CarGurus: VP of Foundations & Platform Engineering

Meet CarGurusthe #1 visited online car shopping website in the US. At CarGurus, were building the worlds most trusted and transparent automotive marketplace where its easy to find great deals from top-rated dealers.

Founded in 2006 by Langley Steinert (co-founder of TripAdvisor), CarGurus is a technology company with a passion for data and its power to simplify every aspect of the car shopping experience. Using proprietary technology, search algorithms and innovative data analytics, we provide unbiased validation on pricing, dealer reputation and vehicle history.

Were looking for a hands on technical leader for our Foundations and Platform Engineering Team who is passionate about creating software that is used by millions. Our Engineering teams solve a variety of unique challenges, from designing complex data structures and algorithms to machine learning and data analytics. We deploy code daily and use data to drive our decisions, while delivering software and analytics to consumers and dealers around the world.

Our Foundations and Platform Engineering team focuses on providing infrastructure, frameworks and tools for product development engineering teams at CarGurus. They are also responsible for the overall health of the system, monitoring and reliability of our production and development systems. The teams works on providing build and delivery tools and at the same time works on engineering processes and architectural frameworks that help improve developer productivity, system stability and robustness. Providing a platform for developing performant, fault-tolerant, maintainable, and scalable systems is a core characteristic of the team. This is a high visibility role that reports directly to the SVP of Engineering.

What Youll Do:

  • Lead Foundations and Platform engineering teams in development of world class software platform that enables development of products.
  • Work closely with engineering teams to provide guidance on overall system design and architecture
  • Prioritize team efforts and plan projects in a highly iterative environment
  • Work with leadership and other teams to define roadmap for the team
  • Drive long term strategy for development infrastructure, system architecture and development tools
  • Work closely with Infrastructure Engineering team to contribute to the strategy for production infrastructure
  • Lead the automation test team to drive increased automation coverage
  • Mentor team leads and individual contributors
  • Manage and contribute to the rapid scaling of the team

Who You Are:

  • 10+ years of Software Engineering Experience
  • 2+ years of team leadership experience
  • Expertise with Java, or similar object oriented languages
  • Able to lead the development, testing, and delivery of multiple software products. Desired experience in microservices architecture, containers and container management technologies.
  • Drawn to and thrive in a fast-paced environment that pushes code daily
  • Looking to work on challenging and highly-technical problems.
  • Able to collaborate well with other functional teams and come up with a roadmap for architectural platform.
  • Capable of providing mentorship for team leads and be able to review of critical code/designs
  • Experienced with building large scalable systems
  • Understanding of MySQL or similar relational databases
  • Understanding of how to build high volume, high availability, distributed systems
  • Knowledge of, or desire to learn search and / or related technologies like ElasticSearch
  • Experienced with a modern Javascript framework like React.js a plus
  • B.S. in Computer Science or related field (preferred)

Our Current Tech Environment: Java, Spring, Hibernate, Javascript, React/Redux, HTML, CSS, MySQL, ElasticSearch, Kafka, Memcached, MongoDB, Freemarker

CarGurus Culture:

At the core of our company culture is a spirit of innovation, curiosity and collaboration. True to our start-up roots, were nimble, flexible and hardworking. We have a great respect for testing and learning and a healthy aversion to scheduling meetings to discuss meetings. Lunch is catered daily. Gym membership is free. Foosball and ping pong are played often. Now a publicly-traded company, were as committed as ever to cultivating the culture that got us here.

In addition to the US, CarGurus operates sites in Canada, the UK and Germany with other markets on the horizon. Our offices are located in Cambridge, MA, Detroit, MI and Dublin, Ireland. If youd like to learn more, please visit our careers page.


Employee Testimonials

Vanessa De Gennaro CarGurus
Vanessa De Gennaro
Engineering Director

I love how supportive people are of testing new ideas. Some are successful and some aren’t. Either way, we learn and the learning is what’s important.

Charles Talbot CarGurus
Charles Talbot
Senior UI/UX Engineer

When building products, we’re empowered to take ownership and innovate. Our dev process is rooted in transparent communication, and we each take an active part in determining our own path within the team.

Michelle DiPasquale CarGurus
Michelle DiPasquale
Product Manager

On the international team, we conduct consumer studies to uncover areas where we can provide the customer with more transparency. Then, we quickly turn those insights into solutions through prototyping, testing, and rapid iteration.

Mathew Reiss CarGurus
Mathew Reiss
SEO Product Management Head

Whether we’re seeing how a copy change impacts organic traffic or testing a new way of loading code, it feels great knowing that we’re making a historically painful process—shopping for a new car—that much better.

Joe Burke CarGurus
Joe Burke
Senior Manager of Dealer Relations

The CarGurus sales floor has the most team-first culture of any I’ve sat on during my 13 years in the business, and the product truly sells itself.

Caroline McGuire CarGurus
Caroline McGuire
Business Development Representative

The perks here can’t be beat. Where else do you get free lunch every day, a free gym membership, AND a subsidized T-pass? That’s on top of a fully stocked kitchen, and beer and wine on tap.