Director, Platform Engineering at WP Engine

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It's fun to work in a company where people truly BELIEVE in what they're doing!
We're committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business.
WP Engine started in Austin in 2010 and has experienced impressive growth. Our business has scaled to an incredible 100,000+ customers worldwide and serves a significant chunk of the internet. Our success as the world's leading WordPress hosting company has set us up for our next phase of growth.
We are searching for a proven Engineering leader to join our rapidly expanding Product & Engineering team to help build our next generation architecture, create new tools for developers using our platform, and provide intelligent insights to our 100,000+ customers in 130+ countries. Python, Go, Kubernetes, Docker, and Ansible are some of the technologies that your teams will work with. We want smart people to help invent the future of web hosting.
What is cool about this job
Great talent follows great leadership. We want a leader who will continue to build a top-notch team of exceptional engineers. As a member of our P&E Leadership Team, we will rely on you to be an active voice and advocate for our mission and strategic objectives, while championing the needs of your team.
We see our culture as a competitive advantage and believe that it is important to hire the best and ensure that we provide an environment where the best get better. If you are able to attract and hire top engineering talent, are great at solving problems, a hard worker, and an inspiring leader, you may be the Director of Engineering that we are looking for.
The Day to Day
  • Build a bench of high-potential engineering talent prepared to step into leadership roles as our hyper growth presents career advancing opportunities
  • Coach and mentor managers to be inspiring leaders
  • Build high functioning, highly engaged engineering teams that build great products
  • Partner with Product to create an investment strategy and roadmap that incrementally delivers Customer Inspired value
  • Ensure that we are taking a long-term view by building technically sound products that will scale
  • Help our engineering teams connect their work to the company mission and strategy
  • Foster cross-departmental collaboration with other departments to deliver revenue impacting products
  • Create a culture of continuous improvement Where The Best Get Better

Your Expertise and Passion
Required skills:
  • 8+ years experience inspiring and leading high performing engineering teams
  • 5+ years experience as a software engineer
  • Loves the fast paced nature of the startup culture, balanced with a focus on Built To Last
  • Excited by the challenges presented by the success of a global company experiencing explosive growth
  • Passionate about staying up to date on technology trends
  • Experience building and running large scale applications in the public cloud environments
  • Ability to lead strategic, cross-departmental initiatives in highly demanding environment
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate between Engineering, Products and other business units
  • Ability to balance results-driven and relationship-focused management styles through communication, empathy, and emotional intelligence
  • Proven experience building and managing a world-class, global team
  • Experienced with performance and compensation management best practices

Desired skills:
  • Driven to deliver innovative products in a competitive market and motivated to win
  • Experience establishing and growing a large, distributed P&E team
  • Experience with CDN, Networking, Automation, Kubernetes, Docker, micro-service architecture, and CI/CD
  • Experience in GKS/EKS/AKS, LAMP, Ansible, Chef, Go, Python, GCP/AWS/Azure cloud platforms

The perks & benefits
  • Company Stock Options (Every employee is an owner in the company)
  • Great Health Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance)
  • Fertility Benefits (IVF/Fertility drug coverage)
  • HSA Company contribution $500 for employee / $1000 for family
  • 401(k) with a 4% match
  • Disability Insurance
  • Paid Family and Caregiver's Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Generous Vacation Time (Who doesn't like time off)
  • One-time $500 payment to set up your home office
  • 4 Company Wellness Days a year
  • 1 floating holiday
  • $100 monthly wellness allowance to spend on what you want
  • Access to free on-demand fitness classes
  • Free subscription to Calm
  • Pet Insurance
  • On-going education through LinkedIn Learning, Workday Learning and our Career Growth Portal

At WP Engine, we strive to have the broadest possible view of diversity, going beyond visible differences to include the background, experiences, skills, and perspectives that make each person unique. WP Engine is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.
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Technology we use

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WP Engine is on the corner of 5th and Lavaca, blocks away from the Colorado River and Congress Avenue.

What are WP Engine Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Pet Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

100% Employee Paid Medical, Dental, and Vision. Lunch provided Monday - Thursday. Equity - Every employee is an owner in the company. Paid downtown parking.

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