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Director, Engineering

| Austin

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 in the early stages of building our first engineering team outside of San Francisco and are looking for a strong engineering leader for our Austin teams. We’ve started laying the foundation with a few great engineers who are already on board, but you’ll take it from there and shape the engineering team through your vision, hiring and all-around leadership. Be the builder for our organization in Austin. We are well on our way to something special at Optimizely with the growth and success of our Austin Engineering team being key to our next phase of growth.

The Optimizely Austin Engineering team has its roots in our acquisition of Experiment Engine in 2017. Now, its charter has expanded to include our Enterprise Platform Services and key parts of our event ingestion pipeline.

While your direct reports will be within the engineering organization, you will provide leadership for all functions in our growing Austin Office, helping drive the overall success of the office. Within engineering, your primary responsibility is to the people on your team - not only hiring and building it, but also ensuring that the members are growing as engineers, doing valuable work and thriving at Optimizely. 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.

You will have broad influence and impact on building our presence in Austin, fostering a strong development culture and driving partnership with our teams in San Francisco. You are excited by the opportunity to provide leadership across the organization to help drive initiatives.

What you’ll do:

  • Provide overall leadership for our Austin Office.

  • You will build our engineering identity, culture and team in Austin through recruiting and engagement in the local software community (conferences, meetups, etc).

  • You will lead our engineering team (frontend & application backend) in Austin and help the members of your team grow both technically and professionally

  • Lead, inspire, and influence to make sure your team is successful

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

  • Communicate, communicate, communicate. Leaders of remote team must be examples of effective communication to their teams.

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

  • Collaborate with the other managers to ensure we are building products that provide a consistent and powerful experience across both our web and developer-focused products

  • Establish great rapport with other development teams, Product Managers, Sales and Customer Success to maintain high levels of visibility, efficiency, and collaboration

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

  • You will manage teams working with: Javascript, Python, and Java

You will be successful in this role if:

  • You are able to thrive and lead multiple cross-functional projects at once

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

  • 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


  • Commuter and transportation benefits

  • Catered in-office lunch

  • Full medical insurance with very low co-pay and deductible. HMO, PPO, and HSA options available

  • Full dental coverage including orthodontics

  • Full vision coverage including contacts

  • Dependents 100% covered for medical, dental, and vision

  • Wellness Grant

  • Flexible vacation policy and seventeen weeks of paid parental leave

  • 401k benefit


  • You have led engineering teams of at least 30 people
  •  You have extensive experience hiring and managing first line managers
  • You have experience building successful remote development teams from the ground up

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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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SAP HANADatabases


Optimizely is located in a trendy, downtown area with plenty of restaurants and bars nearby. Public transportation is easily accessible.

An Insider's view of Optimizely

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Optimizely is also a place where work-life balance is a real thing. Unlimited vacation means that I’m trusted to take time off when I need it. I’ve also been able to work remotely from Tahoe so that I can drive up when there’s less traffic, and from Boston so that I can spend time with my family.


Client Engineer

What projects are you most excited about?

I’m collaborating with another engineer on a new feature, Custom Audience Integrations, that will enable our services team, solutions partners, and customers to easily integrate our Web products with any external source of audience targeting data.


Client Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Software engineering here isn’t about someone going off on their own with a problem and coming back with a solution. We design solutions as a team of individuals, each bringing their perspective to the table. I’ve found this way of designing has helped me grow as engineer over the years and to deliver the best results possible to our customers.


Backend Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

As a leadership team, we are deeply committed to creating a culture based on inclusion, experimentation, innovation, and feeling empowered to take risks. To be successful, we have to be exceptional performers. And to be exceptional performers, we have to have passionate people driving the way.


Chief People Officer

What are some things you learned at the company?

It inspires a lot of pride knowing that I work on the best in class experimentation product and one that brings real ROI to some of the world's largest global brands . I didn't realize how much I cared about products until I joined Optimizely.


Senior Software Engineer

What are Optimizely Perks + Benefits

Optimizely Benefits Overview

At Optimizely, we offer a wide array of benefits and perks to help our employees strike just the right balance between work time and personal time. We’re all about optimizing productivity by maximizing joy.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
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