Head of Games Engineering

San Francisco, CA, United States • $130k - $250k • 0.25% - 0.75%

Volley


Role Location

  • San Francisco, CA, United States

Compensation

  • $130k - $250k
  • 0.25% - 0.75%

Employees

11 - 25 people

Address

701 Sutter St Fl 5
San Francisco, CA, 94109, US

Tech Stack

  • Node.js
  • AWS
  • AWS Lambda
  • DynamoDB
  • React Native
  • iOS Development
  • Swift
  • Android
  • TypeScript
  • JavaScript

Role Description

Volley develops voice-controlled games and lifestyle apps for Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

We've created several of the top games for smart speakers, including:

  • Song Quiz - a name-that-tune music trivia game
  • Yes Sire - a choose-your-own-adventure medieval RPG
  • Popcorn Tycoon - the first ever audio-only idle game

We're seeking a Head of Games Engineering to own and build the infrastructure for all of our voice-controlled games across smart speakers, smart TVs, and mobile devices.

  • Build and scale Volley's audio-first games division to support millions of daily active users
  • Develop best-in-class voice-controlled games, that are social, engaging, and fun to play
  • Manage a team of 4+ talented game engineers
  • Recruit additional game engineers to join your team
  • Collaborate with UX experts, designers, and data analysts to deliver products quickly and effectively
  • Report directly to the CTO and become a strategic partner to the founders

We're looking for a conscientious and enthusiastic JavaScript (or TypeScript) engineer who is excited by the idea of working on the frontier of an emerging software paradigm. You should have several years of experience managing a team of software engineers to develop and ship great consumer products at scale.

Things you may have done before:

  • Built consumer-facing mobile apps or games at scale
  • Operated in environments with fast development-cycles focused on rapid product iteration
  • Lead and scaled a top-tier engineering team
  • Worked with audio, voice, or other emerging technologies

Things you should be passionate about:

  • Coding and reviewing PRs
  • Working with new tools and technology
  • Mentoring engineers
  • Entertainment and games
  • Design and UX
  • Architecture

Our software stack:

  • AWS Lambda (Node.js)
  • AWS DynamoDB
  • AWS EC2
  • AWS Fargate
  • Alexa Skills Kit
  • Firebase

We're a small team that enjoys working together! When not sheltering-in-place, we love coming together over team lunches, in-house smash bros tournaments and the occasional karaoke session. If this sounds like fun (we promise it is), get in touch!

About Volley

Volley develops voice-controlled games and lifestyle apps for Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

We've created several of the top games for smart speakers, including: — Song Quiz - a name-that-tune music trivia game (and the #1 game on Alexa and Google) — Yes Sire - a choose-your-own-adventure medieval RPG — Popcorn Tycoon - the first ever audio-only idle game

We've also created several of the top lifestyle apps for smart speakers, including: — Volley FM - your own personalized, interactive morning radio station — Bedtime Stories - an app to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer with classic fairy tales, nature stories, poems, and more

Volley just closed its Series A funding round and is a graduate of Y Combinator.

We believe that voice-controlled entertainment will expand from smart speakers to phones, TVs, and cars, and we aim to be the leading entertainment company on all voice-controlled devices.

Company Culture

We are looking for smart, eager people with an enthusiastic attitude. We care more about having a learning mindset than a specific skillset, and more about shipping quickly than architectural perfection. We work hard but don't take ourselves too seriously.

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