About Us:

Rent the Runway is transforming the way modern women get dressed and disrupting the $2.4 trillion global fashion industry by enabling women to rent, versus buy, clothing. Founded in 2009 with a vision to build the world’s first living closet, RTR believes that women everywhere will soon have a subscription to fashion. Rent the Runway has pioneered a new industry by transforming the traditional model of clothing consumption, making apparel rental an indispensable utility while also powering women to feel their best every day. RTR offers apparel, accessories and home decor from over 700 designer partners and has built in-house proprietary technology and a one-of-a-kind reverse logistics operation. Under CEO and Co-Founder Jennifer Hyman’s leadership, Rent the Runway has been named to CNBC’s “Disruptor 50” five times in ten years, and has been placed on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list multiple times.

About the Team:

Recognising Ireland’s significant technology talent, Rent the Runway will hire 150 Software Engineers, Data Scientists, and Quality Engineers over the next three years. Our team, based in the historic Claddagh area of Galway city centre, tackles core technology challenges that are critical to Rent the Runway’s overall success and influencing the future of the next generation of services. The centre in Galway is the first for Rent the Runway outside of the US and our team has the opportunity to launch or grow their careers across a number of roles in Technology. 

As an Engineering Manager at Rent the Runway, you will be responsible for leading and guiding the most important part of our engineering organisation - our people. Our passion is to deliver experiences that make our users fall in love with us again and again, and this means nurturing our culture of collaboration, communication, and coordination between and within teams.

Behind the scenes at Rent the Runway, we not only have the user-facing website that is the public face of our company but everything from the platform and reservation systems that power it, to a complex reverse logistics operation distributing from multiple fulfilment centres to customers across the country. With over 10 million users, our own physical inventory in hand, thousands of user interactions every day, and much more, our engineering team is the backbone of every single scaling challenge you can think of - and some you might not. 

Our engineering team is smart, pragmatic, and entrepreneurial.  We practice continuous integration & test-driven development, engage in constant peer code reviews & pair programming, and work hard to give back to the software community through open-source contributions.  

What You’ll Do:

  • Drive technical projects to success and provide leadership in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Conduct regular check-ins and 1-1s with team members 
  • Diagnose and productively address interpersonal, technical or situational issues to foster healthy team dynamics and support technical delivery 
  • Think critically about the long-term career development of team members partnering with engineers to craft development plans 
  • Lead a team of diverse and talented software engineers (front end, back end and/or full stack)
  • Communicate across cross-functional teams such as Product, Analytics, Marketing, Creative, and Design
  • Contribute technically to projects by being a hands-on coder as necessary and removing roadblocks
  • Lead prioritisation efforts and provide mentorship to others
  • Deeply care about the happiness of others

About you:

  • BA/BS in Computer Science, a related degree, or equivalent practical experience
  • 8+ years professional experience in software development, working on robust, complex systems that serve a high volume of users
  • Hands-on technical leadership and/or people management experience
  • A strong appreciation for engineering best practices and quality over quantity of work
  • A passion for bringing great products into our world through collaboration and ingenuity
  • A knack for effective and clear communication in all circumstances
  • Experience with distributed (multi-tiered) systems, Java microservices, algorithms, and relational/NoSQL databases
  • Experience in modern frameworks and design patterns (MVC, REST, React, Redux)
  • Experience with distributed system performance analysis and optimization
  • Ability to understand, diagnose, and effectively articulate technical challenges and solutions
  • Ability to handle ambiguous problems and make the tradeoffs without compromising quality

Benefits: 

At Rent the Runway, we’re committed to the happiness and well-being of our employees, and aim to create a workplace that fosters both personal and professional growth. We have a competitive benefits package on offer for all our Ireland based employees which reflects our ethos and culture. Our benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Generous Paid Time Off including annual leave, paid bereavement, and family sick leave - every employee needs time to take care of themselves and their family.
  • Universal Paid Parental Leave for both parents + flexible return to work program  - because we know your newest family member(s) deserve your undivided attention.
  • Paid Sabbatical after 5 years of continuous service - Unplug, recharge, and have some fun!  
  • Competitive Stakeholder Pension - taking care of your future. 
  • Comprehensive health, vision, and dental care from day 1 of employment - Your health comes first and we’ve got you covered. 

Engineering Manager

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