VP of Engineering

At Chit Chats
  • Full Time
  • Employee
  • Full Remote (with restrictions)

Posted on June 22nd

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Company Description
Chit Chats’ vision is to help Canadian entrepreneurs deliver their goods to the world with postage at unbelievable prices. We are a fast-growing entrepreneurial company making a huge impact to Canadian businesses.  As e-commerce removes borders, we don’t want high Canadian postal rates to be a barrier to world commerce. We aim to remove these physical and price borders to create a seamless, borderless and boundless world of opportunity for Canadians.

Chit Chats' values are not just words we put on our office walls.  They guide our success and reflect who we are. We look to our values to ensure the right fit and we choose candidates who embody these principles over those who simply have the technical skills and experience required. 

We’re looking for you if you are at the intersection of being mission-driven, growth-minded and approachable

Job Description
Chit Chats is looking for a VP of Engineering to lead the next phase of growth of the company as a part of the senior leadership team. You will be building upon and creating a positive, inclusive, engineering culture tackling low-cost shipping for small businesses across Canada. You will be adding to a strong foundation established by the existing technology team to further the development and growth of core engineering products and services. While you provide the execution and leadership to execute on the strategic growth plans across Canada under the guidance of the CEO.


About you:
  • You have successfully built and scaled engineering teams within a startup environment including hiring and retention of skilled, talented, and diverse engineers across Canada. 
  • You have hands-on experience with Ruby on Rails (confidence you can handle any technical problem and get your hands dirty) and able to pitch in as needed to problem solve and mentor. 
  • You understand the importance of strong leadership and healthy work culture within a distributed team by applying principles learned from Five Dysfunctions of Team by Patrick Lencioni and others. 
  • You want to make a positive practical impact through technology on the lives of your friends, neighbors, and small businesses locally and across Canada.
  • You are ready to take a strong foundation and use your skills to disrupt a traditional industry. 
  • You can handle ambiguity and show good judgment.
  • You have strong communication skills and in partnership with other stakeholders on the senior leadership team. 

What you will do:
  • You will provide leadership and mentorship as the developer team during a time of rapid growth.
  • You will actively participate in the senior leadership team to provide strategic guidance on technical needs in line with key stakeholders.
  • You will work in partnership with the CEO to execute strategic plans.  
  • You will create a diverse and inclusive Chit Chat positive work culture using lean practices, pair programming, and continuous delivery. 
  • You are motivated to support the mission of changing the lives of micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses across Canada. 

What you bring:
  • Over 7+ years of progressive work experience in the eCommerce space and/or SaaS environment starting as a developer with experience as a manager and/or director level at diverse companies. 
  • Engineering degree and/or equivalent training and experience. 
  • Passion for creating inclusive, diverse, and positive people experience so our teams can do their best work. 
  • Motivation to solve hard technical problems that impact your friends, neighbours, and community.

Additional Information

Why us?
Innovate, develop, and grow within a collaborative environmen

Be a part of a growing team embracing work/life balance, mission-driven, changing the way shipping is done
Opportunity to grow and lead 

Work with a very talented core team solving a practical challenging problem starting with a small team of 10 developers and growing this team to 20 within the next year or two.

Additional Information
We offer competitive pay, extended health, vacation, and other great perks. You can work where you live (no commute). 

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