Vice President of Engineering

Company is the premier business information search engine with information on over 45 million people and 5 million companies.  Their  search engine continuously crawls the Business Web – the millions of company websites, news feeds and other online sources – and identifies information on people, companies, products, services and industries.  Their tool then organizes this information into fresh, comprehensive, objective and easy-to-read profiles.

This tool is one of the most sophisticated automatic content generation systems in the world.


This position is based in Waltham, MA and reports directly to the President, and works closely with the company’s founder, CEO and Chief Scientist. To supplement its growing and profitable business, the company is in the midst of developing and releasing a slew of ground-breaking new products and technologies which will become their core growth engine in years to come. Product and technology development is key to the company’s continued success and accelerated growth, and the Vice President of Engineering position is critical to the scope, quality, feature set, timeliness and ultimately the success of these new offerings.

The Vice President of Engineering will be a key member of the management team and critical to the business growth strategies and strategic positioning of the firm.

Responsibilities will include:

 Provide leadership and growth to the engineering team and hire top notch engineers and managers to expand the team.
 Foster a highly collaborative team environment.
 Work as a member of the executive management team to identify business drivers, product market requirements and competitive issues that may impact product development strategies and tactics.
 Define and execute effective, efficient and rapid product development processes to deliver high quality products, on time and under budget.
 Prioritize and allocate technology resources among competing needs.

The Vice President of Engineering will be responsible for:

Data Acquisition & Production

A new data production infrastructure supporting:
 Continuous improvement in algorithms to increase data accuracy, freshness and coverage.
 Automated tools to support uniform integration of data from various sources, including user contributed and partner contributed data.
 Publishing of new profiles within minutes of extraction from any source.
 Ability to track and alert on any change in the data. Creating a timeline of changes for each Person or Company entity.
 An Outlook Plug-in to extract data from contributing users.

Data Delivery

 A highly trafficked site, currently at 5M unique visitors a month, to be scaled to support more traffic and to continuously improve response time. The site will support sophisticated tracking and A/B testing tools to direct undifferentiated traffic to different venues to maximize value of each visitor to the tool, either as a contributor of data or a paying customer.
 Develop a new Web 2.0 collaborative site where users can contribute data, sign up for alerts, track their own or their company’s profile, download an Outlook Plug-in, buy data by the drink or sign up for a monthly subscription.
 Building the infrastructure for Data Cleansing products, leveraging the timeline of changes created by the new data production system.
 Building the foundation for Data as a Service platform that can revolutionize CRM and other Enterprise applications.
 Flexible new Search platform to return highly relevant information while simplifying the query process.


The successful candidate for the Vice President of Engineering will have:

 Minimum 10 years leading engineering teams and managing and directing software development projects, with 5+ years of rapidly evolving web products.
 Strong business acumen with a proven capacity to broadly interact with all functional groups with a company.
 A proven track record in the delivery of software products with proven commercial success.
 Experience in building and managing a passionate and high-performing development team of 30 or more people.
 Background and experience in algorithms, data analysis, statistics or data mining a big plus with a strong understanding of the following technologies:
o Java, J2EE, JMS
o Spring, Struts, Hibernate
o AJAX, JavaScript
o SQL server or MySQL
o .NET, C#, C++ helpful
 Superior leader with excellent management and communication skills and an infectious positive attitude
 A cross-functional team player who drives business solutions that exceed expectations and enhance relationships across the company
 BS degree in Computer Science or equivalent from a top school. Graduate degree is a plus.

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