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Executive Director, Engineering

Company: AbbVie
Location: Irvine
Posted on: August 4, 2022

Job Description:

Allergan Data Labs is on a mission to transform the Allergan Aesthetics beauty business at Abbvie, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Our iconic brands include Botox, CoolSculpting, Juv--derm and more. The medical aesthetics business is ripe for rapid growth and disruption, and we are looking for an accomplished Executive Director of Engineering to add to our high performing team to do just that.
Our team has successfully launched a new and innovative technology platform, All--, which serves millions of consumers, tens of thousands of aesthetics providers and thousands of colleagues throughout the US. Since its launch in November 2020, All-- has delivered curated promotions, personalized experiences and had millions of consumers use it as part of their beauty journey.
As the Executive Director of Engineering you will lead the people, process and vision for our web and mobile applications as well as the cloud architecture to support. The ideal candidate has delivered large scale technology platforms, beautiful user experiences and secure APIs that are a joy to use.
We're looking for candidates who are interested in working within a startup-oriented environment, with the backing and stability of a very large company. If that's you, please read on.
As the Executive Director of Engineering, you will report to the Associate Vice President, Product, Engineering & Data and continuously collaborate with key stakeholders and peers across the business to solve the most important technical problems.
You Will

Oversee our Software Engineering, Software Architecture, QA Engineering and Cloud/DevOps Engineering Directors and their functions.

Charter a vision for scaling our team by 75+ additional individuals and take a hands-on approach to bolstering a strong tech culture.

Champion code quality, reusability, scalability and security while implementing the tooling and systems to ensure that these things are accounted for.

Drive strategic decisions relating to software architecture, infrastructure, testing and deployments.

Encourage the automation of anything being done repeatedly. Especially through infrastructure as code.

Mentor engineers and architects utilizing your experience building large scale public facing software.

Take nascent ideas or concepts and turn them into high fidelity technical game plans.

Collaborate with your peers in Product, Design, Data Science and Marketing to deliver on features and integrations.

Have a proven system for determining whether to buy vs build system or software components.

Manage relationships with existing and prospective vendors such as AWS, Stripe, Okta, Twilio, Github and more.

Establish 24/7 monitoring of system up-time, performance thresholds and alerts.

Build the Data Labs engineering brand through blog posts, conferences, open source projects and meet-ups.

Recruit, interview, hire and coach a highly cohesive team exuding passion and ownership for their work.

Care about who you work with and how work is done. We hire carefully and the entire team is given the opportunity to take part in evaluating potential hires.

Relate to our core values (see below) and have a desire to contribute to and foster a positive working environment and culture.

Required Experience & Skills

You've led the development of production grade applications using JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js and associated tech/languages/frameworks.

You've managed an engineering team of 50+.

You feel completely at home with cloud native architectures in AWS.

You've built APIs with GraphQL.

Proficient with SQL and NoSQL flavors like PostgreSQL, MySQL and DynamoDB.

You understand when to use Serverless/Lambda but you also know where servers and Kubernetes have their place.

Strong familiarity with data structures, algorithms and common OOP design patterns.

Strong understanding of modern frameworks like React and React Native.

Skilled at setting up build pipelines, dark shipping and blue-green deployments.

You've managed QA Engineers and have set up successful test suites to cover unit, integration, e2e, load and security tests.

Preference for modern, thoughtful and beautiful UI/UX. You have an unwavering eye for detail.

You've set up documentation systems for both internal codebases as well as public facing APIs.

Extreme drive that is contagious, mixed with high standards for the product features being delivered.

Strong ownership mindset with the ability to think big and move fast when presented with necessary data points.

You've worked in cross-functional Agile Scrum teams and rely on proven management methodologies.

10+ years of senior engineering and management experience

Self motivated, willing to take ownership, show follow through, solve tough problems and deliver on promised solutions.

Excellent communication, presentation and white-boarding skills.

Skilled at driving continuity across Engineering, Product, Marketing and business teams.

BS or MS in Computer Science or related field; or comparable experience.

Bonus: You've worked on both B2B and B2C products and have contributed to the development of SaaS software enabling SMBs.

Bonus: A track record of industry thought leadership via public speaking and writing.

Our Core Values

Be Humble: You're smart yet always interested in learning from others.

Work Transparently: You always deal in an honest, direct and transparent way.

Take Ownership: You embrace responsibility and find joy in having the answers.

Learn More: Through blog posts, newsletters, podcasts, video tutorials and meetups you regularly self-educate and improve your skill set.

Show Gratitude: You show appreciation and return kindness to those you work with.


Competitive salary.

Competitive annual bonus targets.

*401k with dollar for dollar match, up to 6% of eligible earnings (base, bonus). - Plus additional company contribution.

RSU grants (Long Term Incentives) for approved roles.

Comprehensive medical, dental, vision and life insurance.

*17 paid holidays per year, including 3 floating holidays.

*Annual Paid Time Off (PTO), with separate sick days

*12 weeks paid Parental Leave

*Caregiver Leave

*Adoption and Surrogacy Assistance Plan

Flexible workplace accommodations.

Free gym membership for those in our Irvine, CA WeWork office.

We celebrate our wins with opportunities to attend Lakers, Knicks, Anaheim Ducks, Anaheim Angels and NY Rangers games.

Opportunities to attend concert, festival and other live entertainment events in recognition of delivering great work.

Attend AWS Re:Invent in person (Las Vegas) or virtually each year.

Tuition reimbursement.

Attend a tech or marketing conference of your choice each year.

A MacBook Pro and accompanying hardware to do great work.

A modern productivity toolset to get work done: Slack, Miro, Loom, Lucid, Google Docs, Atlassian and more.

Generous discounts on Skin Medica skin care products.

Discounted - aesthetic treatment days multiple times a year.

$600 worth of Alle benefits each year to use towards aesthetic treatments and products.

Eligible for donation matching to over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations.

*New 2022 benefit

Keywords: AbbVie, Irvine , Executive Director, Engineering, Engineering , Irvine, California

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