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Engineering Team Leader (Senior Director / Vice President)

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Samasource San Francisco , CA 94118

Posted 4 months ago

Engineering Team Leader (Senior Director / Vice President)

Are you an amazing engineering tech leader who must drive value in what you do? Do you wish your work would transform lives?

We need an unconventional Engineering Team Leader who is:

  • a pragmatic business partner
  • a leader/builder of a remote & very global engineering team (grow the team from 12 to 20-30!)
  • AI/ML B2B tech-services obsessed


  • Re-imagining services at the intersection of human ingenuity & tech

  • Delivering disruptive b2b tech svcs (AI/ML) via a sustainable social impact business model

  • HIRING the best to harness our Superior Client Delivery Success to Surpass $100M in 5 yrs!!!

Join us!

Our Organization

Samasource is an award-winning social enterprise that offers training data services to the leaders in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Our vision is to connect the one billion people living in poverty around the world to digital work. Samasource works with prestigious customers like Google, Qualcomm, Microsoft, RetailMeNot, eBay, and TripAdvisor to deliver training data on various projects such as: helping cars drive autonomously, helping drones detect wildlife preservations, and enabling e-commerce platforms to perform visual searches.

We combine the fast-paced, results-driven culture of a tech start-up from San Francisco with the social mission of a non-profit organization. We like to move quickly and get things done. If you join us, you will be part of a dynamic, global team that is passionate about making an impact and not hesitant to conquer the world! Samasource was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco. We have 70+ employees working from regional offices and give work to thousands of people in our delivery centers in Kenya, Uganda, and India.

This Role's Ideal Location: San Francisco, CA (will consider remote based on spectacular mission, business & role alignment)

Our Engineering Leadership Opportunity

Samasource is looking for an experienced senior engineering leader with a background in distributed web applications development or machine learning to head up our technology team and be a partner in leading the organization.

We're committed to hiring a high-caliber, hands-on, entrepreneurial-thinker to strategically grow our Engineering Team by 150%+! We're looking for someone who is:

  • Analytical: Motivated by substantial, quantifiable revenue, profit-generating results to grow our organization to $100M in 5 years!

  • Entrepreneurially-minded: Creatively lead & grow our 12 person, remote & VERY globally distributed engineering team to 20-30 engineers thoughtfully designed & strength-leveraged across SME/Product teams including...

  • Data warehouse & reporting

  • Enterprise applications for workforce management

  • Training data annotation platform

  • AI/ML center-of-excellence

  • Etc. (What are the NEXT services to live @ the intersection of human ingenuity & tech?)

  • Mission-driven: It's imperative! The guiding light driving our talented team of social entrepreneurs, technologists, and BPO industry experts is the conviction that "giving work" via technology/AI/ML is the most powerful solution to ending global poverty.

  • Enterprise B2B AI / ML Tech Services Engineering Driven, Savvy & Experienced.

Our annotation platform is built in Ruby on Rails, Javascript and Angular. We have an expanding data warehouse for business analytics, and our client data management process accommodates a rich menu of transformations, conversions, and preprocessing pipelines. As a rule, we prioritize getting stuff done over perfectionism and tenacity over technical brilliance. We're looking for somebody who has successfully built engineering teams and taken products to market. Our compensation and benefits philosophy matches that of the best companies in Silicon Valley.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for Samasource's engineering growth roadmap and vision across our web properties and backend work distribution platform

  • Works with management to set engineering priorities and resource needs

  • Collaborates closely with Product Management to set short-term development goals and pursue long-term engineering innovation

  • Aggressively builds and grows a team of talented engineers to achieve our company's vision

  • Strongly communicates engineering goals, priorities and execution plans to the Samasource board, management, and staff

  • Writes elegant, high-quality, unit-tested code (Be prepared to send in samples of work that you're proud of.)


Professional Attributes

  • 10+ years of engineering experience with at least 3 years of experience in a leadership role

  • Recent experience successfully translating company vision into concrete, measurable engineering deliverables and leading a team of at least 10 direct-report software engineers

  • Extensive background in delivering high-availability web applications on cloud-hosted infrastructure

  • Academic or professional experience building and improving machine learning algorithms and familiarity with ML frameworks such as PyTorch, Tensorflow, or Keras

  • Successfully builds and manages remote teams of engineers across time zones

  • Python and Ruby app development and data processing experience

  • Strong relational database experience including performance tuning

  • Strong understanding of Javascript/Typescript and a client-side framework such as Angular

  • Comfortable in a Linux environment and with devops on Heroku and AWS

  • Experience with data processing pipelines such as Spark, EMR, and BI tools

  • Strong working knowledge of unit testing frameworks

  • Lightweight approach to project management/planning (paint the picture, capture the granular details in JIRA)

  • Preference for agile development methodology

Personal Attributes

  • Aggressive growth orientation

  • Strong bias toward finding and implementing solutions

  • Genuine interest in learning about new machine learning techniques and brainstorming how to apply them

  • Deep commitment to building an ethical, world-class company with technology at its core

  • Comfortable managing a globally distributed team

  • At home in a very fast-paced environment with a high level of ambiguity

  • Willingness to make this startup a major part of your life for the next two years


Samasource offers a full benefits package, including: medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, AD&D insurance, employer-matching 401K, generous holiday and vacation policies, sabbaticals, paid disability and baby bonding leave, a monthly gym stipend, and professional development opportunities.

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