Posted on Saturday, September 2, 2023
Valence's Team Development Platform incorporates team diagnostics, AI-supported coaching and best practice guidance to help any manager become a better team leader. Our clients are typically Fortune 500s like The Coca-Cola Company, Nestle, ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo, The Vanguard Group and more. Learn more about our journey in Tech Crunch and as seen in Harvard Business Review on the future of leadership development (as "SHIFT"). Learn more about our VC, Insight Partners, here.
We are seeking a Technical Lead to lead development for a new, early-stage LLM-powered product that serves employees at Fortune 500 enterprises. As a Technical Lead you will actively build and oversee development of this product, own the technical architecture and roadmap, and manage a small, nimble, product-focused team that is bringing a new product to market. You will report directly to the CEO, who is the product visionary for this new product.
Why This Role Matters
This role will be integral to our ability to execute smart and swift approaches to building out our early-stage LLM-powered product. We expect that if successful, this product will change the scalability and accessibility of high quality leadership coaching for some of the world’s biggest enterprises
What You'll Do
●Work with the product team to understand and prioritize evolving requirements.
●Own the technical roadmap, including architecture and development infrastructure.
●Ensure the product is scalable and maintainable.
●Manage and break down large product and technical eﬀorts.
●Hire, onboard, and manage the work of a small, 3-5 person team of engineers.
●Spend about 50% of your time writing, reviewing, and deploying code.
●Oversee machine learning and large language model (LLM) pipelines and APIs, including OpenAI (GPT-3.5 and GPT-4), Azure (OpenAI), Anthropic (Claude), and others.
In The First Week, Expect To:
●Deploy a feature.
●Get up to speed on the product and the team.
●Meet with the broader team and understand their roles and responsibilities.
●Understand the technical architecture and roadmap.
In The First Month, Expect To:
●Ship 1-2 major product features or technical enhancements.
●Review the current engineering work and identify areas for improvement.
●Work with the broader team to develop a prioritized backlog of technical work.
●Build an understanding of Valence’s approach to ﬁrst-time manager coaching and how it translates into product requirements. Ship an LLM-powered coaching scenario.
In The First Three Months, Expect To:
●Scope, break down and execute multiple on large technical projects.
●Drive improvements to our codebase and process to quickly build secure, maintainable software.
●Ensure that all code is of high quality and is easily maintainable.
In The First 6-12 Months, Expect To:
●Continue shipping work on major product initiatives, such as launching
●Continue to oversee the broader technical team and ensure that all work is executed eﬃciently and eﬀectively
●Become a critical member of the team that is responsible for the success of the product
●Take on additional responsibility as a senior member of Valence’s team.
●Take the product to scale with dozens of Fortune 1000 companies and thousands of users.
What We're Looking For:
●Experience working with Python and Django
●Experience working with AWS infrastructure (Elastic Container Service, Terraform, Relational Data Store, etc.)
●Experience with LLMs and ML/data is a plus
●Experience hiring and managing a team.
●Experience managing and executing on large technical endeavors.
●Experience owning a technical architecture and roadmap.
●Exposure to early-stage startups, preferably B2B Saas.
Think you have what it takes, but not sure you check every box? Apply to the role anyway!
This is a primarily remote, work-from-home role. There are quarterly gatherings in person
(December, March, June, September) for 4 -5 days of co working. Candidates must be comfortable to travel and have the necessarily passport/authorization to travel internationally.
●Ownership of projects and strategic priorities in our learning-focused environment.
●Strong ties to the executive team, a culture of transparency and engagement with strategic decisions.
●Frequent, tailored coaching and feedback sessions with managers deeply invested in your professional growth and development (1:1s, performance reviews, development feedback)
●Options from day one, which means you will be on the ownership track right away.
●Competitive salary and equity packages.
●Comprehensive health coverage (medical, dental, mental health and vision and more) from day 1.
●Provision of anything you need to be successful - learning tools, hardware, oﬃce equipment, software.
●Generous PTO, company-wide R&R shutdowns and paid leave for parents.
●A WFH stipend, phone stipend and merch merch merch.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where our team members, vendors, contractors and beyond feel valued and supported. We know that our commitment to inclusion and belonging enables us to do our best work overall. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, citizenship, disability, and national origin. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the hiring and selection process. We know applying for a job can be intimidating, please don’t hesitate to reach out - Allison Langille, Head of People firstname.lastname@example.org.