Director of Engineering, Data

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ABOUT VTS
VTS is commercial real estate’s leading leasing, marketing and asset management platform where deals happen and real-time data comes to life. The VTS Platform captures the largest first-party data source in the industry, which delivers real-time insights that fuel faster, more informed decision making and connections throughout the deal and asset lifecycle. VTS Data, the industry’s only forward-looking market dataset, and VTS Market and Marketplace, the industry’s first integrated online marketing solution, give landlords, brokers, and tenants unparalleled visibility into real-time market information and the direct connectivity to execute deals with greater speed and intelligence at every point in the planning, marketing, leasing, and asset management cycle.
More than 60% of Class A commercial space in the US and 12B square feet of commercial real estate globally is managed on the VTS platform. Our user base includes over 45,000 CRE professionals including respected industry leaders like Blackstone, Brookfield Properties, LaSalle Investment Management, Hines, Boston Properties, Oxford Properties, JLL, and CBRE.
We recently made the Forbes Cloud 100 list of the hottest private cloud companies, and were named one of Crain's best places to work! Our headquarters are in NYC, but we have hubs in other major US cities, Toronto, CA, and London, UK.
Learn more at vts.com or follow us on Instagram (@WeAreVTS), Twitter (@WeAreVTS), or LinkedIn. 
Are you wondering about how VTS has adapted to a WFH environment? Read our blog post here to find out!
How does this position help VTS succeed?
As a leader within the engineering team, you’ll help translate our vision of accelerating the way landlords and tenants plan, market, lease, and manage space. Reporting to the VP of Engineering, you will lead the development of novel real-time data products and services for commercial real estate. As such, you will:

  • Partner with Product, Engineering, and Design (PED) and cross-department leaders to identify and execute on data-related product opportunities that deliver differentiated innovation to our customers and drive long term business growth
  • Directly own and/or partner with the CTO and VP Engineering on major strategic initiatives relating to data products and services, and key operational processes such as recruiting, performance management, strategic planning, career pathing, L&D, etc.
  • Build a strong competency in data engineering and data science at VTS that is supported by corresponding investment in new hires, education, processes, infrastructure, and tooling
  • Foster a culture of excellence in data concerns across PED, including data science, data acquisition, data modeling, data quality, and product analytics
  • Enable teams across VTS with access to high-quality insights that can inform product and business strategy
  • Own relationships with vendors and partners who support our data product strategy
  • Recruit, develop, and mentor a mix of new and seasoned engineering managers, technical leads, and engineers
  • Ensure efficient agile delivery by reinforcing agile best practices, doubling down on what works well, and identifying areas for improvement.

What makes you a great fit?

  • Ability to thrive in a high-growth environment requiring a high degree of autonomy and responsibility
  • Proven track record of leading data engineering organizations that deliver customer-facing data products
  • Passion for data and metrics-driven engineering leadership using frameworks such as DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA)
  • Several years of experience coaching and supporting engineering managers and senior/staff engineers, ideally in a distributed team environment
  • Capable of building effective partnerships with leaders in other disciplines, and representing engineering concerns in cross-functional contexts
  • Sufficient technical expertise and maturity to add value to technical discussions and decision making
  • Driven by solving customer needs through cross-functional partnership

Nice to haves:

  • Experience in Commercial Real Estate (CRE) products
  • Experience in full-stack development (Ruby on Rails and React)
  • Experience in early-stage product development

More about our team

  • We have a 70+ person engineering team
  • We work in small, cross-functional teams that include product managers, designers, and QA, grouped in outcome-oriented “houses”
  • We value continuous learning in our everyday work
  • We deploy daily and rely heavily on automated testing and CI
  • We use agile development and lean startup principles and practices to deliver products
  • We work with technologies like Ruby on Rails, React, Heroku, Postgres, AWS, Swift, Android, Python, Airflow, and Kafka
  • Learn more on our engineering blog

What VTS values & how we show it:

  • Strive for Excellence - We know your potential is unlimited. Take advantage of our executive coaches and our training and career development programs available to all employees!
  • Be Customer Obsessed - We’re employee obsessed too! VTS offers competitive compensation, comprehensive health benefits (including dental and vision), pre-tax commuter benefits, and a 401(k) plan. Not to mention the fun stuff - monthly happy hours, wellness events, clubs, and team lunches!
  • Be Curious - Benefit from a culture that promotes new learning. VTS offers an education stipend to all employees!
  • Move as One - We work in an open floor plan to promote cross-functional collaboration
  • Take Ownership - Be an owner of the company you’re building with our equity packages
  • Appreciate the Difference - VTS embraces and celebrates diversity. We understand the importance of a strong work-life balance. We offer a flexible PTO policy, generous family leave program, and more!

VTS embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases

Location

We are right in Bryant Park, conveniently located between Grand Central, Penn Station, and Times Square subway stations.

An Insider's view of VTS

What are some social events your company does?

I spend a large part of my week at work, so being around great people is very important. The vibe at VTS is very friendly, and there are plenty of opportunities to share knowledge and to socialize, including brown bags, catered lunches, happy hours, team outings, and other events.

Rafael

Staff Software Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

I collaborate with other teams on the company when there’s a piece of code that I’m working on that relates to another topic or domain expertise, I’ll ask for help. Everyone’s really into the idea of collaborating because we know that it’ll create a better product!

Anisha

Software Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

VTS has a culture of constant learning--the most seasoned members of our team are still humble and curious. I’m challenged daily to keep reading, trying new things, and sharing my experience. VTS brings in experts to keep us learning, and I’m given coaching and access to resources that help me grow. I feel like everyone here wants me to succeed.

Chrissy

Director, Product

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

A creative environment is critical for great marketing! The main way I try to do this is encourage everyone's ideas - and recognize that while I may have more experience, this is the first time for all of us at this company, so my job is to guide the team towards great ideas, not be the source of all of them.

Amy

Chief Marketing Officer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

This year we completely redesigned our product strategy process. Several cross-functional forums provide an avenue where anyone in the company can suggest projects and influence prioritization. Feedback on the new process has been incredibly positive. It’s helping to keep the whole company aligned on our most promising and impactful initiatives.

Niall

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

What are VTS Perks + Benefits

VTS Benefits Overview

We provide a multitude of perks and benefits, from generous paid family leave to an onsite management coach that anyone in the organization, regardless of level, can receive coaching from. We also encourage learning and development outside the workplace with our yearly education stipend!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
VTS has an LGBTQ task force, a culture committee, and several D&I working groups and more!
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
VTS offers health club discounts!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
VTS offers equity to every full-time employee.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Acme Co. provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Summer hours.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Semi-annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes 1-to-1 program.
Continuing Education stipend
We offer $1500 annualy for continuing education.
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