As a Senior Vice President of Technical Product Management at Crossover, you will make the critical decisions on more products each year than most product and architecture executives will make in a lifetime.
You will mentor and coach a team of VPs, with each one creating an iteration of a different technical specification every seven days. Each week you will draw on your deep technical knowledge across a broad range of domains to simplify and clarify these specifications. You will be responsible for distilling the core functionality of each product and designing improvements to enhance it over future release cycles.
In our business, we set aggressive quarterly goals for our products, which are driven by our product management team or the overall IT strategy. A VP of Engineering is expected to lead their team towards achieving these goals. Our management process is to set weekly targets with daily check-ins to ensure we are on track to achieving the quarterly results.
The VP of Engineering will manage a team of 5-15 Software Engineering Managers and ensure the team solves their challenging software problems. You must continuously improve the quality of your team's performance by coaching the low contributors and replacing them with top global talent when necessary.
The individual will leverage their technical depth as a former developer and architect to push the team towards a high standard of technical excellence, and achieve the organization's quality bar.
It is expected that you will be monitoring the team’s daily and weekly performance using our proprietary tools. The responsibility is to identify obstacles and offer coaching to improve productivity.
The VP of Engineering will be expected to run deep-dives into problem-solving with their teams and leverage past technical expertise in Software Development, Quality Assurance, Cloud Infrastructure, and automated deployments using CI/CD tools.
The individual will work closely with our Fortune 500 customer executives as well as key executives within ESW Capital. The candidate is expected to be a seasoned professional with excellent English communication skills who can effectively manage executive relationships.
The VP of Engineering will report to a SVP and will serve as a vital member of the global executive team of an affiliated ESW Capital company.
Drive rigorous, and weekly product releases across multiple, complex software products
Establish world-class standards and technical operations to deliver consistent, high-quality products across dispersed, global teams
Implement internal engineering management strategies to achieve world-class productivity and cost efficiency
Engage with customers and product managers to ensure that product delivery obsessively aligns with customer value creation
Transform existing teams of engineers, architects and development managers into a highly effective engineering function, including upgrading and reorganizing talent as required
Engage and align top talent through strong recruitment, mentoring, hands-on architectural leadership and career management
Potentially lead product technical due diligence and engineering talent assessments in companies which we are going to acquire
Transform acquired engineering teams into an effective and efficient global model to increase quality and reduce cost over pre-acquisition benchmarks
As a VP of Engineering in our organization, you will learn what it takes to handle aggressive growth where we measure success on a daily and weekly basis. You will learn the importance of deep dives to resolve problems with your teams as well as the importance of managing your team on a daily basis against quarterly goals, which deliver real business value.
You will learn to measure and track output and how to automate everything that you do. You will learn how to overcome the challenges of managing a fully remote workforce of between 100 to 250 Engineers and Software Managers.
Ultimately, you will learn to move fast, take risks and learn from failures. You will never be bored.
A hiring tournament is an online event where we conduct all relevant testing related to a role on the same day. Once we have graded submissions you will be notified if you have progressed to the next round; an online interview with a hiring manager.
Slava Kulakov, current VP of Engineering talks about his work experiences leading up to his recruitment at Crossover.
Mircea Strugaru, VP of Engineering, talks about his role as a VP of Engineering at Crossover.
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How do you perform in the role of VP of engineering when all your teams are remote?
We use communication tools such as GoToMeeting, Zoom, Skype, and Slack. We also ensure that our processes are well documented in the form of playbooks and have developed a tool, Worksmart Pro, which enables us to keep track of time and applications used. This data allows us to form a diary of how our partners spend their day and coach them on improved productivity.
Do you use Agile?
Like most organizations, we make use of subsets of Agile. The one key difference though is that our teams are highly specialized in the task they do. For example, we have a maintenance team whose only task is to fix bugs on our products. Rather than being product specialists they are process specialists.
Do VPs of Engineering actually do hands-on coding in this role?
No, there is no hands-on work, however, we want people who have been developers in the past. We believe that the best way you can help and communicate with your teams is if you have experienced technical problems yourself.
Does a VP of Engineering need to travel in his role?
A VP of Engineering is not expected to travel as all our management is done remotely.