A technical advisor to the head of engineering. Advise leadership on technical considerations related to the success of Obvious Engineering.

A Lead Android Engineer will play a critical role, ensuring that projects get delivered - not just on time, but calmly and with the care and craft that Obvious is known for. Pragmatism and perfection - both will be asked from not just you, but the entire team that you will lead - and knowing when to prioritise one over the other will be what determines your success in this role.

This role is not for you if

You are not interested in management. This is a player-coach role — that means there will be management duties. If you're not comfortable with giving candid, actionable feedback, providing a safe space for people and enabling your team to grow and do better, everyday, this is not the role for you.

You need predictability in your tasks. Responding to client needs means that roadmaps can change, people can fall ill, or those pesky designers can put in tons of complex animations. Being able to calmly navigate these currents with skill and a smile are essential to being a Lead at Obvious.


At Obvious product engineers and not just software engineers. We understand that great software is only a small part of value-creation. We work with our designers, often in the same room to rapidly iterate and validate our assumptions. Our Engineering playbook details all our lore and practices.

We believe in the DevOps movement, and imbibe the principles in all our work, even Mobile engineering! We review code with care and guidance, not as an afterthought, but every day as part of our workflow. We regularly share our work and learnings and engage with the community.

As we work remotely, we give time-off when needed, normalise taking small breaks during the day or being available only 70% on some days. We also have carefully constructed hardware & computer equipment guidelines including a one time WFH fund to help put together a stronger infrastructure at home. You can read more about working and growing at Obvious here

We are remote-first, and will be till further notice. In case of any changes, we will ensure a 6 month heads-up. 

*Please note: This role requires significant face time with the team and clients. To avoid situations of chronic stretch for the Lead and the rest of the team, we prefer the role to be based out of India or within IST timezone.