Director of Software Engineering - Platform at SendGrid
Redwood City, CA, US
As SendGrid continues to launch new applications, it is becoming more and more strategically important to create a software stack on which everything else can be built. The Director of Platform Engineering will be responsible for extracting what we can from the application teams and extending it to be useful across the entire organization. The successful candidate will need tremendous technical depth and managerial chops because of the scale and complexity of our solution. It isn’t easy to send 2% of the Internet’s email traffic and you should be up for that challenge. Our software is highly distributed and is responsible for the delivery of 1.2 billion emails every day. Our APIs are leveraged by thousands of businesses. You will have to bring a working knowledge of the latest SaaS stacks, a passion for operational excellence and redundant architectures, and a hunger to grow and mentor a team that is eagerly anticipating your leadership.

Home to our CEO and CPO, our Redwood City office houses a small yet elite group of developers with those specialized skills that we can only find in the Bay Area. Here, we are focused on the underlying platform that supports all the customer facing software that we build. High scale and distributed systems experience are a must.

What You’ll Do

Live by and champion our cultural values of Happy, Hungry, Honest, and Humble
Recruit top notch talent to scale a team we have already seeded with some of our very best engineers
Act as a technical sounding board, leaning on your high scale SaaS experience to help our engineers see things from a different perspective
Lead strategic planning and design sessions with Product Management, Engineering, Security, and Operations to create a shared vision and technical strategy
Act as an effective agent of change. For a platform group to be successful, it requires that one get buy in from the rest of the development organization. You’ll leverage your communication skills and EQ to make it happen
Strive to keep everybody connected. We are a quickly growing company and inclusive communication is critical to maintain our alignment and our culture
About You

A seasoned engineering leader -- you have been around the block more than a few times and are ready to take on a project of tremendous strategic importance
A coach -- you are excited at the prospect of being able to teach the next generation, putting yourself aside to help them be better leaders
A connector -- naturally identifying people who can help each other across sites and deriving satisfaction from making that connection for them
An agent of change -- leveraging your communication skills and EQ to facilitate the adoption of what you build
A problem solver -- whether it is managing risk associated with a software deliverable, troubleshooting our process, or addressing somebody’s unique personal need, you love to analyze the situation, roll up your sleeves, and get busy fixing it
Founded in 2009, SendGrid built its reputation solving a key pain point of delivering transactional emails that respond to customer behavior (purchase receipts, order confirmations, password resets, etc.). In 2015, SendGrid expanded the platform into marketing email use cases, enabling customers to have one platform for both transactional and marketing email. We deliver over 30 billion emails a month for customers like Airbnb, Spotify, and Yelp.

SendGrid is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, genetic information, parental or pregnancy status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.