Studio Lead - Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

Buildit: Our co-creation and innovation accelerator studios comprised of a global network of engineering practitioners. Buildit team specializes in rescuing at-risk projects and accelerating transformation programs through targeted interventions in various stages of transformation journey: Our offering includes the following:

  • Velocity Consulting: Targeted intervention to solve highly complex engineering problems or rescue at-risk engagements by small group of experts.
  • Co-creation global studios: Ideation, design, training, engineering to product development.
  • Professional Education: High-impact training courses taught by practitioners (Agile, and Lean methodologies)

Why us?

We challenge the way companies approach problem-solving and share a passion for solving difficult ones. We understand that success comes from a combination of changes in technology, ways of working and a customer-centric approach. We love technology and understand that real change comes from showing people what is possible rather than telling them. We treat our people like adults and foster an environment where they feel empowered to succeed.

Job Description

The Studio Lead is accountable for all aspects of the studio effective running and growth of the studio - its people, and client work. The Studio Lead is not a taskmaster, interventionist or centre of attention, rather an enabler, servant-leader, facilitator, coach, mentor, confidant, an arbitrator, a doer. Supported by a leadership team the Leader is trusted to act in the best interests of the Studio, wider organization and Customers based on their own judgment, experience, and conscience. You will:

  • Lead the Edinburgh studio, ensuring proper structure and operation of the studio while creating a great team that meets our strategic business goals
  • Uphold and embody Buildit’s core values and principles: transparency, curiosity, inclusivity, pragmatism, responsibility, open-mindedness and getting stuff done

Business Development and Growth

  • Engage with sales and account teams to identify and execute opportunities for Studio engagement to build a reputation and generate reputation
  • Ensure people have the time to develop and grow during client engagement and bench time
  • Balance support for relevant pre-sales activity with the client and internal demand

Staffing and Operations

  • Ensure commitments are met, maintain a high “say-do” ratio
  • Manage interference and ‘noise’ unrelated to our core mission
  • Collaborate with Talent Management and Sales functions to attract, retain and develop the right talent and bench to respond to demand
  • Ensure the existence of required roles for the effective operation and continuous evolution of the studio
  • Ensure studio's alignment to the Buildit business plan while maintaining studio level financial discipline


  • Across Buildit global studios, wider organization and subsidiaries
  • Work with the Head of Buildit and other MDs to ensure the health and cohesiveness of Buildit, its people, and shared ethos
  • Studio contribution to Buildit's public face (meetups, conferences, blogs)
  • We are global so you will be requested to travel for client engagements, pre-sales, and internal meetings


  • A solid appreciation of technology, its evolution, potential and application in the Digital Age
  • Previous or recent hands-on engineering experience (JavaScript, Java, C#, Angular, React, etc) or strong Delivery experience
  • Client focus and the desire to be at the center of their transformation and ours
  • Commercial acumen commensurate with running a consulting practice
  • Ability to foster an amazing team culture and thrive inside that team as an egoless peer
  • Experienced in managing teams and/or setting up communities of excellence to allow for continuous improvement
  • An understanding that digital transformation of large enterprises is a long game with much resistance to overcome, having the stamina, patience, persistence, and pragmatism to see such initiatives over time
  •  Ability to demonstrate commercial ownership of the company to meet or exceed revenue and margin expectations and utilization percentages
  • A proven track record of successfully delivering programs of work whilst maintaining a strong relationship with all parties
  • Experience in strategic planning, hiring, and setting up a cross-functional team of engineers and transformation leads
  • Experience in coaching, counselling and mentoring and all aspects of people development
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