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Thresher · VP of Engineering

Company Description

Hi, I'm Becky, CEO at Thresher!

We're looking for someone to join our team who is passionate about leading a diverse engineering team that is building systems to decode the Chinese Government’s manipulation of the information space. We combine signal-rich proprietary data, novel AI-Powered technology, and world-class expertise to deliver valuable insights to our US government and Fortune 50 clients.  

As VP of Engineering at Thresher, you will be responsible for leading the development of the engineering team and shaping the technical vision of the company.  You'll work with our Principal Engineers and Directors of Product, Data Science, and Content. We use data and machine learning to make a real difference in the world...not just sell more stuff. Come join our leadership team as we wrestle with the complex, multidisciplinary challenges we are helping our clients address. We are looking for an empathetic leader who can communicate across functions and help us grow. 

One of our company values is “Just keep swimming.” We iterate together with a focus for action, striving to deliver the best products and insights to our clients. In this role, you will work on your own and with your team to find creative solutions and tackle challenging problems with cutting-edge technology.

Job Description

Some of the things you’ll tackle in this position are:

  • Lead the development of the engineering team, including coaching team members’ performance and career development. You’ll have responsibility for hiring, promotions, and compensation strategy
  • Design a scaling plan for the engineering team that will support the product vision. You’ll design and own the team’s budget, personnel growth, and communication processes 
  • Shape the technical vision of the company so that we tap all the expertise we have at Thresher to deliver value to the customer. Identify investments in new technologies to support the vision
  • Identify opportunities where engineering can directly, or in partnership with the data science team and subject matter experts, create value for customers
  • Design and lead Thresher’s AWS strategy, including budget
  • Develop and execute a security program and investments for the team—and the company more broadly. 
  • If desired, opportunity to be an individual contributor on the engineering team


Here are some of the skills you’ll need to dive into the role:

  • Experience leading and managing a self-organizing team of engineers 
  • Experience working on an enterprise software platform and/or API product 
  • In-depth understanding of Agile software development methodologies 
  • Capability to understand and consider user needs when making trade-offs
  • Ability to move between the strategic and the tactical
  • Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing at all levels of technical expertise, including across functions to non-technical team members
  • Ability to thrive in an environment with competing and shifting priorities
  • Ability to work in a team with a diverse set of skills and life experiences
  • Attention to detail
  • 10+ years of software development experience, with at least 2 in a senior managerial role
  • Ownership of a solution that is deployed in a cloud environment, with a strong preference for AWS

Nice-to-haves include:

  • Experience with Python, the ELK stack, and/or data science tools and infrastructure
  • Experience working in a growing 25-person company
  • Experience productionizing Data Science insights into software platforms
  • Experience working on a product bought by governments and the Fortune 100

Additional Information

Excited? Want to know more about Thresher?

The need to fight disinformation is growing, and we are looking for someone to help us quickly and thoughtfully lead our engineering team to address the issue. This is a great opportunity to collaborate on a team with diverse experience, and work on challenging technical problems with a meaningful mission in the national security and commercial sectors. 

Thresher was born from the output of a brilliant team of data scientists from Harvard and the wisdom of a former intelligence officer who understands the needs of experts conducting high stakes analysis. Our workforce is fully remote, and brings together engineers, data scientists, subject matter experts, and product and corporate officers. Read more about our team here.

Great reasons to get on board:

We strive to take care of our employees and invest in a culture that brings out the best in its members. Employee benefits include:

  • Competitive, market-based compensation 
  • Paid leave, including 20 days of vacation, 10 federal holidays, and 9 days of sick leave each year
  • Company covers 100% of health care premiums for employees and 50% for dependents. We also provide short- and long-term disability, and life insurance for employees
  • 6 weeks of paid parental leave, plus an additional 6 weeks paid through our disability coverage
  • 401K retirement matching of 3%
  • An annual work-from-home stipend of $500 to outfit your home office
  • Option of co-working space reimbursement if you'd prefer to work in a co-working environment
  • All-company gatherings three times per year. Right now the pandemic is messing up in-person gatherings, but we still do great virtual sessions
  • Flexible remote location in the US with schedule flexibility—there are lots of options about where you can be and how you can travel in this remote-first position once you coordinate with your manager and team 
  • Weekly “virtual donuts” with colleagues, biweekly online games, team yoga, 5Ks, and other team and wellness activities

Diversity Promise

Thresher is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We give equal consideration to all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Please see the United States Department of Labor's EEO poster and EEO poster supplement for additional information. 

How to apply

If you read everything above and can picture yourself at Thresher, we are excited to see your application. Please fill out the application form online (link below), and submit a resume and a cover letter describing why you are interested in working here and tell us a challenging problem you solved. (Make sure to include the letter! Applications that omit it will not be considered because we are looking for folks who are great communicators.)

Once you apply, here’s what you can expect in the interview and hiring process:

  1. 30 minute informational call with a member our Recruiting Management team
  2. 1 hour video call with our CEO and Principal Engineers
  3. ~2 hour take-home exercise
  4. 1 hour video call with our Principal Engineers and members of the engineering team
  5. 1 hour video call with our Directors of Product and Data Science
  6. 1 hour final call with our CEO
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