Volley (W18)

Voice-controlled entertainment on Alexa and Google Assistant

Head of Games Engineering

Location
 
San Francisco, CA, USA
Job Type
 
Full-time
Experience
 
3+ years
About Volley

Volley makes voice-controlled games for Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Our top game, "Song Quiz", a name-that-tune style trivia game, is the #1 game on the Alexa app store. We've created 7 of the 25 top games on Alexa and have over 1,000,000 monthly active users and are growing quickly. We believe that voice-controlled entertainment will expand from smart speakers to the TV and car, and aim to be the leading entertainment company on these new platforms.

We just closed our Series A round and are expanding the team!

We're a small team that enjoys working with each other. We love coming together over team lunches, in-house smash bros tournaments and the occasional karaoke session. If this sounds like fun (we promise it is), get in touch!

About the role

Skills: Node.js, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Volley develops voice-controlled games and lifestyle apps for Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

We've created several of the top games for smart speakers, including:

  • Song Quiz - a name-that-tune music trivia game
  • Yes Sire - a choose-your-own-adventure medieval RPG
  • Popcorn Tycoon - the first ever audio-only idle game

We're seeking a Head of Games Engineering to own and build the infrastructure for all of our voice-controlled games across smart speakers, smart TVs, and mobile devices.

  • Build and scale Volley's audio-first games division to support millions of daily active users
  • Develop best-in-class voice-controlled games, that are social, engaging, and fun to play
  • Manage a team of 4+ talented game engineers
  • Recruit additional game engineers to join your team
  • Collaborate with UX experts, designers, and data analysts to deliver products quickly and effectively
  • Report directly to the CTO and become a strategic partner to the founders

We're looking for a conscientious and enthusiastic JavaScript (or TypeScript) engineer who is excited by the idea of working on the frontier of an emerging software paradigm. You should have several years of experience managing a team of software engineers to develop and ship great consumer products at scale.

Things you may have done before:

  • Built consumer-facing mobile apps or games at scale
  • Operated in environments with fast development-cycles focused on rapid product iteration
  • Lead and scaled a top-tier engineering team
  • Worked with audio, voice, or other emerging technologies

Things you should be passionate about:

  • Coding and reviewing PRs
  • Working with new tools and technology
  • Mentoring engineers
  • Entertainment and games
  • Design and UX
  • Architecture

Our software stack:

  • AWS Lambda (Node.js)
  • AWS DynamoDB
  • AWS EC2
  • AWS Fargate
  • Alexa Skills Kit
  • Firebase

We're a small team that enjoys working together! When not sheltering-in-place, we love coming together over team lunches, in-house smash bros tournaments and the occasional karaoke session. If this sounds like fun (we promise it is), get in touch!

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