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Engineering, Full Time    New York    Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2021
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We are looking for an Engineering leader who can provide direction & guidance across execution, team development & growth, & technical strategy.

Why This Role Is Important Now

The BuzzFeed Engineering team of ~100 sits within the umbrella of BuzzFeed Tech, which is comprised of complementary disciplines such as Product Management, Design, Data, & Project Management. Our approach to engineering has evolved significantly from a Perl monolith to over 600 microservices, with a focus on developer effectiveness & growth. 

Our business has also evolved tremendously. We now have four flagship brands: BuzzFeed, BuzzFeed News, Tasty, & HuffPost, each with their respective web & mobile apps. Across the brands, we have a diversified set of revenue lines: direct-sold advertising, programmatic advertising, commerce, subscription, partnership, licensing, & off-platform revenue.

In addition to consumer-facing apps, there is a rich portfolio of internal tools that power our internal operations for engineers, writers, video producers, finance, & more: intelligent content distribution, content management, revenue optimization, content recommendations, messaging, analytics, & machine learning. We are making investments in growth areas such as Quiz, Commerce, community, & mobile. This Engineering leader is more important than ever to ensure that our engineering organization is set up to power the BuzzFeed of today, & building for the BuzzFeed of tomorrow.

What Youll Do

Technical Strategy

  1. Set technical direction: propose how to evolve our technical stack to match our current & future product needs. 
  2. Provide high-level strategic guidance at all levels of the BuzzFeed tech stack. Able to boil down complex problems & help tech leads navigate through complex (sometimes urgent) technical decisions.


  1. Translate business & product priorities into a compelling engineering vision that helps engineering leads build focus & autonomy for their respective teams. Provide critical feedback throughout the implementation phase of the roadmap in order to sharpen focus & optimize execution.
  2. Optimize sequencing of work while balancing priorities, the team's long-term health, & individuals' growth aspirations.
  3. Coach Tech Leads to best match roadmap opportunities & individuals with the right set of competency x capacity x aspiration.
  4. Advise teams on what not to focus on, or when to take an alternative approach. Recognize & step in situations that require executive decisions.
  5. Make sure the trains run on time: hold teams accountable for target dates + quality to avoid unexpected post launch issues.
  6. Proactively flag & help teams resolve potential execution risks, including but not limited to knowledge, resource gaps, clarity of dependencies, etc. 

Talent Development: Recruit + Retain + Grow

  1. Foster a diverse & inclusive environment.
  2. Continuously improve our management practices. Ensure engineering managers are set up for success while holding them accountable for the health, growth, & impact of their reports.
  3. Create growth opportunities for all engineers through mentorship or project opportunities.
  4. Promote an environment of knowledge sharing & constant learning.
  5. Be a good sounding board for Engineering Team Leads, especially first-time leads, as they gain clarity in their role, & help them lead their respective teams with product & design partners.

What You Have

  • 10+ years of relevant technical experience across web, app, infrastructure, & data applications
  • 3+ years leading leading a 100+ engineering organization
  • 5+ years of experience of managing technical products, budgets, & justifying resource needs to senior leaders & finance partners
  • Manage, & hold accountable a motivated, distributed team, & demonstrated ability to bring people together against a set of strategies & goals
  • demonstrated success delivering technical solutions in high-growth environments with a proven track record of innovative thinking balanced with a strong customer & focus
  • Prior demonstrated experience being a catalyst for positive change, within a global, fast-paced growth environment
  • Experience in translating strategy to tactical plans with execution & delivery.
  • A healthy skepticism for the status quo & an unwillingness to settle
  • An empathetic leadership style & have a strong self-awareness

All job applications must be received through the official BuzzFeed Jobs board (, including referrals. It is BuzzFeed's practice to not schedule job interviews until after an application is submitted through our jobs board.

About BuzzFeed

About BuzzFeed Tech

BuzzFeed Tech is a group of about 150 product managers, engineers, data scientists, & designers that are focused on building great products & content experiences that bring our audience joy & truth. Were a collaborative & friendly bunch that works in a typical agile way with sprints, JIRA, OKRs, & a close working relationship with management & stakeholders.

Life at BuzzFeed

At BuzzFeed, we believe our work benefits from the diverse perspectives of our employees. As such, BuzzFeed celebrates inclusion & is committed to equal opportunity employment. At BuzzFeed, you can expect:

  • A supportive, inclusive atmosphere on a team that values your contributions
  • Opportunities for personal & professional growth through work experience, offerings from our in-house Learning @ BuzzFeed team, our Employee Resource Groups, & more
  • An attractive & equitable compensation package, including salary & stock options

A generous benefits program featuring PTO, unlimited sick time, comprehensive medical benefits, a family leave policy, access to mental health platforms, retirement plans, gym & wellness discounts, & much more.

BuzzFeed is the worlds leading tech-powered media company, with a cross-platform news & entertainment network that reaches hundreds of millions of people globally. The company aims to spread truth & joy across the internet by producing articles, lists, quizzes, videos, original series; lifestyle content through brands including Tasty, the worlds largest social food network; original reporting & investigative journalism through BuzzFeed News; strategic partnerships, licensing & product development through BuzzFeed Marketing; & original productions across broadcast, cable, SVOD, film & digital platforms for BuzzFeed Studios. 

BuzzFeed is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, & will not be discriminated against based on age, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any other protected category.

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