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Director of Engineering, Web App Development

Engineering | San Mateo, CA

Job Description

About You:

You love building engineering teams and delivering winning products.   You understand the technology because you used to be an engineer, but your real strength is leading & managing teams.  You are looking for a rapidly growing startup where you can get in early and help shape the company: to make it even more awesome than it already is.  You have excellent business sense and want to help shape our strategy.  Ultimately, you are skilled and hungry to build a tremendously successful company.

You are friendly, approachable, analytical, precise, and generally a very curious person.  Hard problems captivate your mind and you don’t give up; you dig in.  In fact, you are naturally motivated to solve them with simple, elegant solutions.  Your dedication and high standards translate to impressive results and attract like-people.  You love the idea of data visualization and get excited about figuring things out using data.  Through many years of experience, you have gained a thorough understanding of enterprise software and believe in creating a great user experience.

Culture matters to you.  You get excited about a cohesive, energetic, talented, smart, and FUN work environment.  An environment that fosters creativity, transparency, vision, growth, and individuality.  Every voice is important, are looking for a place that embraces your own opinions as well as your ping-pong and karaoke skills (all levels included!).  Yes, we are enthusiastic participants in both, along with other games, activities, and happy hours that foster a lively workplace.


The Role:

As Director, Engineering you will be a key leader in the company.  You will work closely with the VP, Engineering and other executives to build a world class organization and product.  You will have significant influence over the direction of the engineering team as well as our company strategy.  Your contribution and career path will only be limited by your imagination and contribution.

The teams you lead will build our front end user interface using modern web application technology.  You will also work closely with product management, user experience, customers and field personnel to create the most awe-inspiring product possible.



  • Build and lead a high performing “special forces” team; be a “spiritual leader”

  • Manage complex technical projects in an Agile environment

  • Collaborate with peers in Eng, Product Management, UX on requirements and trade-off’s

  • Contribute to roadmap; help strategize and prioritize

  • Inspire the people around you with your positive attitude and general awesomeness

  • Have an opinion; make it happen

  • Attend conferences and/or speaking engagements to represent Platfora

  • Learn from your mistakes and help others do so

  • Pay special attention to career development: find opportunities for people to advance

  • Help us grow! Participate in new college grad and intern programs

  • Set team-level and engineering best practices around product development

  • Define and measure key business metrics that we use to operate the business.



  • Data visualization and/or Business Intelligence experience is not required, but a plus

  • 5+ years of experience as a manager; 3+ years managing managers

  • Built and managed teams of 10-30+

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a computer science or an engineering discipline 

  • Excellent leadership, management, and coaching skills

  • Knowledge of relevant programming/scripting languages (HTML5/Javascript/etc...) 

  • Working knowledge of a Unix environment

  • Experience with Agile software development methodologies and short release cycles

  • Superior communication & presentation skills and the ability to command an audience

  • Experience in companies of various sizes; growing with a company is a plus.


About Us:


Our mission is to empower customers to transform their businesses into Fact-Based Enterprises. Platfora masks the complexity of Hadoop, making it easy for customers to understand all the facts in their business across events, actions, behaviors and time. With Platfora Big Data Analytics software, we make it easy to transform Big Data in Hadoop into hard facts. Big Data Analytics masks the complexity of Big Data so that business users can capitalize on all of the data at their disposal — regardless of type or source. We make it easy for business users to interrogate their Big Data by asking deeper questions and correlating behavior and actions across multiple domains of data (no matter if it’s click-streams, mobile apps, social networks, sensors or internal databases) so they can make fact-based decisions, faster.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Principals only; if you are a recruiter, or represent a search firm, you must be under contract with an OK to work on this role, prior to submitting resumes to Platfora.  Thanks!