Head of Engineering

Vangst’s client is looking for a leader who is ready to support a growing team of in-house and outsourced engineers and work collaboratively with their C-suite and department heads to design, build, deploy and maintain production code for all products. Previous experience as a Head of Engineering or in a similar senior-level position is required. This role will also spearhead integrations with external partners and oversee all software development plans from ideation to execution. Candidates must be experienced in hiring and managing teams and capable of extracting people’s best work.


The Head of Engineering will report directly to the CEO and oversee an initial team of seven in -house product team members. Product:Champion the entire product engineering lifecycle: specifications, design, development, testing and maintenance. Oversee front -end and back -end development teams and their projects.Own the roadmap and engineering vision for mission critical tools, features, and customer experiences within the Nugg Club product.Maintain the operation, reliability and availability of mission critical production systems and suggest improvements.Work across departments to identify and address customer pain points and feature requests that can be solved in our product.Help determine near and long term engineering objectives and priorities by balancing available resources (personnel, schedule & budget).Prepare and manage the engineering department’s budget.Improve engineering standards, deployment infrastructure, performance, testing, and code quality.Ensure compliance with security regulations.Coordinate with external stakeholders for new integrations and tools.Leadership: Work with senior leadership to set a strategic 6+ month product and development direction based upon key business metrics and objectives.Lead and participate in critical technical, design, and product discussions with leaders across our sales, marketing, and operations teams.Define the way engineering gets done at our client.Guide the selection and implementation of development methodologies, collaboration tools, code and documentation standards, source control usage and code review guidelines, etc. Provide coaching to our in -house and outsourced engineers by conducting weekly check in’s and guiding professional development.Set and adhere to goals, budgets and timelines for multiple concurrent projects.Deploy innovative technologies, systems, and frameworks to maximize productivity and growth.

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8+ years of technical experience, with 2+ years engineering leadership experience. Experience building enterprise software and consumer -facing products.Deep expertise in back -end and front -end development.Deep expertise in Agile/Scrum -based software development.Strong experience with code reviews and enforcing engineering best practices. Strong experience working cross -functionally across departments. Experience working with REST API’s, code packages, deployment tools. Hands -on experience with React, Node, Ruby, GraphQL, SQL, noSQL and the AWS ecosystem of services.Experience with cloud technologies / Kubernetes / docker based development. Technical background in data with deep understanding of issues in multiple areas such as data management, data analysis, query processing, distributed processing, high availability, statistical, data mining, machine learning and operational excellence of production systems. Thorough understanding of modern security practices and data architectures.Proven ability to attract talent, build a team of engineers within a growing startup, and build a culture around that team.Experience running offshore and onshore teams. Experience efficiently delegating group responsibilities, conducting 1:1’s, and providing frequent, transparent, meaningful feedback.


BSc/MSc in Engineering, Computer Science or relevant field.

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