VP R&D

Engineering

Full-time

As Zing’s VP R&D, you will own every aspect of our software development organization, managing the day-to-day of the team while directing the development process and overseeing our system architecture. As we grow, you will work with the founding team to design and build a technological product that will solve the complex and expansive problem of how to rapidly scale a consumer tech company that operates on the street corners of the real world. At Zing, we try to infuse each customer experience with a bit of magic; we also know that there’s no magic if we haven’t gotten the basics of our technology design exactly right. While scaling Zing’s existing tech from one to many locations, from a few vehicle prototypes to a fleet of hundreds of smart, modular, and connected Zing-mobiles, you will work alongside our entire tech, product and operations organizations to be as obsessed with technological excellence as the founding team. You will be joining a high-growth, venture-backed startup — led by co-founders who have founded and led multiple successful businesses — and will play a critical role in scaling our business into an entirely new mode of commerce!

Responsibilities

Manage all R&D aspects of Zing’s existing services to ensure that our well-oiled ops machine enables every customer experience to be magical.

Direct Zing’s scalable cloud architecture.

Oversee all aspect of the R&D process, but be able to roll up your sleeves and dive into the code if necessary.

Build Zing’s R&D Team with world-class talent who can manage everything from architecture, through mobile application development, to building a delightful product for our customers.

Define and implement effective cloud infrastructure scaling solutions based on best-in-class standard tools.

Work closely with the CEO to ensure success through the next rounds of fundraising.

Qualifications

10+ years leading R&D teams at a startup or similarly growth-oriented environment.

Proven track record scaling and retaining high-performing R&D organizations - you have successfully built, mentored, motivated, and retained world-class teams.

Experience on a design team or growth analytics team (or both!)

An inspiring leader who works well with all of our diverse team members, from the Zing-tenders who operate our Zing-mobiles and serve our customers, to the imaginative thinkers on the Marketing and Creative Team, to the meticulous Operations experts.

Clear and direct communicator with the ability to find the right tone with any audience.

Obsessive about the customer experience and always looking for ways to improve it.

About Zing

Zing is reinventing the suburbs by bringing the convenience of city living to suburban neighborhoods. Our smart, modular, connected Zing-mobiles can be outfitted to create any retail or service experience, from mobile cafes to book fairs to costume shops and beyond. Our ever-improving algorithms route these vehicles to nodes of demand, providing pop-up service exactly where and when it’s needed. Whatever you’d expect on your block in the city, we’re parking on your corner in the ‘burbs. The Zing experience is designed to delight our customers because we understand that retail and service experiences aren’t just transactional, they’re an opportunity to connect with your community and to enjoy a few minutes’ break from the daily hustle. In offering an alternative to driving to the mall or ordering everything online, we’re not only creating an entirely new mode of suburban commerce, we’re bringing a bit of everyday magic to the suburbs.

Our first Zing-mobiles are on the streets of Bergen County, NJ, offering a boutique coffee shop experience. Follow us on Instagram (@zingtheday) and LinkedIn (Zing!) for updates on Zing in action!

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