CTO @ Wave

Toronto, ON M4M 2S1

Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: CTO & VP Engineering Job Number: 1852

Job Description

gdR has been retained to recruit a CTO for Wave, an exciting opportunity for an engineering leader to join an incredible culture, thriving business and lead a 125+ person team. 

Founded in 2010, Wave aspires to create a future where small business owners can manage their finances fearlessly. Doing so means more new entrepreneurs, and more thriving small businesses. To get to that future, Wave will be the simplest, all-in-one financial management solution small business owners can’t live without. Joining Wave represents an opportunity at the intersection of reach, scale & innovation. There is an opportunity to make a huge mark in a place where impact can been seen in short time periods. The team is incredible & covers a lot of ground quickly - truly allowing Wave to move the needle. 

About Technology at Wave:

Wave is powered by a range of modern technologies. Our primary toolkit includes Python, Ruby on Rails, Golang, GraphQL, React, React Native and leverages AWS. We regularly explore and experiment with new technologies to see how they can help fulfill our mission. Culture of shared ownership via mandatory code reviews and learning opportunities such as mentorship programs and bi-weekly workshops. At Wave our CTO leads a diverse team of technologists from a broad cross-section of functions including engineering, platform, data sciences & business intelligence, and security.

Here's how you will make an impact:

  • Leading our engineering & data sciences team to deliver world class solutions

  • Be a talent magnet to attract, grow and retain top tier technology talent

  • Fostering & advocating for the technical leadership required to build fantastic solutions our customers love

  • Mentoring and developing senior technology leaders to be strong role models and leaders for their teams and to develop their own mentees

  • Balancing speed of delivery with great quality and world class security across the entire organization


  • Achieving our high standards on scalability, availability and reliability and building a team which imbeds those standards in everything we do

You'll thrive here if you have:

  • Experience leading fast growing software engineering teams in a SaaS environment

  • You are a builder. Lean, agile & speed is key at Wave

  • Comfortable with breadth & complexity. You’ll need this to lead a diverse team of engineers, systems, data scientists, analytics, mobile, & more

  • A record of leading teams to deliver outstanding software which truly delights customers

  • Passion about building an engineering culture that developers love being a part of

  • You have a good sense of how excellent software makes for great product market fit

  • You can work in a highly collaborative environment that doesn’t rely on rigid hierarchies to get things done

  • You have the ability to translate and communicate at both the executive level and to broader Wave as a whole

  • You understand what it means to lead from the front. You have a track record of instilling confidence, respect, and growing incredible next generation leaders

  • You rigorously prioritize the right things necessary to deliver software our customers love

Apply today or contact Bruce Dorland, Managing Director, at bruce AT grossmandorland DOT com to learn more.



About gdR

Founded in 2007, gdR’s mission is to grow the leadership capacity and capabilities of people and companies in the Canadian tech ecosystem through executive search, team recruiting and leadership development. We’re actively involved in the community by creating opportunities for people to connect and learn from one another e.g. Canadian Tech at Scale (in partnership with Shopify & Friends), which brings 200+ engineering leaders together. gdR values inclusion in Canada’s tech ecosystem and partners with employers that provide equal opportunities for individuals from diverse groups. If you’re interested in moving to Canada, although we can’t sponsor you, we have put together resources to help you with your journey. Follow gdR on LinkedIn and Twitter updates on new roles in tech.

Meet Your Recruiter

Bruce Dorland

Bruce Dorland co-founded gdR in 2007 with a vision of bringing great people and tech companies together, all in support of scaling the tech ecosystem. 

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