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VP, Engineering

VP OF ENGINEERING

We design. We build. We code. We think. We craft. We engineer. We teach. We learn. We invent.

At littleBits, we’re on a mission to democratize hardware by empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small, with our platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks. And we believe this mission starts with you. When you join the team, you’ll enter a workspace that encourages innovation, creative expression, teamwork, and transparency. We also encourage spontaneous sing-a-longs, furry friends, roaming robots, and lots of laughs. If you are genuinely excited about our mission, and about working with a smart, dedicated and talented group of inventors, artists, and doers, we want you on our team!

As we continue to grow we need a VP of Engineering to lead the software and hardware teams that are responsible for building our products as well as website, e-commerce, and business system integrations.  You’ll be working with a top-notch engineering, design, and product management team and be part of a company that breathes innovation.

 

WHAT YOU'LL DO AS VP OF ENGINEERING:

  • Inspire and lead both software and hardware engineering teams
  • Attract, retain, hire, and build an outstanding engineering organization
  • Set high standards for development across the teams
  • Collaborate with stakeholders across the company to develop a vision and roadmap
  • Turn the roadmap into an actionable plan and lead the team in execution
  • Implement agile and/or other processes to manage roadmap and priorities
  • Foster team collaboration, monitor quality, be opinionated and vocal about strong engineering practices
     

THE SKILLS/EXPERIENCE YOU'LL NEED AS VP OF ENGINEERING:

  • Proven engineering leadership experience in software and hardware organizations (both start-up and larger organizations)
  • Passion for changing the world through integrating digital experience with physical products
  • Experience as an exceptional people manager and technologist having led teams of 15+ engineers
  • Partner with product management and other teams to design, develop, test, and launch exceptional products
  • An expert in full lifecycle product development
  • Strong communication skills for articulating technical concepts to other teams and executives
  • Ability to foster a strong internal culture of excellence, deeply care for quality of work, renewed excitement, and passion for the craft
  • Top-notch analytical skills including defining and measuring OKRs
  • Solid understanding of Ruby on Rails, Scala, RSpec, Travis or Jenkins, Capybara, OAuth, and Github
  • 10+ years of overall engineering experience and a degree in Computer Science
  • Shopify E-commerce platform a plus
  • Experience and knowledge with business systems such as Netsuite
     

THE PERKS YOU’LL ENJOY AS VP OF ENGINEERING:

  • Being part of an awesome team that keeps playful inventing at the heart of all we do
  • Sweeping views of the Hudson, a tricked-out office and fully stocked kitchen
  • All the oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, microscopes, microchips, soldering irons, laser cutters, 3D printers, craft supplies and googly eyes you could ever want
  • Benefits including medical, dental, vision, pre-tax commuter discounts, FSA, paid family leave, and 401(K) with an abbreviated waiting period
  • Stock options that go along with a high-growth, well-funded startup
  • Flexible working hours and unlimited sick days
  • Generous vacation policy
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