Director, Infrastructure

Director, Infrastructure Engineering

The mission of the Infrastructure team is to create leverage for Airbnb employees. We work to help people get more done with their time. Better employee leverage and productivity is critical for Airbnb to reach its potential. The team is cross functional with leaders from engineering, product management, data science, design, IT, and information security. We adopt a customer mindset in all we do, working to be aware of where each of the business/product teams are headed so we can anticipate their needs.

As Director, Infrastructure Engineering you will lead the complete underlying technical foundation of Airbnb. You’ll manage a team of over 200 engineers and managers and work closely with engineering and product leaders from all of our departments to drive the core technology agenda for the company. You’ll also have opportunity to work with many types of technology. The Infrastructure team spans data platforms, production platforms and frontend platforms. Everything from our data warehouse and experimentation tools to the native mobile build systems to our online databases. From this role you will also be the champion of engineering standards and practices, helping us drive towards the online product quality our community deserves.

Expectations of Director, Infrastructure Engineering role:

  • Develop and retain senior engineering leaders across Infrastructure
  • Hire senior technical talent that can help drive the technical agenda for the company
  • Set up and maintain frameworks and process to ensure every engineer in the organization has growth opportunities
  • Create a culture of engineering excellence, setting the standard for quality, scalability and customer focus
  • Play a major role in setting strategy, goals and roadmaps in partnership with the leadership team
  • Challenges leadership to be bold and make big moves to improve overall technical excellence for the company
  • Voice for Infrastructure at the company level, making sure that company strategy is built with a strong technical foundation in mind

For this role, we value Engineering Leaders who have:

  • 12+ years of relevant engineering work experience and 8+ hands-on technical management experience (leading both engineers and managers)
  • Much of our backend technology is Java based, so having prior background in writing high performance Java code is beneficial, but not required
  • A demonstrated passion for working with data at scale and empowering organizations through data
  • Exceptional understanding of distributed systems, data stores, and data modeling
  • Exceptional architecture abilities and experience with architectural patterns of large, high-scale applications
  • Track record in partnering with recruiting to build incredible engineering teams
  • Actively coached and mentored both engineers and managers in their careers
  • Been actively involved in setting data product strategy
  • Independently started self-sustaining teams
  • Consistently made culture choices that positively impact all of engineering
  • Shipped several large scale projects with multiple dependencies across teams
  • Ideal prior past roles
    • CTO/SVP/VP/Director Engineering roles at consumer technology companies, or at cloud hosted infrastructure companies
    • Experience across building both user facing product (web, mobile) and deep online/offline infrastructure

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