Lead Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Montreal

zola Zola

Zola is the fastest growing wedding company in the country.

Zola, one of New York’s fastest growing startups, is looking for a Lead Engineer to build out and lead it’s Montreal office. Zola is growing rapidly and is constantly pushing the boundaries in technology.  The ideal candidate is extremely entrepreneurial, a natural leader, but also not afraid to roll up their sleeves in the early days to work on development.  While the company has raised over $140 million to date, this is a unique opportunity to be a critical part of the founding Montreal team.

You will work closely across functions, including product, user experience, merchandising, business, marketing, and of course, technology. This person will also work closely with our Chief Technology Officer and Talent team to bring in some of the top engineering talent to join our growing team.


-Contribute to the development of the engineering team in the Montreal office
-Support engineering recruiting efforts by interviewing candidates and providing input during final decision making process
-Inspire, manage, coach, and developing the Montreal Engineering Office
-Lead team to continuously ship product improvements and diligently measure results
-Coordinate and collaborate with engineering, product, business, and marketing teams across Zola
-Develop strong lines of communication between Engineering and Product teams
-Provide technical feedback to engineers through code reviews, design reviews, and collaborative problem solving sessions
-Work with Product and Engineering to design, develop, and maintain production ready systems and services
-Coordinate with regional universities to develop and foster an engineering internship pipeline


-BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent experience
-At least 5+ years of experience both managing engineers and leading an engineering team
-At least 10+ years of experience in building large-scale digital products within a high growth environment
-Proficiency in Java (Experience with Java 8 a plus)
-Experience with Java-based Web Service frameworks (DropWizard and Spring Framework)
-Comfortable in a Unix (Linux) environment
-Experience with PostgreSQL.  Comfort with NoSQL data stores such as MongoDB and Redis a plus
-Strong familiarity with front-end web applications such as Angular and React
-Experience with building service-oriented architectures; scaling engineering infrastructure at a fast-growing startup a plus
-Strong knowledge of DevOps and Cloud infrastructure services (AWS preferred)
-Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills
-Experience collaborating with product, UX/creative, and engineering teams to build a roadmap and vision for a team
-Excellent track record of partnering with product to build products that enable engineering to build fast and reliably
-Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
-Deep understanding of how cross-functional teams work in a tech startup
-Experience leading recruiting initiatives as well as growing and organizing engineering teams
-Experience and deep interest in leading initiatives to improve Zola engineering culture, values, processes, speed, quality, execution and delivery
-Foster a culture of innovation and promote engineering best practices across teams

Zola is the fastest growing wedding company in the country. We’re reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience to make the happiest moment in our couples’ lives even happier. From engagement to wedding and decorating your first home, Zola is there, combining compassionate customer service with modern tools and technology. All in the service of love.

Headquartered in New York City, our team brings deep experience working on beautiful, award-winning e-commerce sites and mobile apps in past roles at Gilt Groupe, Yahoo, Amazon, J.Crew, Rent The Runway, Goldman Sachs, among many others. In 2017 the Wall Street Journal named Zola a top 25 Tech Company to Watch, and Forbes named Zola a Next Billion-Dollar Startup.

To apply for this job email your details to aadelman@zola.com.