VP, Engineering at Narrativ

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About Narrativ

Narrativ is a 40-person, seed-stage product recommendation platform. We build technology for brands to measure, compare and optimize their fastest growing recommendation channel -- commerce publishers. 

Shoppers are asking the Internet personal, nuanced questions from “What are the best shoes for a second round interview?” to “What is the best pillowcase to prevent hair loss?” Commerce publishers like The New York Times’ Wirecutter and Allure produce the best recommendations that answer these questions -- an unmined data source with the potential to transform a $175bn digital economy.

Why we’re special:

  • Ambitious technology: Our technology mines and organizes the world’s product data in a way that’s useful (rather than intrusive) for consumers. We built a product graph featuring 80mm SKUs enriched with $20bn of monthly cart data, making it the largest database of products matched to product recommendation.
  • Talented team: Fast Company recently named Narrativ one of the 50 best workplaces for innovators, fashion disruptor by Financial Times, and a technology pioneer by the World Economic Forum. We’re here to pursue greatness, embrace challenge and relentlessly improve every day.
  • Fast growth: We’re a diverse team -- with experience from McKinsey to Dropbox, Bloomberg to Glossier -- that’s doubling in size over the next year.

Join us for the opportunity to impact billions of shoppers on our mission to improve the value of every recommendation -- to create a better Internet for shoppers.

The Role:

Your Impact:

As Narrativ enters this exciting stage of growth, we are looking for a VP of Engineering who can build and lead a team that will help us reach our 2020 goals and beyond. In the next 18 months, that means enabling Narrativ to dramatically scale its client and partner base, while building the tech that can crunch terabytes of shopping data and turn it into the product insights that only Narrativ can provide.

Your Role: 

As the VP of Engineering at Narrativ, you’ll build a world-class engineering team, playing the role of technical coach, team builder, and overall great manager. You will work directly with the executive team, contributing to the overall strategy and ensuring alignment across the organization. 

  • You will own the talent and growth strategy for the function, more than doubling the size of our 20-person team in the next year.
  • You will level up and challenge existing team members, coaching junior to principal level talent on how to make sound technical decisions, from design, to infrastructure to frameworks.
  • You’ll own KPIs and outcomes for the engineering organization, and work closely with Product on strategy, roadmapping, and design.
  • Deliver scalable software with a focus on customer experience in a timely, service-oriented manner
  • Own the technology budget, driving the selection of third-party technologies, managing contract negotiations, and overseeing consultant spend.
Experience we find helpful to be great at this job:
  • 10+ years as an engineer, working across the full stack; If you’ve mastered one side that’s great but full understanding across the spectrum of technologies is more important. 
  • 5+ years managing people, including managing managers. You love people management and you are constantly thinking about ways to challenge and grow your team. 
  • Experience hiring multiple roles in parallel. 
  • Experience working at a startup or fast-moving tech company.

Narrativ is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or veteran status. 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • JenkinsLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • SparkFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • AWSDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

Our office was right in the center of Grand Central and very close to Bryant Park. But now we are operating fully remote!

An Insider's view of Narrativ

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office has an open layout that helps inspire collaboration, conversation and idea sharing. We are a growing start up so there is a mix between heads down work and banter. Some ideas are around how to best service our clients and others are about dooms day prepping and our water intake :)

Nathalie

Head of Talent

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We are building a brand new self serve portal to onboard new clients on to the Narrativ platform. This will decrease time and resources needed to get new users on our platform while increasing the immediate value our clients see.

Kavya

Software Engineer/ Data Analyst

What does career growth look like on your team?

At Narrativ we have a culture of deep appreciation and your impact is rewarded. We make sure engineers have measurable and achievable goals that they define based on their own interests. I have seen engineers really up their game during my time here.

Joseph

Senior Data Engineer

What is your vision for the company?

Narrativ is building technology that challenges the world we live in. Those who join our team should share our passion for fixing commerce and have the courage to challenge the status quo.

We’re on a thrilling pursuit to fulfill the promise of technology and we’re building a league of extraordinary humans.

Shirley

Founder & CEO

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

One of the biggest challenges we are solving for now is translating our vibrant and collaborative office culture to be as vibrant and collaborative in a remote setting.

Nathalie

Head of Talent

What are Narrativ Perks + Benefits

Culture
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Narrativ is led by founder & CEO Shirley Chen. Her experience as a female founder has taught her the importance of a diverse team, a value that is shared by the entire org.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted Once per week.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
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