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Software Engineering Manager

Location: Irvine, CA

Department: IT

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

About the Organization

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry association representing more than 230 leading brands, retailers, manufacturers and industry affiliates working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel, footwear, and textile products manufactured and sold around the world. 

Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel, footwear, and textile product sustainability performance that spotlights priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation. The SAC was incorporated as a 501c(6) nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. To learn more, visit apparelcoalition.org.

Job Description

The SAC seeks an experienced, hands-on, and detail-oriented engineering manager to join our growing Higg Index technology team. In this position, working closely with our CTO, you will play a key role in managing a global and growing team of developers who are engaged in building the next generation of sustainability solutions for the SAC. You will be responsible for overseeing multiple development efforts, managing them to budget and timeline, and ensuring that these efforts are not only individually successful but that they also align with SAC’s overall product roadmap.

This role will engage with external stakeholders including product managers, end users, clients and large multi-national organizations. As such, it is important that you have experience in a user/client facing role and are able to communicate clearly and professionally to a multi-stakeholder audience. 

You will be stepping into an existing high-growth organization and a new platform that just re-launched in November. As an experienced engineering manager, you understand the opportunities and challenges that come with a new platform and are not only excited to jump in, but also have experienced the entrepreneurial phase at a technology or services organization or company and can contribute your expertise and insight. 

Responsibilities and Duties


  • Manage a team of 6-10 front-end and back-end developers
  • Convert specification documents to concrete engineering timelines and deliverables
  • Generate and manage achievable schedules that can be communicated publicly
  • Help to create and manage a new software development process that transitions the org from “Move fast and break things” to “Stability and Predictability”
  • Work closely with our CTO on new initiatives and efforts
  • Communicate and collaborate with various internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop proof of concept (non-production) features on our software stack
  • Coordinate closely with QA, Design and DevOps to maintain system quality and uptime
  • Provide regular reporting and updates on development process and schedules
  • Mentor and grow the team on capacity, capabilities and size


Key Duties / Tasks


  • Develop and execute engineering plans and schedules
  • Manage individual team members through goal setting, day to day work and bi-annual review cycles
  • Evolve and manage a robust engineering process through the full SLDC
  • Develop and own the final draft of software specifications
  • Review and approve all commits and check-ins as required
  • Develop key proof of concept features in order to seed them into the product release process as required
  • Work with multiple technologies and assist with technology selection



     Knowledge,Skills Experience & Ability


  • 2+ years of experience as a Software Engineering Manager
  • 5+ years of experience as a Software Engineer
  • Significant JavaScript / NodeJS expertise
  • Expertise in at least 2 other languages / environments (ex: Java, Python, Go etc.)
  • NoSQL and RDMS database expertise
  • Experience with Docker/Containerization deployments
  • Deep understanding of AWS services and roll-outs
  • Experience building and maintaining Angular 5+ SPA architectures
  • Remote team management
  • Ability to get the job done in an environment with minimal supervision
  • A practical perspective that balances current needs with the desire for perfection
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive, build, release and maintain web-scale systems
  • A flexible, integration focused, outlook that allows you to proceed in uncertain environments while at the same time mixing new, old and custom-built technologies in interesting and sometimes counter-intuitive ways

      Education or Formal Training

  • BS in Computer Science (or related engineering field) or equivalent experience
  • Formal project management experience is a plus, but we have dedicated PM capacity so not a requirement.
  • Formal agile process training is a plus, but we currently run a pretty lean process so not a requirement


Compensation and Location

The SAC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, including a substantial benefits package, which includes health (medical, dental, vision), life insurance, a generous work-from-home policy, paid time off and 401K matching. The SAC's members are global organizations, and as such, the SAC staff sometimes works early or late hours. This position is full time and will be located in Irvine, CA.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is an equal opportunity employer.

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