Director of Engineering, Etsy Ads

  • 117 Adams St., Brooklyn, NY
  • Full-time

Company Description

As an Etsy employee, you can do the work you love, be yourself, and make an impact in the lives of millions. Our commitments to diversity and inclusion, team culture and the spaces where we work all reflect our mission to keep commerce human.

Job Description

Etsy is seeking a Director of Engineering to lead the engineering team for Etsy Ads, our onsite ad platform, which is used by our largest sellers to grow their businesses and currently produces over $175M in annual revenue. You will collaborate with our Ads product development team and engineering leadership to grow the platform and ensure that advertising on Etsy continues to be a great investment for our sellers. The work on the Ads team includes ad presentation on the top pages of, scaling and maintaining the backend systems we use to track ad impressions and clicks, creating trustworthy tooling and reporting for sellers, and iterating on the machine learning systems we use for bidding and ad ranking.


We are looking for an experienced engineering director who is capable of leading a large engineering department with multiple managers and squads, comfortable running teams with specific financial goals, and experienced with products that are built around machine learning.


This is a full-time role based in Brooklyn, NY.


About the Role

  • You will have the opportunity to set and drive the future technical direction of Etsy’s advertising platform. In this role, you’ll be managing a large team that is responsible for machine learning-powered ads products.

  • You will collaborate with our product management team to craft plans that achieve our business goals while scaling the platform to match the growth of the business.

  • You will be responsible for collaborating across teams to meet shared goals. This team's key partners include other product teams, finance, data science, and data engineering.

  • Under your leadership, the team will be responsible for the operation of critical systems that require around-the-clock availability.

  • Your reports will include at least 3 engineering managers, each with teams of 6 to 8 engineers.

About You

  • You have experience leading teams building products based on machine learning. Previous work with advertising platforms is a bonus.

  • You possess a strong technical background, ideally building high availability systems that operate at scale.

  • You are comfortable working with groups outside engineering and translating high-level business requirements into technical architecture. You should also be able to comfortably communicate with non-engineers about the technical details of our advertising platform.

  • Ideally, you're familiar with the current state of the art in machine learning and machine learning infrastructure.

  • You have a consistent track record of recruiting both managers and engineers.

  • You are an excellent coach, mentor, and developer of both managers and engineers. 

  • You value people who are curious, enthusiastic, generous, and responsible.

Additional Information

At Etsy, we believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace makes us a more relevant, more competitive, and more resilient company. We welcome people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and experiences. Etsy is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. While Etsy supports visa sponsorship, sponsorship opportunities may be limited to certain roles and skillsets.
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