Engineering Manager (All levels)

San Francisco, CA /
Engineering /
About Brilliant

Brilliant is a tight-knit team of scientists, educators, engineers, designers, storytellers, and illustrators who are redesigning education at scale. 

We believe that math and science are fascinating and beautiful, but that the tools widely used to teach it are dry and ineffective. Brilliant makes learning STEM fun, through problem solving and interactive explorations – from foundational math and science to cutting-edge computer science and professional topics.

Brilliant helps over 12 million students, professionals, and lifelong learners around the world cultivate problem solving skills, build intuition, and master concepts rather than memorize them. To understand more about our approach, see our learning principles.

You can see all open roles and learn more about our team culture on our Careers page.

Application Note

We're always excited to welcome and encourage anyone from non-traditional backgrounds to apply, so please, don't sweat the requirements lists too much! It's important to note that including a cover letter which details your interest in Brilliant and why you feel you'd be a great fit for this position will be required to be considered.

The Role

At Brilliant, we are a community of fun, motivated, and experienced entrepreneurs who are working to make a huge impact in education. On the engineering team, you'll join a group of top-notch problem solvers who are motivated by the impact we can have on learners around the world.

As an Engineering Manager, you’ll work closely with other EMs, the Director of Engineering, and our team of 20+ talented engineers to nurture our processes, culture, and team. You'll serve as a people manager and technical sounding board for 6-8 engineers focused on a cohesive set of business and product problems: Infrastructure & Services, Learning Engines, or Growth & Retention.

Interactive education is in its infancy; we have really only scratched the surface of what is possible with computer-based pedagogy. Our work helps people across Brilliant teach topics from vector calculus to neural networks in an interactive way. Come build the future of interactive learning with us!

Your Responsibilities

    • Serve as a people manager and technical sounding board for a group of 6-8 talented and motivated engineers.
    • Develop and share product and business context.  Support each of your reports as they pursue a depth of knowledge in their problem space and a genuine understanding of their close collaborators.
    • Cultivate awareness among engineers of how their work connects to business objectives. Enable engineers to make sharp, high-context prioritization decisions.
    • Contribute to strategic technical decision making. Identify opportunities to improve engineering velocity and quality of life.
    • Advise on and implement changes to our engineering processes and culture.
    • Set an excellent example to the engineering team in everything from decision making to work-life balance.

Who are you?

    • You've worked professionally as a Software Engineer for at least 5 years, and you have experience as a people manager.
    • You are comfortable switching contexts between languages, frameworks and paradigms.
    • You're energized by fostering talent. You're excited to support the professional development of a team of skilled and curious engineers.
    • You're energized by learning from your colleagues. You're excited to learn from a team of skilled and curious engineers.
    • You enjoy thinking through technical problems at a high level, and you're eager to guide your reports in exploring the landscape of possible solutions. You’re a talented systems-thinker who frequently asks “why”. 
    • You greatly enjoy working on both organizational and technical problems. You believe that how we all work together will be the difference between building a great product and building a product that fundamentally changes how the world learns. 

Why join Brilliant? 

Brilliant has a mission you can get behind. We’re a company that’s helping to bring learners from all over the world together and create a platform on which they can excel, learn, and contribute. 

We also offer:
•   Competitive compensation
•   Medical, dental, and vision benefits – we pay 100% of the premiums
•   Equipment budget for computer and peripherals
•   Free lunch
•   Weekly happy hour
•   Flexible vacation time
•   Fully-stocked pantry and refrigerator with snacks and drinks
•   Sponsorship for conferences and professional development
•   A stimulating work environment and a chance to change the world  

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