VP, Engineering
BackSpin - Toronto, ON

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About BackSpin (https://backspinit.com)
BackSpin is a cloud based content sharing and performance measurement platform. It facilitates the distribution of access controlled content so teams and partners can view and collaborate. More importantly, BackSpin measures user engagement for everyone who consumes the content. All behavioural data, including replays, skips, seeks and pauses provide valuable data to the content creator. The goal is to use this data to inform the content owner, whether that be a TV or film studio, an educator, corporate training environment, or wedding videographer. With engagement metrics, content owners can refine their product, better understand user needs, and inform sales teams. It's a Big Data play for better content. https://backspinit.com

The VP Engineering will build a world-class team of engineers dedicated to bringing the power of analytics to a content production, building a robust, secure, intuitive product, founded on a scalable platform. The team will need to iterate quickly and meet the demands of a fast-moving markets.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in hands-on leadership of talented engineering teams in building complex applications, ideally in the area of video streaming, data collection, and analytics. They will be familiar with distributed cloud computing and issues of big data analytics. In general, they will possess technical credibility and problem-solving abilities. They will be flexible and pragmatic when it comes to making architectural decisions. They will lead by example, spending a significant part of their time doing hands-on development and product design.

The candidate should be comfortable working in an early-stage environment. They should be good at recruiting and interviewing, with the skills and urgency to attract key individuals and build a great team. The successful candidate will become part of the core executive team, driving product development, market suitability, and growth.


  • Knowledge of Amazon EC2 & S3 API, Nginx, streaming technologies, security best practices
  • Familiarity with C, Node.js, MongoDB, MySQL, PHP
  • Track record of building scaleable cloud applications
  • Background in computer science
  • A willingness to be hands-on in the initial stages of development