How can I make a big impact in engineering leadership at scale… without managing people? Well, you might just like to consider a Staff Engineering role dear reader. They are both blue-sky thinkers, able to “zoom out” and holistically take the bigger picture + future states into account, as well as being down in the technical detail and able to “zoom-in” to solve specific problems and complexities. They are the connectors of product & engineering strategy, and love to empower other engineers along their way. If reading that gets you excited - then we might have *just* the role for you to join our Platform group’s leadership team at 99designs.
99designs by Vista is the world’s global creative platform that makes it easy for clients and designers to work together to create designs they love. Since 2008, our freelance community has brought more than one million creative projects to life for thousands of genius entrepreneurs, savvy small business owners, and brands with big ideas. As part of the Vista family, which includes VistaPrint and VistaCreate, 99designs helps small businesses thrive with expert design at their fingertips.
Why join now? You’d be joining a high calibre and mature product tech business that’s small enough for you to have real impact.
Working in the Platform group you’re at the very heart of our mission - this is the group that builds the foundational products, software, infrastructure and tools that every team relies upon. Their ethos is all about empowering and enabling other 99ers to do their best work yet & to deliver even faster customer value.
Everyone in this space is a bit of an end-to-end ‘platforms’ thinker -- there are other software engineers, product folks, data specialists, site reliability and cloud engineers, all united in their desire to unpack, refine & improve end user experiences (be they customer, creator, partner, 99er, or even user experiences beyond that & in the broader Vista-verse). What’s exciting about this space is the impact, there are so many interesting problems to solve, all of which have immediate and tangible impact.
As a Staff Engineer, you are part of the Platform group’s leadership team, providing the technical vision, helping to shape technical direction/roadmap, and ultimately creating a thriving engineering culture. You will act as both an architect -- establishing and maintaining architecture governance practices within the group, and as a solver -- jumping into high-value complex problems. From time to time you may also play the role of a tech lead and/or a right hand for the group. There’s a good bit of ambiguity at this level, but you’ll take satisfaction from clarifying the ‘unknowns’ & providing high-level technical support across your group, reducing the complexity to create tangible scopes of work for all of the teams to jump into (and be successful).
You’ll teach, mentor and GROW the next gen of 99er’s into better & bolder engineers. You will establish and advocate for better practices + ways of working across the business, be it through thought leadership, building out training, or even just through being a role model within 99d as an individual contributor yourself. You collaborate closely with other engineers, leadership, and product, all whilst contributing to the overarching engineering strategy and tech radar across the business. Occasionally you may work hands-on alongside the team to deliver work, but for the most part you play a leadership & strategic role, leading the creation of their playbooks.
The techy bits
99designs is an early AWS customer, and has been early adopters of Docker, ECS and most recently Fargate as the hosting platform of choice. Supporting the developers in their ability to ship multiple times a day is a large body of Docker based tooling, Buildkite for continuous deployment and DataDog for observability.
Every team is fullstack and looks after an end-to-end, vertical slice of the 99designs by Vista product. This means that you own part of the front-end, back-end, storage, and operations - the goal is for teams to be in control of delivering a great end-user experience.
A little bit about you
Why 99designs by Vista?
As we continue to scale as part of the Vista family, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team that reflects the communities in which we operate. We want people to feel like they belong and can bring their whole selves to work. Our aim is to continue to foster a collaborative environment with a keen focus on innovation, growth and ownership. Below are just some of the things that we do to support their people:
Just a little bit curious?! Let's have a chat to see if this can be your happy (work) place
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