In his essay “You weren’t meant to have a boss,” Paul Graham argues that humans evolved for hunter-gatherer-sized groups—eight being the ideal number. This implies that startups are the ideal place for programmers—the structure of large companies just prevents you from getting much done.
Graham’s essay is joined by many authors critiquing the scale of modernity. James C. Scott’s "Seeing Like a State" notes how 1800s bureaucrats attempted to impose process on the land, planting the single fastest growing tree species in a grid—and were met with rampant forest fire and disease.
These authors make an excellent point. You can get a lot done as an eight-person team (Mercury launched with a team of nine), and imposing too much structure can be fatal. At the same time, the tension these authors ride up against is that scale has clearly won out: Graham’s Y Combinator now employs over 80 people, and the best permaculturist can’t compete with modern tree farms.
As the VP of Engineering at Mercury, your job will be to carefully balance this tension a you lead our team of 150 engineers, reporting to our cofounder and CTO. You’ll help maintain morale, and attract and retain top talent, be it via your interpersonal skills or by creating meaningful career opportunities for our engineering talent. You’ll also help us build great software products that delight our users. More specifically, here’s what we expect you to work on in this job:
And here are some traits we think would be helpful for the job:
As a VP, you would have extremely wide scope over the possible things you might end up working on. However, we anticipate these being areas you'd be working less on:
Candidates are highly encouraged to check out our demo at https://demo.mercury.com
*Mercury is a financial technology company, not a bank. Banking services provided by Choice Financial Group and Evolve Bank & Trust, Members FDIC.
Our salary ranges are based on paying competitively for our size and industry, and all employees receive salary + equity + benefits. Individual pay decisions are based on a number of factors, including qualifications for the role, experience level, skillset, and balancing internal equity relative to peers at the company.
The range shared is for the expectations as laid out in the job description, however we are often open to a wide variety of profiles, and recognize that the person we hire may be less experienced or more senior than this job description as posted. If that ends up being the case, the updated salary range will be communicated with you as a candidate.
The salary range for candidates is $350,000 - $400,000 USD.