Director of Engineering - Mobile Apps


Upwork ($UPWK) is the world’s work marketplace. We help connect companies large and small with top independent talent from around the world. Simply put, our mission is to create economic opportunities so people have better lives.

Every year, more than $2 billion of work is done through Upwork by skilled independent professionals who want the freedom of working anytime, anywhere.

The Mobile Platform team builds, evolves and ships Upwork’s hybrid mobile app platform, allowing the product engineers to launch their experiences from day one using the same codebase. We blend the boundaries between native and web technologies and ultimately seek to deliver an experience that can rival purely native apps while improving code reusability, feature parity and product execution speed.

In this role, you will lead a team of hardworking engineers, evolving Upwork’s mobile platform. You will be responsible for driving architecture, execution / resource planning, and high quality product features delivery. You will partner cross functionally to ensure that patterns & strategies built within the company align with industry best practices in developing mobile and desktop apps. You are someone who is proficient with agile methodologies and can optimally manage the delivery of multiple scrum teams. You love to solve sophisticated problems and don’t hesitate to play other functional roles as the need arises.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Co-lead the company's mobile app strategy.

  • Provide technical and people leadership to our mobile engineers developing Upwork’s iOS, Android and desktop app platforms.

  • Enable and coordinate a mobile app first approach across infrastructure and product engineering teams.

  • Identify and address our mobile apps’ customer needs and opportunities. These include page transition speed, hybrid/native UI/UX exploration, push notification optimization, and more.

  • Drive timely delivery and execution of key projects while maintaining high quality and site uptime

  • Hire, manage, and grow our remote talent workforce.

What it takes to catch our eye:

  • Hands-on experience in engineering management with a focus on mobile app development.

  • Hands-on experience and knowledge of iOS or Android development.

  • Experience in web (or hybrid app) development using modern JavaScript frameworks like Vue, React, or Angular.

  • Experience building hybrid apps using WebViews.

  • Leading engineering teams across multiple time zones.

Come change how the world works.

At Upwork, you’ll shape talent solutions for how the world works today. We are a remote-first organization working together to create exciting remote work opportunities for a global community of professionals.  While we have physical offices in San Francisco and Chicago, currently we also support hiring of corporate full-time employees in 15 states in the United States. Please speak with a member of our recruitment team to determine whether you are located in a state in which we are hiring corporate full-time employees. 

Our vibrant culture is built on shared values and our mission to create economic opportunities so that people have better lives. We foster amazing teams, put our community first, and have a bias toward action. We encourage everyone to bring their whole selves to work and grow together through development opportunities, mentorship, and employee resource groups. Oh yeah, we’ve also got amazing benefits.

Check out our Life at Upwork page to learn more about the employee experience.   

Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


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