Senior Engineering Manager, Creators & Economy at VRChat

May 31, 2024

Job Description

VRChat provides a groundbreaking platform offering a limitless array of social VR experiences and empowers its vibrant community to create. Boasting over 250,000 worlds and counting, VRChat’s mission is to let users bring their imaginations to life, helping shape the metaverse globally on any device. With $100M in funding from Makers Fund, Anthos Capital, and HTC, VRChat’s talented team includes members from Netflix, Twitter, Meta, Microsoft, Roblox, Google, Amazon, Unity, Spotify, Discord, Uber, eBay, Robinhood, Twitch, Zynga, and TikTok.

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Job Overview

The Senior Engineering Manager for the Creators & Economy is a pivotal leadership position at VRChat, overseeing the technical direction for the Creator and Economy teams, which are vital to all VRChat platforms.

The Creator team handles all external SDKs and interactions with our creator community, developing tools and standards that empower our extensive creator base. The Economy team manages revenue-generating mechanics and features, focusing on building our Creator Economy, rewarding creators, and enhancing user value through programs like VRChat Plus, our subscription service for deeper customization.

As a leader of the Creator and Economy Teams, the Senior Engineering Manager collaborates with product and design leads to define team strategies and direction. Reporting to the VP of Engineering, this role works with a cross-functional team, department heads, and occasionally the executive team.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee core VRChat systems, including the Creator SDK and payment systems, in partnership with product, design, and engineering leaders.
  • Lead technical decisions for the Creator and Economy Teams, ensuring a balance of quality, speed, and scalability.
  • Directly manage and motivate a team of around 20 engineers across various disciplines.
  • Cultivate a positive, high-functioning team that delivers quality software on time.
  • Develop short and long-term strategies aligned with the company’s vision.
  • Ensure planning processes reflect strategic goals, user insights, and past learnings.
  • Make critical trade-offs to maintain the platform’s long-term health.
  • Represent progress in reviews and seek leadership support to overcome obstacles.
  • Collaborate with production to manage execution and resolve issues.
  • Stay informed on industry trends and best practices in gaming, UGC, and social platforms.
  • Build strong relationships with key stakeholders, including internal teams, creators, partners, and the VRChat community.
  • Support the VP of Engineering in strategy, organization, and execution.

Experience, Skills, and Qualifications

  • 3+ years of engineering management in a high-growth tech company with a solid technical background.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, crucial for our fully remote environment.
  • Experience with Unity or 3D gaming development is a plus.
  • Knowledge in virtual economies, e-commerce, gaming, UGC, and social platforms is beneficial.
  • A technical degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience defining metrics and making strategic decisions based on measurable impact.
  • Curiosity about new technologies and societal changes, applying innovations to product opportunities.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and fast-paced environments.

Benefits

  • Work from anywhere with VRChat’s 100% remote policy.
  • Health benefits.
  • 401K for US employees and RRSP for Canadian employees.
  • Stock options.
  • Generous paid holiday schedule.
  • Unlimited flexible vacation time.
  • Paid parental leave.

VRChat is an equal-opportunity employer, fostering a diverse, creative, and collaborative environment. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds. If you’re a passionate team player eager to impact a dynamic team, we’d love to hear from you.