Rent the Runway is hiring a

Lead Software Engineer

New York, United States
About Rent the Runway 

Recently named #9 on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list for 2018, Rent the Runway is transforming the $1.7 trillion global fashion industry by introducing clothing rental as a utility for women. We have pioneered the closet in the cloud and believe that every person globally will soon have a subscription to fashion. Since our launch in late 2009, we have raised $210M from top-tier investors and built one of the most beloved brands on earth. We are proud to be both a profitable and high-growth business, with a loyal 8 million strong customer base who share the experience of renting as being empowering and smart.

Our 1000+ employees have a revolutionary spirit that permeates our culture. We’ve built - proprietary technology, a one-of-a-kind reverse logistics operation, stores of the future, a viral brand, relationships with hundreds of fashion brands - and we are obsessed with continuing to game change our customer experience.

We are also trying to revolutionize entrepreneurship itself - proving that diverse teams produce outsized impact. The Rent the Runway Foundation, which our two co-founders launched together in 2015, helps thousands of female entrepreneurs build and scale their own businesses with the mission of increasing the number of high growth women-led companies.

About this Role

As a Lead Software Engineer at Rent the Runway, you will directly contribute to our technical strategy, deliver some of the most innovative products in class, and collaborate with the best engineers in the industry.  Our passion is to deliver experiences that make our users fall in love with us again and again.  Many of our millions of members have used Rent the Runway for the most important events in their lives, and in the process, we’re changing the meaning of ownership and revolutionizing retail.  

Our team is smart, pragmatic, and entrepreneurial.  We practice continuous integration & test-driven development, engage in constant peer code reviews & pair programming, and work hard to give back to the software community through open-source contributions.  

In this technical role, you'll be a senior individual contributor helping to architect and develop complex systems ranging from our future warehouse logistics expansion to major product initiatives. You'll be actively involved with mentoring and leading engineers across teams.


  • Drive technical projects to success and provide leadership in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Take responsibility for the overall planning, execution and success of strategic initiatives
  • Lead a team of diverse and talented software engineers (front end, back end and/or full stack)
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams such as Product, Analytics, Marketing, Creative, and Design
  • Contribute technically to projects by being a hands-on coder and removing roadblocks
  • Lead prioritization efforts, plan future roadmaps, and provide mentorship to others
  • Deeply care about the happiness and careers of others

 You should have:

  • BA/BS in Computer Science, related degree, or equivalent practical experience
  • Extensive professional experience in software development, working on robust, complex systems that serve a high volume of users
  • Hands-on technical leadership and/or people management experience
  • A strong command of algorithms, data structures, and best practices
  • A passion for bringing great products into our world through collaboration and ingenuity

Major bonus points:

  • Experience with distributed (multi-tiered) systems, Java microservices, algorithms, and relational/NoSQL databases
  • Experience in modern frameworks and design patterns (MVC, REST, React, Redux)
  • Experience with distributed system performance analysis and optimization
  • Ability to understand, diagnose, and effectively articulate technical challenges and solutions
  • Ability to handle ambiguous problems and make the tradeoffs without compromising quality

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