RJ Beers

Director of Engineering at Netlify

I am an experienced manager of distributed teams with a history of leading platform development teams through architectural evolutions and continuous product delivery in fast paced environments. I have been drawn to web development platforms, but am always expanding my reach to other areas. Recently, financial operations and customer success have been two such areas.

At Netlify, my role is Director of Engineering for our Platform group. I am responsible for the happiness, productivity, and growth of 25+ individuals that are distributed around the world. Together, we are responsible for serving hundreds of billions of web requests per month for sites created by millions of users. Nearly 5 million developers, content editors, and collaborators around the world rely on our software to provide them the best modern web deelopment experience.

What I love about Netlify:
  • Netlify has industry leading diversity numbers. The different backgounds and experiences lead to diverse ideas which, combined with strong collaboration, results in great product development.
  • At Netlify, ideas and execution come from anywhere. When I see problems, I'm empowered to propose and execute on solutions. I'm supported by the organization, and so are others.


Director of Engineering, Platform

  • Responsible for Netlify's core platform offering used by 4 million developers and businesses
  • Drove financial operations across engineering in partnership with finance to significantly improve profit margin and enable teams to more effectively manage budgets and vendor relationships to accomplish their goals
  • Defined group wide objectives and key results that align to company goals and direct the product and engineering roadmap
  • Collaborated with peer directors to define, communicate, and rollout a scalable engineering organizational structure
  • Hired and supported multiple managers in order to continue scaling the engineering organization
  • Supported strategic sales through executive engagement and solutions architecture
January 2022 – Present

Senior Software Engineering Manager, CDN and Runtime

  • Guided multiple teams through periods of uncertainty during a gap in engineering leadership
  • Acted as Frontend guild liaison to the management team for consistency and coordination
  • Drove business proposals for additional scrum team and process improvements
June 2021 – December 2021

Software Engineering Manager, CDN

  • Iteratively shipped an innovative Content Delivery Network that evolves the Jamstack
  • Increased the visibility into critical project timelines and challenges
  • Collaborated with Product Management and senior leadership on vision and strategy
  • Defined recruiting practices for diverse and scalable backend engineering hiring
January 2021 – May 2021

Senior Software Engineering Manager, Application Platform

  • Managed 2 scrum teams influencing greater Oracle web technology strategy
  • Coordinated short, medium, and long term deliverables with the Director of Product Management
  • Led organization’s evolution of ingress routing, load balancing, and service discovery
  • Active member of organization wide UI/UX Architecture and Cloud Native Architecture teams
  • Reduced implementation and setup costs by 50% (reduction continues)
June 2019 – January 2021

Software Engineering Manager, Web Platform

  • Responsible for roadmap and scrum activities for 12 engineers and 1 Engineering Manager
  • Delivered a NodeJS/React based SaaS web platform including a CI/CD pipeline
  • Directly contributed to a NodeJS, React, Chef, and Docker codebase
  • Responsible for the future architecture of current Ruby on Rails based tools
  • Experienced as a remote based manager with direct reports in the United States and Ukraine
  • Organized monthly manager and technical lead gatherings for information and feedback sharing
  • Responsible for hiring and growing backend, web-focused engineers
October 2016 – May 2019

Implementation Engineering Manager, Web

Opower (acquired by Oracle)
  • Managed a team of three engineers customizing a NodeJS and AngularJS based web platform
  • Contributed heavily to cross functional team planning of web platform use cases and future roadmap
  • Managed delivery of 6-10 concurrent website implementations and triaged escalated blockers
January 2016 – September 2016

Implementation Engineer 3

Opower (acquired by Oracle)
  • Delivered customized AngularJS based web applications for clients backed by a NodeJS based server
  • Designed many web site integrations, proposed to clients, and implemented with success using HTML/SCSS/JavaScript to seamlessly join multiple content providers into unified sites
  • Internal and client facing subject matter expert on SAML based Single Sign On integrations
  • Defined Beta and GA product operational requirements for Opower's newest web products and platform
April 2015 – December 2015

Implementation Engineer 2

Opower (acquired by Oracle)
  • Led data acquisition efforts with third party IT teams, to create automated data feeds into enterprise data stores including MySQL and Hadoop
  • Drove web product improvement through collaboration with agile product scrum teams
  • Developed robust tooling while improving processes, increasing employee efficiency, and reducing error
  • Specialized in international client implementations
April 2014 – March 2015

Senior Consultant

Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Lead developer for a centralized enterprise authentication and authorization system
  • Forked an open source (C based) project to fit a government agency's needs, saving licensing costs
  • Developed system enhancements and defect solutions using Java (JSP, EJB, Struts) and PL/SQL
  • Successfully managed responsibilities and schedules with multiple concurrent projects and managers
  • Primary author for new user story requirements and detailed design documentation
July 2013 – March 2014


Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Acted as lead Java developer and agile Scrum Master for an enterprise web application using Spring MVC, JSP, EJB, JavaScript (Ext JS), and SCSS
  • Led testing efforts from unit testing through user acceptance testing with clients and 3rd party contractors
  • Designed and developed over 150 XML based test files for a backend data validation service
June 2012 – June 2013


Johns Hopkins University

M.S. in Information Systems Engineering (incomplete)
Relevant Courses: Big Data Processing Using Hadoop, Agile development with Ruby on Rails

GPA 4.00

September 2012 – May 2014


Certified Ethical Hacker
November 2012

The Pennsylvania State University – University Park

B.S. in Computer Science from the College of Engineering
August 2008 – May 2012


Programming Languages & Tools
Work Style
  • Capable and comfortable playing many roles including Engineering Leader, Product Owner, Solutions Architect, and Vendor or Sales negotiator
  • Experience leading and growing distributed teams (AMER/EMEA)
  • Comfortable communicating async through Slack messages, JIRA tickets, GitHub comments, Notion documents, etc.