AVAILABLE POSITIONS Director of Engineering – Central Technology

Our mission at Zynga is to connect the world through games by building games around core social experiences to deliver deep player engagement, organic acquisition and long-term retention. Our portfolio of games – Empires & Puzzles, Merge Dragons, CSR Racing 2, Farmville, Hit it Rich! Slots, Words with Friends and Zynga Poker span some of the fastest-growing mobile gaming categories including Action Strategy, Casual, Social Casino and Invest Express. We delivered strong Q3(2019) results. In the quarter, we achieved our highest quarterly revenue and bookings in Zynga history, with mobile revenue up 54% year-over-year and mobile bookings up 64% year-over-year. Our performance in the quarter was driven by strong momentum across our live services as well as initial contributions from our recently launched titles. We are raising our full-year 2019 guidance to $1.28 billion in revenue, up 41% year-over-year and an increase of $42 million versus our prior guidance.

We intend to build on this momentum in 2020. Come join us, thrive, and take risks and dream big to shape the future of the fastest-growing gaming platform mobile.

Do you like making an impact across all of the company’s games? Do you like to focus on shared client & server tech that drives the core gameplay experience under the hood? If yes, then our Central Technology team will be perfect for you! We’re looking for exceptional leaders with a passion for technology and the ability to work with a diverse team.  The Director of Engineering position will play a key role in managing multiple teams supporting the development of services/tools for games.

Main Responsibilities

  • Effectively manage and lead a team of software engineers working on various shared products/services for Zynga’s games

  • Drive technical excellence by validating technology choices, architectural design and code quality, diving deeper when necessary

  • Enable the team to succeed by identifying gaps, improving engineering process and providing growth opportunities

  • Be the voice of the team in interacting with various stakeholders across disciplines both inside and outside of the organization

  • Act as a conduit from executive leadership down to the team, distilling strategic direction into tactical action

  • Collaborate with other technical leaders at Zynga to drive best practices and engineering culture

  • Coordinate closely with other disciplines (especially Production and Product) to ensure alignment against larger organizational goals

Desired Skills and Experience

  • B.S. in Computer Science, or equivalent

  • 6+ years of experience directly managing teams of software engineers

  • 4+ years of prior hands-on software development experience

  • Solid understanding of best practices for engineering process, code quality, build/release pipelines, security and live operations

  • Knowledge of the mobile landscape and emerging technologies

  • Familiarity with multiple programming languages and platforms (Java, C#, C++ and/or Go)

  • Familiarity with agile development methods and tools

  • Experience with iOS, Android, Unity or Unreal a plus

  • Experience with cloud technologies (VMs, Kubernetes, serverless, etc.) a plus

What we offer you

  • Zynga Stock RSUs and Bonus Plan

  • Full medical, dental, vision benefits as well as life insurance

  • Catered lunch daily

  • Generous Paid Maternity/Paternity leave

  • Open vacation policy for many employees

  • Flexible working hours on many teams

  • Casual dress every single day

  • Work with cool people!

Zynga is an equal opportunity employer. We are proud of our diverse community; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds. Join us!

Zynga will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

Zynga is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need an accommodation during the interview process, please let us know.


Careers region: North America

Careers Category: Engineering

Careers location: San Francisco, CA

Careers Type: Full-Time