Engineering Manager, R&D

Skillz, Portland OR, Austin TX, Dallas TX, Las Vegas NV, Los Angeles CA, Vancouver BC

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About Skillz 

Skillz is the leading mobile games platform connecting players in fair, fun, and meaningful competition.

The gaming industry is larger than movies, music, and books, with more than 2.7 billion gamers playing monthly and 10 million developers worldwide. Mobile is the fastest-growing segment of the gaming market, expected to increase from $86 billion last year to $161 billion in 2025.

As the first publicly-traded (NYSE: SKLZ) mobile esports platform, Skillz has pioneered the future of the gaming industry. The Skillz platform helps developers build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide, and distributes millions in prizes each month.

Through its philanthropic initiatives, Skillz has harnessed the power of its platform to transform the way nonprofits engage with donors, enabling anyone with a mobile device to support causes such as the American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society, and NAACP by playing in Skillz tournaments.

Skillz has also earned recognition as one of San Francisco Business Times’ Best Places to Work, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, Parity.org’s Best Companies for Women to Advance, a two-time winner of CNBC’s Disruptor 50, one of Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the #1 fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000.


What we’re looking for:

Our Research and Development department sets the vision for the future of the Skillz player experience in new arenas. In this role, you and the team will be bringing new experiences and types of gameplay to millions of players through the development of various software and hardware initiatives. We are looking for a technologist that is passionate about gaming and eSports, and is experienced in the process of transforming ideas to proof-of-concepts and then operationalizing them to production.


What you’ll do: 

  • You will be responsible for leading 2-3 small teams of top-talent specialized engineers to research and deliver proof-of-concept applications, features, and services
  • Develop and track detailed schedules, dependencies and critical paths
  • Effectively collaborate with all project stakeholders i.e. Product Management and R&D Engineers
  • Clearly communicate with upper management any risk areas; come up with risk mitigation plans 
  • Encourage and drive initiatives which promote innovation and technical excellence
  • Hire, retain, and develop the careers of the engineers on your team 
  • Coach and motivate your team to ensure high productivity and teamwork, and help each individual achieve their potential 
  • Interface with other internal teams to prioritize features and functionality based on the resources available and business priorities
  • Conduct periodic on call duties as needed on a regular scheme basis

What you’ll need: 

  • Bachelor’s or Master degree (preferred) in Computer Science or equivalent and 8+ years of related experience in the technology industry 
  • 3+ years of experience managing and growing a high-performing engineering team 
  • Excellent people management skills - communication, teamwork, and leadership 
  • Ability to coach and motivate team members for their ongoing career growth 
  • Proven track record in managing multiple teams and projects simultaneously
  • Proven experience in hiring high-performing and diverse teams
  • Proven success leading and delivering projects in fast iterative cycles, and understands the value of failing fast
  • Strong cross-functional organizational skills 
  • Fluent in one or more of: Java, Go, C++, React, Python or Node.js
  • Experience in containerization, Kubernetes, cloud services frameworks, design and develop successful large scale distributed systems on public clouds (AWS, Azure, GCP)
  • Experience in mobile application development, virtualization, AR/VR, framework development or game development platforms are a plus
  • Experience leading Full Stack. Mobile and/or Backend development teams
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about business, product, and technical challenges

About Skillz

Today, people spend more time playing video games than they do playing all physical sports, and eSports are poised to become bigger than the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL combined. Skillz provides the technology that powers an eSports industry forecast to exceed $5 billion in annual revenue by 2020. Skillz has been named the fastest growing private company in America, ranking number one on the 2017 Inc. 500 list. This makes Skillz the first eSports company to top this prestigious ranking, and also comes on the heels of being the first eSports company ever named to the CNBC Disruptor 50 list of the most innovative companies changing the business landscape. As the leading mobile eSports platform, Skillz connects the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers through competition. Skillz is the eSports provider for over 3,000 game studios, and accounted for more than 46 percent of all eSports prizes awarded in 2016 while broadcasting 40 million minutes of gameplay to spectators worldwide. Skillz makes games better by powering the competitions that players love and giving developers the chance to turn their game into the next great electronic sport. Founded in 2012, Skillz is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading venture capitalists as well as the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Mets. In our quest to make gaming better for players and developers, we’re looking for savvy, passionate and hardworking teammates to help us build the future of sports. If you’re excited about defining a multibillion dollar industry, building an awesome product, or working with bleeding edge technology, Skillz just might be for you!


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