Hire Software Tech Lead Developers in 2023

Hire software Tech Leads

Is your development team growing and requires someone to manage, motivate and nurture it? Then you must be looking to hire Technical Lead developers. Need help finding a programmer who will be dedicated, trustworthy, and has great technical and leadership skills?

Well, let’s take a look at Lemon.io’s talent pool! We are a marketplace of vetted devs. Lemon.io can offer you a software Tech lead just according to your needs! 

Who is a Technical Lead?

Think of a Technical lead as an orchestra conductor. Just like an orchestra is incomplete without a conductor, a team might be unable to perform smoothly without a Technical lead. In more professional terms, a Technical Lead is a senior-level software engineer who is in charge of the design and development of technical solutions for complex projects and problems.

What will we cover?

Additionally, as you might have thought, Tech leaders are responsible for providing guidance, overseeing, directing, and managing the development team’s and projects’ workflow.

Looking to hire your own orchestra conductor but don’t know where to begin? This article is what you need.

Let’s roll!

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$70/h.

Denys B.

// senior front-end web developer

Denys is a senior front-end developer with 8 years of experience who has completed a project through our platform. Proficient in React ecosystem, fluent in Javascript & Typescript.

  • javascript
  • react
  • typescript
$145/h.

Nazariy P.

// lead software developer / head of engineering

Meet a man with various interests: Data Science, Machine Learning, crafting sweet code, playing multiple musical instruments, and chess. Impeccable English included.

  • data science
  • machine learning
  • +2 skills
$80/h.

Taras K.

// tech lead / senior front-end web developer

Taras is a tech lead with a proper understanding of his role of a dev practitioner. He is an expert in agile methodologies and all the required engineering procedures.

  • javascript
  • react
  • typescript

What does a Lead developer do?

Technical leads could be viewed as a bridge between a development team and project or company management. They lead the engineering team and ensure everything is done according to the company standards. Not only that, Technical Leads are also expected to negotiate with clients and stakeholders to define project objectives, timelines, budgets, and resources. If put into a bulleted list, this is what their responsibilities will look like:

  • Managing project scope before, during and post-delivery;
  • Identifying and resolving technical issues;
  • Participating in meetings and reporting on progress;
  • Ensuring the team follows software development best practices and standards;
  • Facilitating a collaborative environment;
  • Proactively identifying and decreasing risks and bottlenecks that might impact the progress of projects;
  • Leading, supporting, mentoring, and motivating the team members;
  • Conducting code reviews;
  • Designing and implementing scalable software solutions;
  • Maintaining project documentation.

Three main reasons to hire a Tech Lead

1. Professional knowledge and experience

2. Leadership and management skills

3. Communication and mentoring skills

  1. A software Tech Lead must have years of experience with similar projects. That, in its turn, can help your business avoid potential issues that can, if unnoticed, turn into costly problems. Moreover, Technical leads bring expertise in certain areas to the table. Bet it a development methodology or in-depth knowledge of programming language, their expertise can save money and time in the development stages.
  2. Tech leads are like development managers. They create and manage plans and guide teams through technical projects, ensuring everyone is working collaboratively towards achieving common goals efficiently. A Technical software lead is responsible for creating an environment where collaboration between developers is maximized while at the same time leaving them room for independent work, yet making sure everything is like clockwork.
  3. Tech Leads have to have great communication skills, which will allow them to bridge gaps during inter-departmental meetings. This, in its turn, will help your startup avoid potential delays in development. Furthermore, Technical software leads often mentor and guide junior members of the engineering team, teaching them best practices. In this role, they aim to increase team knowledge and productivity, thus, creating a more synchronous working environment.

Benefits of hiring a Technical Lead

  • Higher development team efficiency. A Tech Lead will be able to manage and optimize existing resources, making sure that your startup’s technical processes are running smoothly.
  • Enhanced product quality. Technica Leads possess an in-depth knowledge of the technologies used by their teams. This makes it easier for them to foresee any areas where improvements could be made in order to enhance product quality and user experience. Additionally, this knowledge allows them to set realistic expectations and work them out according to plan.
  • Decreased risk. Software technical leads are looking over all of the development stages. They can identify any potential risks associated with a project, allowing the team and organization as a whole to make an informed decision about how best to proceed without facing significant delays.

Skills and qualifications of Technical Lead

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Hard skills:

  • Strong technical knowledge in software engineering, databases, programming languages, and frameworks;
  • Previous experience with relevant project stack;
  • High standards in code quality and readability;
  • In-depth understanding of the software development cycle, including agile methodologies;
  • Previous experience as a Tech Lead mentoring juniors;
  • Designing and developing software applications;
  • Excellent debugging and troubleshooting skills;
  • Exceptional coding skills;
  • Proficiency in various software engineering tools.
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Soft skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; 
  • Teamwork and collaboration practices;
  • Mentoring and managing skills; 
  • Strong leadership and decision-making skills;
  • Ability to effectively multi-manage projects simultaneously;
  • Analysis and problem-solving: strong analytical and troubleshooting skills with a solution-oriented mindset;
  • Ability to motivate and inspire a team to reach their goals; 
  • Ability to adapt to changing requirements and handle pressure.
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Lemon was excellent to work with! They are quick to respond and I have always have positive interactions with them. Not to mention the most important part – they sourced us a great iOS engineer who was better than what we were expecting!

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I was looking for a backend rails developer to lead the charge on developing our APIs and platform integrations. We reached out to Lemon.io and they found the perfect engineer in a day. He’s been on the project for almost 2 months and has consistently delivered quality work.

Dec 22, 2020

How to hire a Technical Lead? 

There are three hiring options available for you:

Hiring directly to your company

This is a well-established and trustworthy method. Your HR department will be in charge of the whole hiring process. The recruitment begins with drafting a job post and placing it on career pages and job boards. Establish a certain period for when you want people to apply, close the application, and begin skimming through all the resumes and cover letters you received. Next, choose the best-looking ones and reach out to arrange an interview time with candidates. Once interviews are conducted, prioritize Tech Lead applicants who fit the most and proceed to test tasks in order to evaluate their technical skills.

Once that is done, and the one and only Technical Lead developer are chosen, conduct another interview, draft an offer, sign a contract, and proceed to onboard. Although to point out, this whole process can take up to six months. Moreover, the talent pool is quite limited when you are choosing to hire an in-house developer. Are you prepared to struggle for that long and sacrifice your business progress? No? We thought so! 

Bidding platforms

Next, we got platforms with a much bigger talent pool. On bidding platforms, you have to make a job post and place your bid. Tech Leads that consider themselves a great fit will attach their applications. And then, the scenario repeats itself just as hiring directly to your company. Although to warn you, it might take longer time through trial and error to find the right fit for your team there;

Platforms for vetted developers

Bingo! These platforms were built specifically to offer the best talents without unnecessary hustle. These platforms save your time significantly. There are platforms that can take up to a month to offer you the first candidate, and there are platforms like Lemon.io, where you can be matched with the right Tech Lead within 48 hours of your request. Not only do they have special vetting procedures in place, but they also provide support throughout your project and place your success as their number one priority. 

 

Issues that arise from hiring a wrong Tech Lead

Hiring a Tech Lead who doesn’t have enough experience or technical knowledge can lead to the following:

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Disruptions in team mechanisms;
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A distorted vision of the company and product needs;
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Inadequately estimated costs and deadlines;
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Decreased team performance and misunderstandings.

Eventually, causing production delays and more considerable expenses later down the line. 

Therefore, you gotta know the place where to hire Tech gurus from. 

So, why hiring with Lemon.io is the best option?

When hiring with Lemon.io, you get the best hiring experience which includes the following: 

  • Agile-based workflow. Our company uses an interactive approach, for instance, the Jira application and other tools, to break down large projects into smaller tasks in order to increase functionality and productivity;
  • Fast matching. We guarantee a great candidate that matches your requirements, budget, and time -zone within 48 hours of your request;
  • Great support team. Our Customer Success team is always there to answer any of your questions. Email us, and we will make sure to resolve your issue;
  • Good deals. We got developers at rates that won’t rip your wallet apart, and that doesn’t mean they are less knowledgeable than overpriced programmers because…
  • The vetting procedure is in place. …because we have a four-step vetting procedure that allows us to make sure that only the most skilled, talented, and experience developers end up in our talent pool and, later on, on your team;
professional networks check (LinkedIn, GitHub, forums)
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english proficiency test (oral/written communication)
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soft skills test (communication, time management, empathy)
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coding proficiency test (live coding & code analysis)
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  • No bureaucracy. At Lemon.io, we know that you want to kick-start your project, so we won’t hold you back by making you sign hundreds of pages;
  • NDA. You are the owner of the code the moment the transfer is complete; 
  • Timely reports. Lemon.io gives you access to an application where developers will weekly report to you about the tasks they completed and the amount of time it took them;
  • Diverse talent pool. We have vetted developers from all over the world. Central and Easter Europe, Latin America, etc. This means you will definitely be matched with a Tech Lead according to your requirements, even if you are 11 hours behind us;
  • Knowledge of remote work. Not only Lemon.io offers remote developers, but the entire team of Lemon.io works remotely. Therefore, we are pretty knowledgeable about our product and its pitfalls. But don’t worry. We got everything set;
  • Flexible hiring. At Lemon.io, we offer developers for both short- and long-term projects. Aint no difference there. We will make sure to offer you a Tech Lead according to your needs.

 

Intrigued? Us too! Come hire Technical Lead with us, and you won’t regret it. 

hire your tech lead legend slider icon
Dev Pic
$70/h.

Denys B.

// senior front-end web developer

Denys is a senior front-end developer with 8 years of experience who has completed a project through our platform. Proficient in React ecosystem, fluent in Javascript & Typescript.

  • javascript
  • react
  • typescript
$145/h.

Nazariy P.

// lead software developer / head of engineering

Meet a man with various interests: Data Science, Machine Learning, crafting sweet code, playing multiple musical instruments, and chess. Impeccable English included.

  • data science
  • machine learning
  • +2 skills
$80/h.

Taras K.

// tech lead / senior front-end web developer

Taras is a tech lead with a proper understanding of his role of a dev practitioner. He is an expert in agile methodologies and all the required engineering procedures.

  • javascript
  • react
  • typescript

FAQ

  • How much does a Technical Lead earn around the globe?

    In San Franciso, a software Technical Lead makes an average yearly salary of 162k USD or an hourly rate of 78 USD. Looking into New York City salaries, there a Technica Lead will be making a median annual salary of 157k USD or 74 USD per hour. In Sydney, Australia, Technical leads make a yearly pay of 120k USD or an hourly wage of 57 USD. Going to Europe, in London, UK, Technical leads earn 101k USD per year or 48 USD per hour.

  • Is Tech Lead a good position?

    The technical Lead is a great position for collaborative people with leadership skills. It is a high-paid job that requires strong technical skills and excellent communication skills to manage not only your own team but also relationships within your company’s teams.

  • What does it take to be a Tech Lead?

    Tech Leads have an extensive background in software and web development. Additionally, they must possess great people and leadership skills.

  • Can a Tech Lead be a product owner?

    Most of the time, a Tech Lead will be the “right-hand feasibility expert” of the Product owner. However, suppose you hire a Tech Lead intending to place the Product owner’s responsibilities on them. In that case, it is important to note that Tech Leads typically focus on engineering tasks, while Product Owners typically focus on product strategy. Therefore, if a Tech Lead is also managing product strategy, it is crucial to ensure they have the necessary skills to succeed in both roles.

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