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Head of Engineering

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Posted about 1 month ago

Crystal helps companies deeply understand the personality, behavior, and motivations of their key stakeholders -- employees, customers, prospects and job candidates. Our DISC-based SaaS platform provides assessments and AI predictions that turn personality insights into an ongoing competitive advantage for communication, sales, hiring, team-building, and employee development. Crystal has raised $7M in VC funding led by Salesforce Ventures, has thousands of customers globally and is currently an ambitious remote team of 20 people.

The Role

As we build and scale Crystal over the next few years, our product engineering team is growing along with it. We're building the largest, most accurate personality platform in the world - it's a huge project that requires close collaboration between data analysis, machine learning, and social science. Our engineering team packs a powerful punch, and we often surprise people with our balance of fast pace and quality/stability.

As the Head of Engineering, you will be responsible for overall technical direction and leadership at Crystal. Initially, this will be a hands-on player-coach role, where you will scope features, architect backend systems, code new functionality, manage a team of 2 other engineers, and recruit and grow the engineering team. You will work alongside Crystal’s Executive Team to ensure that our product and technical systems are stable and ready for expansion.

This is a unique role for a talented and entrepreneurial engineer who enjoys coding, can occasionally manage AWS infrastructure, has a passion for people, and a desire to lead. Your time will initially break down as 85% individual contributor development, 15% management, coaching and recruiting. As the team grows, those time breakdowns will likely evolve as well.

The Specifics

  • Your day-to-day will vary between different components of our product, so this role requires full stack technical flexibility and a desire to learn new skills quickly. We work primarily with Ruby, Ruby on Rails, MySQL, Typescript, React and Next.js, Our platform runs on AWS with services like ECS, EC2, and RDS.
  • We have a lot on our roadmap for the next several years, including improvements to the breadth and accuracy of our personality detection system, Chrome extensions, enterprise tools, and data integrations.

Technical Qualifications

It’s important to have experience with:

  • Designing and implementing APIs
  • Ruby/Ruby on Rails
  • Javascript/Typescript
  • AWS infrastructure including EC2, ECS, Cloudfront, and RDS
  • Docker
  • MySQL databases
  • CircleCI or other continuous deployment
  • TDD libraries like RSpec
  • React or other Javascript frameworks
  • RESTful APIs on the back-end, and consuming them on the front-end
  • Building and maintaining large, complex software products at scale
  • Multiple stakeholders such as product managers, QA's, and designers
  • Working in agile environments such as scrum or kanban
  • Writing code that is clean and uses current best practices

Leadership Qualifications

It’s important to have experience with:

  • Leading a team of at least 2 engineers
  • Coaching and teaching other engineers to improve their skills
  • Recruiting and hiring engineers
  • Ability to explain technical concepts to a group clearly and concisely
  • Sincere appreciation for good communication and healthy work relationships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

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