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VP of Engineering, Client Applications

Skillz Inc. - Portland, OR

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About Skillz:
Skillz is driving the future of entertainment by accelerating the convergence of sports, video games and media for an exploding mobile-first audience worldwide. The company's platform empowers mobile game developers and players with democratized access to fun, fair and skill-based competition for real prizes , shifting the paradigm to make eSports accessible to anyone, anywhere with a mobile device.

Skillz helps developers build multi-million dollar game franchises by turning content into competitive social gaming properties for the world's 2.6 billion gamers. The company has already worked with 13,000 game developers, leveraging its patented technology to host over 800 million tournaments for 18 million players worldwide.

This year, Skillz was recognized as one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies and CNBC Disruptor 50 (for the second time ). In 2018, Skillz was listed as one of Forbes' Next Billion-Dollar Startups and Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Brilliant Companies . In 2017, Inc. Magazine ranked Skillz the No. 1 fastest-growing private company in America .

The company is backed by leading venture capitalists, media companies, and professional sports luminaries, ranging from Liberty Global, Accomplice, Wildcat Capital, Telstra Ventures, and a founder of Great Hill Partners to the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Mets, and Sacramento Kings.

What you'll do:
You love building, have side projects that you can't wait to show off and are looking for a place where your contributions matter. You pay attention to detail, take pride in doing things the "right" way, and you're excited to play an important role on a growing team. You'll mostly be focused on developing and growing the team but have the chops and inclination to be in the execution details.

Help build and maintain a high performance, diverse & collaborative engineering culture
Recruit, hire and mentor, motivate and promote world class engineers of all levels of experience
Define the processes needed to achieve operational excellence in all major areas, including client-focused feature development, automated testing and scalability of systems.
You and your teams will engineer engaging consumer applications backed by highly resilient systems and as a service owner be responsible for availability and scalability of those services.
Work with program management to estimate ship dates of major deliverables with a 75% or better accuracy
Work with senior management to shape and deliver the technical and product roadmap, and define quarterly OKRs for your department
Manage and evolve the development and deployment process and achieve ideal deployment cadences for different product suites.

Your skillz:
Have successfully grown an organization from 25 to 100+ engineers
Awareness of the technical landscape and able to architect web and mobile systems
10+ years of hands-on experience, ideally with consumer facing applications (mobile and web)
Experience building highly-available and large scale web and mobile applications, ideally with AWS
Experience running multiple product development teams and defining departmental KPIs and SLAs
Degree in CS or a related field
Experience transitioning to a public company is a plus

Skillz embraces diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to diversifying our workforce, we do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, gender, gender identity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, veteran status and/or disability status.