Director of Mobile Platform Engineering

| Boston, MA, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 305,800 Annually
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At Compass, our mission is to help everyone find their place in the world. Founded in 2012, we’re revolutionizing the real estate industry with our end-to-end platform that empowers residential real estate agents to deliver exceptional service to seller and buyer clients.

We are looking for an experienced engineering Director with significant expertise in mobile development (iOS and Android) to help Compass build a platform that makes the home buying and selling experience delightful. As a Director at Compass, you will act as the primary technical leader for your domain and work directly with executive leadership, leveraging your expertise to exert influence and provide strategic direction to shape the mobile platform's evolution.

In this role, you will oversee and mentor multiple engineering teams, orchestrating their efforts to deliver impactful solutions. Your collaboration with Product and Design counterparts will be instrumental in translating concepts into tangible products, driving projects from conception to fruition.

As a key technical leader, we expect you to bring a wealth of experience in talent acquisition, team cultivation, and leadership in native mobile development. The Director position at Compass carries significant technical leadership responsibilities, encompassing oversight of multiple engineering teams and their respective managers. Exceptional soft skills, coupled with superb communication abilities, are imperative as you navigate collaborative endeavors and lead by example.

As a Director at Compass, you will play a pivotal role in nurturing the growth of both managers and engineers, fostering a culture of continuous learning and technical excellence. Your capacity to navigate and propel complex technical initiatives independently will be critical, instilling confidence and driving progress. You will encounter myriad opportunities to lead and catalyze technical innovation, shaping the future of our mobile platform and the real estate industry at large.

What you will do:  

  • Lead Strategic Direction: Spearhead the technical and strategic direction of Compass's mobile platform, collaborating closely with executive leadership to align with company goals and market trends.
  • Drive Innovation: Champion innovation initiatives and work collaboratively with product and design leaders to swiftly translate ideas into tangible customer value, ensuring a competitive edge in the market.
  • Talent Acquisition and Development: Take the lead in recruiting, onboarding, and nurturing top engineering talent, fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth within the organization.
  • Team and Project Management: Provide oversight to multiple engineering teams and managers, guiding them in delivering high-quality solutions that meet customer needs while fostering career development and job satisfaction among team members.
  • Promote a Collaborative Culture: Cultivate a positive team culture that encourages collaboration, creativity, and innovation, fostering an environment where diverse perspectives are valued and respected.
  • Technical Expertise and Innovation: Stay abreast of emerging technologies and industry best practices, driving adoption where appropriate to ensure the mobile platform remains at the forefront of innovation and efficiency.
  • Operational Excellence: Advocate for and uphold high standards of operational excellence, ensuring code quality, testing automation, observability, scalability, and maintainability are prioritized throughout the development lifecycle.
  • Continuous Improvement: Identify and address bottlenecks and inefficiencies in the development process, implementing strategies to optimize developer experience and increase productivity.
  • Performance Management: Set clear goals and expectations for team and individual performance, working collaboratively with employees to establish measurable objectives and commitments that align with organizational goals.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Act as a liaison between engineering teams and other stakeholders, effectively communicating progress, challenges, and opportunities to ensure alignment and transparency across the organization.

What we look for: 

  • Extensive Leadership Experience: A minimum of 6 years of engineering management experience in a medium or large company, with a proven track record of successfully leading multiple geographically distributed engineering teams and managers.
  • Seasoned Engineering Background: 10+ years of professional engineering experience, with a strong emphasis on mobile development, demonstrating a deep understanding of both iOS and Android platforms.
  • Strategic Vision: The ability to think strategically and envision the long-term trajectory of the mobile platform, aligning technical decisions with broader business goals and market trends.
  • Talent Acquisition and Growth: Proven experience in rapidly hiring, onboarding, and nurturing engineers and managers, with a focus on building high-performing teams.
  • Strong Organizational Skills: Demonstrated organizational capabilities, particularly in areas of influence, collaboration, and communication, essential for driving alignment and cohesion across teams and stakeholders.
  • Commitment to Operational Excellence: A passion for operational excellence best practices, including but not limited to automated testing, observability, incident management, redundancy, and disaster recovery, ensuring robust and reliable systems.
  • Innovation and Collaboration: A track record of driving innovation and collaborating effectively with Product and Design stakeholders to deliver customer value and achieve business objectives.
  • Performance Management Expertise: Proficiency in orchestrating all aspects of performance management, including promotions, performance improvement plans, and terminations, while leading with emotional intelligence and fairness.
  • Continuous Learning: A dedication to continuous learning and self-improvement, both in technical and leadership skills, staying abreast of industry trends and best practices to drive ongoing innovation and growth.
  • Passion for Mentorship: A genuine passion for mentoring and nurturing the growth of direct reports, fostering an environment of learning, development, and career advancement.

Compensation: The base pay range for this position is $203,900-$305,800 annually; however, base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Bonuses and restricted stock units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a full range of benefits. Base pay is based on market location. Minimum wage for the position will always be met.

Perks that You Need to Know About:

Participation in our incentive programs (which may include where eligible cash, equity, or commissions). Plus paid vacation, holidays, sick time, parental leave, marriage leave, and recharge leave; medical, tele-health, dental and vision benefits; 401(k) plan; flexible spending accounts (FSAs); commuter program; life and disability insurance; Maven (a support system for new parents); Carrot (fertility benefits); UrbanSitter (caregiver referral network); Employee Assistance Program; and pet insurance.


Do your best work, be your authentic self.

At Compass, we believe that everyone deserves to find their place in the world — a place where they feel like they belong, where they can be their authentic selves, where they can thrive.  Our collaborative, energetic culture is grounded in our Compass Entrepreneurship Principles and our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, growth and mobility. As an equal opportunity employer, we offer competitive compensation packages, robust benefits and professional growth opportunities aimed at helping to improve our employees' lives and careers.

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More Information on Compass
Compass operates in the PropTech industry. The company is located in New York, NY, Beverly Hills, CA, San Diego, CA, San Francisco, CA, Santa Barbara, CA, Aspen, CA, Boulder, CO, Denver, CO, Greenwich, CT, Washington, DC, Washington, DC, Miami, FL, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, Incline Village, NV, Armonk, NY, Bridgehampton, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Nashville, TN, Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Houston, TX and Seattle, WA. Compass was founded in 2012. It has 4000 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Volunteer in local community, Partners with nonprofits, Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff, Diversity employee resource groups, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Disability insurance. To see all 78 open jobs at Compass, click here.
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