Opportunities

Head of Engineering

Overview

We're looking for a Head of Engineering. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Right Balance provides top-tier technology talent for innovative companies in the US. We’re in the top 50 companies to watch in LA.

Engagement Details

What We Do

We're the first and largest peer-to-peer marketplace for laundry. Our customers tap the app and outsource their laundry. For them, it’s life without laundry, because we hacked it out of existence. But we solve a second problem too, which is that more and more people of varying backgrounds want to work from home. Luckily, most people have an underutilized washer/dryer, which when combined with our Laundry Pro app, provides the first-ever manual labor work-from-home gig in the world. For all our users, we're a marketplace for a better life.

Our Progress

Perfect product market fit drove a 100x surge in users & revenue and double-digit MoM growth over the past few years. In 2021, we scaled to 500+ markets throughout the United States. In March 2022 we closed a $10m seed round which included VC investments from Headline, Origin Ventures, Starting Line VC, Ludlow Ventures, and Clean Ventures, as well as notable angel investments from Max Mullen, co-founder of Instacart, Steven Galanis, Co-founder and CEO of Cameo, Joanna Riley, CEO and co-founder of Censia, and Rob Chesnut, Chief Ethics Officer for Airbnb. Significant growth continued in 2022 and 2023.

The Role

As the Head of Engineering, you’ll report to the CEO, be responsible for creating and driving the technical strategy for the user experience, and manage a small team of 6 engineers. You will champion the technology selection and best practices in our app and web development. You will lead the way in bringing technical excellence and innovation to our codebase. Furthermore, you will work cross-functionally, and be the intermediary between Engineering and the other departments. You will lead a small team of 6 engineers, but do that very efficiently so that you can spend the majority of your time building the product. You must love to code, and want to spend most of your time doing so.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Work cross-functionally, collaborate and partner with product, design, and other engineering counterparts to execute on product and business strategy and build world-class products and features that our users will love.
  • Contribute to the full development cycle: technical design, development, test, experimentation, analysis, and launch. You’ll be reviewing code and design docs, giving feedback on product specs and mocks.
  • Use your interpersonal skills to lead a small team of ~6 thoughtful, fast-moving, enthusiastic, and motivated engineers. Set and define standards that improve developer workflows, recommend best practices, and help coach and mentor engineers on the team to further their professional development.
  • Reviewing pull requests for code reviews.
  • Contribute to code.
  • Manage costs.
  • Facilitate career growth for your team.
  • Execute on the product roadmap, including ensuring that customers are matched with high-quality Laundry Pros, facilitating a seamless order flow for customers and Laundry Pros from web or app, enabling recurring orders, geo-based dynamic pricing, expansion to Canada, and more.
  • Achieve and maintain world-class product velocity.
  • Timely and consistent communication with company leadership, engendering trust and confidence in code quality and product velocity.

Tech Stack

Our tech stack is mostly TypeScript, allowing engineers to implement end-to-end functionality. On the frontend we use Angular/Ionic and on the backend Firebase with Node.js.

Benefits

This is the right time to join because:

  • You’ll be one of the first employees at a fast-growing tech startup
  • You’ll be getting in early to make a key impact at a consumer marketplace startup that is experiencing rocket growth.
  • You’ll play a critical role in building the product from the ground up, including influencing our culture, core values, who we end up hiring, and how we build and roll out world-class practices and processes.
  • You’ll experience unlimited growth opportunities as the company grows, scales, and matures.
  • You’ll be part of a team that is mission-driven, works hard, and is in service to our community of users.
  • Compensation consists of a base salary, equity package, and benefits.

What’s in it for you

  1. Learn and evolve your skills using the latest and greatest technology tools in a rapidly growing company.
  2. 100% remote. Work anywhere, whether it is remotely in the comfort of your home, in a shared co-working space, in an RV on the beach, or while being a nomad in another country.
  3. Work on challenging problems, innovate, and positively impact many people's lives while having fun doing it.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced speaking and writing English. Able to have a real-time conversation, and communicate clearly and succinctly.
  • 5+ years of full-time hands-on Engineering Management experience.
  • 5+ years of full-time hands-on Software Development experience.
  • 3+ years of full-time hands-on Budget Management experience.
  • 2+ years of full-time hands-on Tech Lead experience.
  • 2+ years of full-time hands-on Frontend (Angular or React.js or Vue.js or React Native) experience.
  • 1+ years of full-time hands-on Node.js backend experience.
  • You are coding now and want to keep coding.
  • Experience hiring the right people, and efficiently onboarding new team members into your engineering team.
  • Experience setting up an efficient SDLC process producing meaningful results at high velocity.
  • Strong organizational skills, the ability to prioritize tasks and keep projects on schedule.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit. You are self-directed, driven, innovative, and biased towards action in fast-paced environments.
  • You love to build new things. You care about innovation.
  • Strong communication skills. You collaborate effectively with teams in a fully remote environment and can discuss complex topics with technical and non-technical colleagues and leadership.
  • Highly efficient management practices.
  • Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Self-motivated and a desire to work in a high velocity, async environment.

Nice to haves

  1. Ionic experience.
  2. Angular.js experience.
  3. Node.js experience.
  4. Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, or a related field.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your typical clients?

The majority of our clients are venture-backed startups at the growth stage. Usually, at this stage, the company already achieved a product-market fit and is looking to expand rapidly. That’s where we bring the best engineering practices, strong architecture, the latest technologies, and consistent processes to help companies scale.

What is the length of your engagements?

Most of our long-term full-time engagements last multiple years. It allows you to evolve your career with the client company taking on more responsibilities. This particular opportunity is a Direct-Hire opportunity for this client.

What’s your company size?

The Right Balance team is 60+ engineers going to 100+ by the end of the year. The current client size team is 141+ people. The timing is great to be a part of a small team making meaningful contributions.

What are your core values?

Client First: we only win when our clients win. We treat client challenges as our own.

Ownership: we embrace responsibility, taking on challenges, getting them to completion, and enjoying getting things done.

Quality: we’re passionate about achieving quality outcomes by applying meticulous attention to detail.


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