Careers at Potato

Mission

Potato focuses on building and designing secure and scalable web applications that play a pivotal role in marketing campaigns.

Product Segments

Potato has a range of products that it creates for big clients all over the world. It can be divided into two categories.

  • Technical – The world class engineering team has designed some amazing projects, including The Cube and Virtual Art Sessions.
  • Creative – The creative team at Potato has designed ingenious imaginative and artistic projects, such as Goldivox and Google Art Project.

History

Potato was created in the year 2010 by an experienced software developer Jason Cartwright and his long-time business partner Luke Guttridge. Potato has its headquarters in London and has more offices in Bristol and San Francisco. Potato is now part of the AKQA network, a global digital agency.

Benefits at Potato

Jobs at Potato

Coach / Delivery Lead
San Francisco, California, United States
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Headline: We're currently on the lookout for a talented Coach / Delivery Lead to join us in our (fast growing) studio in SOMA, San Francisco. So if think you’ve got what it takes to create digital products and services that break new ground for some of the biggest brands on the planet, we can’t wait to hear from you. About The Role: At Potato, best in class software development and human-centred design are at the heart of everything we do. We’re a talented bunch of problem solvers who are committed to finding a better way; delivering smarter products that provide more satisfying experiences and more valuable outcomes for our clients and their users. Our clients include Google, Mozilla and the BBC. Our Coaches - at all levels - enable our product delivery teams to work efficiently, effectively and positively together. In other words, “helping our Product Teams help themselves”. Above all, the Coach team impacts the way we deliver purposeful digital products and services to market for our clients, by collaborating with cross functional, highly skilled engineering and design teams. You will be a constant go-to for “what is the Potato way of working” as that evolves. You will be taking a leading role to help grow and maintain a source of key tools, methods, approaches and templates. Your delivery responsibilities will include tracking velocity, burn rates and team-member-time. In addition, you will be performing regular reporting on the overall health of the work we do as well as running invoices on your products/projects. A vital part of the role is fostering a team-based environment where reliable project delivery happens through empowering teams of skilled individuals, rather than through old-fashioned project management “command & control” approaches. About You: As Coach / Delivery Lead, you will need to be an exemplar for the practice internally and externally, focus on constant self-development to stay progressive, and be responsible for supporting a portfolio of Product Teams working on separate projects, or multiple projects within a single product - each of which may have a Coach. You will be expected to support those coaches and foster healthy teamwork across the portfolio that you are looking after. You should be able to both deliver your own individual projects, as well as safeguarding those that are run by the coaches in your team. You will have experience in successfully delivering projects by fostering an environment of proactivity, delivery, and continuous improvement. Alongside that, we expect our coaches to be responsible for ensuring healthy and positive team dynamics, communication, and feedback. Required Skills: At least 10+ years of experience in the delivery of digital projects, products and services. High level of understanding of prevalent agile and lean software delivery and design practices, as well as web and mobile technologies and platforms. Experience of managing internal initiatives as well as external client projects - Potato SF is a our newest studio so we would expect you to support some of the day to day operations of the studio. Evidence of mentoring teams and coaches, in areas like professional growth and interpersonal interactions. Experience in the oversight of major or tricky projects or programmes of work (e.g. multiple related projects, large project teams, complex tech, multitudes of difficult stakeholders, etc). Optional Skills: Evidence of having raised issues early in previous roles and often to model the value of early problem detection. We would like to see experience in proactive risk mitigation to avoid preventable escalations. Personal resilience and ability to deal with demanding clients (e.g. Product / Director level and C Suite). Previous experience in leadership roles. A demonstration that you can encourage and motivate positive team attitude under adverse circumstances - "Grace under fire". Strong capacity for systems thinking at a level above individual project requirements. Values: Working shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best engineers, designers and product leads in town, we’ll give you the freedom to manage your own work and trust you to get things done. Want to work from home occasionally? Go for it. Need to unwind with a game of Fortnite or some studio dog cuddles? All good. Ultimately, we just want to make sure that you have everything you need to help us deliver the best products possible. You’ll have many opportunities for growth and learning: collaboration within teams, rotation to different products, experimentation on internal tools as well as involvement in our Potato Talks events, mentorship and conferences. Social Description: We're currently on the lookout for a talented Coach / Delivery Lead to join us in our (fast growing) studio in SOMA, San Francisco. So if think you’ve got what it takes to deliver digital products and services that break new ground for some of the biggest brands on the planet, we can’t wait to hear from you Delivery Management Leadership Management Teamwork
Developer Intern
London, England, United Kingdom
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Headline: At Potato we design and build websites, tools and apps for huge audiences, for the likes of Google, Tate and the Natural History Museum. We are proud to be a part of the AKQA network. We offer internships to hard-working individuals aiming for a career in engineering. We’re proud to be an interesting, challenging place to spend a paid internship. About The Role: Working alongside a mentor, you will support our friendly and experienced teams across the whole business and gain experience in a fast-moving agency. Mentored by the lead developers, you will be responsible for developing digital products, websites, tools and apps under the guidance, and in line with the style of, the lead developers. From day one you'll be part of the team. You'll face real challenges, have real client exposure, enjoy real achievements and have your talents recognised every step of the way. We will help guide you through your summer experience, and each intern is assigned a mentor and a buddy, so you'll have all the support you need. About You: We offer internships to hard-working individuals aiming for a career in engineering. We're all about writing the best possible code, and have opportunities for developers interested in both front and back-end work. Potato developers usually use some combination of Python & Django, Javascript frameworks and libraries such as Angular or React and HTML5+CSS/SCSS, but we'd love to hear from you even if you don't necessarily have in-depth knowledge of all the things. Because we want to bring the very best people into our organisation, people who understand our business inside and out, we've designed our internships to act as a pipeline into our future full-time classes of new hires. This means that if you show real potential and demonstrate exceptional performance during your time with us, you may be offered a full-time position when one becomes available. Required Skills: Enthusiasm for working in tech and applying yourself to a new environment Been studying computer science or a similar technical course (either formally or informally) for at least two years Basic foundations in backend or frontend code Optional Skills: Have some code you can share with us Values: You’ll be welcomed as part of Potato and will be fully integrated into a friendly, supportive, proactive Agile product team. You’ll collaborate closely with fellow engineers, designers, and other team members. As well as this, you’ll be given guidance by fellow engineers at Potato to set you up for success not only in this internship, but also your future career. Internships CSS Python Frontend Backend
Design Lead
London, England, United Kingdom
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Headline: We're currently on the lookout for a talented design lead to join us in our (quite awesome) studio in central London. So if think you’ve got what it takes to create digital products and services that break new ground for some of the biggest brands on the planet, we can’t wait to hear from you. About The Role: At Potato, best in class software development and human-centred design are at the heart of everything we do. We’re a talented bunch of problem solvers who are committed to finding a better way; delivering smarter products that provide more satisfying experiences and more valuable outcomes for our clients and their users. Our clients include Google, Mozilla and the BBC. We are looking for a Design Lead to help us lead, build and develop our design team. We do not distinguish our designers from UX or UI, believing in analysing and developing individual skills for every team member and placing our team within best fit for the product they work on. As a design team we want to appeal to both the head and the heart. Our designers are expected to be able to constantly question and reassess both their own work and that of their team to make sure we are delivering the right kind of experience for the intended audience. As a design lead, you should be able to adjust to change, tailoring your output or that of a team, to overcome hurdles or learnings as you iterate to the best possible solution. This role is a leadership role within our London studio, which expects you to form a part of strategic planning, forward thinking, and business decision making. You will be accountable casting teams within the London studio for best fit against individual career development goals as well as best skill fit for the products and services we work on. About You: At Potato, we work on projects within a product culture of prototyping, rapid validation and iteration. We expect a design lead to prove meticulous in analysing the output of a studio through the lens of data as well as creative. You should take into account wider business goals within your work (not just those explicitly brought to the table by a product lead), backing solutions with metrics and insights, developing a hypothesis driven approach. You are able to produce original data that results in redefining or pivoting products. You substantiate your work when presenting it back within this framework, building competitive advantage for clients. You will need to be able to sense and evolve emerging problems ahead of time in order to create new briefs, begin new pitches and extend the work we already do for our clients. You will be expected to be able to originate a vision that transforms the products we work on, strategise the elevating the creative solutions of your peers by defining design principles which they build upon. Required Skills: A minimum of 7 years design experience. A portfolio, with examples of work in web, mobile and emerging technologies. Evidence of working within a product culture of user-centered, hypothesis driven design. Experience in leading design teams before, mentoring both junior and mid-level designers through involvement in how to progress their career development. Optional Skills: Have thorough examples within your portfolio, detailing how you have contributed to your projects in both user experience requirements and ensuring strong visual design within your team. Be able to articulate the business requirements of the projects you’ve worked on before and how you met or exceeded goals and objectives. Have either startup or agency experience. Have experience working within agile product development teams, ideally with experience of building design within agile teams. An understanding of the technical side of product development, with an appreciation of how designers and engineers work best together. Role Category: ux-designer Social Description: We're currently on the lookout for a talented design lead to join us in our (quite awesome) studio in central London. So if think you’ve got what it takes to create digital products and services that break new ground for some of the biggest brands on the planet, we can’t wait to hear from you Design Strategy Startup Leadership
Product Lead
London, England, United Kingdom
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Headline: We're currently on the lookout for talented product leads to join us in our (quite awesome) studio in central London. So if think you’ve got what it takes to deliver digital products and services that break new ground for some of the biggest brands on the planet, we can’t wait to hear from you. About The Role: At Potato, best in class software development and human-centred design are at the heart of everything we do. We’re a talented bunch of problem solvers who are committed to finding a better way; delivering smarter products that provide more satisfying experiences and more valuable outcomes for our clients and their users. Our clients include Google, Mozilla and the BBC. Working in close partnership with our Agile Coaches, our Product Leads are accountable for developing the vision and strategy as well as product roadmapping and maintaining an evolving set of features via product backlog. Working alongside designers, coaches and engineers, you’ll be responsible for defining requirements and desired outcomes and measuring throughout projects the delivery against that criteria. Essentially, a Potato Product Lead is our version of the client Product Owner and therefore builds a close working relationship with them, providing the core foundation for tracking progress against any agreed business goals. A Potato Product Lead develops a solid understanding of the product’s users through continuous research and validation sprints. They also develop deep knowledge of the client marketplace, the product’s competition, and future trends affecting the product’s domain. About You: Our Product Leads have the key responsibility to deliver business value and the desired outcomes for the product, motivate the product team with a clear, elevating goal, and keep the team true to it during development. As such, you should have experience of working within teams in leading agile product development, as well as a sound understanding of business strategies. In having to define requirements, measure outcomes and validate our solutions, you should have experience running research, using analytics and being able to turn insight into actionable user needs. This role also requires working with a variety of different partners and as such depends upon strong relationship management. Required Skills: A minimum of 3 years experience in a product strategy or product management role. Experience working in an agile team, having had the role of product owner within a Scrum team setup. Evidence of having worked on creating a product vision and delivering against a roadmap before. Optional Skills: Evidence of building business cases and supporting clients building business cases. Demonstrable experience of participating in, and championing user research to focus on totality of all users. Evidence of involvement in large scale system design, where multiple different user needs must be considered and fulfilled. Ability to prioritise spending based on return on investment and experience pitching to secure funding for new products through ownership and iteration of a product lifecycle. Values: Working shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best engineers, designers and coaches in town, we’ll give you the freedom to manage your own work and trust you to get things done. Want to work from home occasionally? Go for it. Need to unwind with a game of pool or some studio dog cuddles? All good. Ultimately, we just want to make sure that you have everything you need to help us deliver the best products possible. You’ll have many opportunities for growth and learning: collaboration within teams, rotation to different products, experimentation on internal tools as well as involvement in our Potato Talks events, mentorship and conferences. Social Description: We're currently on the lookout for talented product leads to join us in our (quite awesome) studio in central London. So if think you’ve got what it takes to deliver digital products and services that break new ground for some of the biggest brands on the planet, we can’t wait to hear from you Product Leads Strategy Management Scrum Marketplace Management Analytics
Senior Python Engineer
San Francisco, California, United States
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Headline: We're currently on the lookout for talented software engineers to join us in our (fast growing) studio in SOMA, San Francisco. So if think you’ve got what it takes to build digital products and services that break new ground for some of the biggest brands on the planet, we can’t wait to hear from you. About The Role: At Potato, best in class software development and human-centred design are at the heart of everything we do. We’re a talented bunch of problem solvers who are committed to finding a better way; delivering smarter products that provide more satisfying experiences and more valuable outcomes for our clients and their users. Our clients include Google, Mozilla and the BBC. As part of one of our friendly, supportive, proactive Agile product teams, you’ll be responsible for delivering the technical side of products by ensuring you and your team plan and execute the delivery of excellent simple, reliable, maintainable software, meeting user and stakeholder needs and timelines. Most of our products are web-based and use Python (and occasionally Node) on the server, most often on Google App Engine (sometimes Firebase or AWS). We use a mix of relational and non-relational databases, and other cloud services. We aim to strike a balance between leveraging our existing strengths and exploring new tech. About You: We expect engineers at Potato to be able to find creative solutions to technical problems and user needs, whilst also finding opportunities to optimise and simplify software. For this role, we’re looking for people capable of supporting, guiding and empowering teams to produce excellent software, striking the right balance between perfection and delivery. Experience with Google App Engine or Django is a plus, but not mandatory. We’re looking for someone who writes great code, but also enjoys working directly with stakeholders whilst taking a high-level strategic view of the product. For this role, you must have an appreciation of the full web stack, as well as an appreciation of current trends in both backend and frontend web technologies. Required Skills: Experience building for the web using Python. Experience using Git to manage development in teams. Experience with Google App Engine or a similar PaaS. An understanding of security vulnerabilities and how to prevent them. An understanding of both relational and non-relational databases. Optional Skills: Experience meeting and working directly with clients. Experience mentoring and supporting fellow developers. Experience creating secure and well-designed APIs. Experience building for scale: high traffic, big data, large feature sets. Front-end web or native app development skills. An understanding of Agile methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban. Knowledge of testing and QA tools and methodologies. Values: Working shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best coaches, designers and product leads in town, we’ll give you the freedom to manage your own work and trust you to get things done. Want to work from home occasionally? Go for it. Need to unwind with a game of Fortnite or some studio dog cuddles? All good. Ultimately, we just want to make sure that you have everything you need to help us build the best products possible. You’ll have many opportunities for growth and learning: collaboration within teams, rotation to different products, experimentation on internal tools, involvement in new business and pitching, our Potato Talks events, mentorship, training courses, and conferences. Role Category: django-developer Social Description: We're currently on the lookout for talented senior software engineers to join us in our (fast growing) studio in SOMA, San Francisco. So if think you’ve got what it takes to build digital products and services that break new ground for some of the biggest brands on the planet, we can’t wait to hear from you. Engineering Python Scrum Kanban Testing Python Frontend Backend
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