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Vice President, Engineering

| Chicago

Company Description

Yello’s talent acquisition software enables companies to humanize the candidate experience by providing unprecedented speed and transparency throughout the candidate journey. Founded in 2008, Yello supports hundreds of organizations globally by serving as a key strategic partner in optimizing recruiting operations and talent relationship management.  

In 2017, Yello closed a series C funding round of $31 million and continues to grow quickly. We’re looking to hire people who believe nothing is impossible, love to learn and be curious, can be accountable for success, always enjoy the journey and will own their personality. If this is you, come grow your career with Yello.

About The Role

You will lead a motivated, creative team to develop new products and product enhancements that result in customer success, increased market share, significant revenue growth, and improved company profitability.

How You'll Make An Impact

  • Oversee the management of the global product technology organization of roughly 50 employees spanning architecture, UX, machine learning, development, front end engineering and QA teams.
  • Be a resourceful, impactful and trusted advocate on behalf of the engineering/product function and ensure that engineering is a major voice in setting and developing the company’s roadmap. Within this will be the skillful balancing of product robustness with new features and customer requests.
  • Spearhead, develop and maintain processes and procedures needed to ensure the stable and dependable growth of the function to meet the ever-growing demands of the business and its customers.
  • Ensure the company’s continuous release schedule remains fluid, yet reinforced by a platform of process and infrastructure that promotes healthy growth.
  • Review resource levels in the various teams and ensure that adequate resources (in terms of numbers, skill levels, experience, etc.) are available to meet current and anticipated workloads.
  • Strengthen the scalability of the technology architecture.
  • Manage team of engineers through hands-on leadership within an Agile/Scrum environment.
  • Help set the technical direction for the team, drive the evolution of the systems architecture, and make appropriate technology choices.
  • Institutionalize an engineering functional culture of metrics-driven management, processes, methodologies, and KPIs, with clear goals, objectives, and quantifiable milestones to enable growth and limit technology debt.
  • Be part of developing a collaborative, engaging, and fun culture.
  • Assure engineering teams are architecting and developing the best technical designs for reliability, usability, and scalability.
  • Create and promote a culture that embraces quality
  • Manage technology budget to plan, including 3rd party product/services portfolio.
  • Set and manage expectations; communicate and execute goals within timelines.

What We're Looking For

  • Capable of building, managing and leading a first-class global engineering function that will set the standard for the sector in terms of both innovation and outcome – must have a good track record in recruiting and developing excellent people. Team size 30+.
  • History of strong leadership and driving change while maintaining a collaborative culture and team loyalty.
  • Clear track record of leading successful, organized development teams in multiple locations with processes leading to rapid prototyping, testing, continuous releases / increments and launching of scalable and high performance products.
  • Successful candidates will be a strong leader who can prioritize well, be detail oriented, exude passion, value client-experience andcustomer service, and thrive on creating leading products.
  • Experience driving an efficient testing/performance strategy throughout an organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Well-developed leadership, management, and strategic-thinking skills, with the ability to excite and lead others.
  • A recognizable “player” within the field, who will be sought out by peers, analysts and opinion leaders alike. A thought leader.
  • Strong leadership skills and executive presence. Someone who is smart, kind, competitive and wants to grow a company.
  • Prior proven scale is a must.
  • Will display the emotional intelligence needed to influence and direct a wide range of personalities, through a period of profound growth and change.
  • A natural leader with superior communication skills; thrives when out in front of a customer.
  • Must be able to work effectively at all levels. Will have the gravitas, charisma and knowledge to be credible in all business situations.
  • Will be culturally sensitive and a real ‘culture builder’ able to perpetuate an ‘under promise/over deliver’ culture within the team.
  • A pragmatic approach coupled with the ability to thrive under the pressure of constant change and moving objectives.
  • Ability to teach, mentor, and develop rising talent across all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to work effectively with non-technical stakeholders.
  • Bachelors in CS or related field. Masters in Engineering a plus.

Additional Information

We are the trailblazers in our space and we continually strive to learn and grow, but there is always time to celebrate a colleague's birthday or a recent success. We dress casually, have one of the best views in the city and the whole team sports Apple laptops. Our CEO Jason Weingarten and President Dan Bartfield always have their office doors open. And with opportunities for professional advancement, medical, dental and vision insurance, and a 401K match – Yello has you covered.

  • Yello is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.
  • Candidates local to Chicago are preferred.
  • You must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for continuous periods of time
  • This role frequently communicates/interacts with individuals, must have strong written and oral communication skills
  • Yello reserves the right to assign or reassign the responsibilities and requirements to this job at any time
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • ElasticsearchDatabases
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    • MixpanelAnalytics
    • FigmaDesign
    • Aha!Management
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • WrikeManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM
    • MarketoLead Gen


We're located in the Loop, a block from the Art Institute and Millennium Park. Our office offers panoramic 360 degree views of Chicago.

What are Yello Perks + Benefits

Yello Benefits Overview

We've got you covered!

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Yello has a number of committees and groups including the Flair committee as well as [email protected] and [email protected] (to name a few)
Open door policy
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Company sponsored short-term disability insurance covers 100% of annual salary for up to 13 weeks.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Company sponsored life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Yello provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by John Hancock. We match 3% of contributions with a 4-year vesting schedule.
Company Equity
Yello offers equity to employees at their 1 year anniversary.
Performance Bonus
Yello's performance bonus is an annual bonus of up to 10% of an employee's base salary. Payout is based on company and individual performance.
Match charitable contributions
While we don't match yet, we value giving back to causes that create a positive social impact. Through Percent Pledge, we help employees seamlessly give monthly to their favorite causes
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Yello offers employees professional development opportunities like the ability to attend job-related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Yello hosts lunch and learn meetings twice per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Yello has a 'Learning Day' every 2 weeks on Friday to allow employees to set aside half a day for learning of any kind.

Additional Perks + Benefits

Yello sponsors office sports leagues and offers discounted memberships to Chicago Athletic Clubs. • Yello is dedicated to supporting career progression through professional development opportunities, mentorship and continued education • Yello offers the benefit of a student loan repayment plan and a 529 plan through BenefitEd with an annual company match to help you or your family continue your financial health. Yello offers healthy catered lunches each week and 2 fully stocked kitchens with fresh fruit and snacks to keep you nourished.

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