VP of Engineering

| Greater NYC Area
LiveLike is a funded and well-endorsed VR/AR/interactive live sports company. We have partnered most notably with FOX Sports to release Social on Fox Sports VR. We also broadcast the Superbowl LI and built French Tennis Open VR with France TV for both Mobile and VR platforms. These are just a few of the many clients we work with and we’re actively growing in all four corners of the world.
 
At our core, we are a big group of nerds, sports fanatics, and generally lovable people. We're as passionate about next-gen sport live streaming as we are about tacos, occasional dogs, and appropriately timed gifs. So our team has access to every major VR/AR/MR system, and so will you. We've worked extremely hard to get where we are right now but we wholly embrace the laid back but "get s**t done" attitude.
The What, Why, & How
 
[What] - Ideally, you are both an empathetic manager and a proven team builder. You'll be responsible for the engineering team's success by hiring the most talented engineers, enforcing the best engineering practices and being a resource in resolving issues as they arise. You will provide significant value to recruiting initiatives and be a proactive communicator to aid in the company's overall workflow.
 
[Why] - As we scale the engineering team, we will need to separate the responsibilities between the CTO (technical focus) and the VP of Engineering (managerial focus). With one person doing both jobs, the quality of each suffers. We are not doing enough research on the direction of future technology and product architecture. At the same time, management of employees & process enforcement isn't being carried out effectively. We want you to help us turn our team into a well-oiled process-driven engineering machine capable of growing itself at a rapid pace when and where needed.
 
[How] - This role will report to the CTO and will be in charge of the day-to-day management of the engineering organization. Management will include both platform and client development across all offices.

Important FAQs

What direction do we hope this role will take the company?
We'll be able to build faster, recruit faster and due to the improved efficiency, our engineers will be happier. Happier engineers = better coding = best product possible = success.
 
Why is it mission critical for us at this moment in time?
At 24 engineers, with little experience in management & process overhead, we seek to add management expertise to our technical team. 
 
How will the person in this role interact with existing leadership?
Collaboration will be the name of this game. This role will report to the CTO, work directly with the product team and ultimately be part of the executive team. Making choices that will affect both your team and the company as a whole.
 
What does it mean to be a great VP of Engineering?
 
What will their success look like in the first six months? The first year?
 
What does the ideal candidate need to have done before in their career?
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  • Previous experience as an above-average engineer, ideally at a similar type of company (startup or larger organization).
  • Previous experience managing people.
  • A reliable network of existing engineers you trust want to work with again.
  • Ability to mediate various problems between engineering and other people/teams within the company.
  • Ability to set-up, manage and enforce processes.
  • Seamless alignment with the company's goals and values.
  • Be intimately involved in the interview and hiring process.
  • Strong product intuition and passion: can hold their own with any Product Manager on product discussions.
  • Hitting all engineering hiring goals
  • Developing a training/onboarding program for everyone that needs it
  • Our frontend team is following high code quality processes
  • Developer morale is at an all-time high
  • Developer rapport is high across all offices
  • Managed an engineering team of at least 25 people
  • Scaled engineering teams from 10 to 50+ employees
  • Was a solid engineer in the early days
  • Is a proven Process-driven professional

Recruiting Agencies

We are currently not engaging new agencies for our roles. If you must reach out to us though, please reach out to me directly. Our founding members and team are busy building awesome stuff and your email will end up in my inbox any way. LiveLike is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. Women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • Unity3DLanguages
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Location

We're on 18th street between 5th and 6th Avenue. Which means we're both easy to get to and around a lot of great food and drinks.

An Insider's view of LiveLike

What's something quirky about your company?

We value celebrating; from holidays to personal accomplishments. The smallest details become joyous moments for us all to come together. We’ve celebrated a birthday with fried chicken, instead of cake, a colleague climbing to the top of the Aconcagua mountain in Argentina, and Chinese New Years, among other various events.

Kendal

Communications Associate

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I began as an Intern when there were only three people on the Dev team. I grew from a beginner in C# to becoming a point person for frontend and someone the team turned to during large productions. I do my best to give everybody a chance to flourish, just as I had been given the opportunity and support to do so.

Willis Pinaud

Lead Software Engineer

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

If there is one thing I pride myself on, it's staying open with my team. I'm continually striving to be grounded and humble and staying available is part of it. That means no fancy private office and open hours every week where anyone in the company can grill me about anything, just to name a few.

Andre Lorenceau

CEO & Founder

What makes someone successful on your team?

Having ideas and voicing them! We have so many intelligent people from diverse backgrounds at LiveLike, and we are constantly learning from each other. Different experiences breed innovation and help us take our company to the next level.

Kit Irwin

Head of Operations

What are LiveLike Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences

Additional Perks + Benefits

We also offer ever employee $1200 every year to spend on sporting events and vr/ar software!

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