Senior Director, Applications Engineering

Senior Director, Application Engineering

Upwork is the world’s top freelancing website. Each year over $1 billion of work happens through Upwork, helping businesses get more done and freelancers work anytime, anywhere on projects they love. At Upwork you’ll help build on this momentum. Together we’ll create economic and social value on a global scale, providing a trusted online workplace for professionals to connect, collaborate and succeed.

Do you want to be part of a start-up story that scales from where we are today, a marketplace that distributes over 1 billion dollars in between clients and freelancers, to one that distributes 10s of billions of dollars around the world?  Do you want to build a new team to attack one of Upwork’s hottest projects that have enormous expectations attached to it? If you’re not afraid of this challenge, then please read on.

As Sr. Director, Application Engineering  you will lead the team who builds all of the application features needed to grow one of Upwork’s largest submarkets which we’ve valued at over 750B dollars in total addressable market size.   You will be unafraid to challenge your manager and your peers as you relentlessly drive execution for the company.  Due to the strategic importance of this role, you will report to Han Yuan (SVP of Engineering) for at least the first 6 months of your employment.  If you and the team you build are successful, you will change the company and the world.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Build a team of software engineers that operate as “special forces” across the platform to make changes across the platform
  • Engage and debate with product management and the executive staff on business strategy and the product roadmap
  • Drive on time delivery and execution of key project milestones while maintaining high quality and high site uptime

What it takes to catch our eye:

  • 10 or more years of experience leading engineering teams in multiple timezones
  • 5 more years as an individual contributor with full stack technical depth and fluency in at least 3 programming languages
  • Previous experience managing engineers
  • Employment history at both start-ups as well as at least one job at a recognizable consumer Internet company

Come change how the world works.

At Upwork you’ll help shape the future of work. From our offices in San Francisco, Mountain View and Chicago, together we’re creating exciting new opportunities for a world of professionals. You’ll be part of a vibrant culture built on shared values: Inspire a boundless future of work, Put our community first, Have a bias towards action, and Build amazing teams. Along the way you’ll have fun and enjoy the perks of a people-first company: Work from Home Wednesdays, daily breakfasts and lunch, regular in-office happy hours, top-notch benefits and more. Check out Upwork’s spotlight on The Muse for a glimpse of our daily work/life balance.

Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


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