Engineering Manager, App

Skillz Inc. Portland, OR

About the Job

About Skillz:

Skillz is the leading mobile games platform connecting players in fair, fun, and meaningful competition. 

The gaming industry is larger than movies, music, and books, with more than 2.7 billion gamers playing monthly and 10 million developers worldwide. Mobile is the fastest-growing segment of the gaming market, expected to increase from $68 billion in 2019 to $150 billion in 2025. 

As the first publicly-traded mobile esports platform, Skillz has pioneered the future of the gaming industry. The Skillz platform helps developers build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide, and distributes millions in prizes each month.

Through its philanthropic initiatives, Skillz has harnessed the power of its platform to transform the way nonprofits engage with donors, enabling anyone with a mobile device to support causes such as the American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society, and NAACP by playing in Skillz tournaments.

Skillz has also earned recognition as one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, a two-time winner of CNBC's Disruptor 50, one of Forbes' Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the #1 fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000.


About The Team:

Mobile engineering is at the heart of what we do at Skillz. As an engineering leader responsible for our SkillzApp product you will drive community growth, discovery and engagement for our growing e-sports platform of developers and eAthelets.

The SkillzApp team is a multidisciplinary team, focusing on building engaging experiences for both existing Skillz champions, and new players just beginning their Skillz journey. We own both Skillz app, and the mobile web app, a pair of new and growing React.js / React Native applications, both of which are set to drive innovation in the Skillz ecosystem for many years to come.


What We're Looking For:

You are a proven technologist with a background and passion for engineering and have leveraged your experience to mentor and guide a team of engineers. In this role you will lead engineering delivery as you partner closely with our Mobile SDK, QA and Product organizations. 

Your work will have an impact on millions of players and developers around the globe. You are a customer focused leader who values collaboration and team empowerment. You understand the value of progress over perfection balancing strategic direction and tactical execution.


What You Will Do:

  • Recruit, hire and motivate a world class team of engineers. 
  • Partner with Product to set the roadmap and drive the delivery of mobile experiences.
  • Lead and Mentor a team of talented mobile and full stack developers.
  • Partner with product owners and program managers to help plan releases and schedule development. Provide feedback and feasibility insights for proposed development features.
  • Define and deliver against department OKRs and KPI
  • Embrace and embody Skillz core values in your work and interactions with peers, stakeholders and direct reports.
  • Maintain and promote an inclusive, and high-performance culture, provide support for your teams' career growth and personal development.


Your Skillz:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering field or experience equivalent
  • 6+ years of professional experience in software delivery
  • 2+ years management experience leading a team of individual contributors
  • Proven track record of being results oriented with demonstrated ability to achieve aggressive goals.
  • Experience with agile software development methodologies
  • Experience delivering and managing multiple projects through their entire lifecycle
  • Working knowledge in one or more of the following: React, Ruby, Python, Java, nodejs
  • Must have knowledge and/or experience with open source technologies and impact of build/buy decisions.
  • Working knowledge in one or more of the following: ReactNative, Typescript, React, Objective-C, Java
  • Thrive in a highly collaborative and fast paced environment
  • Proven track record of being results oriented with demonstrated ability to achieve aggressive goals.