SVP of Software Engineering

Job ID: 3104

Description

What happened to the software industry? So many companies chase feature requests, always reacting, and end up creating bad, bloated software. They have forgotten what’s at the heart of the software business: 
Software. 

We have not forgotten. We are a software company, and software quality comes first. We literally won’t ship a new feature until we believe that the codebase is high quality. Simple, maintainable, best-practice code. That’s our top priority. Great code is the foundation of everything we do, because we are a software company to the core.

How do we create great software? By putting great software engineers in charge! We don’t want scrum masters, committee heads, or non-technical MBAs running our company. Everyone on our Engineering team is an expert coder, from entry-level developers to the most senior executives. 

That’s right, our executives can still code. And they do! We host company-wide coding competitions all the time. Guess who won the last one? Someone in this role you’re applying to. That’s right, one of our top executives won the coding challenge.

Do you want to work at a company where the MBAs are in charge? We don’t. We are a software company run by software engineers. If you’re an executive with a heart of C++, come join us and lead the future of software engineering.

What you will be doing

Deep-Diving into our software development platform, analyzing quality failures and improvement opportunities all the way to the technical root cause. You will have access to a team of experts who work on Deep Dive analysis full time, giving you the power to get deep into an issue much faster than you could if you worked alone.
Hint: The root cause is always in the code! 

Making Important Technical Decisions (ITDs). Find the patterns and figure out ways to improve the code quality of every product in the company (we have over 100 software products in our portfolio). Your decisions will drive the quality of our codebase, and drive the future of our software engineering operations overall.

What you will NOT be doing

  • You will not be doing project management. We hate project management. We create crystal-clear roles, define specific work units, and automate the “telling people what to do” so you don’t have to. 
  • You will not be doing HR and administrative management. We want your technical expertise. We will never waste your time doing performance reviews, committees, etc. 
  • You will not be overseeing steady-state operations. Our culture is continuous improvement. If it’s bad, fix it. If it’s good, make it better.

Key Responsibilities

  • Analyze system-wide problems and opportunities to improve our software quality, getting all the way into the code.
  • Review and approve deep dive analysis from the junior executive team. Teach them to get all the way into the code when they look at problems.
  • Make important technical decisions to improve the quality of the entire software development operation. Find ways to make all of our software better.

Candidate Requirements

  • Technical/quantitative university degree. 
  • Approximately 10+ years of post-university experience. Of course we will consider the specific circumstances, but be aware that this job requires significant real-world experience. 
  • Hands-on software development experience, and still super technical. You’ll have to pass a coding test to get this job.
  • Executive experience running enterprise software development. You need to have developed software at scale.

Nice to have

  • Experience in a shared-services or centralized environment.
  • Cloud development experience, especially AWS.
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