Vice President, Software Engineering @ LightBox Employer L L C - Irvine, CA

Job Overview

2 months ago

Vice President, Software Engineering

LightBox Employer L L C - Irvine, CA

Position Overview:

LightBox is a data and workflow provider for the commercial real estate (CRE) industry that has supported buyers, brokers, lenders, appraisers, environmental professionals, etc. in over $3 trillion in CRE transactions through its industry-respected brands over the last two decades. Recently, LightBox launched its new Data Platform, which ingests over ten thousand datasets, connects over five billion data objects, and powers over fifty billion insights per year, and now LightBox is moving up the stack to deliver a unified next-generation web experience for the industry – and it needs a strong engineering leader to lead the charge!

The Vice President, Engineering (Client Platform) shall lead the software engineering organization at LightBox responsible for building LightBox’s next generation client-facing experience.

The LightBox Client Platform is an all-new platform being built with React, Typescript, Node.js and Kubernetes microservices on top of LightBox’s Data Platform for spatial and raster processing, knowledge graphs, search pipelines, persistence layers, and data middleware at scale. Over the next few years, the Client Platform will unify all CRE market participants in a single environment that empowers them to do their best work, to extract deep data insights, and to collaborate with each other and their counterparties.

The ideal candidate for this role is an engineering leader who can design elegant architectures and dive into deep technical challenges with their teams, while simultaneously connecting business context to technical solutions, growing the engineers under them, managing budgets and performance, and delivering products on time and on scope.

This is a hybrid role that requires a minimum of 3 days in the Carlsbad or Irvine Office and allows 2 days of remote work per week.

What you will do and achieve:

  • Lead the creation of a next generation web, mobile and MS Office experience that unifies all LightBox customers on a single platform, starting with new due diligence products and a new workspace for investors and brokers, and then expanding to cover the rest of LightBox’s rich customer base and the CRE market at large.
  • Manage an organization of over thirty engineers responsible for building the Client Platform, including hiring, training, and performance management, and ensure that the work products of the team are scalable, secure, follow industry best practices, and align with LightBox’s platform strategy.
  • Grow a frontend environment with core components, domain-specific languages (DSLs), and micro-applications that scale not just to LightBox engineering teams but also eventually to provide an ecosystem where third parties can build their own plugins and integration that also leverage the full power of the LightBox Platform.
  • Work with senior leadership to translate LightBox’s platform vision and strategy into an actionable roadmap, maintain KPIs to track process, and deliver on-time and on-budget.
  • Collaborate with the product management, project management, user experience, market-facing teams, adjacent engineering organizations, etc. to deliver on the LightBox product vision.
  • Define standards and practices for development including the software development lifecycle, system architecture, software quality, release management, automation, service design, etc.
  • Serve as a mentor for team members, an evangelist of the client platform for other engineering teams and eventually the industry partners, and a translator between engineering and the business, including design sessions, code reviews, technical trainings, etc., as well as presentations of LightBox’s Client Platform for technical and non-technical audiences both internal and external.
  • Investigate and resolve technical and non-technical issues, including leading and participating within incident management processes and root cause analyses.
  • Advise colleagues and executive stakeholders of technology opportunities that could improve the solutions brought to market.
  • Contribute to LightBox’s enterprise strategy as a member of its senior leadership team.

Who you are:



  • 5 or more years of experience managing software engineering teams.
  • 3 or more years of experience with React and Typescript.
  • 3 or more years of experience with cloud architecture.
  • 10 or more years of experience in software engineering.

Key Knowledge & Skills

  • Leadership of multiple software engineering teams in building greenfield software solutions.
  • Development of large-scale web applications in React and Typescript.
  • Modern front-end libraries, including functionality such as Redux, ReactQuery and Leaflet, testing tools such as Cypress and Jest, and build tools such as Webpack.
  • End-to-end system architecture, including design, documentation, and communication.
  • Microservices design, ideally leveraging AWS and Kubernetes.
  • API design, including OpenAPI Spec and ideally an API gateway like Apigee.
  • Modern web technologies and standards.
  • Modern practices around accessibility, security, and responsive web design.
  • Identity and access management practices and architectures.
  • CI/CD tools and infrastructure-as-code, ideally including Terraform, Chef and Jenkins.
  • Organizational leadership, including roadmaps, budgets, and human resources.
  • Project leadership, including SDLC practices and KPI development.
  • Technical leadership, including training and knowledge management.
  • Fundamentals of computer science and software engineering.

Core Competencies

  • Manage high-performance software engineering teams, including defining tasks, reviewing designs, facilitating sprint ceremonies, managing releases, guiding training, and hiring talent.
  • Lead the team from the front, setting a good example not just as a manager but also as an engineer and architect that can go deep into the substance of solutions.
  • Execute on and evolve the enterprise-wide platform strategy in collaboration with team members, architects, and other members of the senior leadership team.
  • Collaborate well with other disciplines, such as product management, project management, user experience, production operations, customer support, etc. to design, develop and deliver successful releases that meet the needs of the market.
  • Identify ambiguities, technical risks, and other challenges development teams may face early in the design phase to ensure smooth execution across the product development teams.
  • Collaborate well with production operations, product management, and customer support to ensure successful releases and the appropriate management, prioritization, and resolution of defects.
  • Ensure that dependencies on other teams, such as from infrastructure and the Data Platform, are understood and tracked in a manner that enables successful releases of the Client Platform.
  • Clearly communicate decision points, opportunities, and outcomes within the team, to cross-functional areas, and to senior management.
  • Stay up to date on emerging technologies, standards, and practices.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $225,000.00 - $250,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Relocation assistance
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Irvine, CA 92617: Reliably commute or willing to relocate with an employer-provided relocation package (Required)


Work Location: Hybrid remote in Irvine, CA 92617

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