VP, Chief Architect

Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco | US-CA-Pleasanton | US-CA-Sunnyvale
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/8/2021 4:24 PM)



 VP, Chief Architect


About the Role:


Appen Tech team is solving the AI data problem by combining the power of humans and technology, and we need a VP,Chief Architect to drive architecture and technical strategy for Appen. This key leadership role will report to the CTO.


The new leader should have experience establishing best architecture design practices and guidelines. The leader should be decisive and willing to make hard decision in the interest of business while balancing the technology need. You will also work closely with CTO and other tech leaders to foster the tech culture.



  • Acts as a role model of Appen’s culture and values.
  • Develop and drive an architectural vision to support the continued aggressive growth of our business and our product suite
  • Be an active participant and the authoritative technical voice in product strategy discussions
  • Partner with Engineering and Product to successfully deliver products from design to production
  • Be the technical partner for the team lead and provide technical strategy support and advice, helping incorporate product and business perspectives on future of our platforms
  • Engage and partner with product and engineering teams across Appen to prototype, explore, architect, and prove out technology and creating differentiated value
  • Work closely with product and engineering leads on team to realize new strategies and plans to ensure smooth execution



  • A./B.S. degree or higher, or equivalent experience.
  • 10+ years of experience designing and building highly scalable, mission-critical distributed software systems
  • Demonstrated ability to drive architectural vision for a company or highly scalable line of products
  • Ability and desire to draw big lines and boxes on a whiteboard with the ability to dig in and understand the flow of what the code is doing under load
  • Hands on
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills (written, verbal, presentation), strong documentation skills, ability to communicate technical concepts
  • A desire to work not only with technologists but also product owners and business leaders



About Appen

Appen is a global leader in the development of high-quality, human-annotated datasets for machine learning and artificial intelligence. Appen brings over 20 years of experience capturing and enriching a wide variety of data types including speech, text, image and video. With deep expertise in more than 180 languages and access to a global crowd of over 1 million skilled contractors, Appen partners with technology, automotive and eCommerce companies — as well as governments worldwide — to help them develop, enhance and use products that rely on natural languages and machine learning.


At Appen, we value performance, honesty, humility, and grit. We persevere and remain focused, whilst maintaining agility to achieve quality outcomes and exceed expectations. We’re truth tellers – respectfully of course. We take accountability for our actions and believe in giving and receiving direct feedback. We give credit where credit is due and show gratitude to others for their contributions. We seek diverse perspectives as we recognize the value in teamwork and collaboration. Through grit, we take ownership, and we don’t give up.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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