Senior Engineering Manager

  • Mission Lane
  • Richmond, VA
  • 23/02/2021
Full time IT - Systems Engineering IT - Software Development

Job Description

Mission Lane LLC is a fintech company on a mission (no pun intended) to provide access to fair and clear credit. What does this mean exactly? We're glad you asked. Roughly one third of Americans have experienced a significant event (or series of events) in their lives that has damaged their credit, usually due to circumstances beyond their control. As if it’s not hard enough to recover from a credit plunge, the only banks willing to take a chance on less-than-prime candidates have historically been called fee harvesters - and for a reason.

Enter Mission Lane. Our best-in-class products and services are raising the bar on fair credit access. We offer credit cards with clear pricing, no hidden fees, and a transparent path towards success. Better yet - candidates don’t need good credit to apply. Our philosophy is simple: when our customers do well, we do well. And we have only just begun.

Mission Laners are learners and here's what we know for certain: good Karma is contagious, the business demand is growing and Mission Lane is, too. Quickly. In response to our rapid growth, our teams are scouting the country in search of skilled, top-tier talent with diverse perspective and unstoppable energy.

Are you passionate about making a meaningful impact? Come join us. Are you purpose-driven, performance-oriented, and principles-led? You’ll feel right at home here. Just like for our customers, our teams create opportunities for employees to willingly learn, stretch, and grow.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Laner? Read on for more details about your new role.

Mission Lane’s Engineering Department is looking for a Engineering Director to join us in our brand new Scott’s Addition headquarters based in Richmond, Virginia. (Non-local candidates should be willing to travel to our headquarters on occasion)

The Impact You’ll Make In This Role

The Engineering Director will be a part of the Richmond, VA Software Engineering team, working with the Mission Lane Engineering Leadership to implement outstanding products for the servicing team. They will design, execute, utilize and maintain software engineering servicing applications, assign work to software engineering team members, evaluate and manage their performance, and support to recruit engineering personnel, technical staffing and project teams formation.

So, what does a typical day look like for a Mission Lane Engineering Leader?
  • Own and drive the strategic vision and roadmap for engineering and technology focus areas, spearheading key initiatives and driving cross-functional alignment and progress
  • Lead cross-functional teams – in close partnership with Product and Design – to create and build functionality that enhance our products and services
  • Recruit for and scale our engineering team with world class talent by contributing to the sourcing, screening, and interviewing of engineering candidates
  • Be a direct manager of software engineers, architects, and engineering managers
  • Work with our business leaders and product teams to fulfill our deliverables roadmap
  • Build relationships with our business leaders to understand future needs and evaluate technology solutions (e.g. build vs. buy)
  • Introduce best practices to the team and encourage the adoption of new ideas
  • Work to define budget and track portfolio investments for Engineering
    Define, track and analyze metrics and data to measure and improve the health, capacity, skill level, engagement and productivity of our engineering teams
  • Lead the planning and delivery of complex technical projects
  • Foster a culture of growth from within through mentorship
  • Recommend, inform, and influence our technology decisions
  • Implement effective data-driven engineering processes, providing transparency and predictability
  • Manage the effective operations of critical systems
  • Promote Mission Lane and our team to the broader RVA and SF engineering communities


What qualities do we look for in a Leader?
  • 5+ years of proven leadership managing and growing a strong Engineering team and senior level Engineering leaders
  • Track record of leading productive engineering managers as well as engineering teams, including hiring top talent and leveling-up and training team members
  • Strategic thinker with a track record of identifying innovative and new solutions in a changing technical and market landscape
  • Experience building, organizing, and leading engineering teams from the ground up in a fast-paced start-up environment with a focus on scale
  • Passion for improving the lives of our customers
  • Passion for delivering quality software, maintaining excellent operations and level of service, and helping teams continuously improve
  • Previous experience at a FinTech company helpful but not required
  • Experience hiring and developing top engineering talent
  • Highly organized with demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and keep projects on schedule
  • Strong past programming skills with empathy for needs of engineering team
  • Passion for agile, test-driven development, continuous integration, and automated testing
  • Strong communication, influence and cross-functional collaboration skills; able to create clarity and drive focus in complex and dynamic contexts


At Mission Lane we strive to create a work environment that brings out the best in everyone every day. Our company's competitive pay and comprehensive benefits package are among the many ways we contribute to the betterment of our employees-- personally and professionally.

Mission Lane is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, physical and mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status prohibited by applicable national, federal, state or local law.

Mission Lane is not currently sponsoring new applicant employment authorization for this position. And please, no third party recruiters.