Engineering Director (Remote optional) at Petal (Greater NYC Area, NY)

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The Petal mission

Petal’s mission is to expand access to opportunity, by making responsible, modern financial services available to everyone. Founded in 2016, Petal provides technology-enabled credit cards to consumers who are historically underserved by mainstream providers. 

Petal pioneered automated cash flow underwriting, a transformative new approach to assessing consumer creditworthiness with the potential to expand access to tens of millions of U.S. consumers without credit history, or for whom traditional credit scores do not tell the whole story. Petal pairs this groundbreaking, data-driven underwriting technology with a mobile-first, digitally native product experience designed to help users manage and build credit responsibly. For Petal, it’s a mission as much as it is a business—with a goal to reimagine finance for the next generation of consumers.

At Petal, we're looking for people with kindness, positivity, and integrity. You're encouraged to apply even if your experience doesn't precisely match the job description. Your skills and potential will stand out—and set you apart—especially if your career has taken some extraordinary twists and turns. At Petal, we welcome diverse perspectives from people who think rigorously and aren't afraid to challenge assumptions.

The Engineering Director role 

As Director of Engineering, you'll build and lead a team, working closely with the CTO to scale our technology and the Engineering organization. You’ll have the chance to use your strong technical chops to guide the architectural aspects of major new projects. You will be responsible for growing and mentoring your team to meet the increasing demands of the business.

We are looking for a motivated and experienced manager who knows how to get things done in a rapidly scaling environment.

Key responsibilities:

  • Build a team of high-performing engineers.
  • Provide technical and organizational leadership across the engineering team.
  • Work closely with the CTO and other key internal stakeholders to develop and manage the product and engineering roadmap.
  • Drive technical projects and planning.
  • Coach team members to encourage professional and career growth.
  • Grow and mentor managers to create a sustainable engineering cultureEnsure consistent quality for design and code reviews by developing team standards.
  •  Disseminate information across the organization, and have strategic influence.

Characteristics of a successful candidate:

  • Demonstrated ability and success building and leading a product-focused engineering team.
  • A minimum of 7 years experience developing production-grade systems
  •  A minimum of 5 years experience managing people.
  • Prior experience building, releasing, and maintaining customer-facing products.
  • Experience driving change through an organization.
  • Proven ability to scale systems and processes.
  • Strong cross-functional communication and collaboration


  • Experience in FinTech, consumer lending, or other regulated industries.
  • Experience managing remote engineers.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to building a team culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion. We’re proud to be different, together.

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Petal's HQ office is located in the lovely SoHo neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City and is near the Spring St, Houston and Canal Street subway stops.

An Insider's view of Petal

What are some social events your company does?

Transitioning to working from home hasn’t stopped the team from planning events and staying connected. We’ve participated in everything from virtual magic shows to a cocktail making class. From pet parade happy hours to Codenames tournaments. We’ve even planned “Petal Cribs” - think MTV circa the year 2000 where employees show off their WFH setups.


Engineering Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We take pride in how agile we are as a company. In order to gain confidence in our rapid decisions, we rely on a strong data and analytics foundation.
That’s where my team comes in. Our challenge is to empower users at every level to make data-driven decisions. It’s amazing to see teammates turn knowledge into action when they have data to support.


Senior Associate, Data Analytics

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started at Petal as a Credit Ops Analyst. Since then, I’ve had the chance to learn from industry experts, contribute to other sectors of the company, and further pursue my passions. I now have the privilege of leading the department where I got my start. Petal has allowed me to zero in on my purpose and continues to advocate for my development.


Risk Ops Manager

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

My team is the People team, and we are responsible for all things People related: our culture, composition of our team, recruiting, social engagement, growth and development, compensation, etc. I’m grateful to work with the leadership team, where they put a ton of value and personal time into ensuring we hire kind people who care about our mission.


Chief People Officer

What's something quirky about your company?

At Petal we celebrate our big wins with an unlikely pairing of Popeyes and Prosecco. The origin story remains a mystery — but if we accomplish something really big you can bet that delicious fried chicken and bubbles are on the horizon.


Senior Acquisition Marketing Manager

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