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Director of Engineering

Company: Oportun
Location: San Carlos
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Department Overview


Artificial Intelligence and a digital platform are essential to our ability to fulfill Oportuns financially inclusive mission. The Technology team @ Oportun is dedicated to this mission which we enable by creating, delivering, and maintaining elegant, intuitive, and performant systems to support the needs of our customers and business partners.


Oportuns Engineering team is growing rapidly and quickly adapting to our business goals while keeping up with the latest and greatest technology! We operate in small, full stack teams that are dedicated to a given product area in order to create strong focus, alignment with business objectives and reduce dependencies wherever possible. We encourage our engineers to take end-to-end responsibility of their features to drive the highest levels of personal accountability and ownership of working with any other teams they need to ship.

As a Director of Engineering at Oportun, you will be responsible for leading a diverse development team and collaborating across the entire organization to ensure the successful launch of new products and ongoing refinements of existing products. The ideal Director of Engineering will have a demonstrated track record of building high performance teams and delivery of highly scalable SaaS products. The Director of Engineering must have a passion for developing a team culture that inspires excellence in what we deliver, collaboration in how we deliver it and the innovation required to enable Oportun to help anyone who comes to us with a financial service need.


  • Manage and scale the high-performing team comprised of managers and individual contributors at various levels.
  • Performance management of team members (positive / negative) against expectations of the role (level appropriate).
  • Recruit top talent, build, and maintain a high performing team
  • Strategic planning for all product development efforts to include the subsequent testing, release, and production environment needs
  • Overseeing all activities of the software development team, and influence on delivery groups (QA application release and support)
  • Define the current and long-range direction of software development by enhancing and implementing best-in-class practices, policies and systems while delivering high quality and repeatable results
  • Leading and enhancing our methodology for the design, development, test and release of our products and features
  • Ensuring the knowledge sharing of software development best practices in design, code, quality and process across departments; and developing and monitoring technical standards to ensure adherence
  • Diagnose and resolve systemic obstacles that prevent your team from delivering high-quality software.
  • Champion an atmosphere of continuous improvement by serving as a coach, mentor, and technical advisor.
  • Charting the path between where someone is, where we want the team to go and ensuring there is a development plan in place to arm them with the required skill sets.
    • Track record as a highly successful, hands-on engineering leader in SaaS environments and a champion of best practices
    • 6+ years of experience building, managing and scaling engineering teams.
    • 7+ years of experience in recruiting and developing talent and managing remotely distributed teams.
    • 10+ years of experience in software development/coding
    • Good understanding of coding languages (Java, JavaScript, TypeScript, etc.) and frameworks (Spring, SpringBoot, React, etc.).
    • The ability to seamlessly toggle between the strategic and the tactical. Ability to develop vision, strategic plans, product roadmaps as well as tactical priorities, processes, procedures and issue resolution.
    • Experience with CI/CD technologies and cloud infrastructure such as AWS, Azure or GCP.
    • Strong communication and organizational skills
    • Strong product sense coupled with an ability to take a developer perspective.
    • Ability to build strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.
    • Expert in performance and people management with a focus on mentoring and motivating engineers
    • Very strong analytical skills including requirements analysis, detailed planning and risk assessment.
    • Fluent in good architecture design
    • Strong ability to build relationships with internal leadership at all levels, along with effective interpersonal, presentation and communication skills.
    • Ensures budgets and schedules meet corporate requirements.
      Essential Qualifications
      • Master of Science or advanced Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or other related field, or equivalent work experience
        Desirable Qualifications
        • Experience working with geographically distributed teams
        • Experience building high-performance teams in both start-up and established large scale companies
        • Experience with financial systems, payment systems and/or credit decisioning systems, preferably in loans or similar products.

          About Oportun

          Company Overview

          Oportun (Nasdaq: OPRT) is a financial services company and digital platform that provides responsible consumer credit to hardworking people in the United States. Using A.I.-driven models that are built on years of proprietary customer insights and billions of unique data points, we have extended millions of loans and billions of dollars in affordable credit to consumers, the majority of whom live in low-and moderate-income communities. Since about half of our new customers come to Oportun without a FICO score, we play a key role in the communities we serve by being able to offer them an affordable and credit-building alternative to payday and auto title lenders. In recognition of our responsibly designed products which help consumers build their credit history, Oportun has been certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) since 2009.

          With headquarters in California and a remote-first corporate culture, our 3,000+ team members work in Oportun locations and remotely throughout the United States, Mexico, and India. Our global operations include our Mexico contact centers and administrative offices, our India technology development center, and our US corporate, technology, and retail operations.

          We feel privileged to have been named a Top Workplace by the Bay Area News Group for three years running, one of Fast Companys Most Innovative Companies in the World for 2020 and recognized as a TIME Magazine 2018 Genius Company for our impact in helping to reinvent the future of lending. For the last three consecutive years, we have been titled Top Workplace by the Bay Area News Group.


          Working at Oportun means enjoying a differentiated experience of being part of a team that fosters a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture where we all feel a sense of belonging and are encouraged to share our perspectives. This inclusive culture is directly connected to our organization's performance and ability to fulfill our mission of delivering affordable credit to those left out of the financial mainstream. We celebrate and nurture our inclusive culture through our employee resource groups and our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Council.


          We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider all qualified applicants for employment opportunities without regard to race, age, color, religion, gender, caste, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other category protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

          We encourage you to apply for this position even if you do not match all the qualifications listed for this position. At Oportun, we will consider all experience on a candidates application, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

          We will also consider those with criminal histories consistent with the requirements of applicable laws in the locations where the role will be based such as the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance when hiring for roles in locations with such laws.

          We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application process. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the application or interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to . Please include your name and preferred method of contact in your email. Please also note that this email address is for requests for assistance only and not for the submission of applications or resumes, which will not be considered through this channel.

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