Vice President of Engineering

There are 2.7B deskless workers globally, and one-third work in agriculture. Software tools built for white-collar workers just don’t work for agricultural workers who are often lower literacy, migrant, unbanked, and not accustomed to using email and apps. That’s where we come in: Ganaz builds technology to foster well-being and prosperity for industry, workers, and their communities.

Ganaz is the workforce management platform for the $1+ trillion North American agriculture and food manufacturing industry. We help create safer, fairer and more profitable workplaces while providing the financial services needed to help workers forge a path out of poverty. Our software currently helps employers onboard, train, communicate with, and retain their multilingual, deskless workforce. We will soon be launching paycards with integrated remittances to save money for both workers and employers in this large and underserved market. We’re working with some of the largest and best brands in the industry, and our product offering and customer base is growing fast. Ganaz is a Public Benefit Corporation whose mission is to leverage technology to foster well-being and prosperity for industry, workers, and their communities.

The Role

The Vice President of Engineering will be responsible for building, managing, and scaling teams of engineers while establishing and maintaining a strong engineering culture. This highly critical role reports directly to the CEO, works closely with the CTO and Director of Product to influence and implement product and technical decisions., and as a member of the Ganaz leadership team, will help drive organizational strategy, culture and growth.

As VP of Engineering, you will mentor, develop, and grow the people in our cross-cultural, international organization. We’ll be hiring about 25% of the engineering team in the US (strong preference for Seattle) and 75% in Latin America (strong preference for Mexico). You will also help to attract and retain top talent, growing the team from a few engineers to 20+ engineers in just the next year. Our tech stack includes ReactJS, Redux, Redux-Saga, TypeScript, PostgreSQL, GraphQL, Kubernetes, Terraform, AWS (SQS, Lambda, DynamoDB, etc).

What you’ll do

Within 1 month you will…

  • Directly manage our existing engineering team, learning about their goals and journeys in order to help them grow and flourish within Ganaz

  • Lead the hiring process as we build out our team from 4 to about 20 engineers in the near term

  • Begin developing a comprehensive understanding of our products, and how customers and workers use them, as well as our product roadmap and vision

  • Begin building a deep understanding of our tech stack and codebase by pairing with our engineers and contributing to our codebase

  • Learn about our two-year product roadmap so you can assess talent needs, team structure and hiring plan

  • Spend time with leaders and team members in other functions to begin establishing a whole-of-business perspective

Within 3 months you will…

  • Lead our engineering team operations, establishing teams, team leaders and workflows as needed to support our product roadmap

  • Drive engineering hiring to meet aggressive goals and timelines while keeping the bar high

  • Ensure that the team understands the “why” behind the company's plans and are inspired to realize the company's vision

Within 6 months you will...

  • Lead and iteratively improve engineering practice across teams

  • Drive the entire software and infrastructure engineering life cycle, working closely with the CTO and Director of Product

  • Work closely with engineers and Director of Product to resolve ambiguity in specs, break specs down into sprints, and optimally devote team resources while considering learning opportunities for team members

  • Anticipate changes, challenges, and efficiencies to steer the organization on track and ahead of timelines

  • Balance business needs/speed with accumulation of technical debt

  • Set engineering organizational goals to level up and set high standards for our entire organization

What you’ll bring:

To the job

  • Technical expertise

    • Deep understanding of languages/frameworks/tech similar to what Ganaz uses, so you can both creatively problem solve and coach your team in finding solutions

  • People leadership

    • Excitement for and experience in building teams and creating a culture in which people thrive and excellent work gets done

    • Ability to attract top talent, including leveraging contacts in your network

    • Ability to inspire engineers to stay and grow; including mentorship and empowering your engineers for peak performance

    • An ability to engage and motivate engineers on a remote-first international team

    • Experience working cross-culturally; 75% of our engineering team will be based in Mexico. Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred.

  • Organizational Leadership

    • A keen sense of how to evolve operations and team structure as business needs and team sizes change

    • Excellent communication skills and proven ability to articulate customer and technical requirements with all stakeholders

    • Startup experience, demonstrating that you can thrive in our fast-paced startup environment

To our mission and our company:

  • Excitement at the prospect of serving an often overlooked workforce, creating products that have a positive impact on people’s lives.

  • A strong sense of ownership that extends beyond individual tasks and drives you to seek solutions to problems. You are more comfortable with “what would need to be true to solve that...” than “that can’t be done.”

  • A belief that all people deserve to be treated with empathy and respect

  • A track record of excellence, of encouraging yourself and others to always do better.

Requirements:

  • 10+ years software engineering experience, including a minimum 3 years of management experience including management of managers

  • Experience leading the scaling of engineering teams in the range of 5 to 100 engineers

What else you’ll need to know:

Ganaz is a remote-first company with a hub in Seattle.
Ganaz is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws or our own sensibilities.

At Ganaz, diversity is more than a nice-to-have; it’s a critical ingredient for our success. We welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

To Apply: 

Please send a cover letter and resume to hannah@ganaz.com

Ganaz is a public benefit corporation, building technology to foster well-being and prosperity for industry, workers, and their communities.