Sr. Director, Software Development

Platform and Services Chicago, Illinois


Position at Gogo Commercial Aviation

Job Description: 

We are looking for a software engineering leader who will guide the build out of web scale in-flight applications. As Sr. Director of Engineering, you’ll be responsible for the technology - building a reliable, scalable, secure and high performing technology stack using industry best practices. You’ll ensure our architecture is flexible and scalable to allow for our rapid growth into new business lines. You’ll be responsible for consistently delivering meaningful features, applications and technology solutions that solve business problems and open new markets. You’ll consistently communicate and deliver to commitments and increase the velocity of our teams by removing roadblocks. You’ll be responsible for driving new business and growth through engineering solutions. You’ll build and inspire a world-class team of client-focused engineers who use technology to enable our growing business. 


  • Background in software engineering, with experience in both server oriented / backend development and front-end development. 
  • Proven track record of delivering production quality apps at enterprise scale 
  • Experience with server-to-server system integration (think OAuth, REST APIs, etc.). 
  • Experience working closely with product management and design as an integrated part of the development process 
  • Experience with operating at near-startup velocity which engineering products that have a solid foundation for future growth 
  • 8+ years of engineering management experience in high-growth engineering organizations.
  • Led organizations of 60+ engineers. 
  • Worked in the consumer or e-commerce space and understand building applications and technology that delight and engage consumers and foster growth 
  • Experience working at a large-scale technology company with more than 300 engineers 
  • Extensive experience building large-scale technology and applications that are reliable, scalable, secure, and highly performant using industry best practices 
  • Exceptional coding abilities and experience with architectural patterns of large, high-scale applications 
  • Strong knowledge in Java, Node.js, Javascript, AI, Machine Learning, Analytics, React, AWS based Cloud Native Applications 
  • Experience in Lean/Agile development methodologies including Lean, Scrum, Kanban, and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).  


  • Work closely with product management and creative teams to design, implement and test an entire product. 
  • Provide leadership and technical and architectural guidance to a team. 
  • Enthusiasm on mentoring and providing career development of your employees 
  • Propose and execute on mini-research/prototype projects that introduce an innovative solution to new or existing problems. 
  • Have fun engineering software! 

Gogo is the inflight internet company. Our worldwide inflight Wi-Fi services have made internet and video entertainment a regular part of flying. We are a diverse and mission-minded group of professionals all working together in extraordinary harmony. And that’s just the beginning.

We connect the aviation industry and air travelers with innovative technology and applications, and we do it all in a high-energy environment that welcomes the next challenge. Be prepared to join a performance-obsessed team that is passionate about bringing the internet to every device, every flight, everywhere.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled

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