About Us:

At Rent the Runway, our mission is to make women feel empowered and self-confident every single day by combining best in class technology, logistics, and customer service. Since our launch in 2009, we’ve developed proprietary technology, a one-of-a-kind reverse logistics operation, stores of the future, a viral brand, relationships with hundreds of fashion designers - and we are passionate about continuing to innovate our customer experience. We have pioneered the closet in the cloud and believe that every person globally will soon have a subscription to fashion. We are proud to be both a profitable and fast-growing business, with a loyal 10 million members who believe that rental is the future.

 

About our Team:

Recognising Ireland’s significant technology talent, Rent the Runway aims to hire 150 engineers and tech developers over the next three years. The prospective team, to be based in the historic Claddagh area of Galway city centre, will tackle core technology challenges that are critical to Rent the Runway’s overall success and will influence the future of the next generation of services.  

The new international office in Galway will enable the company to expand its engineering, product development, and Data Science footprint and new Rent the Runway employees will have the opportunity to launch or grow their careers across a number of roles in Technology. The centre in Galway will be the first operation for Rent the Runway outside of the US.

 

About the job:

As an Engineering Manager at Rent the Runway, you will be responsible for leading and guiding the most important part of our engineering organization - 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 huge reverse logistics operation that operates from multiple fulfillment centers and retail stores 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. You will 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
  • Think critically about the long-term career development of team members
  • 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 prioritization 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
  • Extensive 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!  
  • Comprehensive health, vision, and dental care from day 1 of employment - Your health comes first and we’ve got you covered.

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