Dylan Smith


Broad experience leading and producing high quality software. Received the highest performance ratings at multiple companies. I'm passionate about leading teams, solving problems, and mentoring and coaching others.


Engineering Manager
February 2020 - April 2022|Chicago, IL

Established a team process for how work was done. Conducted planning meetings to break down work. Included estimation to build out a reliable roadmap. Communicated regularly with stakeholders to create transparency in our process and alignment on the team. Instituted the first team demo session to share knowledge, which grew into an engineering wide effort. Added weekly team commitments, and reflected and iterated as a team during retro.

Encouraged feedback from others and provided regular feedback during weekly 1-1s. Coached and mentored direct reports to help them create and achieve career goals. Conducted quarterly reviews providing guidance on areas of success and areas of growth across core competencies.

Redesigned the engineering hiring process. Introduced Coderpad as a technical screening tool to get a better signal before the onsite. Developed the technical questions along with the rubric. Paired with other engineering managers to redefine onsite questions and align on a shared onsite evaluation rubric.

Defined a remote onboarding process for new hires. Included guidance on the manager’s initial meeting, a cadence for regular learnings in the first two weeks, cross team introductions with other engineering teams, and feedback on the approach to improve. This process was adapted by other engineering managers and used as a reference.

Team Lead / Consultant
August 2019 - December 2019|Chicago, IL

Developed both the backend APIs and frontend UI for a next-gen customer experience. Planned out features, mentored junior engineers, and worked with senior leadership to establish consistent and reliable development patterns going forward.

The application consisted of a MySql database, a Node.js API layer, and a React UI. The backend layer utilized Sequelize for modeling of the data and Express for API management. React and Redux were used to build out the frontend and handle state management and communication with the APIs.

Team Leader
November 2017 - August 2019|Chicago, IL

Led the front end team in building out features in short iterations. This included working closely with product and design to decide on features to develop, then communicating that work out to the team while discussing impacts with the broader organization. Held daily standups, weekly planning meetings, and retrospectives to help gain insight into how we can improve the process.

Responsible for guiding the front end architecture along with mentoring junior developers. I regularly paired with engineers to assist in development, and could often be found drawing on a whiteboard to help explain difficult pieces of the system or how the team should move forward with a specific implementation. I worked with the operations team to build and deploy our applications in CI and in production, while also working alongside test teams to design our test strategy.

The UI applications were web based, using React, Redux, and Webpack on the client side and Node with Express on the server side. Node modules were developed to help share code across applications, which included a common set of UI components to retain consistency in the views.

Team Lead / Engineering Manager
August 2014 - November 2017|Austin, TX

Led both the team and the development of the user interface for the company. Responsible for hiring new engineers, along with mentoring and leading the team. Led daily standups and retrospectives. Responsible for working with product and business teams to break down customer requirements into work items for the team.

The web technology was a mix of React/Redux, along with React Native in native app development. Node.js was used to power the server side of the UI, utilizing Express for APIs and Mongo for storage. Earlier iterations used Angular, and in the native device case, a combination of Ionic and Angular.

Assisted the developer operations team on deployment of the Node.js applications, as well as production support for applications. Helped build documentation and training for customer sessions.

Co-Organizer and Mentor
Austin NodeSchool
September 2014 - March 2016|Austin, TX

Co-organizer, mentor, and frequent presenter of Austin NodeSchool. Helped build the Austin NodeSchool presence using the available open source community tools and encouraged others to help with this effort. Presented multiple workshops at events and helped answer questions outside the hosted events. More information can be found at Austin NodeSchool.

July 2014 - February 2015|Austin, TX

Volunteer for the MakerSquare mentor program. MakerSquare provides a three-month course for students who are interested in transitioning to a software engineering career. I often was paired with a student for me to mentor outside of class. I met with each of these students on a weekly basis and, during these meetings, helped with course material, answered questions, reviewed the student's resume, and provided advice about the industry.

Senior Software Engineer, Labs Team
XO Group
June 2013 – August 2014|Austin, TX

Developed APIs useful in prototyping a mobile app experience. The APIs were developed in Node.js, using Express, and utilized Mongo as the backend database. Passport security was integrated to allow user profiles in the mobile app. Developed an Apple push notification service for the app. Setup an internal npm registry for Node.js packages, and helped developer operations design automation to deploy Node.js to production.

Developed an e-commerce marketplace platform to provide vendors an ability to sell to the general public. The APIs were developed in Java/Spring, and utilized Spring Security. Designed and developed an admin interface to the system using Backbone.js, and used Node.js to both serve up the UI and test the backend APIs. Setup a Jenkins continuous integration server to run nightly builds and deploy to an AWS EC2 environment.

Senior Software Engineer
PayPal, Identity
January 2013 - June 2013|Austin, TX

Built and maintained third party JavaScript web applications which merchants could use to interact with the PayPal Identity offering, using mostly Backbone as a framework, Dust as a templating engine, and RequireJS to manage dependencies. Spring REST and Node.js (depending on the application) were used on the backend to manage sending data needed to the client (browser).

Senior Software Engineer, Development Lead
eBay, Resolutions Center
January 2012 - January 2013|Austin, TX

Led development and architecture of a major redesign of the legacy platform to an open source Spring/JAX-RS/OSGi based solution. The update also included adoption of a JavaScript MVW style framework for the front-end.

Continually involved in design, architecture, and planning of future work by aligning with the business, reaching out to external teams, and resource planning for FY2012/13 deliverables.

Senior Software Engineer
PayPal, Architecture Infrastructure Web Technology
January 2010 - January 2012|Austin, TX

Senior developer on web application infrastructure framework (Sparta). Developed, led and maintained code used by PayPal to host Java based applications running the PayPal website.

Architected and developed multiple Java based projects glued together with Maven, utilizing Spring for core configuration and web flow.

Designed and implemented Eclipse based plugins used by developers to build applications and add individual web pages to existing projects.

Lead technical developer on PayPal’s Digital Goods Express Checkout application, the first PayPal web flow to use “Remember Me” authentication.

Led education sessions across the company on how to use Java, Spring, Maven, Eclipse, and Sparta based applications in general.

Staff Software Engineer, Team Lead
PayPal, Core Technologies Automation
April 2008 - January 2010|Austin, TX

Created, designed, and implemented a Java based automation framework used by teams across PayPal.

Led an effort to migrate testing to this Java based framework, gave presentations on its need and benefits to executive level management while leading educational sessions across the company.

Staff Software Engineer
IBM, Web Services and Web Services Security Development
January 2007 - April 2008|Austin, TX

Acquired a proficiency in Web Services policy set framework and administrative console, in addition to Web Services Security internals and caching solutions.

Designed and implemented many features in Web Services, including schema definitions, working with JAXB generated objects, policy interactions, security role definitions, and multiple admin tasks.

Developed Web Services Security functions. This required an understanding of internal caching mechanisms and an expansion upon those using MBean and JDBC/Database solutions.

Staff Software Engineer, Team Lead
IBM, Web Services and Web Services Security Automation
2006 - 2007|Austin, TX

Created and led a WebSphere Console automation team using the GUI automation framework I designed and developed the previous year.

Designed automation harnesses to test Web Services Policy Set features, Jython admin commands, Web Services Security, and general service and client Web Services application.

Software Engineer, Team Lead
IBM, WebSphere Console GUI Automation FVT Lead
2005 - 2006|Austin, TX

Began career manually testing the security panels of WebSphere Console (web interface), and found that moving the test team to a GUI automation solution would greatly increase efficiency of testing.

Led a team developing a framework using Rational Functional Tester (RFT, an Eclipse based tool formally known as XDE) to test the WebSphere Console. As more WebSphere Console FVT teams merged in, the framework was broadened to support the multiple users. The framework is currently in production today, and has led to patent submissions.

Led an RFT focused GUI Automation Community consisting of many members across IBM worldwide.

IBM, WebSphere FVT, Kerberos FVT and SVT
2000 - 2004|Austin, TX

Became technical team lead for WebSphere Functional Verification Test (FVT) automation project using Rational XDE/Robot GUI automation tool.

FVT for Network Authentication Service (IBM’s Kerberos security product). System Verification Test (SVT) for DCE and Network Authentication Service.

Leadership / Awards


The University of Texas; Austin, Texas — Bachelor’s in Computer Science, 2004