Bruce McLachlan

  1. Engineering
  2. Fractional CTO
  3. Technical Director
  4. Engineering Manager
  5. Technology Strategy
  6. Solution Architecture

Fractional CTO & Solo Founder. 10+ years in Tech Leadership

With over 20 years of experience at the intersection of product, engineering, and customers, I specialize in guiding startups and scale-ups towards growth and innovation. Leveraging my expertise in software engineering, solution architecture, and agile product delivery, I will help you navigate the challenges startups face and drive the implementation of cutting-edge solutions.

I’ve had the privilege of building and leading high-performing engineering teams and working in crucial product- and cus…

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  5. React
Bruce McLachlan


  • Helped FinTech startup launch 2 new Products in 6 months

    Helped FinTech startup launch 2 new Products in 6 months

    • Technical Architecture
    • Software Engineering Leader
    • People Management
    • Cross-Functional Execution
    • Technology Strategy
    • Product
    • GTM

    → Led 3 Engineering teams to implement the products with tight deadlines

    → Directed the overall architecture and implementation approach

    → Owned cross-functional and cross-organizational collaboration
    • AngularJS
    • JavaScript
    • Stencil
    • .NET
    • Azure Cloud Services
      Azure Cloud Services
    • Azure DevOps
      Azure DevOps
    • Datadog
    • Tableau
    • Swift
    • Kotlin
    • Apache Cordova
      Apache Cordova
    • Flutter
  • Technical Director for a portfolio of 30 customer accounts

    Technical Director for a portfolio of 30 customer accounts

    • Technology Strategy
    • Technical Director
    • Solution Architecture
    • Product
    • Consulting
    • Leadership

    → Key Technical Stakeholder and single point of contact for 30+ customer accounts

    → Consulted customers on tech strategy, product adoption, implementation approach, integration architecture, and delivery

    → Work closely with Product Engineering and R&D to implement new products, features, and customer requests
    • AngularJS
    • JavaScript
    • Kotlin
    • Swift
    • Kubernetes
    • amazon aws
      amazon aws
  • Built 80 person Engineering team in Mexico in 18 months

    Built 80 person Engineering team in Mexico in 18 months

    • Technical Director
    • Recruiting
    • Onboarding
    • Engineering Management
    • People Management

    → Helped Backbase build a new offshore engineering team

    → Directly responsible to creating team structure, job profiles, recruitment playbook, onboarding, initial people management

    → Roles included Front-end, Mobile, and Backend Developers, QA Engineers, DevOps, Software Architects, Engineering Managers
    • AngularJS
    • JavaScript
    • Swift
    • Kotlin
    • Java
    • Kubernetes
    • amazon aws
      amazon aws


  • Fourthline


    Software Engineering Manager

    Jul 2022 - Present

    The new standard in KYC. We verify millions of identities for banks and fintechs.

    • Key role at the juncture of Product, Engineering, and Customers, helping find PMF.
    • Led 4 engineering teams building high-tech, complex products
    • Steered the architectural direction, improved engineering efficiency, agile product delivery, and seamless customer implementations.
  • Switchboard


    Information Technology Consultant

    Mar 2022 - Jun 2022

    The error monitoring and incident response platform for Zapier and Integromat.

    • Develop technical architecture for integration with NoCode automation partners (including Zapier, Make/Integromat, Airtable)
    • Act as liason and key contact between integration partners and customer
    • Lead engineering team objectives and delivery around integrations and product roadmap
  • Backbase


    Technical Director

    Dec 2016 - Feb 2022

    We Build Banks That People Love

    • Product: Coordinate complex product requirements and delivery schedules. Ensure alignment of product delivery and customer expectations.
    • Architecture: Steering and direction of product architecture, integration architecture, security, infrastructure
    • Leadership: Led engineering department of 150+ people. 18+ Solution Architects as direct reports
    • Customers: Managed portfolio of 30+ customer accounts as the key technical stakeholder and point of contact, ensuring expectations are managed and delivery stays on track.
    • Growth: Helped Backbase grow from 300 to 2000+ people in 5 years. Directly responsible for building an 80+ people engineering team in LATAM.
  • Accenture


    Software Engineering Manager and Technical Architect

    Jun 2012 - Nov 2015

    Let there be change

    • Demonstrated comprehensive technical project management, overseeing the entire lifecycle of multiple concurrent projects; instituted efficient solution plans, facilitated workshops, and managed resources globally.
    • Championed technical aspects, including leading architecture discussions with clients, supporting development teams to overcome technical challenges, conducting code reviews and process improvements, and ensuring high standards for technical documentation
    • Fostered robust client relationships, facilitating initial engagements, understanding their strategic landscapes and expectations, and efficiently managing any project implementation.
    • Played a pivotal role in building internal teams, working closely with HR for recruitment initiatives, performing technical interviews and vetting candidates, running an internship program, and leading the internal Systems Integration Capability.

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