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

Django Developer (Contract)
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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Headline: We're currently on the lookout for talented developers to join us in our (pretty awesome) Bristol studio. 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 working closely with fellow developers designers and other team members. Our teams are self-organising with the freedom to define their own ways of working. Most of our products are web-based and use Python (and occasionally Node) on the server most often Django on Google App Engine (sometimes Firebase AWS or Azure). 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. While this listing focusses on Python we try to avoid silos: our developers are encouraged to contribute to any part of a system they’d like to. Your job title within the company will be simply “Developer”. About You: We expect developers 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 someone capable of making significant contributions to projects and work with 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 collaborating with other disciplines in the product team to devise creative solutions to the users’ needs. For this role you must have an appreciation of the full web stack as well as an appreciation of current trends in both back end and front end 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 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. Knowledge of testing QA tools and methodologies. Values: Working shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best developers 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 pool or your favourite retro video game? 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 learning on the job collaborating with our highly-skilled teams and every month we host our own Potato Lightning Talks events. Every developer is assigned a Tech Community Lead as a friendly face to check in with and make sure everyone’s happy (our TCLs are experienced developers who are involved in various company operations based in the same location as the developers they represent). Role Category: django-developer Social Description: We're currently on the lookout for a talented Django Developer to join us in our (pretty awesome) Bristol studio. 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 Testing Python
Full Stack Developer (Contract)
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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Headline: We're currently on the lookout for talented developers to join us in our (pretty awesome) Bristol studio. 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 working closely with fellow developers designers and other team members. Our teams are self-organising with the freedom to define their own ways of working. On the server most of our products use Python (and occasionally Node) most often Django on Google App Engine (sometimes Firebase AWS or Azure). 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. On the front end we are not married to any one framework. We’ve recently deployed projects using VueJS Angular 7 with NgRx and our own p.ota.to was rebuilt as an isomorphic React app. Of course we also regularly get stuck in with POSH (Plain Old Semantic HTML) and CSS/Sass with some vanilla JavaScript to go with it. About You: We expect developers 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 someone capable of making significant contributions to projects and work with 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 collaborating with other disciplines in the product team to devise creative solutions to the users’ needs. For this role you must have an appreciation of the full web stack as well as an appreciation of current trends in both back end and front end web technologies. Required Skills: Evidence of building for the web using Python with both relational. and non-relational databases. 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 HTML and semantics. Evidence of having built applications writing CSS using preprocessors and using a JS framework/library such as React/Vue/Angular. Optional Skills: Experience creating secure and well-designed APIs. Experience building for scale: high traffic big data large feature sets. Knowledge of testing QA tools and methodologies. Interest in building Progressive Web Apps or offline experiences. Demonstrate knowledge of building accessible experiences. 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 pool or your favourite retro video game? 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 learning on the job collaborating with our highly-skilled teams and every month we host our own Potato Lightning Talks events. Every developer is assigned a Tech Community Lead as a friendly face to check in with and make sure everyone’s happy (our TCLs are experienced developers who are involved in various company operations based in the same location as the developers they represent). Role Category: django-developer Social Description: We're currently on the lookout for a talented Full Stack (Python + Frontend) Developer to join us in our (pretty awesome) Bristol studio. 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 CSS Testing Python
Design Lead
London, England, United Kingdom
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Headline: Potato is looking for a Design Lead to join our Digital Product Studio in London supporting and developing our growing and talented team of designers coaches and engineers. About The Role: The Design Lead plays a vital role within the team. The Design Lead is responsible for the quality of work levels of creativity and standard of the delivery of the projects they are overseeing. They should be hungry passionate and ambitious to create best in class products that are the envy of their industry. Leading by example as an inventive thinker they will be able to inspire mentor and direct other members of the creative team. About You: Collaboration is at the heart of our agency and the right candidate will work in effortless unison with Potato’s subject matter experts to create and deliver the creative expression of the agency for its clients. The role requires an individual that is obsessed with the detail; every pixel point or feature requires their attention and endorsement. They have an essential role to play in ensuring that the digital products Potato are responsible for are at the very least striving to meet the highest industry standards and where possible setting the standard for others to follow. Required Skills: A champion of the creative process to ensure quality is maintained and implemented throughout the project lifecycle and where necessary advise lead and roll out iterations of the process. The ability to see beyond the brief and how we can future proof the work and products we produce. A deep understanding of UCD and Design Thinking design methodologies and design systems and how they can be used to create best in class experiences. To work closely with internal stakeholders taking responsibility for projects from brief through to delivery working collaboratively with CX UX Developers Writers Strategists BA’s and EX to successfully deliver a seamless UCD process. Confident communicating design direction to internal/external stakeholders and design team using various methods such as scamps mood boards inspirational references starboards prototypes. A proactive individual that is driven to seek new knowledge and is unafraid to challenge the way we do things in a positive and inclusive manner. Min 7+ year experience within an agency consultancy or digital environment and proven experience working within an Agile team. Optional Skills: Have a flawless eye for craft and an arbiter of taste. Have a passion for emerging technologies devices and digital products with a focus on user-centric design with the ability to sell your vision to clients. Work closely with the Creative leadership team in the planning and scoping stage for projects with the ability to adequately forecast level of effort resources and timeframes necessary to ensure successful creative delivery. A true collaborator. Someone that can build relationships across the agency and our clients to provide support and direction in a manner that is accessible and free of ego or self motive. Ability to translate a design from strategy or CX principles and craft design solutions to complex problems and information. Values: Working shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best engineers coaches 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 Fornite or some studio dog cuddles? All good. Ultimately we just want to make sure that you have everything you need to help us create 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 Design Lead to join us in our (fast growing) studio in 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 Leadership Collaboration
Coach Lead
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 Youtube Leadership Management Teamwork
Commercial Director
California, United States
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Headline: Potato is looking for a proven, ambitious Commercial Director to join our expanding Digital Product Studio in San Francisco, currently our most rapidly growing studio, taking our digital product design and development mission to even wider audiences. About The Role: A passionate and driven individual, you will lead our Business Development efforts leveraging our unique client offering and experience to expand our reach to like-minded companies who are thinking ambitiously about their digital product development plans. The role will encompass both new lead generation and growing existing accounts. We’ll expect you to be able to diversify our client base, helping win new clients as well as supporting teams in account handling and growing our existing clients. You will build plans for both existing client growth strategy as well as acquiring and qualifying new clients. You’ll take ownership of, and enhancing our customer’s experience (how they interface with the studio). This role is part of our San Francisco Studio Leadership Team where you will play an equal role in the overall leadership and future direction of the agency. Our studio leadership team are collectively responsible for the success and health of the studio, and accountable for the delivery of a set of holistic OKRs across Commercial, P&L, Team Health and Culture, Project Health, Client Relationship, and Business Development. You will be reporting into Potato Group, comprised of the CEO, Group Commercial Director, and CFO, where you will be tracking and reporting progress against agreed revenue targets and qualified prospects we’re talking to, on a weekly basis. About You: You should have a proven track record of building a client portfolio within a digital product development, start-up or agency environment. With a strong existing network in the Bay Area, you should be able to use your network to identify “areas of attack” (sectors and products for Potato to explore/invest in) and grow our client portfolio. As we’re a product development agency, we want you to be able to understand our vision, differentiators and capabilities. You should strive to work with purposeful and mission-driven companies and projects. You should be able to talk to that by leading and coordinating pitch teams or coordinating responses to RFPs and briefs. You’ll already be attending relevant events and conferences to build your network and be up-to-date with industry needs. You’ll have experience instilling a client service ethos in project teams and upskilling colleagues in account management best practice. You should be adept at raising awareness, improving reputation and recommendation of the brands you’ve worked with before. Using PR & Marketing efforts to drive lead generation should be second nature, including events and networking and thought leadership. Required Skills: Demonstrable experience winning work in the Bay Area and extremely strong pipeline management skills. Examples of building credible, trusted, sustainable relationships at a senior level within organisations. Strong presentation skills and ability to manage all stages of the business development cycle. Examples of where you built and nurtured valuable relationships with budget holders and stakeholders that resulted in recurring relationships. An outcomes-focused and consultative selling approach; with case studies of how you provided and measured value. Optional Skills: A strong understanding in, experience of, and advocate of Lean Startup and Agile foundational frameworks for iterative product development. A strong account management ethos to ensure hard won business is maintained and grown. A strong understanding of the technical/digital landscape, excellent technical knowledge and a thorough understanding of trends in design and technology. A high degree of entrepreneurial spirit and be capable of thinking on your feet and being flexible commercially. Strong emotional intelligence, empathy and leadership capability. Humility, straightforwardness and high collaboration skills. This will embody our culture and values. Strong desire to share accountability and work as a peer in a collective leadership team structure. Passion for excellence and attention to detail, self-motivated, proactive, enthusiastic and driven with the ability to motivate others. Comfort interfacing between teams (including engineering, designers, strategists, delivery managers and client stakeholders). 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 Commercial Director 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 Business & Operations Marketing Strategy Management Startup Leadership Management Technology Collaboration Entrepreneurial
Django Developer (Contract)
London, England, United Kingdom
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Headline: We're currently on the lookout for talented developers to join us in our (pretty awesome) central London studio. 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 working closely with fellow developers, designers, and other team members. Our teams are self-organising, with the freedom to define their own ways of working. Most of our products are web-based and use Python (and occasionally Node) on the server, most often Django on Google App Engine (sometimes Firebase, AWS, or Azure). 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. While this listing focuses on Python, we try to avoid silos: our developers are encouraged to contribute to any part of a system they’d like to. Your job title within the company will be simply “Developer”. About You: We expect developers 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 someone 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 collaborating with other disciplines in the product team to devise creative solutions to the users’ needs. 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 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. Knowledge of testing, QA tools and methodologies. Values: Working shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best developers, 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 pool or your favourite retro video game? 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 learning on the job, collaborating with our highly-skilled teams, and every month we host our own Potato Lightning Talks events. Every developer is assigned a Tech Community Lead as a friendly face to check in with and make sure everyone’s happy (our TCLs are experienced developers who are involved in various company operations, based in the same location as the developers they represent). Role Category: django-developer Social Description: We're currently on the lookout for a talented Django Developer to join us in our (pretty awesome) central London studio. 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 Testing Python Frontend Backend
Software Engineer
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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Headline: We are looking for an experienced software engineer to join our Audience of the Future venture. Over the next 12 months you will contribute to the design and development of an ambitious suite of platform services and core mobile app, which will deliver a state of the art immersive experience for users in 2020 and beyond. In addition to strong technical skills and relevant experience working in the web or games industries, you should be comfortable working in a lean startup environment. About The Role: We are building a new platform to bring storytelling into the 21st century. This journey begins with a brand new Wallace & Gromit adventure in partnership with Aardman, which will be using a variety of immersive technologies and transmedia approaches. To deliver this experience we need to build an ambitious and intelligent suite of backend services. This opportunity will allow you to join the small engineering team at an early stage in the venture, helping to shape the design and architecture of our solution. About You: We are looking for a highly motivated engineer to make a significant contribution to a challenging project. You should be interested in new and emerging technologies, be able to apply language agnostic best practices to our codebase, and strike the right balance between perfection and delivery. You should be comfortable working in a lean startup environment and contributing as part of an agile delivery team. Required Skills: Experience writing idiomatic, elegant and modern Python. Understanding of industry best practice around code quality and security. Experience writing robust, scalable, and high performance backend systems. Demonstrate ability to design web APIs. Experience using relational and non-relational databases. PaaS (ideally Google Cloud Platform but also Amazon, Azure, etc). Optional Skills: Unity (general appreciation of the core game engine concepts, demonstration of C# programming within the ecosystem). Any mobile app development experience (native or hybrid). Python web frameworks (Django, Flask, newer async libraries). Multiplayer networked games / game industry experience. Mixed Reality / Augmented Reality. Agile delivery workflow. Continuous Integration and test driven development. Appreciation of lean startup methodology. Values: Working shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best developers, 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 pool or your favourite retro video game? 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 learning on the job, collaborating with our highly-skilled teams, and every month we host our own Potato Lightning Talks events. Every developer is assigned a Tech Community Lead as a friendly face to check in with and make sure everyone’s happy (our TCLs are experienced developers who are involved in various company operations, based in the same location as the developers they represent). Social Description: We’re currently on the lookout for a talented Software Engineer to join our Audience of the Future venture in Bristol. Working in collaboration with Aardman, you will join a small engineering team to help shape the design and architecture an ambitious backend platform. Engineering Startup Python Backend Storytelling
Warehouse Order Puller
La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States