Director of Software Engineering, Software & Services

Engineering Chicago, Illinois


Position at SteelSeries

Director of Software Engineering, Software & Services

About Software & Services

We have an ambitious vision of a future where gamers think of SteelSeries not just for its award-winning hardware product lines but also for best-in-class software services for gamers everywhere.


We are just at the beginning of this journey with the launch of the SteelSeries GG software platform for PC gamers and our first free to use software service SteelSeries Moments (


Join our team and lead the effort to build software and services that help every gamer push the boundaries of awesome and feel like a star.


About the Role

SteelSeries is looking for a Director of Software Engineering in our Software & Services business unit. The Director of Software Engineering will focus on building a world class, global software engineering organization that is an attractive destination for software engineers and ensures our vision becomes realized.


You will collaborate deeply with your peers in Product, Marketing, Technology and Research to provide the vision and culture of our Software and Services Business Unit.


This position reports directly to the VP of Software & Services.


Primary Responsibilities

As the engineering leader for software and services group, you will:

  • Build and lead a global high-performance software engineering organization.
  • Encourage and cultivate a culture that encourages personal growth, accountability, and innovation.
  • Embrace collective code ownership, balancing short-term needs with long-term vision. 
  • Work alongside technology and hardware leadership to develop and maintain our technical roadmap.
  • Hire, manage, and develop a core of engineering managers, each supporting their own team.


What we are looking for

  • You have 5+ years of experience as a leader of a software engineering organization and a proven track record of building and leading distributed software engineering teams at the highest levels.
  • You are a people-oriented technology leader with exceptional organizational, communication, and leadership skills.
  • You have deep experience building and scaling consumer facing digital products, such as desktop software, mobile apps, web apps, and/or cloud services.
  • You are passionate about coaching and leading other engineering managers and software engineers, but secretly love getting deep in architecture design when opportunities arise.
  • You are pragmatic about finding solutions to concrete problems.
  • You love figuring out what capabilities our engineering organization currently has and what it needs now and in the future.


Bonus Points

  • Experience scaling new teams globally in high growth modes for fast-growing software businesses
  • Experience building teams and products in a consumer-focused SaaS space


Fun Stuff

  • We have an incredibly wide and exciting set of technologies and platforms within our software ecosystem ranging from hardware integration and device drivers to PC client software and cloud-based infrastructures. There is never a shortage of new tech and product problems to solve.
  • A modern tech stack to build off: Our PC client software front end is an electron app built with the React framework and the back end is predominantly written in Go with some platform specific C++ and C#.
  • 10%-time policy. Our teams (this includes everyone involved in the commercialization of our software from Software Engineers, QA Engineers, Data Scientists, Product Managers, Product Designers, and to our Marketing team) spend 1 day every two weeks learning a new skill, spiking out a new feature, taking a training course, or putting together a Lunch & Learn presentation for your colleagues.
  • Continuous education stipend. We are looking for people who continually want to learn and grow, and we will support them in their ongoing training.
  • Early access to SteelSeries gear such as headsets, keyboards, mice, and controllers. Test out and provide feedback on tons of SteelSeries devices before they hit the street.
  • Employee discount on all SteelSeries hardware. We’ll provide you with all the hardware you need, but the employee discount is nice for friends and family.