Handsome is looking for a Engineering Manager

    HANDSOME is a Female Founded and rapidly growing Austin, TX based startup that has been backed by A+ investors and was the first Latinx founded startup to receive a $100,000 cash award by Google for Startups Latino Founders Fund. HANDSOME has been recognized as a Top 50 Startup and has been featured in TechCrunch, Business Insider, Modern Salon, American Salon, DocSend and Inc File.

    HANDSOME is… a world class network, connecting beauty and barber professionals to career advice, mentorship and education. Our mission is simple. To bring equal opportunities to the Underdog.

    The beauty industry is 90% female & 66% Black and Latinx and the leading industry in diversity and entrepreneurial job opportunities for what we call the “Underdog”: Indigenous people, People of Color and Women.

    Our values: Intention, Diversity & Inclusion, Holism, Greatness, Action, Accountability & Trust

    HANDSOME is committed to uplifting the economic well-being and opportunities for underrepresented people. We highly encourage individuals who identify as: Indigenous, people of color, women and LBGTQIA to apply.


    Flexible: Remote or based in Austin, TX

    Engineering Manager

    The Head of Engineering’s responsibilities will include the management and expansion of Handsome app, an outsource dev team, deep experience in information architecture, design of front and backend development, innovative tech solutions, and a zest for collaboration!!

    We encourage autonomy and ownership of individual roles while still being a major team player across the board. We are a small team and want to hear your view and insights. You must have experience in managing teams while still being able to dive in and get your hands dirty!

    About You:

    • You have a high EQ and work well in small teams, iterating, and shifting directions quickly
    • You are excited about making a major impact on a global scale to a massive industry of professionals.
    • You are organized and strategic in growth, scalability, optimization, and have experience building a world class product.
    • You are willing to dive in, learn about the creative professionals we are serving, and stay community focused.
    • You’re a problem solver. You research and seek top tier solutions.
    • You’re an expert communicator. You ask questions. You bring thoughtful insight and creativity to the table. You are a contributor & community player.
    • You take lead in being the liaison of ideas and expectations to both the outsource team and in house team.

    Engineering Strategy:

    • Manage, build, implement proper systems architecture
    • Ability & experience in making strategic recommendations on the appropriate technology needed to scale in the short and long term
    • Actively participate in the entire process of development, including design, testing, deployment, and supporting the team
    • Suggest and implement high-tech, innovative solutions to expand the product & analytics, such as: MixPanel, user journey mapping tools, direct messages, and other analytic and open-sourced tools
    • Champion a “test and learn” culture, where innovation and iteration is a central part of the overall technical strategy to deliver a seamless customer experience.
    • Partner with Design, Partnerships & Marketing to ensure effective and scalable execution of new features.

    Engineering Leadership & Execution:

    • Hiring, molding, mentoring, interviewing & building a LATAM based team
    • Leading team to execute relentlessly toward goals, fast-paced deployments, and innovation
    • Implement and monitor quality engineering processes, I.e., agile scrum methodology
    • Hands on in coding when needed, optimize backend code, identify & fix bottlenecks
    • Analyze and develop solutions for complex challenges with the company’s user growth & engagement KPIs in mind
    • Ensure quality analytics thru company data sources like: Mixpanel, Google Analytics, Firebase, App Store Connect and beyond


    • 4-5+ years of Technology Management experience, ideally in a lead engineering role
    • 5-7 years Backend/front end development experience
    • Design and operational experiences
    • Startup experience building and managing engineering teams from 5 to 30+
    • Proficiency in at-least one of iOS SWIFT or Node.JS or React Native
    • Experience in relational databases such as Twilio, Algolia, Braintree, Firebase, MixPanel etc
    • Experience in relational databases and knowledge of AWS Dynamo DB is a plus.
    • Understanding how to optimize and fine-tune backend application that uses MySQL or other external & open source softwares
    • Strong will to learn, create and conquer!
    • Individuals with nontraditional backgrounds, but proven ability are highly encouraged to apply
    • Experience building high performing technology teams, specifically remote in LATAM

    Critical Soft Skills

    • Critical Thinking – asks critical questions, solves for “root issues”
    • Strategic Thinking – identifies blind spots & offers solutions
    • Conflict Management – Ability to navigate disagreements
    • Ambition – desire to “prove themselves” & works clear under pressure
    • Patience – ability to encounter & overcome failure
    • Flexibility – adaptable and pragmatic thru rapid change
    • Autonomy – ability to self-manage and self own tasks
    • Management – ability to manage “up”, “down” and “across”
    • Time Management – ability to prioritize
    • Focus – doesn’t get caught in the weeds
    • Self-Starter – ability to navigate multiple responsibilities
    • Ability to communicate effectively & efficiently
    • Takes responsibility for “mistakes” & offers solutions to solve
    • Corporate experience + startup experience a plus


    We aim to change the game in how businesses are operating. We believe there is a new way of doing business that honors and celebrates employees, that is shown through our competitive benefits package.

    • Unlimited PTO
    • 28 paid annual holidays
    • Health insurance
    • Employee stock options
    • Rebel Hour
    • Startup culture: building culture & company from the ground up
    • Flex WFH schedule
    • Maternity & parental leave