Chief Architect at CircleCI

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The Chief Architect will lead the next stage of engineering growth with an emphasis on technical leadership. We are looking for someone who excels in seeing the big picture, building innovative architectural and software design, and can guide our engineering teams to promote architectural principles.

Collaborate with the Engineering teams, team members, and collaborators to gather architecture and system requirements, develop architecture design, and conduct/supervise proofs-of-concept as required.

What you'll do:

Technical Strategy

  • Define and consistently iterate on the technical strategy for CircleCI over the next 12-36 months.
  • Provide information and analysis on technical issues as required for effective organizational decision-making, either through the SVP of Engineering or directly.
  • Responsible and for the delivery of a clear and practical technical strategy that aligns with corporate, product, and engineering organizational strategy. Accountable for the breakdown of that strategy such that it is practical for individual teams.
  • Make binding decisions covering all or a subset of engineering.

Technical Governance

  • Ensure adequate technical processes governing engineering implementation and operation to meet goals. For example, ensuring the existence of a service launch process that includes the defined SLOs for a service.
  • Ensure initiatives with significant engineering components have an assigned lead for technical decisions.
  • Provide direct feedback on large engineering initiatives to ensure alignment with architectural and product strategy.
  • Responsible for the timely delivery of reliable systems that meet customer acceptance criteria.

Aligning Organizational Growth and Architecture

  • Provide mentorship on organizational structure and its impacts on technical strategy.
  • Cultivate a culture of inclusion, visibility, and constructive critique in technical decision-making, implementation, and operation.
  • Mentor Architecture groups and ICs and assist them in growing their impact while meeting goals.
  • Ensure the hiring process aligns with technical strategy.

Individual Contribution

  • Participate directly in incident response, particularly during critical outages with unknown causes.
  • Act as a code and design reviewer when alignment with existing strategy or precedent is not clear, particularly when the impact crosses team boundaries.
  • Provide support, feedback, and analysis to the Engineering Leadership Team in order to support their goals.
What we're looking for:
  • Confirmed experience in software engineering and engineering management, including global architecture roles
  • Experience scaling large systems that are expected to grow in scale in the near future
  • Deep understanding of the software delivery lifecycle
  • Shown ability to support sustainable scale through enablement
  • Strong financial perspective with a focus on return on investment for engineering effort
  • Ability to generate outcomes by driving accountability above, below, and around you
  • Desire to ask the right questions to help prioritize outside your areas of expertise
  • Strong opinions developed through experience and the ability to adapt those experiences to new environments
  • History of mentoring senior team members to do their best work
  • A desire to pursue excellence through small increments of improvement
Engineering at CircleCI

This role equals architect level on our Engineering Competency Matrix, our internal career growth system for engineers. These are the minimum expectations for this position, but we are always willing to discuss bringing people on at more senior positions when appropriate. Find more about the matrix in this blog post.

We Are Remote-First

Being remote-first, we foster a team that is inclusive of remote workers while allowing everyone to be the most productive. Read more about our remote-first culture here.

About CircleCI

CircleCI is the world’s largest shared continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform, and the central hub where code moves from idea to delivery. As one of the most-used DevOps tools that process more than one million builds a day, CircleCI has unique access to data on how engineering teams work, and how their code runs. Companies like Spotify, Coinbase, and BuzzFeed use us to improve engineering team productivity, release better products, and get to market faster.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in downtown San Francisco with a global, remote workforce, CircleCI is venture-backed by Base10, Greenspring Associates, Eleven Prime, IVP, Sapphire Ventures, Top Tier Capital Partners, Baseline Ventures, Threshold Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Owl Rock Capital, Next Equity Partners, Heavybit and Harrison Metal Capital.

CircleCI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law.

Colorado Salary Range: $178,500 - $210,000/year

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • GolangLanguages
    • ClojureLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • SalesforceCRM
    • MarketoLead Gen


Downtown Denver, North Capitol Hill area. Your favorite coffee shops and restaurants are all steps from the office, as well as transportation lines.

An Insider's view of CircleCI

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Denver office is collaborative, ambitious and exciting. We are located downtown near a bunch of fun bars and restaurants. Everyone comes into the office everyday looking forward to the challenge at hand, which is refreshing to start your day with!


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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Building a business in which collaboration is a cultural norm is a team sport! Slack and video chats with team leaders and team members alike, I find the frequent sharing of our best ideas and insights really encourages team players, gains support for critical initiatives, and provides a level of trust to converse openly about difficult issues.


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What makes someone successful on your team?

Our team and office culture is so engaging. It’s awesome to be in a place where we’re actively curious about what other roles in the company do and what their challenges are. That reinforces two core attributes of successful sales executives that are curiosity and passion for both our customers and our peers.


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How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Through cultivating open and honest communication. I encourage my team to voice their ideas, think outside of the box, and to take ownership to find creative solutions to resolve customer issues.


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How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

Everyone on the team and the company can and will reach out to me. I also attend weekly stand-ups in our Denver office, regularly ask for feedback in our team slack channels, and stay in touch with managers and ICs when it comes to deals, problems, etc.


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What are CircleCI Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend

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