Nikita Tuk, Developer in San Francisco, CA, United States
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Nikita Tuk

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Architecture Developer

San Francisco, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
September 29, 2015

Nikita has over ten years in software development in various environments, from small to top tech companies, remote and regular teams, and four years in engineering leadership. He has a proven track record of leading engineering teams, working with XFN partners and customers, and setting metrics and goals for teams. Nikita has hired more than 20 engineers, besides FAANG interviews.



Preferred Environment

Slack, Git, Zoom

The most amazing...

...challenge I worked on was scaling an engineering team in Facebook from three to 13 people.

Work Experience

Tech Lead Manager

2021 - PRESENT
  • Worked on Trust and Safety on YouTube. Engineered an orchestration system for review.
  • Scaled the engineering team. Set goals for engineers and helped with growth.
  • Worked on large cross-organization projects. Worked with XFN partners and stakeholders to identify and prioritize work.
Technologies: Team Management

Senior Staff Engineering Lead at Distributed AI

2019 - 2021
  • Led engineering projects to build the next-gen of Fblearner, focusing on privacy and security.
  • Overhauled internal components of Facebook scale distributed system.
  • Made improvements to internal SDK and worked with a wide customers base to adopt it.
Technologies: Python, Distributed Systems

Engineering Manager

2016 - 2021
  • Led the team working on apps, helping to organize and prioritize features.
  • Hired and maintained a distributed team of engineers.
  • Worked with store owners to resolve complaints and issues.
Technologies: Django, Shopify

iOS Tech Lead

2017 - 2019
  • Led a team of more than eight engineers, worked with designers, PMs, and partner teams. Our team has integrated Instagram Direct into the Pages Manager app, allowing cross-app interactions.
  • Worked on a major app redesign that required changes for over 200 screens, according to Facebook guidelines.
  • Worked on the app whose rating moved from 1.9 to 4.3 in 11 months.
Technologies: iOS, Python, Objective-C

Lead iOS Developer

2016 - 2017
  • Worked on bitcoin-based, mobile-first payments and financial services for the Philippines, Thailand, and broader Southeast Asia region.
  • Planned and controlled the development of features across different platforms. Improved app stability and did technical recruiting.
  • Mentored and helped other engineers to grow by setting goals, creating growth plans and roadmaps.
  • Worked on the iOS app which moved to the number one in finance apps in the Philippines (core market and core category, above the biggest bank iOS application). Crash-free users moved to 99.3%+. AppStore rating 4.5+.
Technologies: iOS

iOS Developer

2014 - 2016
  • Added sharing functionality for Yandex.Disk.
  • Implemented a custom video player with iOs9 Picture-in-Picture support.
  • Contributed to the development of background file upload/download.
  • Migrated the project from iOs7 to iOs8 and to iOs9.
  • Replaced old springs and struts with modern Auto Layout and Size classes.
Technologies: Swift, Objective-C

iOS Developer

2013 - 2014
  • Created a kiosk app for an Adidas.Russia promo.
  • Created a SaaS app for a plastic surgery clinic.
  • Collaborated to create the project that won Big Brand Hackathon 2014 for Top-5 Russian retailer MVideo.
  • Contributed to the creation of an application for a Russian Business club from Sberbank (Top-1 bank in Russia).
  • Created an MVP from Dashcam app with server synchronization.
Technologies: Project Management, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby, Objective-C

Project Manager

2013 - 2013
Center of Financial Technologies (CFT)
  • As a manager of 4 members support/development team (2 analyst + 1 developer + 1 tester) I am responsible for 24/7 external bank support. My team provided consultations, system improvement and create bespoke solutions for bank inquiries.
  • Responsible for choosing analyst, developers and testers for project.
  • Technical lead in process of development.
  • Ensures solutions are coded according to standards and rules.
  • Worked to strict deadlines to ensure that projects were delivered on time and to budget.
Technologies: Project Management, PL/SQL, Oracle

Analyst/Software Engineer and Lead Developer

2011 - 2013
  • Supported and enchanced the main bank system developed by third-party vendor FTC (
  • Took part in all stages of the software development lifecycle, including analysis, developing, testing, and deployment.
  • Developed stored functions (PL/SQL), queries, and packages on Oracle9 and 11 for various business processes.
  • Developed and supported a gateway for tight integration between other bank systems and OpenWay Processing System.
  • Responsible for mentoring, code review, writing detailed technical specification, test scenarios, and controlling strict deadlines to ensure project delivery on time and to budget.
Technologies: PL/SQL, Oracle

The Platinental

It's the first iOs app in Russia that allows patients to talk directly to doctors. With this app, patients could ask their questions, consult on medications, share photos and videos with doctors, make appointments, and buy additional services in clinics.

YandexDisk for iOs
YandexDisk is a cloud storage for files. Yes, at a first glance it may look like Dropbox, but:
- this app can add to offline (and sync it seamlesly) file and whole folders
- it automatically backs up your photos
- it's faster than Dropbox

Big Brand Hackathon 2014 (Winner)
As a part of Yarr team, I had the 1st place in Big Brand Hackathon 2014 Russia. It was an exciting challenge and we were the first and won Top-5 Russian retailer prize.

Adidas.Russia Kiosk App

Adidas.Russia is a branch of well known brand Adidas. I created a promo kiosk app for them to promote their brand during World Cup 2014. The app was distributed to more than 20 shops in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Instagram Direct-in-Page Inbox

Integrated Instagram direct-in-page inbox allowing cross-app communications, making it easier for businesses to interact with their customers.


Objective-C, Swift, Ruby, Python


iPhone SDK, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Django


Xcode, Git, SourceTree, Slack, Skype, Zoom


App Development, Agile Software Development


iOS, Mobile, Oracle, MacOS, Shopify

Industry Expertise

Project Management




iPad, Technical Project Management, Team Management, Architecture, Documentation, CTO, Leadership, Mobile UX, Distributed Systems


Ruby on Rails API, Parse SDK, Facebook iOS SDK

2006 - 2011

Master's Degree in Computer science

Ufa State Aviation Technical University - Ufa