Engineering Manager, Personalization @ Spotify - New York, NY

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Engineering Manager, Personalization

Spotify - New York, NY

The Personalization team makes deciding what to play next easier and more enjoyable for every listener. From Daily Mix to Discover Weekly, we’re behind some of Spotify’s most-loved features. We built them by understanding the world of music and podcasts better than anyone else. Join us and you’ll keep millions of users listening by making great recommendations to each and every one of them. We ask that our team members be physically located in Central European time or Eastern Standard/Daylight time zones for the purposes of our collaboration hours.


New York or Remote Americas

Job type

Everyday, hundreds of millions of people all over the world use the products we build which include destinations like “Home” and “Search” as well as original playlists such as "Discover Weekly" and “Daily Mix.” We're a team of technologists, product insight experts, designers, and product managers in Boston, New York, Stockholm, and London.

This is a unique opportunity for an Engineer Manager to drive recommendations across some of Spotify’s biggest playlists amounting to a significant percentage of overall Spotify consumption. From “Daily Mix”, “Radio”, to Artist / Genre / Mood / Decade personalized “Mixes” you will have a large impact on how we power these sets, our next generation of listening experiences, and the platform we’re building out to support them. You’ll be collaborating with top industry experts in improving our recommendations, building out key infrastructure and improving the listening experience of hundreds of millions of users.

What You'll Do

  • You will help build a team of Backend, Data and ML Engineers, and lead through hiring, coaching, mentoring, and hands-on career development
  • You will provide guidance and collaborate with engineers and product managers on personalized recommendations, machine learning, and engineering best practices
  • In partnership with a product manager and team of engineers, build a tech stack which supports our next generation recommender services to improve the listening experience for all the users
  • You will support the engineering team in formulating the technical vision and strategy for our technology stack
  • Grow a highly effective engineering team with focus on our future recommendations platform and machine learning

Who You Are

  • You thrive when developing great people and phenomenal products
  • You have experience in cultivating a strong engineering culture in an agile environment
  • You have previous experience building production-scale platforms
  • You do not need to have an ML engineering background, but do have experience working in an ML environment
  • You are an experienced manager with strong people skills and leadership experience
  • You care about agile software processes, ML and data-driven development, reliability, and responsible experimentation
  • You’re familiar with the audio streaming industry trends and keep up with the latest product offerings, and can understand trade-offs of existing solutions
  • Music domain expertise is a plus

Where you'll be

  • We are a distributed workforce enabling our band members to find a work mode that is best for them!
  • Where in the world? For this role, it can be within the Americas region in which we have a work location and is within working hours.
  • Working hours? We operate within the Eastern Standard time zone for collaboration and ask that all be located in that time zone.
  • Prefer an office to work from home instead? Not a problem! We have plenty of options for your working preferences. Find more information about our Work From Anywhere options here.

Our global benefits

Extensive learning opportunities, through our dedicated team, GreenHouse.
Flexible share incentives letting you choose how you share in our success.
Global parental leave, six months off - fully paid - for all new parents.
All The Feels, our employee assistance program and self-care hub.
Flexible public holidays, swap days off according to your values and beliefs.
Spotify On Tour, join your colleagues on trips to industry festivals and events.

Learn about life at Spotify

Spotify is an equal opportunity employer. You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.

Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the chance to enjoy and be passionate about these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service.

Global COVID and Vaccination Disclosure
Spotify is committed to safety and well-being of our employees, vendors and clients. We are following regional guidelines mandating vaccination and testing requirements, including those requiring vaccinations and testing for in-person roles and event attendance. For the US, we have mandated that all employees and contractors be fully vaccinated in order to work in our offices and externally with any third-parties. For all other locations, we strongly encourage our employees to get vaccinated and also follow local COVID and safety protocols.

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