VP Engineering
Gemvara - Boston, MA

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The Position: VP Engineering Reports To: Chief Operating Officer Mission: It is critical that the Company have a top-flight, well-structured and cohesive engineering organization that develops market defining products on time, to specification, and within budget. This executive will have full responsibility for all of technology development, including engineering, software development, testing, quality assurance, and architectural design. Core to this responsibility is building a culture that transforms Gemvara into an engineering driven internet company. Nurturing this culture of innovation " delivery will ensure our goal of building the defining “MeCommerce ” platform on the web.

It is most likely that this person comes from an online consumer services company, ideally an e-commerce or social platform. Objectives: Specific Responsibilities " Attributes: Leader. Proven ability to build, manage, and lead multiple engineering teams in a rapidly growing consumer site. Fosters a performance-based culture that motivates employees to excellence and promotes accountability.

Proven engineering/technology executive. Unquestioned success at building great software products with a clear value proposition for consumers. Consistent track record of delivering those products to the market on time, on budget, and on spec at high growth businesses. Technical strength.

Unparalleled engineering leader whose individual technical knowledge and willingness to contribute will command the respect of a talented team. Excellent understanding and ability to manage the selection/trade-offs of various technical architectures, platforms, tools, languages, and databases. Can instill engineering processes (ideally Agile) allowing for creativity and innovation within an empowered and motivated development organization. Early-stage sensibilities.

Energetic, execution-oriented, “do-er ” with previous experience in, and passion for, high growth environments. Visionary. Demonstrated ability to interpret technology and market trends as a foundation for building product roadmaps and market-leading technology products for Gemvara. Thought leader in open source.

Able to build and lead an engineering organization on the cutting edge of LAMP architecture. E-commerce or social platform experience. This executive ideally has experience leading engineering teams for a disruptive e-commerce or social platform. Strong " honest communicator.

Able to work effectively across multiple development groups and business functions to serve as the voice of engineering within the organization, align the team behind a customer-focused vision, and deliver against plans. Personal Characteristics: Lead by example Creative A-political Problem-solver “Roll up the sleeves ” mentality Team player Goal oriented Fun