Work at VigLink

Vice President, Finance

VigLink is looking for a very strong and seasoned finance professional that will help us through our growth phase and beyond. Startup experience or a genuine desire to join a startup is strongly preferred.

Manage all financial-accounting functions including production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, a comprehensive set of controls designed to mitigate risk, accurate and timely reports on the company's financial results, cash management, and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles for a growing company.

Responsibilities
  • Provide management with information vital to the decision-making process.
  • Managing the budget process.
  • Develop internal audit routines, assess current accounting operations, offer recommendations for improvement and implement new processes.
  • Develop and monitor business performance metrics.
  • Oversee regulatory reporting, frequently including tax planning and compliance.
  • Maintain regular and detailed transactions associated with A/P, A/R, and cash management.
  • Monitor and support taxation issues.
  • Analyze financial data by developing reports; verifying information.
  • Answer accounting and financial questions by researching and interpreting data.
  • Protect organization's value by keeping all information confidential.
  • Model future growth.
  • Provide strategic financing direction.
Requirements
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with ability to interact at all levels of the organization.
  • Willingness to identify and initiate problem resolution.
  • Ability to quickly understand the complexities of our business.
  • Analytical review skills (ability to drill down and explain underlying causes of variances).
  • Knowledge of all aspects of generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Strong desire to work in a startup environment.
  • Strong financial leadership and operational accountability skills.
  • Strong ability to access and improve processes to improve efficiencies and company performance.
  • Willingness to utilize newer technology, processes and practices to pursue continuous improvement.
  • Effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline driven environment.
  • Willingness to identify and initiate problem resolution; see challenges as opportunities.
Education & Experience
  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting/Finance/Business
  • Certified Public Accountant preferred
  • 5+ years progressive accounting experience including full month and year end ownership, audit, forecasting, budgeting, IT management
  • Startup experience strongly preferred with a preference given to candidates possessing startup and ad-tech experience
  • Excel excellence
  • Modeling excellence
  • SQL proficiency

This position is full-time and on-site in our San Francisco office.

Business Development Manager

VigLink is free, incredibly simple to implement, and helps online publishers create a whole new revenue stream while also improving their site experience.

Business Development Managers have the unique opportunity to work on the leading edge of online advertising with brilliant online publishers of all sizes. Business Development Managers educate and recruit new publishers to the VigLink platform, collaborate daily with prospective and existing partners, and help those partners implement VigLink's monetization technologies. The role offers a unique blend of hands-on prospecting, inside sales, business development and partner management responsibilities while working within a fast-paced, successful startup environment.

This position carries an uncapped incentive bonus.

Responsibilities
  • Recruit online publishers clients to VigLink's industry-leading link monetization platform.
  • Develop assigned prospects and develop new prospects so that sales pipeline is consistently at or above target.
  • Cultivate positive business relationships with publisher personnel.
  • Bring passion for internet, web publishing and any specialist assignment to all discussions with publishers.
  • Understand publisher's business, website(s) and monetization objectives completely.
  • Bring publisher from initial contact through to solution implementation.
  • Follow-up on all opportunities in a timely, professional and cordial fashion.
  • Work collaboratively with internal marketing and customer satisfaction teams to ensure the publisher experience is exemplar..
  • Use sales management tools fastidiously to document account planning and progress.

You will be like a new member of the publisher's team—helping the publisher assess and implement VigLink's best-in-class site monetization solutions.

Qualifications and Experience
  • 1–4 years of work experience in inside sales, publisher recruitment and/or online advertising
  • Ad-tech or publisher experience is preferred but not required for the right person
  • Experience in quota-carrying inside sales position requested
  • Demonstrated ability in customer-facing sales or business development role
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills—takes pride in quality of email communication
  • Thorough understanding of online advertising world
  • Experience in developing online publisher relationships highly preferred
  • Preferably maintains own blog or website—bonus points but not a show‑stopper
  • Dedicated to partner success and maintaining very positive relations
  • Highly motivated self-starter with relentless work ethic and drive to go the extra mile
  • Enjoys their work environment and brings a real passion to the job

This position is full-time and on-site in our San Francisco office.

Publisher Account Manager

As an Account Manager, you are the lead person focused on growing the top publisher clients on the VigLink platform. This is a highly visible role within the company assisting in the growth and retention of our most valued customers. You will lead the strategic dealings with these clients working closely with the Customer Success and Sales team to ensure success. The Account Manager will be the lead internally and externally on these top accounts, from executive level to the operations contact it is your job to drive the success of our top customers via business reviews, product requests, onsite visits, renewals, beta testing new services and communicating new product launches.

What You'll Do
  • Manage to a revenue/click number for the top customers on the VigLink platform.
  • Work closely with the Customer Success team managing the day-to-day of our top customers.
  • Lead communication of top publishers post sale for VigLink.
  • Guide the main customer relationships with a focus on building deep, long-term relationships with our most strategic customers.
  • Introduce new products and opportunities to drive revenue/clicks onto the VigLink Platform.
  • Convey feedback and product requests and needs to product team in a usable format that includes prioritization based on size and volume of requests/feedback.
Requirements
  • At least 2 years of hands-on experience in a customer-facing role. (Ideally 1+ years dealing directly with tier 1 publishers.)
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Journalism experience is a plus.

This position is full-time and on-site in our San Francisco office.

Data Scientist

VigLink is looking for talented data scientists with strong Hadoop, Hive and SQL skills, and experience creating production-quality code in Python, R, or other related languages. You enjoy working on a variety of different types of analyses, ranging from ad-hoc "data wrangling" tasks through the creation of full-blown programs to calculate business-critical, customer-visible values on an ongoing basis. You enjoy thinking through a data problem, understanding the customer needs associated with it, and working on your own and with other developers to create a pragmatic solution.

You like working in an Agile best-practices environment. You understand the importance of testable, modular, efficient code, so that's what you write.

Challenges

A few of the fun problems we're working on:

Context Inference and Entity Extraction
Identify the commercial context of publisher content, identify the relevance of commercial links to that content, and match relevant destinations to appropriate content.
Statistical Modeling and Prediction of Earnings
Model the performance of our existing publishers and merchants to predict future performance at high granularity.
Large-Data Analytics
Develop automated insights that help publishers improve their performance, based on billions of impressions and tens of millions of clicks per week. Do this for thousands of publishers in a scalable and relevant way.
Destination Optimization
Select the most appropriate destination for a commercial link, based on what is best for the viewer and the publisher. Balance estimated publisher earnings (based on earnings per click, location, device type, etc) with viewer relevance and good viewer experience.
About You
  • You ship. You've built systems you can point to. You deliver quality software quickly, and you care about helping your users achieve their goals.
  • You work for startups. The slow pace of larger companies makes you crazy.
  • You're pragmatically Agile. We run an Agile shop, but we are not pedantic about it. We care about delivering for our users, not being buzzword‑compliant.
  • You enjoy your work. We work hard, but we care a lot about team spirit and collaboration. We also try not to take ourselves too seriously.
Requirements
  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science preferred with a strong academic record (MS/PhD or equivalent a plus). But if you're just really good and you never finished High School, that's fine too.
  • At least 3 years of experience in relevant analytics tasks.
  • Strong Python, R, Matlab, or related language.
  • Good understanding of databases and SQL.
  • Capacious curiosity for data and algorithms, and how to apply them to create insight.
Nice to Have
  • Experience with the Hadoop ecosystem, particularly Pig and Hive.
  • Experience with Java, or a JVM based language like Scala or Clojure.
  • Experience with Linux/Unix—you are comfortable on the command line.

Please include descriptions of or (preferably) pointers to code you've written.

Bonus points: Links to your GitHub account, open source contributions or personal code projects.

This position is full-time and on-site in our San Francisco office.

Front-End Developer

VigLink is looking for an exceptional front-end web developer to help evolve our standalone JavaScript library and our web user interface. You have a deep knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and cross-browser quirks. You have a track record of delivering responsive user interfaces that people enjoy working with, and that support enhancement over time.

You like working in an Agile best-practices environment. You understand the importance of testable, modular, efficient code, so that's what you write. You work with Cucumber and Selenium to ensure that your stuff works reliably and across different clients.

Challenges

Some of the fun problems we're working on:

Useful, Usable Analytics
Deliver a publisher dashboard and analytics that show the viewer what they need to act on, not just a bunch of pretty gauges and lines. Actionable summaries, details accessible where needed, presented in a clean and effective format.
Compact, Robust, Cross-Browser Library
Our JavaScript library is loaded billions of times a week across thousands of web sites. It has to be small, fast, and compatible. It also needs to be flexible and robust, since there is a lot of very strange code on some of the web pages out there.
Cross-Browser Publisher Tools and Plugins
Tools for web publishers that integrate into the browser, allowing them to interact with our products in an authoring context. Attractive widgets and other on-page dynamic content.
About You
  • You ship. You've built systems you can point to. You deliver quality software quickly, and you care about helping your users achieve their goals.
  • You work for startups. The slow pace of larger companies makes you crazy.
  • You're pragmatically Agile. We run an Agile shop, but we are not pedantic about it. We care about delivering for our users, not being buzzword‑compliant.
  • You enjoy your work. We work hard, but we care a lot about team spirit and collaboration. We also try not to take ourselves too seriously.
Requirements
  • At least 2 years of front-end web development using Agile development techniques.
  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science preferred.
  • Understanding of HTML, CSS and JavaScript principles and philosophies such as semantic markup, specificity and progressive enhancement. You know how and when to use them to your advantage.
  • Deep knowledge of HTML, CSS and especially JavaScript. We use jQuery on viglink.com, but don't have that luxury everywhere.
  • Experience with data visualization libraries, such as D3, is a plus.

This position is full-time and on-site in our San Francisco office.

Software Engineer (all levels of experience welcome)

VigLink is looking for exceptional engineers with strong Java, Scala, Python, and/or Ruby skills and a well-rounded background in computer science, including algorithm design and programming languages. You should have a proven track record of delivering robust, high-availability services and understand the ins and outs of scalable data processing and storage. You can envision the way a system works end-to-end and how the services that compose it work together, and you enjoy creating new and effective software. You also enjoy collaborating with researchers and data scientists to ensure NLP and statistical-algorithm-based code is production ready.

You like working in an Agile best-practices environment. You understand the importance of testable, modular, efficient code, so that's what you write. Ideally, you will have been building cloud-based systems with a similar DevOps stack to ours – Jenkins, Nexus, Chef, etc.

Challenges

A few of the hard problems we're working on:

Scale our Service
We currently serve over 10 billion impressions per month from multiple virtual data centers. We want to increase that by several times in the coming year. Come help us expand our already-worldwide virtual server infrastructure and help us further improve our automated tools for build, deployment and management of our software.
Expand our APIs
We currently provide high-volume external API's, and use internal API's to compose our services. Help us expand that and build out a suite of API's that allow us and our partners to compose powerful solutions on our platform.
Enhance our Customer-Facing Analytics
Our publisher and merchant customers want more powerful analytic insights and friendlier, more flexible dashboards. Help us enhance and expand our data analytics infrastructure.
Process Large-Scale Data
Process and correlate data from billions of web hits pertaining to hundreds of millions of products on millions of web pages.
About You
  • You ship. You've built systems you can point to. You deliver quality software quickly, and you care about helping your users achieve their goals.
  • You work for startups. The slow pace of larger companies makes you crazy.
  • You're pragmatically Agile. We run an Agile shop, but we are not pedantic about it. We care about delivering for our users, not being buzzwordd209;compliant.
  • You enjoy your work. We work hard, but we care a lot about team spirit and collaboration. We also try not to take ourselves too seriously.
Requirements
  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science preferred with a strong academic record (MS/PhD or equivalent a plus). But if you're just really good and you never finished High School, that's fine too.
  • At least 3 years of web application programming experience using agile development techniques.
  • Strong Java, Python, and/or Ruby skills and object oriented design experience, including working knowledge of core libraries and design patterns. For Java developers, experience with Hibernate and Spring would be handy.
  • Good database development skills including SQL, a solid understanding of both relational and NoSQL database technologies, and logical and physical data modeling.
  • Experience with Hadoop MapReduce and/or Cassandra (or a different NoSQL technology) is desirable.

Please include descriptions of or (preferably) pointers to code you've written.

Bonus points: Links to your GitHub account, open source contributions or personal code projects.

This position is full-time and on-site in our San Francisco office.

User Experience Designer

VigLink is looking for talented user experience designers with a track record of defining successful products and features in the e-commerce, advertising, or analytics space. You enjoy working on a variety of projects, both major new releases and small improvements. You like thinking through a problem, gathering data about customer needs and user behavior, and working both on your own and with the broader team to create a pragmatic solution.

You prefer working in an Agile best-practices environment.

About You
  • You have a demonstrated passion for creating great software products.
  • A stickler for details, you have strong opinions about the apps you use every day.
  • You know how to find the balance between the desire for perfection and the constraints of time and available resources.
Requirements
  • Several years of UX design experience.
  • Familiarity with principles of user testing and data-driven decision making.
  • Can rapidly create and iterate on mockups and wireframes with limited direction.
  • Able to communicate design decision rationale and build consensus with the team.
  • Understands the relationship between design decisions and technical complexity.
Bonus Points
  • Visual design / artistic skills
  • Can create prototypes using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Experience in the advertising or e-commerce space

This position is full-time and on-site in our San Francisco office.