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Head of Engineering - AI & Full Stack

APCO Dubai, United Arab Emirates Posted: 27 Jun 2024


  • Estimate: $120k - $180k*
  • Zero income tax location


  • Visa Provided


  • Experience: Senior
  • English: Professional


About the job:

The APCO AI Comms Lab is not a product, not a new service, nor is it digital 2.0. It’s the foundation of our modus operandi at APCO; helping our clients through the latest in innovation and the biggest of ideas. The lab is powered by communications and technology experts who are tapping into a demand for disruptive AI technologies. Currently, we are focusing on using AI to revolutionize the way we think about content optimization, storytelling, digital and social media optimization, multimedia and creative, crisis management, media monitoring and digital listening. We are also excited about the potential of these technologies to actually shape strategies and unlock new insights and opportunities for clients.

Role Summary:

The Head of Engineering will be responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company. This includes developing and implementing engineering strategies, managing the engineering team, and ensuring the successful delivery of technology projects. The ideal candidate will possess a strong technical background, excellent leadership skills, and a proven track record in managing engineering teams and projects. A deep understanding of full-stack and AI system design and architecture is essential.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leadership and Management:

    • Lead and mentor the engineering team, fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and continuous improvement.
    • Develop and implement engineering strategies that align with the company's goals and objectives.
    • Oversee recruitment, training, and performance evaluation of engineering staff.
  • Technical Oversight:

    • Provide technical guidance and expertise across all engineering projects.
    • Ensure that engineering practices and processes meet the highest standards of quality and efficiency.
    • Stay current with emerging technologies and industry trends, integrating relevant advancements into the company’s technological roadmap.
  • Project Management:

    • Oversee the planning, execution, and delivery of engineering projects.
    • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define project requirements and deliverables.
    • Manage project timelines, budgets, and resources to ensure successful project outcomes.
  • Innovation and Development:

    • Drive innovation within the engineering team, encouraging the development of new ideas and solutions.
    • Identify opportunities for technological advancements that can enhance the company’s services and client offerings.
    • Lead the development and implementation of new engineering tools and systems.


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field. Minimum of 10 years of experience in engineering roles, with at least 5 years in a leadership position. Proven experience in managing and leading engineering teams in a fast-paced environment.

Technical Skills:

  • Strong technical background with expertise in software development, system architecture, and engineering best practices.
  • Extensive knowledge of various technologies and tools related to full-stack development, AI system design and architecture, backend and infrastructure, cloud services, data processing, and management.

Leadership Skills:

  • Excellent leadership and team management skills.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities and a strategic mindset.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders.

Industry Knowledge: Experience in the public relations, media, or digital marketing industry is highly desirable. Understanding of the unique technological needs and challenges within the PR sector.

About the company:

APCO is a global advisory and advocacy firm helping leading corporations, foundations and governments navigate a complex world and create lasting impact. Founded in 1984, with one woman’s vision and bold action, APCO has grown into an independent, majority women-owned firm of more than 1,200 employees with work spanning 80 markets around the world. Headquarters in Washington, D.C., APCO provides services and expertise on financial, competitive, political, and societal issues. APCO is a trusted partner to bold purpose-led leaders, lawmakers, government officials, NGOs, the media and other stakeholders in various sectors.

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