We’re hiring a Vice President of Engineering in Columbus, OH

We're looking for a Vice President of Engineering who will excel in supporting and growing our engineering team as we scale from forty engineers into the hundreds over the next few years. We’re a VC-backed company that recently raised a $100M Series D, bringing our valuation to $1B.

Root Insurance is the nation’s first licensed insurance carrier powered entirely by mobile and founded on the principle that car insurance rates should be based on how you drive, not who you are. Through smartphone technology and data science, Root measures driving behavior, and uses it as the primary factor in determining rates. The result is personalized car insurance for good drivers, better rates, and a seamless mobile app experience.

Some quick stats as of August 2018:
* #18 in Android Finance apps, 4.4 stars, 6.6k reviews
* #30 in iOS Finance apps, 4.8 stars, 9k reviews
* Available in 20 states which reach 38.6% of the population of the country. We have significant growth potential simply through state expansion.
* Direct written premium by quarter starting from Q1 2017: $113k, $372k, $885k, $2.6M, $7.9M, $14.9M
* Total employees: 140. Total engineers: 40.

Our engineering team is performing exceptionally well. We've built the entirety of the software necessary to run a car insurance carrier with a relatively small team in relatively short order. We ship updates to our mobile app weekly and our backend daily. We're looking for somebody who can take a high-performing team and help maintain and enhance it even as it scales. We recognize that the best way to deliver software with a team of forty is quite different than with a team of a hundred.  If you've been through that kind of growth and are interested in joining up with a great team to transform the insurance industry, please get in touch with Dan Manges at [email protected]

Here are some obligatory bullet points describing the role.

Root seeks a deeply experienced and innovative Vice President of Engineering who will lead a top-notch team of developers in building insurance technology for the future.  Reporting to co-founder and CTO, Dan Manges ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/dmanges/ ), the VP, Engineering will:


  • Lead the engineering organization in having a transformative impact, redefining an industry that has underutilized technology and been stagnant for far too long.
  • Fluidly lead the transitions necessary to grow the engineering organization from 40 to 100+ engineers over the next 18 months.
  • Deliver working software to realize the tremendous advantage that Root has being an insurance carrier built on modern technology.
  • Maintain the momentum of a high-performing team that has excelled in building the entirety of a software platform necessary to run an auto insurance carrier.
  • Invest in people, shaping what it means to be an Engineering Lead, Manager, or Director at Root.
  • Continue to attract talent of the caliber that will make Root nearly unrivaled in its achievements relative to its team size.
  • Cultivate skills and manage performance, guiding the engineering organization in career progression, promotions, performance improvement, and hiring practices.
  • Collaborate fluidly with internal peers (Product, Design, Data Science, and more) on applying engineering expertise to deliver on organizational objectives.
  • Apply thoughtfulness in structuring the engineering organization into teams that can work autonomously, while maintaining a cohesive engineering culture across all teams.
  • Professionally represent Root in conversations with external parties as necessary.


  • Proven ability and success running and scaling a team of developers, attracting outstanding talent, and creating a culture of innovation and technical excellence.
  • 10+ years of engineering leadership experience in a high-growth company, reliably executing on product roadmaps.
  • Ability to recruit and motivate top engineering talent. Can effectively manage teams ranging in size from 50 to 100+ engineers.
  • Demonstrated technical leadership with significant exposure to growing organizations, enabling process, and growing software engineering teams (career mentoring, retention, advancement).
  • Familiarity with building large-scale products powered by backend API platforms and client-server architectures.
  • Strong technical knowledge, with the ability to understand critical path challenges and product delivery implications.
  • Experience with modern technology and the latest open source distributed systems and architecture knowledge is ideal.
  • Skilled at implementing and optimizing software engineering and product development methodologies and processes.
  • Strong communicator and past success working cross-functionally in partnerships with adjacent business functions in an evolving company.
  • Real strength around process management and implementation.
  • Eloquent and savvy leader who can find optimal execution for goals and objectives held by all stakeholders: founders, investors, and employees.


  • Highly effective at creating collaborative relationships across an entire organization.
  • Successful in both scrappy and entrepreneurial environments as well as more sophisticated and later stage organizations.
  • A strategic thinker, with a vision that far transcends what is visible today.
  • Inventive, understanding when to pursue creative solutions to problems while being thoughtful of their trade-offs.
  • An entrepreneur who sees ambiguity as opportunity, and obstacles as chances to build.
  • High energy and action-oriented with a history of getting things done in complex environments.
  • Integrity beyond reproach and the ethical soundness of a true leader.
  • Superior analytical skills and attention to detail with good business judgment and exceptional maturity, diplomacy, and communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Results orientation with a strong work ethic. Must be tenacious, with the emotional intelligence to know when to push harder and when to look for alternative approaches.

Get in touch

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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