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Platform Engineering Manager

Animoto, New York, New York

Animoto turns photos and video into professional video slideshows in minutes.


At Animoto, we believe that everyone should have the power to create professional-quality videos whether to share their memories or market their business. To achieve this vision we bring together smart, passionate people who care as much about each other as they do about our product.

Based in New York City, we pioneered using cloud computing (google our AWS case study) to bring high production-value video creation to ordinary users by employing our patented cinematic artificial intelligence engine. We have millions of users, both consumers and businesses, a web-based video editor, mobile apps for iOS and Android, and integrations with various partners including Shutterfly, Facebook, and more. Animoto has been featured in multiple times in the Apple App Store and on stage at WWDC. Animoto is a hub for the tech community workshops and meetups.

Are you passionate about mentoring engineers and helping a team achieve its full potential? Do you love working with web APIs and does the idea of building a robust, reliable, and scalable web application platform excite you? If so, the role of Platform Engineering Manager is for you. As the engineering manager of Animoto's platform team, you will be responsible for leading a team of 6-8 members in a dynamic, collaborative environment.

What You'll Do:

  • You will help each engineer grow their skills and work to make the team as effective as possible.
  • Collaborate with the team to establish a technical strategy and architectural roadmap and develop processes to ensure the quality of design decisions taken by individual contributors through a collaborative design process.
  • Establishing, documenting, and practicing standards to maintain high quality, testable codebases will be important activities as well as creating guidelines regarding service development, deployment, and delivery - including instrumentation, discovery, scaling, SLAs, throttling and quota management.
  • You'll also help the team evaluate and adopt new technologies when needed, setting clear guidelines and documenting decisions.
  • At times you'll need to dig into code and help debug defects that are impacting our users.
  • You will lead by example when reviewing pull requests and ensuring smooth and productive cross-team communication.

What We're Looking For:

  • Several years experience leading delivery of complex projects involving multiple team members
  • Experience leading and mentoring other developers
  • Proficiency in API design
  • Recent project experience with Web Services (REST, HTTP, Messaging/PubSub, etc)
  • Experience working with asynchronous and distributed systems
  • Experience with continuous software delivery and automated testing
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Deep experience in languages like Ruby or Python highly preferred
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services highly desirable

Why Join Animoto?

  • Work with really smart, talented and interesting people
  • Work with a diverse team spanning product, marketing, design, and customer success
  • Weekly catered lunch, bi-weekly product demos, social Fridays, fully stocked kitchen, fun environment and 5 ways to make coffee at our amazing Noho office
  • Bi-annual company events and hackathons
  • Competitive compensation and amazing benefits such as 100% medical/dental/vision, equity, 401k, upgraded Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify, and corporate discounts with AT&T and Crunch
We actively seek diversity of beliefs, backgrounds, education and ways of thinking. We aim to build an inclusive culture where differences are used to inform better marketing and business decisions. Animoto is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and affirmative action employer.

About Animoto

At Animoto, we believe that video is the most powerful way to communicate what you care most deeply about -- whether that’s your catering business, your dog Fluffy, or penguin conservation in Antarctica. That’s why we spend an inordinate amount of brainpower to build products that make it easy, fun, and cost-effective for anyone to create professional videos on a computer or mobile device. At the end of the day, we’re all about helping people share their stories with the world through video.

Want to learn more about Animoto? Visit https://animoto.com/