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Technical Development Team Lead

  • Application Deadline: Dec. 4, 2022
  • Skellefteå
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 4, 2022
  • Skellefteå

We are looking for an experienced leader for one of our development teams! Our app already has over 3,5 million downloads and our goal is to keep growing fast, and steady.

Once Upon is a modern and flexible place to work in terms of technology as well as methodology. We offer an open and learning culture, where everyone has the freedom to explore and develop within their field. You will get the chance to lead an excellent team of developers and also work with hands-on development in one of our Product teams. We value innovation, co-creation, transparency and through collective knowledge as a team we always strive to make things better for our Once Uponers.

About the role

This role is part of the product development area and you will lead our Skellefteå based development team towards new heights. You will support a senior team of 5-7 developers with full stack competencies in app, web and backend development. By guiding, coaching and mentoring the team you'll support the personal as well as the collective growth of team members. The developers are divided between four Product teams, working closely with other competencies within the area. Each Product team has a Product Owner who’s responsible for the operational progress and ensures well-functioning agile product development in the value chain.

What you’ll do:

  • Support and guide the development team, practicing leadership the Once Upon way - listening, facilitating and always encouraging new ideas and innovations.

  • Support the team and aid them in reaching the company goals (or even farther), always with the Once Upon brand in mind.

  • Support the organization with insights regarding product development

  • Work sprint-based in an agile environment that promotes learning and development

  • Develop solutions that ensure excellent user-experience.

Your background

We're looking for an experienced leader who has a background within the field. Most likely you have a degree in computer science, or equivalent. It’s a plus if you have previous experience with development using React and writing testable and easy to read code in Java-/Typescript. You are comfortable leading in a fast paced agile development process.

Who you are

Experience from team management with personnel responsibility is a plus, but most important is leadership skills: you are supportive and exceptionally good at actively listening and encouraging others. You’re an excellent communicator in both Swedish and English and enjoy working closely across teams and departments to achieve results. Self motivation and problem solving come easy to you since you are a person who sees possibilities where others see obstacles. If you are also an innovative thinker with an open mind to your own and others' ideas, you will be a great fit to our culture.

Working at Once Upon

Our app was created to help people save their favorite moments in an easy and fun way, a little at a time, making everyone’s memories shine. And that’s how we want our workplace to be too – life (and work) at Once Upon should definitely be filled with happiness. Because happiness is the key to success, not the other way around. Right?

There are about 30 of us working with product development at Once Upon. Our area has lots of various competencies such as Product Designers, App-tester, User Researcher, UX-Writer and Developers in App, Webb and Backend. We work in platform independent teams, where each of the teams has all the competencies required for development and maintenance of a certain value chain. Today we have four autonomous Product teams, curious to learn more? Here you can read all about our Tech-stack.

We are in no way static in the way we are organized, everyone's own curiosity to learn new things is what guides that person’s development. Learning during working hours is something we’re passionate about, we encourage everything from reading books, listening to pods or taking courses, whatever you need to help you grow. This flexible mindset not only affects how we do things, but also where and when we do them. Here you can read the story behind our webapp – which is a great example of how we do things.


This role is located at our headquarters in Skellefteå, in the North of Sweden. We also have offices in Piteå, Örnsköldsvik and Stockholm. We are remote flexible, but for this role we value the creativeness and sense of community that follows from meeting face to face with colleagues.

Let´s connect

Does this sound like your dream job? Then we can't wait to hear from you! Please help us get to know you by submitting your resume or LinkedIn-profile on our website. You don't have to send us a personal letter, but please write a line or two where you let us know what you will bring to the table in this role. Applications in both Swedish or English work equally fine.

We conduct a competence based recruitment, meaning that every person who applies to join Once Upon receives equal employment opportunities. We value a welcoming environment where everyone feels included, respected and empowered, regardless of their sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age.

If you have any questions about the job or work at Once Upon, don’t hesitate to contact Talent Partner Matilda Ökvist at [email protected] Last day of application is December 4th.

Work with great people

Lina Öberg
"It doesn’t matter what team you’re in or what expertise you have, if you have a good idea, everyone wants to hear it!"
Nicola Hood
English Copywriter
"Honestly, I really love the app and just want more people to discover it, because I know they’ll love it too!"
Erik Svensson
UX Writer
"It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the culture at Once Upon. We all genuinely care for each other as well as for our users."
David Resoluth
Experience Designer
"Getting to grow my skillset while being aware I’m valued for my competence, makes me confident in what we can do together."
Hanna Larsson
Product Owner
"The Once Upon culture is about encouraging creativity and innovation throughout the organisation. So many good things come from that - it’s a great place to grow."
Maia Nyström
Teamlead Customer Care
"There’s just no better place to learn than Once Upon. I honestly learn new things and grow as a person and professional every day!"
Steffi Öhman
Influencer Marketer
"The workplace culture at Once Upon is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever worked before! I've felt like part of this great team since day one."

Great Place to Work

  • Generous wellness grant

  • Employee option program

  • Education and courses (is encouraged)

  • Opportunity to work remotely

  • Flexible working hours

  • Sick pay from first day of sick leave

  • Me-time (training, health center visits, etc)

  • Bike leasing options

  • 30 annual vacation days

  • Collective agreement

  • Best office space in town

About the company

At Once Upon you have the chance to be part of something that truly makes people happy. We want to help people save their favourite moments in an easy and fun way, a little at a time, making everyone’s memories shine. Today, there are just over 50 of us working at Once Upon. The app is translated into 12 languages, has been downloaded over 3 million times, with books delivered to over 109 countries, and we’re still growing!

To be the best we can possibly be, we need all kinds of people that are able to look at things from all kinds of perspectives. That’s why we need you, with your unique background, experiences and view on life. Want to be part of our story? Get in touch!

Matilda Ökvist | Contact Person

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