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Director of Engineering, Data Platform



San Francisco, CA, USA · Remote
Posted on Friday, January 27, 2023

Discord's Data Platform team builds the infrastructure, tools, and applications that measure, analyze, understand and leverage data to achieve our goals.

Our Infrastructure provides Discord with batch and realtime data for running experiments, monitoring metrics, and making essential decisions. Our Machine Learning platform provides the tools and systems necessary to use data in a smart and autonomous way to make our product and infrastructure better. Our ML Engineering team uses our ML Platform to have outsize impact on our product and infrastructure through applied Machine Learning. Lastly, our Data Products empower the company to understand and analyze data to level up our decisions and create leverage for Discord.

Discord is looking for a technical, hands-on, and mission-driven Director of Engineering to lead our Data Platform organization to help us scale to the next level. As head of the Data Platform organization reporting into our VP of Core Technology, you will have leadership and influence on the evolution of Discord's overall Engineering organization.

What you'll do

  • Build and lead multiple teams of highly-engaged managers and engineers by hiring, coaching, and instilling a sense of ownership and impact.

  • Lead the vision and roadmap for the Data Platform organization by working with your leads, teams and executive partners across the company

  • Manage processes and use your technical expertise to continually improve the team and ensure your team achieves extraordinary results.

  • Work with other Directors to continuously improve the Engineering organization and uphold our workplace philosophy.

Who you are

  • You have 5+ years of experience as a Software Engineer.

  • You have 5+ years of experience as an Engineering Manager and managed groups of 3+ Engineering Managers and 15+ Software Engineers.

  • You have 2+ years of experience managing other Managers.

  • You have experience hiring and growing senior leaders and managers

  • You enjoy coming up with pragmatic solutions to concrete problems using first principles thinking.

  • You've worked with complex distributed systems deployed at scale.

  • You are passionate about coaching and leading other engineers, but secretly love getting elbow deep in code when the opportunities arise.

  • You keep up with the industry trends and identify new tools to use to solve technical problems.

Bonus Points

  • Experience defining and building new teams and departments from scratch

  • Experience working with modern data technologies (Spark, Hadoop, Hive, Flink, Kafka, or Beam)

  • Experience with Machine Learning technologies like TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras or XGBoost

  • Experience with modern cloud platforms like Google Cloud Platform or Amazon Web Services

  • Experience hiring for fast-growing startups

The US base salary range for this full-time position is $301,000 to $331,000 + equity + benefits. Our salary ranges are determined by role and level. Within the range, individual pay is determined by additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Please note that the compensation details listed in US role postings reflect the base salary only, and do not include equity, or benefits.

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Benefits and Perks

  • Comprehensive medical insurance including Health, Dental and Vision (plus up to $20,000 for gender affirmation procedures)
  • Mental health resources and quarterly wellness stipends
  • 16+ paid holidays, 4 weeks of PTO + use-what-you-need sick days
  • Paid parental leave (plus fertility, adoption and other family planning benefits)
  • Flexible long-term work options (remote and hybrid)
  • Volunteer time off
  • A diverse slate of Employee Resource Groups
  • Plus commuter contributions and other perks for office-based employees

About Us

Discord is a voice, video and text app that helps friends and communities come together to hang out and explore their interests — from artists and activists, to study groups, sneakerheads, plant parents, and more. With 150 million monthly users across 19 million active communities, called servers, Discord has grown to become one of the most popular communications services in the world. Discord was built without selling ads or user data and instead, offers a premium subscription called Nitro that gives users special perks like higher quality streams and fun customizations.

We’re working toward an inclusive world where no one feels like an outsider, where genuine human connection is a click, text chat, or voice call away. A place where everyone can find belonging. Challenging? Heck yes. Rewarding? Double heck yes. It’s a mission that gives us the chance to positively impact millions of people all over the world. So if this strikes a chord with you, come build belonging with us!