Vice President of Product & Platform Engineering

  • Washington, DC
  • Full Time
  • Executive

This is a leadership position designed for a visionary executive who can combine (i) thoughtfully-architected technology, (ii) inspirational people leadership, and (iii) a unifying mission and purpose to drive meaningful business growth and to stimulate a force-multiplying network-effect within and beyond the organization


  1. Be known for inspiring, mentoring and elevating the engineering team
  2. Be a highly-trusted, bar-of-excellence-raising and delightful technology partner to executive leaders across the company
  3. Be awesome at delivering world-class digital platforms and products




A. Engineering Vision & Strategy & Principles

  • Engineering Vision - Define and steward the vision of the CleanChoice engineering organization from people structures to enterprise platform concepts, from culture to capabilities
  • Strategic Alignment - Serve as a key technology executive who ensures alignment with the multi-year CleanChoice business strategy and product vision
  • Designing People Structures - Establish engineering team design principles that foster team member growth, leadership opportunities, technical mastery and cross-training through 


B. Engineering Culture, Leadership, and Staff Success

  • Executive-level Planning and Delivery Management
    • Develop and cultivate strong relationship with key stakeholders to drive the planning and execution of vital strategic and operational goals
    • Ensure delivery of critical business strategies by aligning engineering talent and capabilities – both internal and external – that enables business growth
    • Serve as key contributor to the resource planning work for future initiatives, particularly new green field business initiatives
    • Define meaningful, measurable and aligned OKRs for the department
  • Culture of Accountability
    • Foster a culture of accountability focused on delivering meaningful results for the organization.
  • Remote/Global Workforce Development - Lead and develop a global-team culture with a large distribution of engineering, product, and data team partners with good onboarding and business continuity


C. Enterprise Digital Products, Platforms & Services

Advanced Digital & Microservices Architectures

  • Frontend Digital Architecture - working with our product engineering leaders to oversee technology selection – particularly our JS frameworks – and the evolution of our digital products
  • Enterprise Services Architecture
  • API Management

Digital Personalization Services

  • Personalization Stack - Define a technical roadmap for implementation of our personalization stack
  • Marketing & Personalization - Lead the architecture and implementation of services for product and promotion personalization across marketing channels; work with the data science team to integrate AI/ML capabilities

Martech and Digital Marketing Services

  • Martech Architecture - Lead the architecture and implementation of our near-realtime streaming customer data architectures including the continued evolution of our customer data platform and event-driven customer engagement platforms
  • Tagging and Measurement Solutions
  • Full Customer Journey Integration

Retail & Subscription Ecommerce Platform Services

  • Ecommerce Architecture - Drive the development of our composable commerce platform for our energy service products and future product launches
  • Ecommerce Ecosystem Implementation

Devops, Infrastructure Reliability & Engineering Automation

  • Infrastructure and Devops Roadmap - Lead the vision, roadmap development and strategic prioritization for our infrastructure to include cloud hosting and technology solutions for infrastructure-as-code and devops
  • Cloud and On-prem Platform Selection

Cross-Pod Technical Architecture

  • Feature Flagging - Design and implement a feature management and feature flagging solution that enables coordinated release management in a cross-pod environment
  • Cross-Pod Development Processes - Define solutions that streamline the development, testing and implementation of cross-pod solutions


D. Technology Delivery Processes

  • Making Delivery and Software Development Processes Awesome
  • Empowering Executive Direction
  • Infosec Integration



VP of Engineering Technical Knowledge:

  • At least 5 years of experience as a Vice President (or technology executive) leading large Software Development groups, preferably in a ecommerce, retail or direct-to-consumer organization
  • At least 10+ years of experience in leading engineering teams
  • Solid understanding of software development, including analysis, architecture and design, development tools and technologies, release and deployment
  • Solid experience in development process methodologies (e.g agile/scrum)
  • Significant experience and knowledge in the following technologies
  • MVC / Web API
  • Client side technologies - HTML 5 / CSS / JavaScript Frameworks (JQuery, etc.) / React / NextJS
  • Relational DBs - MS-SQL / Postgres
  • NoSQL – Elasticsearch, Snowflake, Cassandra, Couchbase, ElasticSearch
  • Deployment – Release Management, PowerShell scripts, Operation, Terraform, chef, puppet
  • MacOS, Windows, Linux
  • Expertise with AWS IaaS (EC2, S3, lambda, policy management etc.)

VP of Engineering Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent analytical skills, along with superb communication skills
  • Experience managing large teams and distributed development projects
  • Experience developing engineering staff from associates to director-level engineers
  • Passion for technology; drive to be the best
  • Comfortable tackling new problems and thinking outside the box
  • Strong attention to business needs and converting them to working and effective products
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret technology and market trends as a foundation for technology and product roadmaps
  • Demonstrated ability to drive quality improvement
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with waterfall, agile/scrum methodologies, and complete application life-cycle management
  • Ability to adapt to various technologies and research new concepts
  • Proven success in establishing key performance indicators, metrics, and focus to drive software development best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with exec lead team and peers throughout the organization
  • Advanced negotiation, problem solving and interpersonal skills (presentation, written and oral) and the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and executive leadership
  • Technical depth that lets you fluidly traverse architecture, product, software development and infra discussions

VP of Engineering Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Demonstrates global business and cultural awareness
  • Experience with complexity of running large organization P&L analysis at enterprise level
  • Understanding of competitor analysis: market landscape, strengths and weaknesses, and the knowledge of competitors’ financial health
  • Ability to predict customer expectations related to business decisions
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