Chief Technology Officer

October 16, 2020
New York, NY
Job Type


Company is seeking a Chief Technology Officer to lead our Engineering Organization, which represents about 30% of our employees. Working directly and closely with the CEO, VP Engineering and VP of Product, you’ll play a pivotal role in developing the company's engineering strategy, vision, roadmap, and you will ship products that will spark explosive growth on and off the Company platform.

What you’ll do: 

  • Serve as a strategic partner to the CEO and all execs for the overall vision of Company, and a key part of an executive team that is looking to meaningfully evolve our business
  • Collaborate with our current VP of Engineering to lead the replatforming efforts of the business
  • Conceive, explain and accelerate the adoption of an engineering vision promoting fast development iterations during a time of rapid product evolution
  • With your leaders, establish, communicate and iterate on the process for how product, design, and engineering work together to ship the highest quality software and an extraordinary Company experience for our customers
  • Through mentorship and management, ensure that all of engineering is making effective decisions on process, execution, architecture and technical strategy, with the appropriate focus on speed/experimentation versus stability/robustness
  • Hold ultimate responsibility for the performance, availability and regulatory compliance of Company’s applications and systems 
  • Ensure that Company’s technical vendors and infrastructure are top-notch and fiscally sensible
  • Speak at conferences and Companys as a key ambassador for the company

One of our core company values is “trust in transparency”, so we asked our engineers what attributes they are most looking for in a CTO. We are sharing the top key CTO attributes since we want all candidates to understand our culture of deep transparency and to help candidates understand the team’s top priorities. In priority order (% represents % selecting this attribute):

  • Strategic thinker, both technically and for business (65%)
  • Strong people management, coaching, developing, mentoring skills (58%)
  • Focus on diversity (inclusion, belonging, hiring, and retention) within engineering and executive team (51%)
  • Experience running a highly-scaled (millions of users), multi-platform application (42%)
  • Deep technical expertise and insight; knowledgeable and curious (42%)
  • Strong proactive communicator / presenter, engaging (39%)
  • No ego - easy to collaborate with (37%)
  • Change management / leadership skills as leading through change is critical (37%)
  • Experience leading engineering organizations that are both distributed and onsite (35%)
  • Experience building excellent engineering process in $50-100 M + digital business (35%)
  • Strong decision making skills (34%)
  • Experience working in startup/high sense of urgency, ambiguous environment (32%)

You’re the ideal teammate if you also:

  • Deeply embody the majority of the above skills
  • Have 15+ years of experience working in direct-to-consumer and B2B e-commerce, digital subscription or marketplace businesses
  • Have a passion for bringing people together, creating community and changing Lives
  • Have significant experience working on consumer mobile products across web, iOS, and Android 
  • Have experience with and passion for building out high-functioning distributed and remote teams
  • Have interest in real change management, not just keeping the lights on
  • A passion for continuously improving the engineering organization’s capacity and capability to iterate quickly, fail fast, and deliver results
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