Director of Engineering, Application Infrastructure

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Engineering

Company Description

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based results, Optimizely enables product and marketing professionals to accelerate innovation, lower the risk of new features, and drive up the return on investment from digital by up to 10X. Over 26 of the Fortune 100 companies choose Optimizely to power their global digital experiences. Optimizely’s impressive customer list includes eBay, FOX, IBM, The New York Times and many more global enterprises.

Job Description

We’re looking for a Director of Engineering for our Application Infrastructure teams. Your teams are responsible for the underlying Application Infrastructure, powering the Optimizely Experimentation Platform, that enables some of the world’s largest companies—including over 24 of the Fortune 100—to deliver digital experiences that delight customers through the use of Optimizely experiments, personalization and feature management.

You will have broad influence and impact on shaping the future direction of our Application Infrastructure, including moving to a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), enabling our feature teams to build highly performant user interfaces built on our public APIs, and evangelizing how teams across the organization can leverage new capabilities in our Infrastructure. You will work with people who share a passion for empathizing with customers while thinking deeply about elegant solutions that scale and are built with enterprise class operational excellence. Your teams include front end, backend and site reliability engineers.

You will bring hands-on experience with large architectural shifts to guide both the team and the broader engineering and product organization through an SOA transformation.. You enjoy being of service to your team and to the larger engineering organization, and your leadership is grounded in empathy and compassion. Successful leaders value the success and growth of their team over anything else.

What you’ll do:

  • Partner with engineers to shape and drive our infrastructure from a monolith architecture to an API first, services based architecture

  • Have a strong leadership presence resulting in the ability to forge cross-functional partnerships and drive strong organization results

  • You will grow and lead our engineering team and help the members of your team grow both technically and professionally

  • Leverage your experience as a leader and engineer to lead, inspire, and influence to make sure your team does the right things

  • Work with the recruiting team to attract and retain high quality and diverse talent

  • Nurture Optimizely’s Engineering identity through recruiting and external engagement with the larger infrastructure technology community (meetups, conferences, open source, etc)

  • Partner with our Design and Product teams to help forge a strong design and user experience driven culture

  • Have visibility, influence and impact across all of Optimizely’s engineering teams and product areas

  • Manage teams working with Python, Javascript (React, Vue, Angular)

You will be successful in this role if:

  • You have been a key part of a fundamental shift to services (SoA) and understand how teams deliver massive infrastructure efforts incrementally while balancing product work with technical work. You are able to use your experience to effectively partner and support engineers working on these projects.

  • You have managed a team of 10+ engineers

  • You have experience hiring, managing and growing more senior engineers and first line managers

  • Relevant development experience related to services, platform, APIs and Frontend frameworks

  • You are able to thrive and lead multiple highly cross functional projects at any time

  • You are naturally inclined to take initiative and help make an impact on the larger organization

  • You don’t just see challenges, you see an opportunity to own and drive a solution

  • You have solid organizational skills, the ability to prioritize tasks and keep projects on schedule

  • You have a strong technical background that allows you to advocate for and support your engineers

  • You foster and lead an inclusive culture


  • Catered in-office lunch on weekdays

  • Unlimited vacation policy

  • Wellness Grant

  • Fully paid health insurance for you and dependents

  • 17 weeks full paid parental leave for new parents

  • Pre IPO stock options

  • Team outings

  • Community volunteering

  • Commuter stipend

  • Top-of-the-line MacBook Pro or MacBook Air and 27" monitor

  • Working with a great team, in an amazing office and having a huge impact!

  • Flexible vacation policy and seventeen weeks of paid parental leave.

  • 401k benefit.

  • Working with a great team and having a huge impact!

Additional Information

At Optimizely, we embody inclusion and embrace diversity.  Optimizely is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit.  Optimizely prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual identity, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, nationality, citizenship, age, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, or any other unlawful consideration. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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