VP of Software Engineering

San Francisco, CA

Culture is hiring a VP of Software Engineering. In this role you will guide a team of engineers and product managers as we build a digital biomanufacturing experience for our customers. Our software group maintains our primary webapp for coordinating work with our customers, we develop a variety of services to ingest and process data from our fleet of reactors, we create tools for our internal ops teams, we write custom control and state estimation systems for the reactors themselves, we maintain our server infrastructure and build pipelines, and a nascent group of engineers explores different uses of our scientific data. We serve a variety of stakeholders: external customers, our client success groups, our operations teams, and other engineering groups. After raising an $80M Series B, we are placing new bets to expand our capabilities and enhance our existing product. Your team will build the next generation of our customer experience and support the expansion of our operations into new sites.

What you'll do:
  • Scale our software engineering teams. Build a new group for Data Engineering and Data Science.
  • Develop and mentor new managers at the company.
  • Inspire and connect with IC engineers.
  • Be the steward of the team's culture.
  • Work with other engineering leaders and the CTO to build a cohesive vision for our product offering across the disciplines of Hardware, Software, DataSci and Bioprocessing, and along the various axes of our customer's R&D needs.

About you:
  • Passionate about hiring, team-development, mentorship and managing managers in a fast-growing organization.
  • Opinionated on how to develop and shepherd a high-performance engineering culture.
  • Skilled at storytelling, narrative-building, architecture.
  • Able to communicate effectively to engineers and scientists of all stripes.
  • Experience leading a team to build complex webapps that involve aspects of data processing, security and communication with hardware. Very comfortable in roadmapping, budgeting and scenario planning.
  • Experience in working in a startup environment: nascent support groups, nascent processes, emphasis on speed, change and occasional ambiguity!
  • Experience in a remote/hybrid working environment.
  • Experience in working for a "first principles" company -- a company that builds as much from scratch as possible.
  • Experience in a company working in an unregulated space (and thus capable of more velocity).
  • Experience with our tech stack: Python, C++, React, GraphQL, SQL, AWS.

In return, we will support you by:

  • Placing a high degree of trust in your ideas and execution.
  • Bringing you up to speed in the domain of biomanufacturing.
  • Providing a low-stress work environment.
  • Making ourselves available for collaboration.
  • Caring about you as a whole person.
  • Supporting your personal and professional growth.

Location & Schedule:

  • This is a remote-friendly position. 
  • We're looking for someone who is +/- 3hrs from Pacific time. 
  • The software group is fully distributed: SF Bay Area, Seattle, Portland, LA, St Louis, Boston.
  • Our HQ and most of our leadership team and operational staff are currently in South SF, CA.

  • Competitive salary and equity compensation
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance
  • Medical and Dependent Care FSA (prorated based on start-date)
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • 3 weeks of accrued paid time off, 10 paid company holidays and a week-long winter break
  • 12 weeks of parental leave at full salary
  • Annual L&D stipend for conferences, continuing education, etc.
  • WFH stipend of $500 for home office improvements
  • For onsite employees:
  • Commuter benefits
  • Access to on-site child care facility, subject to availability
  • Free onsite breakfast, lunch, snacks, coffee, and gym (varies based on COVID-19 restrictions)

Culture Biosciences provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. We seek to build a company that promotes inclusion and expands the diversity of our industry as a whole. We encourage people with identities underrepresented in biotech and technology to apply.

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