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Vice President, Engineering

Remote - United States

Company Overview

Root was founded in 2015 on the principle that car insurance rates should be based primarily on driving behaviors, not demographics. The company has been revolutionizing this outdated industry ever since, using mobile technology and data science to offer personalized auto insurance rates to good drivers. Tapping into the technology in smartphones to measure driving behavior such as braking, speed of turns, driving times, and route regularity, Root determines who is a safe driver and who isn't. By only insuring safe drivers, Root can offer more affordable car insurance rates. In 2020, the company extended to additional lines of insurance, including renters and homeowners, and launched Root Enterprise, a platform that uses telematics to improve the way commercial companies assess and manage risk. In addition, we’ve recently announced our partnership with Carvana, inviting an exciting future for both companies in our future. Root Insurance is the largest property casualty InsurTech in the U.S. with three offices across the country and more than 1,000 employees. In 2018, Root became the first insurance tech startup outside of the healthcare sector to be valued at over a billion dollars. In October of 2020, Root had its initial public offering, raising $724 million, Ohio’s largest IPO to date.
 
The Role:
Root is seeking a VP, Engineering who has experience building and leading a high performing engineering organization in a large and rapidly growing business, all while shaping a strong culture. Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer, the VP, Engineering is responsible for directing engineering functions of the organization to drive the technology strategy and support the business objectives of the company. Specifically, the role oversees product engineering, technology infrastructure, data management, and is a key stakeholder of the product team. Collaboration among the leaders at Root is critical to the company’s success. As a leader, the VP, Engineering will provide thought leadership and highly directed counsel in a collaborative format. This person must be a business- oriented executive who recognizes changing market dynamics, is nimble to change, and will actively contribute to Root’s overall goals.

The VP, Engineering will be responsible for developing the companywide engineering roadmap to support long-term objectives, scaling technology systems and teams, and growing technical skill sets of Root engineers. The VP, Engineering will help represent Root as a spokesperson in public forums in respect to technology, and in developing an outward-facing engineering brand that attracts the best engineering talent to Root.

Responsibilities:
Develop and execute best-in-class technology strategies that align to company strategy and enable the company to achieve business and
financial goals.
Collaborate with executive and business teams on technical considerations to structure engineering to support cross-functional
partners.
Establishing an engineering talent brand that is effective at attracting and retaining the best engineering talent to Root. Define management and development practices to promote high levels of employee engagement.
Direct the creation and execution of technology and engineering roadmaps coordinated across business products and infrastructure in
conjunction with key cross-functional partners.
Lead in the development and implementation of tools, systems, processes, and technical standards that support the company’s technology infrastructure planning and data management strategies.
Ensure the security of technology systems and processes, as well as sensitive proprietary and confidential data relating to Root, employees,
and customers.

A great person for this role is:
Technical savant with a love of and deep passion for solving tech problems
Visionary systems thinker who can lay out a path for change in the organization
Inspiring leader who can excite internal and external audiences with tech vision
Deep product thinker who can lead engineers to be business-minded partners
Experienced with high degree of executive competence
A seasoned technology leader with a drive for results orientation
Someone who could be world class at recruiting, a talent magnet

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Finding the right people to help us build Root is a top priority. Whether you would like to explore the possibility of working together or simply learn more about the position, we’d love to hear from you!

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At Root, we judge people based on the merit of their work, not who they are. If you are passionate about what this role entails and solving real problems, we encourage you to apply. We want to learn about you and what you can add to our team.

Who we are

We’re harnessing the power of technology to revolutionize insurance. Using machine learning and mobile telematic platforms, we’ve built one of the most innovative FinTech companies in the world. And we’re just getting started.

What draws people to Root

Our success is in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our products are only as good as the people building and promoting them. We want individuals who find solutions by going through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity, rigor, and an analytical lens. Ask anyone who works here and you’ll hear similar reasons for why they joined:

Autonomy—for assertive self-starters, the opportunities to contribute are limitless. Impact—by challenging the way it’s always been done, we solve problems that have a big impact on our business. Collaboration—we encourage rich discussion and civil debate at every turn. People—we are inspired by the collection of crazy-smart people around us.

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