About Caribou 

At Caribou, we care about giving people financial freedom so they can focus on what’s most important to them. Today, less than two percent of Americans refinance their auto loans despite drastic increases in the cost of new and used cars. We see huge potential to help folks reduce their monthly auto expenses, as well as increase the predictability of those expenses over time. We do this by building technology to pair customers with community banks and credit unions, and ushering them through the process quickly. On average, our drivers save $130/month on their car loans while protecting their investment long term. 

Caribou is led by leaders from the technology, automotive, and finance industries. We’re proud to be backed by a great team of investors, including QED Investors, Goldman Sachs, Moderne Ventures, Accomplice, Link Ventures, Motley Fool Ventures and others.

About the Role

Caribou is looking for a Director of Product Engineering to build and lead a team of Engineering Managers and engineers. You will set and execute on a vision for delivering a portfolio of direct to consumer products and our best-in-class marketing technology stack. Reporting directly to the CTO, you will play a crucial role overseeing teams that focus on Consumer Experience, Growth/Marketing, and Lending Partners & Integrations.

Core Responsibilities:

Leadership and Management

    • Deliver value to Caribou and our customers by building, shipping, and maintaining high quality software and products while improving our overall technical foundation.
    • Build and maintain high-performing engineering teams.
    • Establish clear goals that directly support company objectives, team goals, and individual growth. Will hold teams accountable for those results.
    • Plan short-term and long-term roadmaps and be actively involved in driving week-over-week progress on key initiatives. 
    • Provide program / project management support when needed. Ensure on-time delivery by taking an active role in planning, adjusting, and unblocking.
    • Drive growth and maturity of our engineering practices, disciplines, and culture. Build and maintain a culture of engineering discipline by advocating for observability, monitoring, and code quality.
    • Be a coach/mentor and foster an environment that allows your teams to do their best work.

Collaboration and Communication

    • Collaborate effectively throughout the business and become a strong partner to the Product org.
    • Help make pragmatic decisions while balancing strategic and tactical needs / requirements from all parts of the business.
    • Clearly communicate progress, challenges, and results to senior leaders, key stakeholders, and relevant teams.

This role may work remotely from a state where Caribou operates*. Alternatively, this role can be based out of Caribou offices in Washington, DC and Denver, CO.

About You

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science or a related field.
  • 10+ years of management and software development experience in building complex consumer products and services.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience managing engineering teams and engineering managers at growth-stage startups.
  • You know what great product-focused engineering looks like and have experience building successful consumer products.
  • Demonstrated ability to set strategy for evolving systems. You have experience improving a codebase while simultaneously adding to it.
  • Experience in and strong understanding of software engineering principles and practices, including version control, testing, and deployment.
  • Track record of building and managing high-performing teams.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills. Ability to convey complex technical concepts to various stakeholders across all functions.
  • Preference for deep Ruby and Rails experience.

How We will take care of you

Everyone at Caribou is a valued team member. Our compensation and benefits package includes: 

  • Competitive compensation: $220-250k
  • Equity options
  • 401k savings program
  • Generous paid time off including: Flexible Time Off (FTO) for all employees and 100% paid parental leave for all parents
  • Robust wellness benefits including company-paid plan for health, dental, vision, mental health, disability and basic life insurance.
  • Optional benefits to suit your individual circumstances such as HSAs, FSAs, supplemental life and medical insurance, and pet insurance.
  • Up to $1,000 per year for eligible professional development expenses.
Our Core Values

We come from all walks of life and are joined together by our shared values, which guide our work and how we work together. 

  • Give a damn. What we’re doing matters. We show up determined to deliver results, and we love it.
  • Velocity. We’re intentional about where we’re going and we race towards it.  
  • Make the assist. We have diverse strengths. We offer and ask for help so we all win.  

Caribou is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, marital status, military or protected veteran status, genetics, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is not restricted solely to the responsibilities listed above, and the scope and responsibilities are subject to change. A pre-employment background check is required as a condition of employment.

*Caribou does not currently have employee operations in AL, AK, AR, CT, HI, ID, IN, IA, KY, MS, MT, NE, NM, ND, OK, RI, SD, WV, WY.

California Consumer Privacy Act

Apply for this Job

* Required
resume chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)
cover_letter chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)
When autocomplete results are available use up and down arrows to review
+ Add another education


U.S. Standard Demographic Questions We invite applicants to share their demographic background. If you choose to complete this survey, your responses may be used to identify areas of improvement in our hiring process.
How would you describe your gender identity? (mark all that apply)





How would you describe your racial/ethnic background? (mark all that apply)











How would you describe your sexual orientation? (mark all that apply)








Do you identify as transgender? (Select one)




Do you have a disability or chronic condition (physical, visual, auditory, cognitive, mental, emotional, or other) that substantially limits one or more of your major life activities, including mobility, communication (seeing, hearing, speaking), and learning? (Select one)




Are you a veteran or active member of the United States Armed Forces? (Select one)





Voluntary Self-Identification

For government reporting purposes, we ask candidates to respond to the below self-identification survey. Completion of the form is entirely voluntary. Whatever your decision, it will not be considered in the hiring process or thereafter. Any information that you do provide will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file.

As set forth in Caribou’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy, we do not discriminate on the basis of any protected group status under any applicable law.

Race & Ethnicity Definitions

If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed below, please indicate by making the appropriate selection. As a government contractor subject to the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA. Classification of protected categories is as follows:

A "disabled veteran" is one of the following: a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

A "recently separated veteran" means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.

An "active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran" means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.

An "Armed forces service medal veteran" means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.


Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability

Form CC-305
Page 1 of 1
OMB Control Number 1250-0005
Expires 04/30/2026

Why are you being asked to complete this form?

We are a federal contractor or subcontractor. The law requires us to provide equal employment opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. We have a goal of having at least 7% of our workers as people with disabilities. The law says we must measure our progress towards this goal. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had one. People can become disabled, so we need to ask this question at least every five years.

Completing this form is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer is confidential. No one who makes hiring decisions will see it. Your decision to complete the form and your answer will not harm you in any way. If you want to learn more about the law or this form, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp.

How do you know if you have a disability?

A disability is a condition that substantially limits one or more of your “major life activities.” If you have or have ever had such a condition, you are a person with a disability. Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol or other substance use disorder (not currently using drugs illegally)
  • Autoimmune disorder, for example, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS
  • Blind or low vision
  • Cancer (past or present)
  • Cardiovascular or heart disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf or serious difficulty hearing
  • Diabetes
  • Disfigurement, for example, disfigurement caused by burns, wounds, accidents, or congenital disorders
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, for example, Crohn's Disease, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intellectual or developmental disability
  • Mental health conditions, for example, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Mobility impairment, benefiting from the use of a wheelchair, scooter, walker, leg brace(s) and/or other supports
  • Nervous system condition, for example, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Neurodivergence, for example, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, other learning disabilities
  • Partial or complete paralysis (any cause)
  • Pulmonary or respiratory conditions, for example, tuberculosis, asthma, emphysema
  • Short stature (dwarfism)
  • Traumatic brain injury

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.


Please reach out to our support team via our help center.
Please complete the reCAPTCHA above.