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Away // travel brand & luggage
Engineering, Full Time    New York City    Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2022
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Away is a global lifestyle brand with a mission to transform travel through products & content that inspire people to get away more. In support of our mission, we are seeking a Vice President, Engineering to join our Engineering team. 

Want to help us transform the travel experience? The ideal candidate will be a passionate thought-leader that is experienced with building engineering teams & processes & adept at creating elegant, future-facing experiences, & technologies. They will be developing technology solutions, working closely with a variety of stakeholders.

The right candidate is excited to be an employee at a venture-backed lifestyle brand & is eager to take on an array of responsibilities spanning technology execution & strategy. They understand the importance of working cross-functionally & thrive in a fast-paced & ever-changing environment. You will report to our CIO based in our New York City office, virtually until February 2022. This individual will be expected to be in the office 

As a company that values diversity, equity, & inclusion, Away seeks individuals of all backgrounds & experiences to apply for this opportunity. Were creating an environment where everyone can thrive. Our customers are global & diverse, so were building a team that is too. Through initiatives like our employee resource groups, anti-racism training, & bias prevention initiatives, were building the cultural foundation that gives people the emotional & physical space to bring their authentic selves to work.

What youll do:

  • Build a team of thoughtful, passionate, collaborative engineers to help scale Away's digital presence & data architecture.
  • Own architectural design & engineering across all digital properties.
  • Serve as a key tactical & strategic technology representative within the organization.
  • Push & refine our technology, user experience, & creative practices.
  • Collaborate with talented designers, product managers, & fellow engineers to build & plan new features for Away web properties, including both e-commerce & editorial experiences.
  • Develop, implement, & socialize engineering best practices & standards.
  • Guide teams to write robust, well-designed software that delivers great value to the business & is easy to maintain.
  • Own our data architecture & data warehouse technology, continuing to extend data as a strategic asset to support our mission critical operational reporting, analytics & data science capabilities.  
  • Own our integration architecture & data pipelines including building a team to architect & implement a robust, scalable integration architecture & data pipelines to improve the flow of data across our systems. 
  • Establish & guide a quality assurance team to modernize & mature our systems delivery capabilities.
  • Own,  scale, & mature our site reliability & cloud infrastructure engineering team & practices to ensure efficient & scalable site operations & performance
  • Lead through others with a heavy focus on managing managers, building a team of engineering leaders, broadening & maturing engineering practices, & leading the overall engineering organization by example.   

Who you are:

  • Experienced, with 10 years of working on consumer-facing web applications in a professional environment, ideally with strong working knowledge of best-in-class front-end architectures & back-end eCommerce platforms & familiarity with data warehouses (e.g., Redshift) & integration (e.g. Boomi) technologies. 
  • A seasoned leader with experience scaling departments, running teams, & working with distributed teams.
  • A clear communicator that can reduce ambiguity & promote transparency with team members & co-workers.
  • Agile in your approach to software development & excited about continuous integration & zero-downtime deployments.
  • An admirer of beautiful code & with a passion for refactoring & refining applications.
  • Knowledgeable of AWS, Heroku, or similar IaaS or PaaS providers.
  • Excited to work in a scrappy, quickly evolving startup & accelerate your career.
  • Eager to create a culture of mentorship & thought leadership within Engineering.
  • Team player with a "no task is too small" attitude
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced & ever-changing environment
  • Passionate about transforming travel (but thats a given!)
  • You can show proof of COVID-19 vaccination & adherence to HQ COVID office policies using Bindle, a secure platform that verifies vaccination status without sharing private health information, within 30 days of hire
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