Skillz Inc. is hiring a

Senior Server Engineering Manager

Portland, United States

About Skillz:

Today, people spend more time playing video games than they do playing all physical sports, and eSports are poised to become bigger than the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL combined. Skillz provides the technology that powers an eSports industry forecast to exceed as much as $40 billion in revenue by 2020.

As the eSports provider for over 8,000 game developers, Skillz enables any mobile game to be turned into a competitive eSport that can also be broadcast on major streaming sites like Twitch and YouTube. We do this by integrating our unique layer of code directly into a mobile app, which activates our end-to-end tournament administration and other important features like player matching, anti-cheating mechanisms, customer support and a built-in loyalty program. Using our patented technology stack, we’ve already hosted more than 500 million tournaments for 15 million players around the world.

Skillz has raised over $53 million in funding from sources including Telstra, Liberty Global, and the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Mets and Sacramento Kings. In our quest to make gaming better for players and developers, we’re looking for savvy, driven and enthusiastic teammates to help us build the future of sports. If you’re excited about defining a multibillion dollar industry, building an awesome product, or working with cutting-edge technology, Skillz just might be for you!

Our Culture:

We are true believers in electronic sports, so don’t be surprised if you see us playing mobile games at our desks or in the kitchen. At Skillz, this type of behavior is encouraged! You can also catch us at our weekly game nights playing anything from Super Mario Kart to Codenames over dinner, while discussing new technologies or brainstorming ideas to improve our business.

Not a “gamer”? Don’t worry about it. Every Skillzian brings a unique perspective to the team, and we bond over plenty of activities that don’t involve games. We’re working to build a truly groundbreaking company, and we want top-notch people to join us in that mission. As the creators and leaders of a new marketplace, we work with a “do whatever it takes” mentality, and frankly, we get the job done!

Our team is comprised of passionate, intelligent and creative individuals who consistently seek out new challenges and knowledge. We embrace out-of-the-box strategies to propel our business forward, and foster a culture where every person’s voice is heard. Our team comes from diverse backgrounds, and our leaders have a strong history of funding and building successful enterprises. If you're up for the challenge, we’d love to meet you.

Who we're looking for:

You're excited to build an amazing product for the esports industry while building a great team around you. You take pride in doing things the “right” way and you’re willing to hire and lead our first engineering team in Portland. You’re excited to play a key role in product development and you’re eager to work closely with both the product team and a beta-user community to perfect our product. You love the idea of working at a startup because it means your fingerprints will be on everything we build.

What you'll do:

  • Participate with senior engineering management in developing a long-term technology road map.
  • Recruit, hire and motivate world class engineers in Portland, provide support for their career growth and personal development.
  • Manage and continuously improve the product development process, participate in code and design reviews.
  • Partner with product owners and program managers to help plan releases and schedule development. Provide estimates and initial assessments for proposed development tasks. Track and report progress of projects against key milestones. Balance resources with task assignments. Ensure on-time and high-quality delivery of projects.
  • Create, maintain and promote an inclusive, high-performance culture.

Your skillz:

  • Have successfully managed a team of 5+ engineers for 3+ years.
  • Experience with architectural patterns of large, high-scale applications that operate 24x7.
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience building distributed java applications
  • Experience building RESTful web services
  • Experience in Agile development methodology such as Scrum and agile development tools such as Pivotal Tracker, Rallydev or Jira
  • Degree in CS or a related field
  • Start up experience strongly preferred

Skillz embraces diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to diversifying our workforce, we do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, gender, gender identity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, or disability status.

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