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Engineering Manager



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Denver, CO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Our Mission
Headquartered out of Denver, CO, we’re a small but mighty team on a mission to be the best and easiest way to learn at work.
We imagine a world where learning happens in the flow of work. Where employees maximize the minutes of their lives. Where knowledge is contextual, personalized and instantly accessible. Where learning at work is as easy and joyful as it is in our personal lives. This is the future we’re building at Spekit.
Our Product
Say goodbye to distracted zoom training sessions and lengthy LMS courses your teams will forget. Instead, Spekit takes all of your training & enablement - for applications, processes, sales playbooks, SOPs and more and embeds that training directly in your employees’ tools & workflows, right when and where they need them. Whether that’s a walkthrough to guide you through creating a quote in Salesforce or a competitor battle card to handle an objection in email, Spekit is your learning companion every step of the way. The world’s most innovative companies including Uber Freight, Outreach, Snowflake, Southwest Airlines and Udemy leverage Spekit to accelerate onboarding, drive tool adoption, increase productivity, remove the friction of change management and fuel the growth of their employees - from anywhere.
With $60M in VC funding from top venture firms including Craft Ventures, Bonfire Ventures, Renegade Partners and the Foundry Group, Spekit is the ride you’ll want to be on.
Your impact:
We’re looking for an experienced engineering leader committed to high standards of performance to help support and grow our engineering team and culture.
The ideal candidate will have strength in leadership; this means you’re able to inspire and motivate others to reach their full potential, you create a positive work environment where employees feel valued and engaged, you can deliver meaningful feedback that creates a culture of accountability, and you understand how to develop effective strategies for achieving individual, team and company goals.
In addition to the above, we’re looking for a leader who demonstrates great technical depth, superior communication & collaboration skills, a high level of integrity and a strong desire to help teams solve technical challenges to deliver a product built for both small startups and large enterprise businesses alike.
In this role, you will get a chance to thrive amongst other extremely talented engineers, while learning and working with a diverse team based in the United States, Pakistan, India, and Mexico, embracing challenges leading to growth and tapping into new opportunities that will shape the future of learning in the workplace.
What you'll get to do every day:
Our Engineering Managers each co-lead a cross-functional mission-driven squad, overseeing and leading in the technical direction of the squad’s engineers. Engineering Managers are supported by Product Managers and Designers in creating prioritized product roadmaps and cultivating stakeholder alignment.
This Engineering Manager will work closely alongside engineers via 1:1s, pairing, mentoring, reviewing work and collaborative problem solving. You will partner closely with Product Management and Design to deliver customer value quickly and effectively toward product outcomes within constraints including high quality standards. You will also support your team by facilitating healthy team collaboration and efficiencies that promote sustained learning, growth, engagement, morale and sustained excellence.

You will continuously cultivate your team health by:

  • Ensuring adequate technical resources & skills for success
  • Mentoring & growing squad engineers as future technical and people leaders
  • Removing obstacles to collaboration, healthy conflict, and effective cross functional engagement
  • Cultivating a team culture that fosters rapid learning, iterating and adapting in a continuous hunger for improvement and excellence

What you’ll need to be successful on Day 1:

  • 8-15+ years of experience in software development and 3-5+ years of experience in a people leadership role (either as a tech lead or manager, directly managing software engineers)
  • Familiarity the with different software development methodologies (XP, Scrum, Kanban, etc) with the ability to extract, trade-off, and apply key principles
  • Ability to assess team health and performance and to identify, prioritize, and improve in the most important areas
  • Natural ability to manage technical debt and trade-offs throughout the development lifecycle
  • Strong fullstack experience ideally with working knowledge of React, Python (Django) or similar languages and frameworks
  • Passion for scaling an engineering org and codebase
  • Demonstrated success in thinking & working strategically
  • Results driven; highly capable of executing in a fast-paced environment that adapts to new learning and insights
  • A servant leader mindset with strong people-centric leadership and interpersonal communication skills
We've got you covered!
- 100% paid employee Medical, Dental, Vision, and Basic & Optional Life Insurance. Benefits begin on your first day!
- Insurance coverage for the whole family, including flexible spending accounts
- Meaningful equity -- every employee is granted stock options when they walk in the door
- Flexible Paid Time Off (PTO) policy with mandatory minimum of 2 weeks of annual vacation time
- Hybrid work environment: Casual and open Denver, CO office with the ability to balance your time working from home
- 10 paid holidays days, sick leave, mental health days, and a 1-week end-of-year company shutdown
- Paid parental leave
- L&D stipend that can be used for learning opportunities at your discretion
- The chance to help build from the ground up. The hires we’re making now are foundational to our growth as a company!
Things we value, culture-wise:
Grit & Growth. We run towards challenges. If something seems unsolvable, it unleashes our persistence, our creativity, and our ability to move through uncertainty to create a solution.
Simple yet Spektacular. We’re in the early stages of building something really great and that requires a lot of hands on deck and a focus on execution. In this journey, we uncover joy in simplicity, obsess over the experience, pivot quickly and always reach for excellence.
Tenacity. The endless pursuit of customer love! We believe in collaboration, transparency, integrity, trust, listening, doing what is right, and always going above and beyond for our team and customers.
Belonging. We strive to build a company culture inclusive of all voices, differences of opinions, and the permission to be our authentic selves. We accept and celebrate what makes us unique and connects us to one another.
Enjoy the Journey. Love what you do and who you do it with! We embrace joy and kindness and we bring our authentic selves to work each day. We seek to share our optimism and compassion with everyone around us.
About the Team
At Spekit, we strive to be the change we seek. And the change we seek is a wealth of diversity in technology and the workplace. As a company with two female founders, we know that diverse and inclusive cultures drive innovative results. We’ve committed as an organization to elevate underrepresented minorities in technology through awareness, partnerships and even hosting our own scholarships to do our part in changing the status quo. If this sounds like the right place for you, we'd love to chat!