Engineering Manager, Product Foundations at VRChat

Job Description

VRChat provides an innovative and transformative platform that hosts a vast array of social VR experiences, empowering its vibrant community to create and shape the metaverse. With over 250,000 worlds and counting, VRChat enables users to realize their imaginations and influence the metaverse from anywhere on any device. Backed by $100M in funding from investors like Makers Fund, Anthos Capital, and HTC, our team includes professionals from top companies such as Netflix, Twitter, Meta, Microsoft, Roblox, Google, Amazon, Unity, Spotify, Discord, Uber, eBay, Robinhood, Twitch, Zynga, and TikTok.

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Job Overview

The Engineering Manager for the Product Foundations team is a pivotal leadership role at VRChat, responsible for developing the technical foundations of the entire VRChat experience. This role involves advancing our DevOps and release engineering functions, ensuring security and privacy, and leading the development of core technologies like authentication, real-time networking, and world and avatar loading.

Reporting to the VP of Engineering, this position will collaborate closely with a cross-functional team and various department heads, with periodic interactions with the executive team.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the core VRChat platform, working with product, design, and engineering leaders to support their needs.
  • Manage, support, and inspire a team of around 15 engineers across disciplines such as release management, security, DevOps, API, and client.
  • Foster a positive and efficient team environment that delivers high-quality software on time.
  • Develop short- and long-term strategies for the platform, aligning them with the company’s broader vision and goals.
  • Facilitate a collaborative planning process to create plans that reflect strategic goals, user insights, and past learnings.
  • Make critical trade-offs to ensure the platform’s long-term health and development.
  • Represent progress at periodic reviews and seek leadership support to unblock execution.
  • Collaborate with production to manage execution and resolve issues to meet goals and objectives.
  • Stay informed on industry trends and best practices in technology for gaming, UGC, and social platforms to guide strategic decisions.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with internal teams, creators, partners, and the VRChat community.
  • Support the VP of Engineering in key strategy, organization, and execution areas.

Experience, Skills, and Qualifications

  • 5+ years of engineering management experience in a high-growth consumer or B2B tech company with a strong technical background.
  • Experience in technical product management with a focus on discovering and fulfilling the needs of internal partners and users.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, essential in our fully remote environment.
  • Technical experience with release engineering, security, DevOps, API, and 3D gaming development is a plus.
  • Experience with virtual economies, e-commerce, gaming, UGC, and/or social platforms is a plus, but not required.
  • A university degree or equivalent work experience with a technical background.
  • Experience defining metrics and making product and strategic decisions based on measurable impact.
  • Curiosity about new technologies and societal changes, and the ability to apply innovations and trends to product opportunities.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and the ability to operate in a fast-paced, evolving environment.

Benefits

  • Work remotely from anywhere, as VRChat is a 100% remote company.
  • Health benefits.
  • 401K for US employees and RRSP for Canadian employees.
  • Stock options.
  • Generous paid holiday schedule.
  • Unlimited/flexible vacation time.
  • Paid parental leave benefits.

VRChat is an equal-opportunity employer, welcoming applicants from all backgrounds. We promote a diverse, creative, and collaborative environment where anyone can contribute to ongoing projects or the company roadmap at any time. If you’re a passionate team player eager to make an impact on a dynamic team, we’d love to hear from you.