Director, Software Engineering - Interest


March 30, 2021

San Francisco, CA 94103, US

Company Description
Twitter is looking for an engineering leader to head our newly minted Engineering team for Interests. Interest is a new product with a clear user need and a tremendous ability to drive growth and usage of Twitter overall. Our users come to Twitter to find and follow their interests and connect with their passions. But today, it is hard to do so and few users could uncover the Twitter magic. This team will make it easy for users to discover and connect to their interests and passion via topics, recommendations, and other relevance products. This role will report to the head of Twitter's Consumer Relevance engineering org.
Job Description

  • Build high performing engineering teams that deliver results on time and partner effectively with product, data, design, and research.

  • Partner closely with product and contribute to product strategy. Drive alignment between product leadership and engineering teams.

  • Define a technical strategy and direct teams to invest in the core technical foundation.

  • Build an engineering culture that’s agile, driven, customer-focused, risk-taking, diverse, and inclusive.

  • Hire, retain, and grow outstanding talents, both engineers and managers. Design the right organizational structure and manage distributed engineering teams at scale, both in terms of size of the organization and complexity.


Must Haves

  • Track record leading relevance product development. 5+ years of experience leading a relevance engineering team and working across data, product, design, and research to build relevance powered consumer products. Have strong product judgement. Can contribute to product strategy and drive alignment among functions. Can lead teams that think and work end-to-end with partner teams to deliver high quality recommendations products that promote healthy conversation.

  • Strong technical depth in ML and relevance engineering. Can partner with relevance engineers and Cortex (Twitter’s ML platform organization) to break down problems and make the right technology investments over the long term alongside the right product explorations. Can set teams up to focus and deliver speed and quality. Have a strong grasp of designing good metrics and hypotheses.

  • People management and team building. Can coach and grow senior leaders to Directors, foster healthy engineering management in the organization, and attract and retain senior engineers. Can build a diverse, inclusive, and decentralized team, and scale that team to 100+.

  • Operational excellence. Can evaluate and design the right processes and systems to facilitate communications, improve execution, and ensure accountability.

Nice to Haves

  • Startup or turn around experience. Can adapt to changes quickly and move fast.

  • Technical depth in systems and product engineering. Can reason about and the intersection of these areas and relevance as they come together to build consumer products.

  • Experience with Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Knowledge Graph.

Additional Information
We are committed to an inclusive and diverse Twitter. Twitter is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran, genetic information, marital status or any other legally protected status.