Director, Engineering

| Chicago
At Relativity, we make software to help users organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. Our e-discovery platform is used by more than 13,000 organizations around the world to manage large volumes of data and quickly identify key issues during litigation, internal investigations, and compliance projects.
Here you can own your career in a community of values-driven people who help our customers around the world solve complex data challenges. If this sounds like the place for you, check out the details of this position below.

Department Responsibilities

  • Managing the advancement and deployment of specific disciplines and technologies
  • Actively participating in the engineering process - anticipating our future needs
  • Leading global direction and changes
  • Providing technical and career mentoring for our team
  • Challenging our team to achieve difficult goals and empowering our team to make decisions
  • Acquiring, onboarding and allocating resources

Product Responsibilities

  • Solve the adoption problem: Develop a roadmap based on what a product needs to deliver- collaborate with product management, customers, sales, architects and our CEO. Develop the project in an agile way. Product roadmap development, and care and feeding of roadmap- keeping it evergreen, communicating, evangelizing, etc. is an important part of the role.
  • Consistently deliver projects on-time with quality: If a project is behind schedule or the product is experiencing issues or an engineer is disheartened, the candidate will refocus energy from other efforts (hiring, planning, etc.) to figure out how to get obstacles out of the way to get everything back on track.
  • Lead the Progression of Relativity’s Technology Platform: Work collaboratively with the Product leadership team in establishing the vision for Relativity’s software architecture to support the demands of today’s applications and future products. Lead the team to execute on this vision

Process Responsibilities

  • Organized, Disciplined, and Process Oriented: An experienced, organized, and efficient leader with the ability to define priorities and focus on areas that add value. Can design the processes necessary to get things done; knows how to organize people and activities; understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient work flow; can see opportunities for collaboration and integration; most importantly can simplify complex processes.
  • Can scale with our organization: As our team, product, and infrastructure grows, issues arise consistently regarding systems/processes/environments that no longer work at our current scale. As a technical leader, their responsibility is to find a solution to those issues (often with the help of the team) as well as putting together a plan of action to execute that solution. It’s easy to identify pain points or systems that aren’t working well, but the leaders are those who influence outcomes by getting solutions for those issues prioritized.
  • Has an Agile mindset: Delivers solutions in small steps while incorporating an “inspect and adapt” feedback loop from internal and external stakeholders. Flexible and able to adjust\change direction as the business environment and technology universe evolves and changes.

People Responsibilities

  • Empowers engineers and managers: They manage to make the biggest impact possible for the company while reaching their professional development goals.
  • Challenges team members: Engineers need opportunities through goals and projects to push themselves and reach their professional development goals. To arrange projects that align with these goals, directors need to work with the rest of the product team to figure out the roadmaps for our teams.
  • Recruit and develop the best engineering talent: Work closely with our HR organization to continually enhance our recruiting, onboarding, and training programs to support the continued rapid growth of our product development organization.

Qualifications

  • 10+ years of software development of commercial-grade systems and applications with a proven track record of building and leading successful engineering teams
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Computer Science or related disciplines
  • Has a technical background: .NET framework with SQL Server on an enterprise platform would be awesome. Someone that is still developing software is interesting- even if it's not critical path development work.
  • In the "3rd inning" of their career: 6 - 7 years of individual contributor as a developer; promoted to manager and stayed in that role for 4 - 5 years; 10 years of development experience with more recent leadership experience (the last 2 - 3 years) is also fit.
  • Excellent Knowledge of the new technology trends and its applications for the new products in the marketplace
  • Strong problem solving skills, independent thinking
  • Strong decision making skills
  • Strong people management skills
  • Strong teamwork and partnering skills for cross-group collaboration
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to perform under the pressure and optimize the team's resources to attain the business goals
  • Ability to motivate people, instill accountability and achieve results
  • Ability to work comfortably in ambiguous situations
  • Strong verbal, presentation, and written communications skills for technical and non-technical audiences

Relativity has over 160,000 users in 40+ countries from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 70 Fortune 100 companies, and all of the Am Law 200. Relativity's cloud solution, RelativityOne, offers all the functionality of Relativity in a secure and comprehensive SaaS product. Our company has also been named one of Chicago's Top Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune for seven consecutive years. If you’re ready to grow with us, we’d love to hear from you. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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    • JavaLanguages
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We’re a community of passionate, life-long learners tackling challenging problems. We care about each other and about our community.

An Insider's view of Relativity

How does your team reward individual success?

Rewarding success is one of my favorite parts of my role. Formally through annual bonus plans, thank you notes in our HR system and of course through promotions. I also like to submit nominations to be recognized at company meetings and spotlights in department newsletters. We move fast at Relativity it’s nice to slow down and just say thanks!

Jessica

Operations Manager, Customer Success and Support

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

On the Certification team, I develop exams and study content for our end users. To ensure that our exams are valid, I work with almost every team embracing their expertise and industry knowledge into the development process. It takes continuous interdepartmental collaboration to keep exam content accurate as the Relativity platform evolves.

Sean

Certification Specialist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

As an Application Support Specialist, I have increased my technical knowledge in SQL database management, Network Administration, and Server Infrastructure. Prior to coming to Relativity, I had zero knowledge of e-Discovery, and now provide On-site training to our clients teaching them about the various e-Discovery tools Relativity has to offer.

Kamal

Application Specialist II

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We have a semi-annual Hackathon where our engineers get to work on their own feature ideas for 3 days. The ideas that emerge have blown our minds and eventually become part of the product. In addition to design sessions that each team has, we also regularly have Relativity talks. These talks are a great way for engineers to share their experience.

Cindy

Manager, Software Engineering

What are some social events your company does?

Our annual user conference, Relativity Fest, is such a tremendous opportunity to get one on one face time with our partners. Fest draws 2,000 platform users and practitioners from all different facets of the industry and being able to connect with them and hear their stories is extremely powerful.

Michael

Platform Account Manager

What are Relativity Perks + Benefits

Relativity Benefits Overview

We have a great selection of benefits from very competitive insurance plans to fun office perks!

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Bonuses are based on a combination of how the company performs as well as how the individual performs.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Everyone starts with 18 days of PTO, plus 11 paid holidays every year. Our office is also closed between Christmas and New Years, which does not take away from your PTO balance.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Tax-free transportation opportunities.
Company Outings
We have our annual Summer Jam (picnic that includes friends and family), our User Conference - RelativityFest, and a holiday party each year.
Game Room
Our Cafe houses ping-pong, foosball, and a variety of arcade games - including Killer Queen (a multi-player game that is one of few in the country).
Stocked Kitchen
We have tea, coffee (including fancy espresso machines), a variety of LaCroix, soda, and many other things. We also have fresh fruit delivered twice a week in our pantry areas.
Some Meals Provided
Meals are often provided during morning or afternoon training sessions. There is also always plenty of leftover food from such meetings that employees can dive into after the attendees are finished.
Happy Hours
Different for each team, but always a great time!
Recreational Clubs
RelWOW (Relativity Women of the Workplace), Several Intramural Sports Teams (kickball, softball, volleyball, etc.), Vertikal (climbing group), Working Moms Group, Queeries, and several more.
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
All full-time employees (non-contract) receive $3,000/year to pursue professional development opportunities.
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We also offer a Divvy bike share discount, have Fooda discounts in the office, and offer DRYV Laundry Service for those who have workout clothes that need washing!

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