Jobs at Alumni Ventures Portfolio Companies


Android Engineer



Software Engineering
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2024

Our mission is to become the global standard for addressing. Street addresses weren’t designed for 2024. They aren’t accurate enough to specify building entrances, and they don’t exist for parks, rural areas and many parts of the world. This makes it hard to find places and causes problems and inefficiencies on a global scale.

That’s why we created what3words. We divided the world into 3m squares and gave each square a unique combination of three words. It’s the easiest way to find and share precise locations.

Over the last year, what3words has been used in 193 countries, and our monthly active users continue to grow at an impressive pace. Our tech is used by emergency services, delivery companies, eCommerce businesses, ride-hailing apps and NGOs, and is integrated into the navigation systems of millions of cars around the world.

The role:

The role is for an Android developer to work on our core app used by millions. We’re scaling a new team up from scratch so it’s a very exciting time to join if you want to have impact. You’ll be designing, building and scaling our mobile apps and working with engineers and product specialists in London. You’ll be working to deliver our product roadmap, choosing technologies and delivering features. The job will be working closely with the QA, UX and product teams as well, helping to iteratively develop new features and will be based out of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

About you:

You should have experience working in a startup environment or high impact environment, delivering apps on Android, working with a range of technologies, be able to pick up new skills quickly.


  • Build and maintain features on our core app

  • Collaborate with our other mobile and front end engineers to make a consolidated portfolio of products

  • Deliver features end to end from inception and design through implementation and deployment and testing

  • Stay up to date on the latest technologies and trends in Android development

Essential Skills:

  • 3+ years Kotlin development in Android Studio or similar

  • Extensive end-to-end experience developing mobile apps, from interpreting UX designs to working with product teams on recursive feedback and analytics/testing

  • Experience building and distributing components for third parties

  • Distributing software via Gradle/Maven

  • Unit testing/UI testing in Junit/Espresso

Desirable Skills:

  • Ci/CD experience (CircleCI+Argo a plus)

  • C++/NDK/JNI experience

  • Using RESTful web APIs

  • wearOS, Android Auto would be a plus

  • iOS experience would be a plus

You will have:

  • Excellent communication skills in both spoken and written English

  • The ability to talk to techies and non-techies in suitable language

  • A passion for development and staying current with technology trends

  • The ability to work both independently and with others

  • A focus on high quality software engineering work and attention to detail

  • The ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

Extra credit if you:

  • Like maps and location based services and know what a GIS is (we love maps)

  • Are able to understand the business context of what you’re doing – understand the value your work creates.

  • Enjoy learning new skills in scripting languages and how to use those to showcase our products

Equality, diversity and inclusion at what3words

Our mission is to help everyone talk about everywhere, and we believe diverse perspectives make for a better company and better products too. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups and are committed to equality and inclusivity in our hiring processes and company culture.


We offer the following benefits to all permanent employees of what3words:

- Competitive salary

- Flexible working

- 6 week remote working (work from anywhere) policy

- 25 days holiday: plus the option to buy more!

- Share options

- Pension

- Private health and dental insurance

- Life insurance

- Wellbeing Days

- Yulife perks and rewards

- Generous parental leave policies

- Family friendly policies

- Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

- Lunch & learn sessions

- Office perks; free breakfast, snacks & regular team lunches

- Sports and hobbies clubs