Director of Engineering - Podcaster Mission

| Greater NYC Area
About the Podcaster mission 
Spotify is a global community of over 250 million music fans and artists, and now podcasters. It’s always been our mission to make audio more accessible, and create a new and wonderful way for creators and fans to connect with each other.
The Podcaster Mission is the team within Spotify responsible for building the best tools for podcast creators. We have two platforms that help us do that: Anchor (the platform that allows you to create, distribute, monetize, and grow a podcast, all for free) and Spotify for Podcasters (the platform that makes it easy to understand and engage with your listeners on Spotify).
We’ve done a lot already, and we have no plans of slowing down. Come help us build the future of podcasting!
About the role
We are looking for a Director of Engineering to join Spotify’s Podcaster Mission. You will be responsible for managing, and growing, an engineering group focused on building podcaster tools. This position reports to the Head of R&D for the Podcaster Mission and is based in Spotify’s NYC office.

What you'll do

  • Be the senior technical leader for the Podcaster Mission’s engineering organization
  • Manage engineering managers (we currently have 3) and work closely with them to develop a strong and effective engineering culture
  • Be empowered to make and be accountable for higher level architectural decisions regarding how features are built, how systems are managed and interact, and what technologies should be used 
  • Work very closely with the Head of R&D for the Podcaster Mission, as well as the leads of many other teams across the organization including product, design, customer support, trust and safety, marketing, and insights
  • Be a point person for many other teams inside of Spotify, both technical and non-technical
  • Work with other R&D leads to constantly improve our development process
  • Be an advocate for engineering and important technical considerations to the broader organization
  • Set and oversee high level technical strategy alongside the Mission and R&D leads to ensure our systems scale as we continue to power more and more of the world’s podcasts

Who you are

  • You love building and shipping great consumer products
  • You have several years of experience managing an engineering org comprised of more than one team
  • You think strategically and understand how to weigh the pros and cons of different solutions and prioritize them relative to other product and engineering needs
  • You are an exceptional communicator who can explain and provide context to non-technical team members about technical issues or considerations
  • You care about organizational health and team morale, but you are also execution-minded 
  • You aren’t scared away by (but rather are excited by!) complicated cloud infrastructures, comprised of many interconnected pieces
  • You have experience building and maintaining distributed, high traffic, consumer facing products, and would be comfortable diagnosing and coming up with solutions to scaling challenges
  • You feel comfortable pushing back on asks that are not high priority relative to other things
  • You can confidently make decisions when at a crossroads about how to proceed with certain projects
  • You have a persistent/determined work ethic and a willingness to try anything and everything
  • You are interested in podcasts, radio, or audio in general
  • You have the ability to work well with cross-functional teams

You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be brilliant. So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It's in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.
 
Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with a community of more than 271 million users.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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    • PostgreSQLDatabases

Location

Located in the heart of the Financial District, our office is steps away from parks, bars, restaurants, landmarks, and countless public transit stops.

An Insider's view of Podcaster Mission at Spotify

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day starts with a quick stand-up with my team. I then scan a few dashboards to see what podcasts are performing well and better understand what is driving our growth. Often times, I'll get to sit in product meetings as a voice for our creators. The rest of the day is spent meeting with potential creators which is always the highlight.

Armand

Head of Content Partnerships

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've been able to learn much more than what applies to just the functions of my job; the importance of teamwork, troubleshooting (there's always another solution!), and communication. I know that the skills I have learned here, from my teammates and through my role, will be applicable to many other aspects of my life and into the future.

Sarah

Associate Product Manager

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We have a collaborative roadmap that encourages anyone, in any position on the team, to submit proposals for projects to prioritize. This has been a really great approach for us, both in terms of coming up with great, impactful ideas, and teaching everyone on our team how to advocate for something they believe in.

Maya

Head of R&D

What are Podcaster Mission at Spotify Perks + Benefits

Podcaster Mission at Spotify Benefits Overview

At Spotify, we value the needs of employees within their roles as well as their everyday lives. With a generous vacation policy, free daily meals, and up to 6 months of parental leave, we strive to create an environment where a diverse team of innovative and passionate people can work together and be their very best.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
There are regular fitness classes in the office including (but not limited to) yoga, boxing, and boot camps.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
We provide employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by Vanguard. We match 50% of contributions up to 6%.
Company Equity
We offer employees a stock package that allows them to allocate a percentage towards both restricted stock units and an options-based plan.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide all new parents with 6 months of leave, and the flexibility to use all of that at once or to break it up into a maximum of three separate intervals. This includes birth or adoption.
Remote Work Program
We typically like to have people in the office, but also know sometimes life requires you to work remotely. Occasional work from home isn't a problem.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
We offer 23 days annually, along with the option of working a holiday and using that as an additional PTO day at another time. Up to 10 days can roll over annually.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
If you're sick, stay home and get rested up.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Anchor has regularly quarter team offsites, along with one-off outings from time to time.
Free Daily Meals
We provide free breakfast and lunch on a daily basis. We have four onsite cafeterias with rotating menus for each and a number of dietary options.
Game Room
Spread across our 13 floors you'll find ping-pong, pool, and foosball tables. We also have a fully kitted out computer gaming room, console gaming room, VR room, and arcade.
Stocked Kitchen
Each floor has a fully-stocked snack hub along with cold brew and kombucha on tap. Our main reception area also has a staffed barista bar.
Happy Hours
Whether it's celebrating new teammates or a new product launch, we host happy hours on a regular basis.
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer employees professional development opportunities through internal and external training programs. We also encourage employees to attend job-related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Our team affords the flexibility and community of a small team, in addition to all the world-class benefits that Spotify has to offer. Enjoy the impact and collaboration of a start-up while utilizing the exciting resources of a global company, all at once.

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