About Flare

Flare is looking for a VP of Engineering to join our 5-person seed stage technology startup in Boston. Founded by survivors of assault, Flare is on a mission to redefine how people think about personal safety. The hybrid software/hardware product is a smart bracelet with discreet personal safety features that are customized on our mobile platform to help people navigate uncomfortable and iffy situations. We are backed by top-tier venture capitalists who are passionate about the product we’re launching this year and even more excited about our long-term vision for the company and for personal safety.

The Position

We’re looking for a hands-on engineering leader who can help launch our first-generation product and lead a nimble, collaborative team building a best-in-class integrated experience with a powerful mission. This role mixes people management, technical leadership, strategic planning, and hands-on development work alongside Touchlab engineers on cutting edge technology. You will be responsible for executing on the business vision in a rapidly evolving business environment, which will require creativity, organization, efficiency, a solid knowledge of project management and experience launching new products.

Key Responsibilities:

  • People-management: Shape, manage and grow the engineering culture and development processes and put the tools in place to deliver rapidly and consistently as we scale.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders through the product development process to plan, manage, build, and launch new product experiences that over-deliver on promised timelines and expectations. Ensure we’re shipping high-quality code and products by creating transparent KPIs and implementing strong QA practices while promoting ownership and accountability.
  • Manage technical breadth: source, design scopes of work, and manage contractors to fill technical gaps and deliver key projects quickly to supplement the work being done by the Flare engineering team
  • Some hands-on work: spend about 5-15 hours a week in the code

Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or Software Engineering (or equivalent)
  • Senior level expertise/knowledge of frontend and backend software engineering, including best practices, scrum management, data structures, algorithms, API design, and mobile app development
  • A successful history of taking products through launch and leading teams through rapid iteration cycles
  • Familiarity with several of the following languages, technologies, and frameworks:
    • React and React Native
    • Kotlin Multiplatform
    • Python and Linux
    • Relational and NoSQL storage, preferably including PostgreSQL
  • Interest in or experience with IoT devices and beacon technology
  • Authorized to work in the U.S

Other qualifications:

We’re looking for a passionate core team member who cares deeply about the issues facing marginalized communities. You are not satisfied with the status quo and you want to play an instrumental role in launching a category-defining product.

This is an incredible early stage leadership opportunity to help build something that will have a positive impact on the world with lots of exciting milestones ahead. The role includes exposure and participation in some board-level issues.This is a full-time role based in downtown Boston with some remote work okay. We value health and wellness at Flare and offer competitive health coverage, retirement benefits, and commuter benefits. To apply, submit your resume.