Head of Engineering

Job description

MindsDB helps anyone use the power of machine learning to ask predictive questions of their data and receive accurate answers from it. MindsDB was founded in 2017 by Adam Carrigan (COO) and Jorge Torres (CEO), and is backed with over $5.2M in seed funding from the University of California, Berkeley SkyDeck fund, OpenOcean, and the co-founders of MySQL and MariaDB. MindsDB is also a graduate of Y Combinators’ recent Winter 2020 batch.


We are looking for an engineering leader to drive both the short and long term technical direction of the company. Succeeding in this role will require adeptly balancing immediate needs — of the business and of our users — with progress against a long-term vision for the future of autoML. We’re particularly interested in hearing from folks with experience building and leading technical strategy for products or platforms at scale across multiple stakeholders and countries; and those with a passion for enabling the growth and success of businesses scaling through Series A.


Our Head of Engineering can be based in the US, UK or fully remote.


You Will:

  • Work with the CEO, and the Product/Project Managers to lead the day to day activities of the engineering team.

  • Partner closely with the product manager to prioritize decisions around engineering staffing and the product roadmap.

  • Design and lead all technical aspects of our product.

  • Manage and support an international team of engineers to help them deliver to the best of their ability.

  • Help us hire and grow the engineering team: you’ll be a key player in interviews and hiring decisions, and lead onboarding and training for new engineers

  • Work with all key internal and external stakeholders to define, design, and execute the plan for MindsDB’s technical vision and product strategy.

Requirements

You will have:

  • 5+ years experience of managing and recruiting engineering teams across both backend systems/infrastructure and user facing products.

  • Experience growing and leading within an early stage startup, a track record of getting stuff done and ability to efficiently ship successful products in high growth product focused organizations and scale effectively.

  • You have worked in a SaaS organization.

  • Excellent knowledge of Databases.

  • Knowledge of highly scalable cloud products.

  • You have experience measuring the success of your team and reporting cross company and to leadership (e.g. OKRs/KPIs, strategic goal-setting)

  • Machine Learning knowledge is highly desirable

  • An ability to thrive on a high level of autonomy and responsibility.

  • You listen well and internalize the best ideas from all over the organization while also setting a vision that others are excited to get behind.

  • Experience implementing a more formal engineering structure and processes to a small team.

  • A strong desire and belief in building a diverse team.

  • Setting and executing product roadmaps designed on continuous feedback loops from both customers and open source users.

  • A love of/ and a desire to work on Open-Source projects.

  • Experience with encouraging a healthy work environment that’s both supportive and challenging.


Bonus Points:

  • Experience working in a research heavy ML/AI company

  • You have a solid understanding of the technical landscape of Machine Learning, AI and autoML.

  • Fluency and communication skills in Spanish would be a plus but is not required.


Our Commitments:

MindsDB is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and contractors. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact our HR Manager at abi@mindsdb.com.


Our international team of employees and contractors work remotely across numerous time zones. MindsDB recognises that a better work-life balance can improve employee motivation, performance and productivity, and reduce stress. Therefore the organisation wants to support its employees to achieve a better balance between work and their other priorities, such as caring responsibilities, leisure activities, further learning and other interests. The organisation is committed to agreeing any flexible working arrangements, provided that the needs and objectives of both the organisation and the employee can be met - we encourage candidates to discuss their flexibility needs at interview.