Senior Engineering Manager, Creators & Economy

Title: Senior Engineering Manager, Creators & Economy

Location: Anywhere

Workplace: remote

Category: Engineering

JobDescription:

Join the VRChat Team!

VRChat offers a first-of-its-kind, game-changing platform that provides an endless collection of social VR experiences and gives the power of creation to its robust community. With over 250,000 worlds and growing, VRChat’s vision is to allow users to bring their imaginations to life and help shape the metaverse anywhere in the world on any device. VRChat has raised $100M to date with the support of investors Makers Fund, Anthos Capital and HTC. We have a great team which includes people from: Netflix, Twitter, Meta, Microsoft, Roblox, Google, Amazon, Unity, Spotify, Discord, Uber, eBay, Robinhood, Twitch, Zynga and TikTok.

Come and join the mission!

Job Overview

The Senior Engineering Manager for the Creators & Economy is a critical leadership role at VRChat. This person is accountable for the technical direction for the Creator and Economy teams which own critical strategic functions across all VRChat platforms.

The Creator team manages all external facing SDKs and interactions with our creator community that drives our UGC based platform. This team helps build the tools and standards to empower a large community of engaged creators that power the magic behind our platform.

The Economy team is responsible for all of our revenue driving mechanics and features helping to maintain the health of the business. Specifically, this team is tasked with helping to build up our Creator Economy which rewards our creators for the amazing work they do and allows VRChat users to unlock incredible value on the platform. The Economy Team also owns VRChat Plus, our monthly subscription program that allows for deeper customization and user value.

As one of the Creator and Economy Team Leads, the Senior Engineering Manager will work collaboratively, along with product and design leads, to define those teams’ strategies and direction. This management position reports into the VP of Engineering at VRChat and will work closely with a dedicated cross functional team, heads of various functions, and periodically interact with the exec team

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Take ownership of core VRChat systems, including our Creator SDK and payment systems, partnering closely with product, design and engineering leaders across the company to ensure we are supporting their ongoing needs.
  • Take ownership of the technical decisions for the Creator and Economy Teams, partnering closely with product, design and engineering leaders to ensure the right balance of quality, speed of execution, and scalability.
  • Directly manage, support and inspire a team of approximately 20 engineers across multiple disciplines including API and client.
  • Foster a positive and high functioning team with solid technical practices that delivers timely and quality software.
  • Create the short and long term strategy for this space, and align it with higher level vision and strategy across the company.
  • Contribute to a smooth and collaborative planning process to generate plans that reflect strategic goals, user insights and past learnings.
  • Make critical tradeoffs to ensure the long-term health and development of our platform.
  • Represent progress at periodic reviews and seek leadership support in a timely manner to unblock execution.
  • Partner with production to manage execution and work collaboratively to resolve issues to deliver against goals and objectives.
  • Stay current on industry trends and best practices in the technology behind gaming, UGC and social platforms to inform strategic decisions.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including internal teams, creators, partners, and the broader VRChat community.
  • Support the VP Engineering in critical strategy, organization and execution areas.

Experience, Skills, and Qualifications

  • 3+ years of engineering management in a high-growth consumer or b2b tech company and solid technical background.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills which are particularly important in our fully remote environment.
  • Technical experience with Unity or 3D gaming development is a plus.
  • Past expertise in virtual economies, e-commerce, gaming, UGC and/or social platforms is a plus, though not required.
  • University degree or equivalent work experience with technical background
  • Experience defining metrics and making product and strategic decisions based on measurable impact.
  • Intellectually curious about new technologies and societal changes, and understands how to apply innovations and trends to product opportunities.
  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity and operating in a fast-paced and evolving environment.

Benefits

  • Work from anywhere! VRChat is a 100% remote company
  • Health Benefits
  • 401K for US & RRSP for Canadian Employees
  • Stock Options
  • Generous paid holiday schedule
  • Unlimited/Flexible vacation time
  • Paid parental leave benefits

VRChat is an equal-opportunity employer, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. VRChat fosters a diverse, creative, and collaborative environment where anyone can contribute to any of the ongoing projects or direction of the roadmap at any time. If you’re a passionate team player who wants to have an impact on a dynamic team, we’d love to hear from you!