Slate – Head of Engineering

About Slate 

Slate is a web and mobile product used by many of the top brands in the world to create branded social content in real-time. We have customers across every major professional sports league as well as some of the largest media, beauty and entertainment brands in the world.

We are a young company that consists of a small, dedicated, team distributed across the globe. Slate is backed by great investors including Charge Ventures, Titletown Tech (associated with the Green Bay Packers), WISE ventures (associated with the Minnesota Vikings) and LAUNCH.

We have ambitious plans to continue and accelerate our strong growth of the company and have been working on exciting new developments that will shape how our brand and products will look in the future.

Responsibilities

Leadership, Team-Building, Recruitment & Retention

  • Attract, coach, retain and scale high-performing, highly skilled, diverse and effective technology teams.

  • Create accountability expectations and consistently assess, develop and empower direct and indirect reports to their fullest potential to meet the team’s goals.

  • Empower and motivate the team by removing obstacles, providing resources, coaching and mentorship.

  • Build a financially-leveraged team by creatively balancing outsourced resources when needed with in-house teams across geographies.

  • Establishing training, professional development and other incentive programs to increase the effectiveness of our team members.

Technology Leadership

  • Develop and monitor technology KPIs to improve measurement and forecasting of the technology teams’ performance.

  • Establish and enforce technology policies and operating procedures for maintaining a world-class technology division and culture, adjusting as needed based on business needs.

  • Develop an innovation strategy that leverages external technical partnerships. Identify, negotiate, and develop strategic technical partnerships to support business priorities and objectives.

  • Communicate technology strategy to key accounts, partners and investors.

  • Empower our technology team to meet their planned objectives/KPIs, develop a strong and focused culture, and be responsive to the company’s mission and needs.

Technical Excellence

  • Drawing on your technology experience, identify the appropriate technology stack and ensure its alignment with company stage, needs, goals, and planned roadmap.

  • Oversee all aspects of the technology architecture and infrastructure to ensure functionality, security, efficiency and scalability. Ensure data privacy and system security compliance for all operations across all geographies.

  • Enforce quality assurance and data protection processes, ensuring all technology practices adhere to regulatory standards.

  • Set the standards for our operational excellence, including fast cycle development capabilities and all aspects of the development lifecycle from requirements analysis, strategic planning, design/architecture, execution, deployment, and maintenance.

  • Ensure technologies are used efficiently, profitably, and securely. Mitigate duplication of effort and ensure software is architected for long-term stability.

  • Work closely with our Product team to develop innovative technology solutions that help create the best-in-class content creation products that Slate is known for.

C-suite engagement

  • Partner with the Founding team to help define product vision and strategy. Align and provide feedback on the product roadmap, works closely with product team and founders to decide on prioritization, resource allocation, and timelines.

  • Collaborate, align and engage cross functionally with other executives needed to execute the roadmap and assess and prioritize potential opportunities.

  • Establish and oversee technology budgets for purchasing, staffing and technology operations.

  • Establishing principles and standards for evaluating make/buy decisions.

  • Develop & distribute a technology reports for the executive team and board when required.

  • Work closely with the founding team to develop strategies on how product can help achieve Slate’s business objectives.

Industry Leadership

  • Stay aware of trends in emerging, advanced or innovative technologies & tools to empower the Engineering team.

  • Develop presentations for speaking engagements, podcasts, webinars and other relevant industry conferences when needed.

Skills & Qualifications 

  • Requires prior experience in a lead role within an engineering team or department (at least 3+ years’ experience as Head of Engineering, Engineering Manager, VP of Eng, ect.)

  • Requires previous experience working in a startup environment in a leading technology role (preferably with a track record of one or more successful exits).

  • Proven track record in recruiting, attracting and retaining engineering talent and in growing and scaling startup Engineering teams.

  • Expert-level understanding of engineering best practices for full software development life cycle, including coding & security standards, code review, source control, build, QA, deployment and development operations (Prior, hands-on experience as an engineer required).

  • Broad knowledge of programming languages, software architecture, design and advanced data systems.

  • Drawing on your technology experience, has established a philosophy on how world-class technology products are built, shipped and scaled.

  • Proven success in building, shipping and scaling world-class technology solutions. Requires experience with SaaS & mobile application products.

  • Experience managing distributed teams, including international and remote engineering teams, in a fast paced and rapidly changing environment.

  • Excellent leadership, communication & public speaking skills with a track record of providing coaching and mentorship to engineering talent.

  • Proven experience establishing successful technology partnerships and working cooperatively with partners & suppliers.

  • Strong technology business acumen and experience developing and monitoring annual operating and capital budgets for purchasing, staffing and technology operations.

  • BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or other IT discipline, or equivalent practical experience.

Bonus Points

  • Previous experience in a leadership role at a startup. Extra bonus points for a successful exit!

  • Extensive experience with video and/or graphic editing / design or content creation products.

The Perks

  • Fully remote

  • Flexible PTO policy

  • Health Insurance Benefits

  • 401(k) options (US only)

  • Equity

We are a distributed team so this will be a fully remote position.

Salary and equity TBD based on experience.

Application submission: To apply, please visit HERE.