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Associate Director, Software Engineering

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Employer Provided Salary: 156,000-255,000 Annually
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Our Opportunity:

At Chewy we are building a team to launch a Sponsored Advertising business and looking for an Associate Director, Sponsored Ads Engineering.  Sponsored Ads creates a win-win ecosystem for shoppers, brand owners and Chewy! Shoppers are offered a range of alternate options to help them choose better and learn about new products, new brands, new promotions, and different price points. Brand owners and advertisers get to showcase their product offerings in the front row for their target audience (proud pet owners) and maximize their reach. Advertising is a critical component of the ecommerce ecosystem and provides a critical revenue stream to the company. 

As an early member to the newly setup Sponsored Advertising team, you’ll be part of core leadership team and will influence technical strategy across product search and discovery, relevance and ranking, prediction, and auction of large selection of sponsored products in Chewy catalog. You’ll be leading a team of smart engineers and managers and will be at forefront of driving technology driven business impact. At Chewy, Associate Director will interact with product managers, cross-functional tech-leaders, principal engineers and drive innovative initiatives delivering value for our customers and stakeholders.

Come be part of the team to build Sponsored Ads from the ground up at Chewy!

What You'll Do:

  • Own, lead, and manage roadmap of large-scale distributed systems that process and serve large volumes of data and operate with very low latency.
  • Manage team(s) of software engineers, managers, and other disciplines responsible for building Chewy’s Advertising solution.
  • Recruit, hire new engineers and mentor to promote the growth of the existing team.
  • Evolve team’s charter organically to evolve into multiple scrum-teams driven by defined ownership of software modules.
  • Drive technical decisions and work with product management and across non-technical organizations to prioritize and drive engineering investments.
  • Review design implementations, provide feedback for managers and individual contributors.
  • Establish strong working relationships at all organizational levels and across functional teams. Collaborate on design and implementation of scalable environments for development and testing.
  • Identify and manage priorities within the context of overall corporate objectives, drive 1-, 2- and 3-year plans.
  • Drive innovation through rapid prototyping and iterative development. Decompose complex problems into simple, straight-forward solutions that operationally scale and are easily maintained.
  • Actively mentor engineers, build and foster a strong engineering team culture, and be a key contributor in raising the bar of the engineering org.
  • Exhibit excellent verbal and written communication and convey dissenting opinions in a constructive manner. 

What You'll Need:

  • Candidates possess a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 10+ years of experience in Software Development as a software engineer
  • 5+ years of experience in Engineering Management
  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills.
  • Strong fundamentals on building and scaling cloud-based solutions (AWS).
  • Proficiency in designing scalable, distributed, low latency and high throughput systems.
  • Must be able to identify and manage priorities within the context of overall Advertising business objectives based on data driven decision making.
  • Position may require occasional travel.


  • Masters or PhD in Computer Science or related field.
  • Machine Learning and applied science understanding is a plus.
  • Experience and Domain expertise in digital advertising or marketing technologies or eCommerce/Retail technology stack will be a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience taking a project from inception through launch.

Compensation & Benefits: 

Our salary range for a Associate Director, Software Engineering position is $156,000.00 - $255,000.00. The specific salary offered to a candidate may be influenced by a variety of factors including but not limited to the candidate’s relevant experience, education, and work location. In addition, this position is eligible for 401k and a new hire and annual equity grant. 

We offer different types of insurance, such as medical/Rx, vision, dental, life, disability, hospital indemnity, critical illness, and accident. We offer parental leave, family services benefits, backup dependent care, flexible spending accounts, telemedicine, pet adoption reimbursement, employee assistance program, and many discounts including 10% off pet insurance and 20% off at 

Non-exempt hourly team members accrue paid time off (PTO) while salaried-exempt team members have unlimited PTO, subject to manager approval. Non-exempt hourly team members in Fulfillment Centers and Customer Service are also eligible for additional unplanned unpaid time off (UTO). Team members will receive six paid holidays per year. Team members may be eligible for paid sick and family leave in compliance with applicable state and local regulations. 

Chewy is committed to equal opportunity. We value and embrace diversity and inclusion of all Team Members. If you have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or similar law, and you need an accommodation during the application process or to perform these job requirements, or if you need a religious accommodation, please contact [email protected].

If you have a question regarding your application, please contact [email protected].

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What are Chewy Perks + Benefits

Chewy Benefits Overview

We offer competitive salaries and 401k, unlimited time off, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, in addition to wellness programs, online communities, and resources for improved physical and mental health... enabling you to be your best self - in and outside of work. With mentorship programs, employee resource groups, cross-functional job trainings, events, and customized development tracks for advancement, we're proud to help develop and promote our team members from within.

True to our business, we're pet-friendly and have fun pet-related perks like Paw-ternity leave for new pup parents and Chewy employee discounts. We offer countless volunteer opportunities, recreational club teams, company outings, happy hours, and team events to enable you to bond with fellow Chewtopians and have some fun!

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
We're currently 100% remote due to caution and care for the health & well-being of our team. Post-pandemic, we plan to operate in a combination of onsite and remote, with logistics still being defined
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Highly diverse management team
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
We offer a commuter transit, parking, and dependent care FSA.
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Pet friendly
Recreational clubs
Chewy sponsors office sports leagues year-round.
Relocation assistance
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross-functional lunch and learns.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

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