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Director, Software Engineering (Full-stack)

Scribd

Scribd

Software Engineering
United States · Canada
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024
At Scribd (pronounced “scribbed”), our mission is to spark human curiosity. Join our team as we create a world of stories and knowledge, democratize the exchange of ideas and information, and empower collective expertise through our three products: Everand, Scribd, and Slideshare.
We support a culture where our employees can be real and be bold; where we debate and commit as we embrace plot twists; and where every employee is empowered to take action as we prioritize the customer.
Our flexible work benefit - Scribd Flex - enables employees, in partnership with their manager, to choose the daily work-style that best suits their individual needs. As an organization, we prioritize collaboration and intentional in-person moments to build culture and connection. For this reason, occasional in-person attendance is required for all Scribd employees, regardless of their location.
About the role
As the Director of Engineering at Scribd, you will lead the pivotal User-Generated Content Pillar, which includes our Scribd core document experience and SlideShare teams. This role demands a visionary leader who can manage multiple engineering teams, elevate our product development, and ensure seamless collaboration across functional areas. Your leadership will play a critical role in shaping our monetization strategy, which, while primarily subscription-based, is strategically expanding its focus on advertising to enhance revenue streams.

Requirements

  • Leadership of User-Generated Content Pillar: Oversee the engineering teams for Scribd’s core document experience and SlideShare. Ensure these platforms effectively support our subscription model and strategically integrate advertising without compromising user experience.
  • Strategic Monetization Planning: Collaborate closely with Product Managers to refine and execute a monetization strategy that balances our strong subscription base with the growth of advertising revenues. Innovate and adapt to market changes while maintaining a seamless user experience.
  • Cross-Functional Team Collaboration: Facilitate strong cooperation between engineering teams and other departments, including UX designers, technical program management, and customer support, to ensure that product enhancements align with business goals and customer expectations.
  • Engineering Excellence and Innovation: Actively participate in strategic meetings to advocate for necessary resources, tech stack upgrades, and process improvements that promotes a culture of technical excellence and expansion of the user-generated content platforms.​​
  • Experimentation and Cross-Functional Initiatives: Lead the development and implementation of experimentation frameworks to test new ideas and features systematically. Collaborate with product managers, business analysts and data engineering to oversee these experiments, ensuring they are well-designed, executed, and analyzed. This role will require you to interface with multiple engineering disciplines to ensure experiments are robust and yield actionable insights.
  • Talent Management and Team Growth: Lead talent acquisition, development, and retention with strategies focused on proactive recruitment, structured career progression, and continuous training. Implement performance management systems, define clear career paths, and enhance job satisfaction to build a high-performing engineering team.
  • Innovation & AI: Harnessing innovation across the team to solve problems with out of box thinking and using AI as a platform to enhance customer experience and developer experience.

Requirements

  • At least 10 years of experience building and delivering software products
  • 5+ years of engineering management experience running web frontend and backend teams and experience managing managers for at least 2 years.
  • Strong record of thriving in a customer-obsessed product development environment with evidence of helping to define and influence overall product strategy.
  • Experience building high scale web and mobile front ends with React and building large scale and growing consumer propertiesAn exceptional understanding of technology best practices, application security, and history of making tradeoffs based on current needs.
  • Proven track record of scaling a team in high-growth companies, not just in number of team members but also in developing team member capabilities and skills.
  • History of building accountability and success by setting measurable goals and metrics for your teams.
  • Ability to set strategic direction in working with senior executives, but also loves getting your hands dirty executing with the team.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing, high-growth environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and discuss technical concepts, prioritize and evaluate opportunistic new ideas with internal and external partners.
  • Proactive, solution-oriented mindset and approach to problem solving.

Nice to have

  • Experience in rearchitecting legacy system and large scale technology modernizations focused on platform development.
  • Experience in subscription business models or loyalty systems.
  • Experience with React, Ruby on Rails and GraphQL.
At Scribd, your base pay is one part of your total compensation package and is determined within a range. Our pay ranges are based on the local cost of labor benchmarks for each specific role, level, and geographic location. San Francisco is our highest geographic market in the United States. In the state of California, the reasonably expected salary range is between $190,500 [minimum salary in our lowest geographic market within California] to $308,000 [maximum salary in our highest geographic market within California].
In the United States, outside of California, the reasonably expected salary range is between $157,000 [minimum salary in our lowest US geographic market outside of California] to $292,500 [maximum salary in our highest US geographic market outside of California].
In Canada, the reasonably expected salary range is between $197,000 CAD[minimum salary in our lowest geographic market] to $291,500 CAD[maximum salary in our highest geographic market].
We carefully consider a wide range of factors when determining compensation, including but not limited to experience; job-related skill sets; relevant education or training; and other business and organizational needs. The salary range listed is for the level at which this job has been scoped. In the event that you are considered for a different level, a higher or lower pay range would apply. This position is also eligible for a competitive equity ownership, and a comprehensive and generous benefits package.
Benefits, Perks, and Wellbeing at Scribd
*Benefits/perks listed may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Scribd and the geographical location where you work.
• Healthcare Insurance Coverage (Medical/Dental/Vision): 100% paid for employees
• 12 weeks paid parental leave
• Short-term/long-term disability plans
• 401k/RSP matching
• Tuition Reimbursement
• Learning & Development programs
• Quarterly stipend for Wellness, Connectivity & Comfort
• Mental Health support & resources
• Free subscription to Scribd + gift memberships for friends & family
• Referral Bonuses
• Book Benefit
• Sabbaticals
• Company wide events
• Team engagement budgets
• Vacation & Personal Days
• Paid Holidays (+ winter break)
• Flexible Sick Time
• Volunteer Day
• Company-wide Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion programs
Want to learn more about life at Scribd? www.linkedin.com/company/scribd/life
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We want our interview process to be accessible to everyone. You can inform us of any reasonable adjustments we can make to better accommodate your needs by emailing accommodations [@] scribd.com about the need for adjustments at any point in the interview process.
Scribd is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, and believe that a diversity of perspectives and experiences create a foundation for the best ideas. Come join us in building something meaningful.
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