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VP of Engineering, Locations



Software Engineering
United States · Remote
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

About Life360

Life360’s mission is to keep people close to the ones they love. Our category-leading mobile app and Tile tracking devices empower members to protect the people, pets, and things they care about most with a range of services, including location sharing, safe driver reports, and crash detection with emergency dispatch. Life360 serves approximately 66 million monthly active users (MAU) across more than 150 countries. Life360 delivers peace of mind and enhances everyday family life with seamless coordination for all the moments that matter, big and small. By continuing to innovate and deliver for our customers, we have become a household name and the must-have mobile-based membership for families (and those friends that basically are family). Life360 has more than 500 (and growing!) remote-first employees. For more information, please visit

About the Role

The VP of Engineering for the Location operating group is one of four engineering VP roles at the company and the primary role focused on the core user experience of our mobile app. Together with the VP of Product for Location and the VP of Engineering for Devices, you will be responsible for creating experiences that grow our 66M+ monthly active user base toward our objective of 150M MAU.

Key areas of responsibility include:

Deliver an Exceptional User Experience

This leader consistently champions our customers and looks for creative ways engineering can contribute to deliver magical experiences. While we don’t expect you to be a product designer, we want you to help the team develop strong cross-functional ties to Product, Design, and Marketing so we can collectively find the most creative and efficient ways to bring ideas to life. Success here means engineering feels responsible not just for delivering features, but having a role in defining and creating exceptional user features.

Increase Innovation Speed at High Quality

You will be responsible for continuously looking for ways to increase the speed at which we deliver value to our customers. You will work closely with Product and Design leadership to come up with the quickest and simplest ways to deliver value while also ensuring we keep the highest bar for quality. We make location look easy but under the hood it is a hard problem to ensure location accuracy, timeliness and low battery drain. You will balance longer term foundational improvements with rapid experimentation and new delightful touches on the map and throughout the apps. You will drive the adoption of new technologies and architectures to enable new location experiences at a massive scale.

Build a High Performing Team

Life360’s objective is to be the #1 brand for everyday family life. We have big ambitions as a company, and we want to hire highly ambitious people who work together effectively. This role requires you to build a team of strong players, and to empower, coach, and energize them to work as a world class team delivering a world class product. Because people emulate their leaders, we want someone whose ambition and capability shine through and inspire others.

Who You Are


  • You are an organized self starter and don’t wait to be told what to do. You will be part of our leadership team and thus need to be part of defining your own success.
  • You are obsessed with the Life360 end user experience (not just the UI) and your success is defined as ultimately thinking about the customer first.
  • You are someone known to raise the bar and have extremely high expectations for the people on your team.
  • You are skilled at hiring, building, and mentoring world class teams at scale and have managed through managers across multiple teams/geos and know how to develop leaders in a fast growth environment.
  • You bias toward speed and action, and push your team to find creative ways to be impactful.
  • You know how to create a forward-looking plan, create and optimize budgets, and succinctly communicate calibrated tradeoffs.
  • You are able to define a technical vision for location-based experiences and align technology with the company vision.
  • You can articulate these long-term technology strategies to your teams for execution, but also to the leadership team to advocate for investment and aligning technical needs in conjunction with product evolution.

Technical Skills

  • You have proven experience in developing full-stack solutions encompassing cloud, iOS, and Android tech stacks infused with data analytics.
  • You have a proven track record of developing and delivering winning outcomes based on rapid experimentations backed by hypothesis testing and data analysis.
  • You have deep knowledge of the consumer products ecosystem, tools, technologies and frameworks for highly efficient development.
  • You have experience in creating long-term development efficiency through driving the use of tools, automation, and sustainable solutions.
  • You have experience successfully shaping the product roadmap while driving tradeoffs between product, engineering, and business objectives.
  • You can drive adoption of new technologies and changes in architecture while continuously shipping incremental changes and maintaining high quality.
  • You are comfortable getting into technical details to coach the team or help them work through challenges.
  • You are a champion of quality at every step and you can make sure all the pieces fit together.

Bonus Points

  • You have experience optimizing performance and power consumption in mobile apps.
  • You have worked on other applications that run in the background even when the phone owner is not looking at the app.
  • You have worked at other companies with a consumer mobile focus.
  • You have been a senior engineering leader as part of a company that has scaled from ~500 to 1,000+ people.
  • You are an active user of our product, so you intuitively understand the value we are providing to our customers.
  • You have experience with large-scale Kubernetes/EKS deployments.
  • You previously worked and developed with large-scale Event-Driven Architecture.
  • You have expertise with location based systems and data management.
  • You have experience applying Machine Learning and AI to large data sets in consumer applications.
  • You have experience with apps that connect and communicate with Bluetooth devices such as Tiles and Jiobits.


  • Competitive pay and benefits
  • Medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance plans (100% paid for employees)
  • 401(k) plan with company matching program
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for mental wellness.
  • Flexible PTO and 12 company wide days off throughout the year
  • Learning & Development programs
  • Equipment, tools, and reimbursement support for a productive remote environment
  • Free Life360 Platinum Membership

Other Details

Although we are headquartered in SF, we have embraced the remote-first world, so we are open to hiring the right person anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. We know the value of face time, so some travel is required.

We offer competitive benefits and compensation, and are publicly listed on the ASX (Australian Stock Exchange). We chose this non-traditional funding route instead of doing a late-stage private round because you get the liquidity of a public company with the upside of a private one. Our equity is no longer the proverbial lottery ticket — you can sell shares whenever you want. We plan to move to the U.S. market when the time is right.