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Software Engineering Manager

Engineering | Redwood City, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Software Engineering Manager

Redwood City, CA

IMVU is looking for a Software Engineering Manager to lead our Services team. The ideal candidate is excellent at sharing their knowledge, mentoring engineers, and is proficient at software design. Although you may not be coding most of the time, you will use your experience to drive architectural decisions and provide technical guidance. You will help create the REST based services that are consumed by our iOS, Android, Desktop, and Web Applications, in a highly scalable and extensible manor.

The ideal candidate has hands-on experience with agile software development, continuous integration, and test-driven development. You value engineering productivity and system reliability.

You have excellent communications skills, both technically, as well with coworkers in Product, Project Management, and Quality Assurance.


  • Computer Science degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • 3+ years of engineering management experience.
  • 4+ years of back end development experience.
  • A firm grasp of fundamentals including object-oriented design, data structures, algorithm design, problem solving and complexity analysis
  • Experience working with MySQL, Memcached, Redis, or similar data stores.
  • A high level of proficiency with the HTTP protocol.
  • Experience implementing RESTful services.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, including gathering requirements and applying them to a cohesive software design.
  • Excellent communication skills.


  • Experience building performant, optimized RESTful services consumed by mobile clients.
  • Experience providing RESTful services to multiple consumers across many platforms.
  • A high level of proficiency with caching patterns.
  • Experience with the LAMP stack. 
  • C#/.NET


IMVU, the #1 avatar-based social network welcomes users to join a never-ending world where anything is possible, including connecting with people from all over the world. It's here that the fun is infinite and reality is limitless. The IMVU Virtual Shop is the largest of its kind, with an inventory of more than 20 million user-generated, VR-ready goods and growing everyday. From collections that include the hottest trends and throwback sneakers to fairy wings and couture gowns, the marketplace allows our users to personalize, customize and stylize their 3D avatars and environments to their hearts' content. With over Five million unique users every month, our platform is poised for future growth and available on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

Our Engineers are given significant autonomy over their work: we hire smart people and trust them to use their creativity and talents to do right by their peers and our customers. We are longstanding evangelists of Continuous Deployment, strong supporters of open source software and we spawned the Lean Startup movement. We value humility, open collaboration and foster an environment that supports learning from and mentoring others. We want you to grow your talent and career. We’ll provide plenty of interesting challenges and strong support to ensure your success.  At IMVU, we solve challenging problems and create amazing products together every day! Check out some of what we’re doing on our Engineering blog:

Founded in 2004 and based in the heart of Silicon Valley, IMVU is led by a team that's dedicated to pioneering the virtual reality industry. IMVU is backed by venture investors Menlo Ventures, Allegis Capital, Bridgescale Partners and Best Buy Capital.

IMVU has been recognized frequently as Best Place to Work in the Silicon Valley. 



  • Please try out our core product before you apply. We’d like you to understand our products and have some understanding of our customers.

  • Please include a cover letter. Make sure to discuss why you are interested in learning more about IMVU. Job applications without cover letters will not be considered.

IMVU is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.