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Director of Engineering



Torch Leadership Labs



Buffalo, NY, US


The Director of Engineering works alongside technology and product leadership to ship a high quality, engaging digital coaching platform using technologies and engineering processes. This role is crucial in continuing to build and sustain a world class engineering culture - one which provides team members open and supportive leadership and a clear path for growth both personally and as a group.


    • Provide executive leadership with KPI data around engineering team effectiveness
    • Identify and mitigate bottlenecks in the Product -> Engineering pipeline
    • Work with engineering leads to identify and implement ways to increase efficiency and accountability in the SDLC process
    • Collaborate across departments in conjunction with Product leadership to help identify areas for platform improvement
    • Take a data & measurement based approach to evaluating the success/failure of new features and enhancements
    • Take part in regular agile rituals (standups, sprint planning/retro, technical feasibility analysis)
    • Mentor engineers, have regular 1:1 meetings with all direct reports
    • Act as gatekeeper, ensuring all features and enhancements are built to a high standard
    • Work closely with the Tech-Ops team to ensure that the Torch platform is well tested, technically scalable and supportable


    • 5+ years of software engineering experience, plus a degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or other STEM area
    • 5+ years leading an agile software development team
    • Masterful group facilitation
    • A growth mindset
    • Unwavering attention to detail
    • Understanding of up-to-date software engineering tools and processes (git flow, CI/CD, AWS, JIRA)
    • Broad knowledge of design patterns necessary for highly scalable, distributed architecture and responsive user interface
    • Experience working with product teams, negotiation of requirements entry criteria and the definition of "done"
Torch is a leadership development platform that combines the best executive coaches with software to help managers grow into great leaders. Backed by top tier investors, Torch is a fast growing, mission driven startup made up of psychologically oriented people who are passionate about helping leaders achieve their potential. Torch's platform provides coaches, their clients, and our corporate customers with actionable insights into client and organizational strengths and challenges, helps coaches and clients set goals and develop action plans for development, and tracks goal progress via feedback from colleagues. 
We believe leadership matters. It’s not a vague, aspirational buzzword, but rather a well-defined set of competencies that has deep impact on the effectiveness and health of organizations. Healthy organizations lead to happy team members. They export their well-being to their stakeholders and to society in general.
We believe that people are the foundation of any product. While that sentiment is common to hear, it’s rare that people receive the resources they deserve.
We’re building our team to move the world (and ourselves) toward greater leadership. If that sounds worthwhile to you, join us.

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