What the job entails:
This person is responsible for running Jumpcut’s engineering team.
We currently have 10 full time remote engineers on our staff, and we’re hoping to grow to 15 by March 2019. Given this, your role will start out with both coding and management, but will very soon transition to a full time management role.
The management portion of the job is not administrative. It’s closely related to what a senior engineer/architect would do, and also includes hiring responsibilities as well. You’ll be responsible for this:
1. Organization building. We are a scaling engineering team that is still figuring out our processes. As the team grows, we need to figure out how to ship features on a regular cadence while keeping everyone happy. We currently have a system where there are 3 release managers that push code to production, but we're still experiencing bottlenecks in development. You'll come in and iterate on an elegant process that will scale.
2. Creating engineering tasks. Your peer will be our product manager, Catherine, and a lot of your job will be working with her closely to take the product roadmap and turn it into a set of engineering tasks to assign your team. You’ll ask questions to find out the true problem and purpose of the task and try to come up with effective solutions. As the team grows, you’ll start handing this off to our senior engineers so that they can also do this.
3. Developer happiness and growth. Not only will you be responsible for the output of the engineering team, but you'll also be measured on the happiness and growth of every developer on our team. You'll set up a system of one on ones, peer reviews, mentorship, and professional development checkpoints to make sure everyone is meeting their full potential, and you'll create a work environment where junior engineers get rapidly promoted and keep growing. Moreover, you'll care so much about the team that you'll set up learning events and talks so that everyone can broaden and build their skill sets.
4. Documentation and education. Given that we're a full remote team, documentation is extremely important. All questions and frustrations in the engineering organization needs to be solved and then documented so that next time, our engineers can find the answers for themselves.
5. Hiring. We have plans to hire at least 4 more remote engineers by March 2019, as well as an in-house team of 4 engineers by the end of 2019. Regardless of whether you're applying for an in-house position or a remote position, one of your responsibilities will be evaluating engineers who apply and interviewing them to make sure they're a good fit for the team.
Who you'll be working with:
As the first official engineering manager hire, you'll be reporting directly to our COO, Peter. However, since he's not technical, you'll be entrusted with setting the technical direction for our entire team of 10 engineers with relative freedom in doing so.
The person you'll be working with closest is Catherine, who is our product manager. The two of you will be peers: she's responsible for our product roadmap, so you'll be working with her very closely to give her feedback, as well as reach out to clarify and solidify any requirements we're looking for. She's great; you'll really enjoy working with her.
For engineers, in addition to managing and growing the 10 people that we have on staff right now, you'll also be working closely with Bo, who is our lead engineer right now. He's taking on a bulk of the process improvement work at the moment, and he'll be able to contribute and provide guidance and context for you.
Last note: while we're a completely remote team right now, by the end of 2019, we'd like to get to a situation where we're 25% LA-based and 75% remote. Since we're looking for our first EM, we're OK with you being either based out of LA or remote.
1. Make sure that every item on our quarterly product roadmap comes out on time.
2. Create a system of growth and development where every member of our engineering team is productive, happy, and growing into a new role every three months.
If you’ve made it this far, you should probably hit that nice looking green button below and apply. We’ll talk to you soon!