About 84.51°

In a digital economy data is the 21st century gold rush. Imagine working for a big data company with 10 petabytes of data at your fingertips. A company where we are deriving insights from 35+ terabytes of new data every week. 84.51° is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Kroger Company. Our data is sourced from consumer transactions and behavior across 24 banners, 38 states and 58 million households. We are the research, development and innovation arm of the nation’s second largest retailer. We develop advanced data driven solutions putting the customer at the center of all of our decisions.

Director, Software Engineering

Engineering at 84.51° builds software and data solutions that enable our customers and partners to drive value through better understanding of and engagement with shoppers in the digital and physical retail arena. These solutions incorporate big data and data science & analytics using some of the newest technologies and platforms in the industry. We are changing the way retail and CPGs do business and the way they interact with shoppers. Making life more rewarding for our community and our associates is an essential part of the process. Our team is known for their enthusiasm, camaraderie and sense of fun. That’s why we engage in a range of official and unofficial activities to get together, serve the community, and have fun. We need more great people who want to join us in doing cool, industry-changing, brain-stimulating work.

What you’ll do

You bring technology and people leadership skills together along with business acumen to enable and empower your teams to build great solutions. On our team, you will be in the middle of it all – implementing functionality, architecting our system, squashing bugs, maintaining the health of our code, and continually growing our teams as an engineering leader. The ideal candidate is both forward-thinking and hands-on, has a strong sense of ownership and drive for delivery, and is a good mentor and co-worker. You know what great looks like in engineering and can provide direction or coaching to enable your teams to deliver quality solutions. You motivate, uplift and enable great talent through direct coaching and career development as well as indirectly through connections within the organization. You embrace the desire to constantly evolve, test and learn to iteratively deliver value. You build relationships and work in close partnership with other engineering leaders, as well as cross-functional partners across Product, Design, Data Science and beyond.

To support our technology, you should have:

  • A passion for bringing great products into our world through collaboration and ingenuity
  • A desire to stand hands-on, and participate in shaping the technical direction and architecture of a product
  • Experience with modern engineering practices such as automated testing (TDD), CI/CD, and monitoring / alerting
  • Deep experience delivering highly available, high quality and scalable services in a production environment
  • Strong Experience with distributed systems and architectures

To support our people, you should have:

  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • Experience building a fast paced, Continuous Delivery culture
  • A track record of driving change and transformation in our product delivery approach and process
  • A passion for learning from and collaborating with a diverse, talented team and mentoring team members
  • The ability to foster and facilitate the professional growth and development of our engineering team
  • Experience managing engineering teams that have shipped web applications
  • Passion around growing, enabling and enhancing our engineering discipline and function

Our Tech Stack:

  • Java, SpringBoot
  • RESTful APIs
  • Angular, NgRx, Redux
  • Docker
  • RabbitMQ
  • Azure
  • Python & PySpark
  • Hadoop, Big Data ETL


  • Bachelor’s degree typically in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, Business Analytics or another technically strong program
  • 5-8 years of experience in a technical role leading and mentoring
  • 2-5 years of experience in people management role or equivalent experience developing talent through leading/mentoring
  • Passionate about growing talent
  • Excellent communication and relationship skills – you can effectively work with engineers on your teams, collaborate with your product counterparts, and easily communicate technical concepts to business & executive stakeholders
  • Experience building and shipping multiple large software products using agile methodologies

Strongly preferred skills/experience:

  • Experience in the AdTech Industry
  • Experience working on distributed or remote-first teams
  • Experience with distributed system performance analysis and optimization
  • Experience with DevOps best practices and tools



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Together, we are stronger and can achieve more

At 84.51°, we believe a diverse and inclusive work environment is essential to the work we do as a data science company. Just as no two Kroger customers are alike, no two 84.51° associates are alike. We understand the importance of fostering an inclusive culture: to encourage our associates to bring their authentic selves to work – embracing who they are and celebrating what they can become.

We continually strive to ensure 84.51° is a place where all people feel like they belong, are respected and valued regardless of who they are, where they are from and what experiences they’ve had. By meeting our 3-year D&I roadmap goals and commitments, we will continue our journey towards becoming a destination for diverse, driven, and authentic minds.

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