VP of Engineering at Karat

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 Interviewing is the gateway to building careers and teams. Yet, it’s no one’s job to do it with fairness and professionalism -- so we made it ours.

Our mission is to make every job interview predictive, fair, and enjoyable. Karat helps companies hire the engineers they need to create the future and helps engineers find jobs that maximize their strengths and potential.

Karat conducts first-round technical interviews on behalf of companies like Indeed, Intuit, Pinterest, and Wayfair. We do this through a community of Interview Engineers who are equipped with Karat's interviewing infrastructure, battle-tested questions, and data-informed best practices. The result is highly predictive and fair interviews at scale that candidates truly enjoy. Karat has amassed the largest, most robust dataset of structured interview intelligence to produce never-before-seen hiring analytics. 

As the industry transitions to virtual work in these unprecedented times, Karat is uniquely positioned to be a helpful, strategic partner as companies transition to 100% remote hiring.

Founded in 2014, Karat is a privately held and venture-funded company based in Seattle.

Engineering at Karat

As the VP of Engineering at Karat, you will work on an exciting mission with a highly relatable product. You will lead an organization that is committed to materially improving how engineers are interviewed and how engineering organizations operate. As an Executive of our growing company, you will work closely with leaders and members of other teams, contribute to team culture and practices, and own the development of our engineering organization. 

You will be the technical leader of a team working to build a high ROI solution that serves engineering leaders, hiring managers, and recruiting organizations. Your work will be the bridge between users and providing the backbone of our platform.

As our VP of Engineering you will:

  • Build and scale a high-performance team through effective hiring, coaching, and development
  • Drive engineering practices to increase velocity and productivity at scale
  • Change how software organizations interview and hire engineers
  • Develop goals, roadmaps, and delivery dates to help Karat scale quickly and sustainably
  • Help prioritize, plan, and budget across engineering functions/operations as a member of the engineering leadership team
  • Facilitate multidisciplinary projects involving engineering and other business units across Karat, including content development and solutions engineering
  • Guide, shape, and support the corporate strategic vision and day-to-day operations as a member of Karat’s Core Leadership Team
  • Serve as a senior technical ambassador in Karat's external engagements with the engineering community

The requirements for this role are:

  • 15+ years of experience building and leading a growing engineering function, ideally for a SaaS platform
  • Passion for building and innovating for world-class enterprise products that support a global client base
  • Proven ability to successfully execute against strategy in cooperation with other functions including Product Management, Sales, Marketing, Customer Success, Finance, and Leadership
  • Ability to apply both technical competence, business acumen and interpersonal skills to achieve high ROI for customers
  • Experience in environments supporting and developing SaaS enterprise products for large and scaling client bases. 
  • Experience shipping several enterprise-level products

Benefits of joining Karat:

While doing meaningful work is rewarding in itself, we also offer the following programs and benefits for all our full-time employees:

  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Medical / dental / vision insurance 
  • Flexible vacation and paid company holidays
  • Paid parental leave 
  • Quarterly offsites & working retreats
  • State-of-the-art equipment for your work station

Karat is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Karat and the state/country where you work.

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The University District is a relaxed area with casual hangouts and a youthful feel. Plus, the office is easy to get to by bus and link light rail.

An Insider's view of Karat

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

We're passionate about what we do, but know how to turn off at the end of the day. Come here to work hard, build great trusted relationships, learn, and also to be recognized as a person with interests both in and out of the office, with plenty of work-life balance.

Gordie Hanrahan

Director of Communications

What are Karat Perks + Benefits

Karat Benefits Overview

Have a Voice
Everyone at Karat has a seat at the table, so you can be free to speak your mind and know you'll be heard.

Meaningful Equity
You'll be making an impact here, so you get a fair stake in our success too.

Unlimited Time Off
Take the time you need to do your best work and live your best life.

Health + Wellness
We got you covered: 100% of your health, dental, and vision insurance.

Equipped for Success
We'll set you up with a new MacBook Pro + monitor and whatever other gear you need.

Flexible Work Environment
Work from wherever you like, whether that's at our Seattle headquarters or your home office.

Save for your retirement the smart and simple way.

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Employees get free lunch on Tuesday and Thursday.
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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