VP of Product: Mobile, Cloud and IoT
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Whisker, formerly known as AutoPets, is the maker of Litter-Robot, Feeder-Robot, and Litterbox.com. At Whisker, we believe pet parenthood can always get better. 

As leading innovators in pet tech and refined pet accessories, we work tirelessly to solve problems and deliver smarter insights for pet parents while enriching the lives of pets. Whether it’s a self-cleaning litter box that automates scooping, an automatic feeder that helps pets develop healthier eating habits, or a modern cat tree that delights both humans and felines, we strive to deliver better solutions for consumers while transforming pet care along the way. To us, having a pet is the best thing ever. At Whisker, life together just keeps getting better.

Whisker is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Juneau, Wisconsin with 350+ passionate team members. 

What You’ll Do:

Whisker has experienced unprecedented growth since 2015, growing from 25 employees to 350+ full time. Whisker is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Juneau, Wisconsin, as well as remotely.

Whisker is seeking a product and user-obsessed technical software leader who will lead the product roadmap and development of our IoT products (software and embedded systems) and its teams. 

As the incoming VP, you will lead the continued development of our current products in market, the launch of our upcoming new products, the overall strategy & roadmap for WhiskerConnect, WhiskerHealth, and other digital products, and lead hiring and recruiting for the growing department (15, going to 30+ in 2022). You will partner with and have the support of our talented Senior Technical Director who joined as a team of 1, and helped us grow to the current 15+. 

You will join a leadership team that provides empowerment to their employees and fosters an environment that supports forward career mobility. We want people who work well in teams, can brainstorm big ideas, work in new technology areas, thrive in ambiguity, are able to drive a concept into a prototype, and can envision how a prototype could transition into a high-volume consumer product. This is an opportunity to bring state-of-the-art technology to life and into the hands of pet parents worldwide.

  • Engineering Vision: The candidate must be a product visionary, as you will build and own the vision for Whisker’s product roadmap. You will balance short-term projects already in development with long-term product vision, pet wellness and a holistic experience for our pet parents. 
  • Cross-Discipline IoT: The candidate should fully understand how electrical, mechanical, software and embedded teams work together to deliver an exceptional customer experience for every one of our products. 
  • Software: The candidate will help to advance our software capabilities into sensor fusion, machine learning, pet recognition, IoT connectivity and in-app experience. The system and software architecture is our primary consumer interface and product. We need a leader who can take Whisker’s software architecture to the next level. 
  • AI/Machine Learning:  The candidate will develop a clear vision of machine learning solutions to enable AI-powered in-app experiences for pet health, well-being and interaction. The candidate will have a clear understanding of both supervised and unsupervised learning methodologies. Beyond traditional machine learning algorithms, the candidate will be able to recognize opportunities where deep learning is applicable and scale the team to address those opportunities.
  • Team Development: The candidate will help to recruit, grow, mentor and lead our SW engineering team from the current 15 engineers to 30+ in 2022, with larger ambitions for 2023 and beyond. The VP will be responsible for developing other leaders and mentoring our junior engineers to deliver amazing products.
  • Prioritization: The candidate must understand how to balance the needs of today with where we want to be tomorrow. As a consumer products company, we will never leave our existing customers hanging, and therefore the candidate will need to partner with internal stakeholders to solve today’s problems while ensuring the teams are prepared to work on tomorrow’s innovations to build our future. 
  • Execution excellence:  The candidate will have a track record of delivering multiple products at scale and on time. This requires driving architecture, execution, verification and automation of all aspects of the products.

What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s in Computer Science
  • 10+ years experience as a Software Engineering Manager/Director/VP
  • 10+ years of development experience with at least 5 years in cloud environments working with SQL, Python, Java, and REST APIs
  • 7+ years leading multiple Agile teams and programs with expert understanding of Agile and Lean principles
  • Strong knowledge of the AWS IoT stack in the context of large-scale IoT product deployments
  • Experience with Flutter (or other comparable framework) for mobile app design, development and support 
  • Proven ability to manage multiple product lines and meet aggressive release schedules
  • Excellent communication (verbal & written) and presentation skills
  • Experience managing teams of 30-100 people
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with team members and colleagues
  • High degree of initiative, self-motivation and ability to motivate others

Benefits & Perks: 

Join a tenacious, inventive company that empowers team members to chart their own path, lead by grounding decisions in the “why”, and has a strong sense of empathy and openness to new perspectives. Be a part of exciting growth, work with incredible people, and create tomorrow’s pet products—plus a whole lot of extras. You will also be provided with::

  • Premium Medical/Dental/Vision insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • PTO
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 401K with 4% Match
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Top of the line equipment 

Statement of Inclusivity: 

We believe different perspectives make Whisker better and strive to create a place where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive.