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VP of Engineering, Product Development

Seattle, WA, USA |

  • Industry:
    Internet / Online Media
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    IT / Information Technology
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
83 people have viewed this job is looking for VP of Engineering to lead software engineering for product development.Specifically, this role will lead the software engineering teams that work along-side Rover’s product management, analytics and design teams to create consumer-facing services, products, features and functionality.

In this role, you will be highly visible and have significant impact in the outcomes of the business.You will be working on Rover’s most meaningful and strategic business opportunities, and play a key role at the intersection of technology and product strategy.  

You will develop and implement strategic plans and objectives for the organization in alignment with corporate strategy.You will influence investment and resource trade-off decisions by providing technical strategy and leadership.

You will serve as a thought-partner for our product management team in determining how to get the most business value from our technology investments.The ways that product and technology are designed, phased, and implemented all have significant impact on return-on-investment.You will be expected to engage with others on the product development team to plan optimal investments.

You will manage a large, multi-layered engineering team with engineers in multiple countries.You will be responsible for these teams delivering on-time and at-quality by developing strategic plans to ensure successful implementations of action plans and objectives where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of the company, consumers, competitors, as well as technology and software development practices.  

You will coach and mentor the teams, and evolve processes to drive velocity, schedule accuracy and increase quality. You will be expected to continuously iterate and optimize for the purpose of driving impact.

You will recruit, manage, and work to create positive culture in line with Rover’s Core Values that drives successful results, and employee engagement and retention.And, serve as a representative and ambassador for Rover to the industry and community.  

You are a qualified candidate for this role if you a) have led a 75+ person engineering team, b)have excellent Agile project management skills, c) have worked on consumer-facing Internet products that d) are built with open source software.

Requirements and Qualifications


• You have experience with large-scale consumer-facing web and mobile apps

• You have experience partneringwith product management to shape product direction

• Plus: experience with two-sided marketplace businesses is a major plus


• You have 10+ years experience managing high-growth engineering organizations 

• You have managed teams of more than 75 engineers including experience managing directors and managers

• You have experience recruiting and hiring directors and managers

• You have experience managing multiple engineering teams in multiple locations including in-house, near- and offshore

• You have an excellent understanding of Agile software development practices and how to adapt them appropriately


• You have experience with Rover’s technology stack or similar: Amazon Web Services, Python/Django, React, Docker, Elastic Search, iOS/ObjC/Swift, Android/Java/Kotlin, React Native

• You have a strong sense of best practices for software engineering, technical design and application architecture

• Plus: experience decomposing monolithic applications toward a service-oriented architecture

Experience, Education and Values:

• You have 10+ years in technology and engineering management roles

• You have a degree in CS, STEM or equivalent experience; an MBA is a plus

• Your work experience includes having worked at small- or medium-sized companies

• Your values align with Rover's Core Values

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