Engineering Manager at Volley (W18)
$160k - $230k  •  
Voice-controlled games for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
San Francisco, CA / Remote
Full-time
3+ years
About Volley

Volley builds the best voice-controlled games and entertainment experiences for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, smartphones, and Fire TVs.

Popular Volley voice games include Song Quiz, Jeopardy!, and The Price Is Right.

Our voice apps are used by millions of people every month. We believe voice control will become the main way people access entertainment in their bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and cars, and our goal is to become the "Netflix of Voice" for this emerging category of devices.

We just raised our Series B round and we're growing fast!

Volley was founded by Max Child and James Wilsterman in 2016. We're a hybrid remote/in-person company, headquartered in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.

While we work to make home entertainment more accessible and engaging, we like to have fun along the way, with team lunches, Friday happy hours, and very active #food and #pets slack channels. If any of this sounds fun to you (we promise it is), come join us!

Read more about Volley's culture and mission here: https://www.volleythat.com/post/volley-mission-culture-and-what-we-create

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 55-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.

 

What you’ll do

  • Report directly to the Director of Product Engineering and become a key technical leader within the company
  • Lead Volley's engineering teams across multiple products as you build and scale those products 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 people to manage Volley's talent pipeline and grow the team

Stuff you may have done before

  • Managed a high-performance engineering team, or you are ready to make the move from a technical lead to an engineering manager
  • 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, Node, & Next.js
  • Kotlin Multiplatform
  • Kubernetes & Terraform
  • DynamoDB
  • Firebase

 

At Volley, we recognize the importance of work-life balance. We offer a flexible, hybrid work-from-home and in-office work model. We also offer 4 weeks of paid time off (with an enforced 2-week minimum!).

 

Volley believes in an inclusive workplace and is committed to building a team from a variety of backgrounds. We 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 the 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 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 Game Engines: PlayCanvas Data: SQL, Snowflake, Segment, Amplitude

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