Director, Product Engineering at Skupos (Greater Denver Area, CO or Remote)

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Company. What we are building:

Skupos drives revenue growth across all segments of the convenience retail industry through technology that connects both retailers and brands to their shoppers. With a focus on independent stores and small chains which make up nearly 80% of the market, the Skupos platform enables both retailers and brands to compete through better understanding and serving their customers. Founded in 2016, a growing network of 14,000+ customers across all 50 states rely on Skupos to boost sales volume and increase their customer base.

Role.  An overview of the opportunity:

At Skupos, we are committed to delivering the most innovative and industry leading digital products that our customers will love. Our Engineering group ensures Skupos delivers first-class web and Data products that disrupt supply chain convenience store business and delight our customers. Working in collaboration with our engineering, product, design and go-to-market teams, we will build software that solves real-world problems.

With a talented and diverse team of engineers, we are proud of our inclusive culture, deep customer focus and technical excellence. In this critical leadership position reporting to VP Engineering, you will work closely with your product management and design counterparts as well as data science and data engineering peers to deliver world class web applications.

Success is achieved by passionately advocating for technical excellence, software quality, and process/organizational improvements. In the capacity of a Director of Engineering, you will fulfill a core leadership function for your team carrying responsibility for technical excellence, execution, cross-functional collaboration, people growth, and day-to-day management.

Core Responsibilities. You will:

  • Direct and coach engineering teams comprising backend, frontend, infrastructure and DevOps in successfully delivering scalable, maintainable, and secure features to our customers
  • Prioritize short-term and long-term goals, along with architectural trade-offs to ensure the team is able to deliver quality results while meeting the team’s deliverables
  • Drive the technical strategy, roadmap and priorities for your teams, and work with dependencies across the company
  • Support the engineering team in achieving a high level of technical excellence and stability
  • Grow your teams by coaching, developing, promoting the engineers on your teams, and by attracting and hiring top talent
  • Represent the team to engineering groups internally, to executive sponsor in various functional groups within Skupos, to current and future customers, and to our partner organizations
  • Build a diverse team while fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment
  • Collaborate with Product/Project Managers to plan, implement, and deliver tasks and features on a timely basis with best practices
  • Deliver Web applications with integration to backend services deployed on the cloud with high quality and responsiveness
  • Create strong practices around test-driven development
  • Prioritize to manage ad-hoc requests in parallel with ongoing projects
  • Manage a geographically dispersed technical team
  • Contribute to engineering-wide initiatives as a member of Skupos’s engineering management team
  • Be a critical partner contributing to Skupos’s broader success

Experience. You should have:

  • Passion for leading teams through transformations
  • Organizational leadership, ability to inspire and grow teams, and attract great talent
  • Enjoys product and design ideation as much as they do building product
  • Ability to be both player & coach: We’re looking for someone who is passionate about getting into the details and driving large technology initiatives while coaching and empowering teams to take ownership
  • Strong technologist, not purely a "manager of managers", but capable of doing code reviews, architecture review and driving deep technical discussion with architects/Sr. Engineers 
  • 5+ years of experience successfully leading, managing, and coaching engineering teams
  • 10+ years of hands-on software development experience
  • Experience in building and supporting B2B/B2C SaaS applications used at scale
  • Deep understanding or experience in scaling monolithic applications / transformation to service-oriented architecture
  • Deep expertise in building software platforms, specifically performance distributed systems, leveraging modern frameworks
  • Well versed in modern cloud native technologies and frameworks
  • A deep understanding of the agile software development process
  • Must be a compelling and clear communicator, able to represent your team to internal and external audiences with differing levels of technical fluency
  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities/projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to develop a results-driven culture focused on core values of ownership and accountability
  • Good Analytical, Problem-Solving, and Debugging skills
  • Continuously increasing your team's work quality & performance
  • Ability to think from a product mindset
  • Have overseen development across the full stack

Ideal Mindset

  • Strong Technical Leader — You direct the team with deep technical expertise through a people-first mentality style
  • Resourceful — You are a go-getter that leads by example, drives self-research and is an endless problem solver
  • Clear — You provide clear and actionable direction to your team and customers
  • Collaborative — A dynamic team player, you are proactive about soliciting and giving feedback
  • Passionate — You love quality engineering, design and technology and the role it has in shaping the future

Benefits. What we offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Discretionary time off (DTO)
  • Wellness stipend
  • And more!


A Note on Covid...

We are fortunate to continue to grow during this unfortunate time. Our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of both our current and future Skupeeps.

As of July, our physical office spaces have reopened on a voluntary basis.  Our Skuad members are allowed onsite if they are fully vaccinated (2 weeks past final vaccine dose).  That being said, we will continue to manage our interview process virtually, don't be surprised if children or pets make an appearance.

We deeply care about you as our candidate, so let the People Team know if there’s anything we can do to make your interview process go more smoothly - we are in your corner!

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Technology we use

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Skupos is in the heart of Downtown Downtown only a few blocks away from Union Station with a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains!

An Insider's view of Skupos

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Life at Skupos provides employees with a balance of being relaxed and autonomous, but we all work really hard & go above and beyond to get our jobs done. If you need a breather, it's cool to take a break and play some ping pong. There is also a solid sense of camaraderie & collaboration throughout the office that extends across the different teams.


Integration Specialist

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As the Salesforce Admin, I am constantly working with all departments across the company. Collaborating w/ this many people requires that I am easily accessible to both SF & Denver offices. To ensure this happens, I set up weekly meetings w/ each team to discuss their needs, as well as a meeting for everyone to attend so we're all on the same page.


Salesforce Admin

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

The focus on "Learn Fast" at Skupos has given me so many opportunities to advance and understand the industry in an incredibly short period of time. I started with Skupos as a Customer Service Representative and I've moved all the way up to Team Lead for Customer Success. A true Cinderella story!


Team Lead, Customer Success

What projects are you most excited about?

I am excited to lead a workshop focusing on growing the skills of our management team. Skupos is actively investing in the learning and development of our employees and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this initiative. This project has helped me stretch beyond my comfort zone with endless support from my leaders and team.


Learning & Development Manager

What are Skupos Perks + Benefits

Skupos Benefits Overview

Unlimited Paid Time Off, 401K, Paid Holidays, Parental Leave, Wellness Stipend, Mental Health Support, Commuter Benefits, Life & Disability Coverage

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Donates technology to local school districts
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We have set aspirational diversity goals for how we want Skupos to be represented by 2022: 50% gender ratio, 33% of all pipeline from Underrepresented Groups, 25% diversity on our Board of Directors.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Face-to-face counseling and/or two-way video chat with a Therapist
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
We established a fundraising campaign to support Black Lives Matter and the NAACP Legal, Defense and Education Fund and raised over $3K in 2020.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Skupos also provides 12 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
During Covid, we have provided extra flexible work schedules that includes Flexible start and end times - we know it's not easy during this time!
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes a monthly wellness stipend ($100) to help offset the costs of working from home during during Covid.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Skupos has unlimited PTO.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning

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