Volley (W18)
Voice-controlled entertainment on Alexa and Google Assistant

Senior Engineering Manager

San Francisco
Full-time
6+ years
About Volley

Volley develops voice-controlled games and entertainment apps for Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Our voice apps are world-class and attract millions of users every month. We’re a 35-person team based in San Francisco.

We’ve created several of the top experiences for voice-controlled devices, including:

  • Song Quiz - a name-that-tune music trivia game
  • Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? - a quiz game to test your elementary-level knowledge
  • Bedtime Stories - a soothing, narrated skill to help you fall asleep

We believe voice control will be the main way people access entertainment in their bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and cars, and our goal is to build a destination for interactive audio entertainment, as Netflix did for television.

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

We're a small but quickly growing team that truly enjoys working together! We love coming together over Zoom happy hours, the funny and strange in Slack #random, and come September, occasional karaoke sessions in our brand new Hayes Valley office. If this sounds like fun (we promise it is), get in touch!

About the role

Volley develops voice-controlled games and entertainment apps for Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Our voice apps are world-class and attract millions of users every month. We’re a 35-person team based in San Francisco.

We’ve created several of the top experiences for voice-controlled devices, including:

We believe voice control will be the main way people access entertainment in their bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and cars, and our goal is to build a destination for interactive audio entertainment, as Netflix did for television.

The Media Products team is responsible for all of Volley's media, broadcasting, and wellness offerings— including Volley FM, Bedtime Stories, as well as a brand new unannounced project. In this role you would oversee the development of new voice experiences (and accompanying web UIs), engage with our content creation partners, and nurture an energetic, diverse team from non-traditional backgrounds. Mentorship, career development, and code review are a must for this role!

What you’ll be doing

  • Lead Volley's media engineering team as you build and scale products out to millions of users
  • Collaborate with UX experts, designers, and data analysts to deliver best-in-class voice-controlled products
  • Manage a varied product roadmap while prioritizing the wellness and work-life balance of your team
  • Take on engineers from bootcamps and other non-traditional paths. You will guide them through their very first tech job— providing career advice, technical guidance, and code review along the way
  • Collaborate with our head of recruiting to manage Volley's talent pipeline and grow the team
  • Report directly to the VP of Engineering and become a key technical leader within the company

Things you may have done before

  • Lead and scaled a top-tier engineering team (or managed a smaller team, and you're ready to take the next step!)
  • Partnered closely with a design team to rapidly iterate on a new product
  • Built consumer-facing mobile or web apps at scale
  • Worked with audio, voice, or other emerging technologies

Our Stack

  • Volley's own custom-built engine, designed by a rocket scientist :-)
  • Typescript
  • ECS & Docker
  • Terraform
  • DynamoDB
  • Firebase

Volley believes in an inclusive workplace, and is committed to building a team from a variety of backgrounds. Volley will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

We're a small but quickly growing team that truly enjoys working together! We love coming together over Zoom happy hours, the funny and strange in Slack #random, and come September, occasional karaoke sessions in our brand new Hayes Valley office. If this sounds like fun (we promise it is), get in touch!

Underrepresented candidates, and candidates from nontraditional backgrounds, are strongly encouraged to apply!

Technology

Platforms: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, iOS, Android Tech: Node.js, Javascript, Typescript, Swift, Kotlin, HTML5, React, Kubernetes, Terraform Data: SQL, Snowflake, Segment, Amplitude

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