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Wonderlic is all about people, period. We’re on the lookout constantly for the best and brightest minds in the biz- we rely on our teams to propel Wonderlic to new heights within the HR tech industry. Do you strive for excellence? Are you driven by the desire to make positive changes in the world you live in? 

Join Wonderlic in shaping the future of our organization. We’re happy to have you.

Job title: Engineering Manager 

Location: Wonderlic Inc. 544 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Overview: Are you ready to be a compelling mentor and to empower a team to reach their fullest potential? Are you ready to challenge and support a team to continuously be learning and growing? Do you cultivate agility, cross functional collaboration and empowerment in your teams? Would you be excited to build the technology that matches individual talent to job opportunities using the most predictive and fair science available?  

As Engineering Manager, you’re responsible for building high performing, highly agile developer and Quality Assurance (QA) teams within Wonderlic’s Software Development practice. You’ll collaborate with cross functional teams on the forefront of machine learning, data science, user experience design, psychometrics and organizational psychology to design, build, deploy and support Wonderlic’s next generation products and tools. You’ll foster a ‘continuous improvement’ mindset among your teams servicing both product development and product support work queues and challenge them to identify bottlenecks and ways of speeding up delivery.  And you’ll partner with other technology leaders to create key results for the team and build and execute a roadmap of projects that align with the company’s strategic mission. You’ll continuously apply and evolve agile approaches to fit your team, project, and functional area needs. 

Reports to: The Vice President of Technology 

Supervisory responsibilities: You’ll be the manager of a growing team (initially with seven direct reports), which will include Software Engineers and Quality Assurance Analysts (QA’s). 

As Engineering Manager, it is critical that you value diversity and inclusivity on your team as that is a fundamental aspect of our culture. It is also imperative that you are continuously and adequately coaching and mentoring your team members as well as fostering effective collaboration.

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work is a huge part of this position. So is identifying the best people for the job. It’ll be up to you to ensure that your team has the people and skill sets needed to achieve their goals. The following are key components to helping you effectively recruit a team:

  • Source engineers and QA analysts

  • Motivate direct reports to speak, do presentations, attend community events, and contribute to open source projects 

  • Participate in creating sourcing, selection and onboarding practice for Wonderlic tech

  • Work with recruiting to build a talent and development pipeline

  • Make hiring decisions and manage performance

  • Create onboarding plans and work with others to ensure direct reports are successfully onboarded

Typically you’ll spend 70% of your time on coaching, developing, and guiding execution for your direct reports, 15% of your time on cross functional alignment and initiative planning, and 15% of your time building your team’s talent pipeline. 

We think you’re up for it.

Essential functions and responsibilities: 

  • Maximize productive velocity of the team and resolve blockers to delivery

  • Continuously improve and streamline team processes to deliver more effectively and reduce bottlenecks within a SCRUM/agile team environment

  • Cultivate and develop critical skills within the team to aid in tackling problems

  • Relentlessly drive and evangelize agility

  • Ensure direct reports are focused on the most valuable work and have the support they need to do the job well and that tasks, milestones, success criteria and deliverables are clearly stated and continuously revisited

  • Champion team health and address performance problems quickly and directly

  • Ensure direct reports have personal goals and career development plans that line up with team goals

  • Coach direct reports as they navigate their career path and personal growth in a way that lines up with squad goals

  • Support your team through tight deadlines and getting tasks accomplished

  • Serve as an effective leader and mentor to your direct reports through continuously supporting them in their development and empowering them to learn and grow

  • Identify staffing needs for your team and be responsible for sourcing and attracting top talent with Human Resources’ assistance

  • Report on the status of the team's goals and accomplishments and system performance to stakeholders


Required Education and Experience

  • 3+ years of people management experience

  • Experience working with and leading agile teams

  • Firm understanding of engineering practices with a focus on people leadership 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent working experience 


  What we Offer: 

  • Competitive salary

  • Competitive Paid Time Off (PTO) - 21 days PTO to start 

  • 8 paid holidays and 2 extra floating holidays

  •  A paid, company shutdown week from December 26 to December 31

  • Medical, dental, and vision group insurance

  • Company paid life and long-term disability insurance

  •  Paid Parental and Primary Caregiver Leave after 1 year of employment 

  • Opportunities for remote & flexible work arrangements

  • 401(k) with matching

  • Gym Onsite

  •  Mentorship program

  •  Highly collaborative, innovative and fun work environment

  • A casual dress code


Affirmative Action Plan/Equal Employer Opportunity (AAP/EEO) Statement: Wonderlic is proud to be an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Here, diversity is valued and celebrated, and is what makes us such a successful team. Wonderlic does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, pregnancy status, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military/veteran status, or any other factor protected by law. 


Location: Chicago, IL
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