Engineering Tech Lead

Thumbtack - San Francisco, CA4.5

30+ days ago
Have you ever tried to hire a plumber? How about a house cleaner? If you have, chances are it took you way longer than it should. In the era of instant-everything, it's crazy that you still have to waste an entire afternoon researching, calling and vetting local service professionals whenever you need one. The market for hiring them is huge — $700B in the US alone — but the process is inefficient and largely offline.

Thumbtack is transforming this experience end-to-end, building a marketplace that matches millions of people with local pros for almost any project. In making these connections, not only do our customers get more done every day, our pros are able to grow their businesses and make a living doing what they're great at.

About the Engineering Team

At Thumbtack, the engineering team is responsible for building a great product and the infrastructure powering it. This involves tackling challenging technical problems across our search experience, matching algorithm, scheduling flows, messaging platform, payments, and more. Building an outstanding experience for each of these products is made more complex by the sheer scale of our approach: Thumbtack simultaneously operates in nearly 1,000 categories, in every county in the US. Our new Instant Match ( )tool has allowed us to truly revolutionize the experience of hiring local pros, while increasing supply to meet the robust customer demand we've spent years growing.

About the Role

Tech leads at Thumbtack are responsible for driving the technical direction of the team, and are ultimately accountable for the team's impact. As a tech lead, you will work with the team and cross-functional partners to develop the team's strategy and roadmap. You'll then lead the engineering team in building out the systems and products to execute on that vision. Tech leads must be deeply technical and lead from the front - we expect TLs to be hands-on in writing code, designing systems, and helping the team make high quality technical decisions that lead to impact.


  • Be a deep technical leader on the team. Work with the eng team to establish technical direction, set priorities, and guide key technical decisions.
  • As a technical leader, make substantial technical contributions by writing code and designing systems. TLs are not expected to lead every project or systems design, but are expected to make some deep technical contributions to our system.
  • Work with the eng team and cross functional leads across product, design, and marketing to craft a compelling strategy and roadmap for the team.
  • Drive execution on the team, developing processes, and helping the team find ways to move forward.
  • Collaborate with other teams to align on priorities and execution across Thumbtack.
  • Work closely with other engineering leaders to continually improve Thumbtack's engineering culture in a high paced growth environment.
Must-Have Qualifications

  • 2+ years experience in an engineering team lead role, as either a manager or tech lead, and 5+ years experience building software at scale.
  • Fluency in programming, and ability to pick up and switch between multiple languages. In our stack, we mainly use PHP, Scala, and Go, with Swift, Kotlin and Java for our mobile apps.
  • Strong leadership, communication and collaboration skills.
Nice-to-Have Qualifications

  • Experience at a consumer tech company and/or a marketplace business.
  • Experience building and scaling reliable, performant distributed systems or building high quality user-facing technology products.
More About Us

Thumbtack is a local services marketplace – one of the largest in the U.S. – that helps millions of people hire local professionals. With nearly 1,000 different categories, customers can find a Thumbtack pro for almost anything: landscapers, DJs, personal trainers, even piano teachers. And in making these connections, we empower local pros too. Helping them get new customers and make a living doing what they're great at.

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in San Francisco, Thumbtack is backed by over $250 million in investment from Sequoia Capital, CapitalG, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Investment Partners and Baillie Gifford.

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Thumbtack embraces diversity. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.