VP Engineering, Wirecutter

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Job Description

The New York Times is seeking a Vice President of Engineering for Wirecutter to lead a team of ~40 (and growing) front-end and back-end software engineers, platform developers, managers, and directors to drive the next phase of growth for Wirecutter. The VP of Engineering will report to the General Manager of Wirecutter, with a dotted line to the Chief Technology Officer of The Times.

As the technical leader for Wirecutter, you'll set the technical strategy and direction for the team and products to ensure that we deliver on our ambitions. You'll work closely with product, design, and business leadership to define success and prioritize projects accordingly. You'll lead, coach, and support the growth of our talented engineers and engineering management.

You have a passion for creating customer facing digital experiences that users love, an understanding of publishing tools, platforms, and back-end infrastructure, and a track record of leading teams that ship solutions that scale as the business grows. You have experience building meaningfully sized engineering teams with inclusive and collaborative cultures. You empower your teams to do exceptional work.

Wirecutter is a distributed workplace. You can work from any one of the states we hire in.

Come grow the most trusted product recommendation service on the internet into the largest and most beloved service for our readers.

  • Work with product, design, and business leadership to determine the optimal technical strategy for the team
  • Be a part of Wirecutter leadership and partner with the General Manager to ensure we deliver on our ambitions
  • Manage a team of ~40 software engineers and managers working in Javascript (Node, React GraphQL) and PHP tools stack, as well as native app
  • Recruit and retain diverse talent from a variety of backgrounds to support our growth and strategic goals
  • Determine, along with cross-functional leadership, the optimal organizational structure for the team to help move the product forward
  • Be a part of the broader Times technical leadership team. Partner with the CTO to develop and implement a broad technical strategy and culture.
  • Scaffold processes around communication and software development that will support the team as it scales
  • Cultivate and strengthen an inclusive, respectful, and collaborative engineering culture

  • Experience managing high performing, large-scale engineering teams with multiple technologies and stakeholders
  • Experience scaling a team and growing engineering managers into the next generation of engineering leadership
  • Strong inclusive leadership skills to coach your engineers and managers
  • The ability to advocate for and facilitate continuous improvement and learning
  • The ability to adapt and handle multiple competing priorities
  • Understanding of the core technology and engineering challenges facing full-stack web and native app development, with the strategic vision to make important decisions
  • Experience with cloud technologies
  • Excellent communication and strong interpersonal skills
  • Passion about the mission and vision of Wirecutter and The New York Times


Even with our office in New York City, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture and is proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in the following states: CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, WA.

About Wirecutter

Wirecutter strives to be the most trusted product recommendation service on the internet. We obsessively test and report on thousands of items each year to recommend the best of everything. Our goal is to save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping, whether you're looking for everyday gear or gifts for loved ones. We work with total editorial independence. That means nothing appears on the site as a recommendation unless our writers and editors have deemed it the best through our rigorous reporting and testing. Wirecutter was founded in September 2011 and acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us here .

Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company:

Though Wirecutter has a physical office in New York City, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of affinity andemployee resource groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

The New York Times Company and Wirecutter provideemployees and their families access to a comprehensive suite of benefits that includes not only medical, dental, and vision coverage, but also programs that help support their wellness goals. We offer a full suite of work/life assistance benefits includinga generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Employees giving birth now receive 20 weeks of paid leave. Non-birth, including adoptiveparents, spouses, and parents also receive 20 weeks of paid leave. In addition, we also offer 401k matching.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.