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Are you an engineering manager who loves to build great teams and great technology? Honeycomb is looking for a manager to work with our small but mighty Product Engineering team, the team that builds and maintains Honeycomb’s innovative customer-facing web application.
Honeycomb is built to help engineering teams deeply explore and understand their own production systems — in real time. It's a service for the near and present future, where distributed systems are the new default, every service is a platform, and empowered generalist software engineers are the new ops. We are passionate about consumer-quality developer tools and excited to build technology that raises our industry's expectations of what our tools can do for us.
About You (The Basics)
- You have some experience leading a high-performing team of engineers, including managing and shipping cross-functional or multi-team projects.
- You enjoy collaborating with Product Management and UX Design on the product discovery & delivery lifecycle. (Bonus points if you are familiar with the Product Management philosophies of people like Marty Cagan and Jeff Patton.)
- You've done frontend and backend application development on a SaaS product with some popular current tools & technologies (react, vue, rails, go lang, etc.). You're endlessly curious about the technologies your team works with and strive to keep your technical knowledge sharp — but you also feel comfortable knowing your greatest impact won't be as a technical contributor.
- You place a tremendous value on good communication and appreciate async- and remote-friendly working practices. You know how to pick the right communication tool for the problem at hand (chat, video, email, etc.).
- You understand methodologies like Agile, XP, and Lean, and see their value, but don't believe there's only one right way to get work done.
- You are comfortable with the pace and trade offs of an early stage startup (meaning: know how to take care of yourself and your team, get your work done without working around the clock, prioritize ruthlessly, be able to tolerate a little uncertainty and sometimes wear different hats).
- For now, we’re only looking for candidates based in the US or Canada with existing work authorization and at least 1 year of relevant engineering management or leadership experience.
About you (Optionals)
- Engineering managers are a polyglot bunch, and interviewing them for compatibility can be challenging. Here is a nonexhaustive list of optional experiences that would really pique our interest, and we would definitely want to talk about them in the interview. If there’s something else a little offbeat about your background that we didn’t list here, please tell us what it is!
- You have worked as a designer or product manager before. Why? We are transforming our entire organization to be more product-led and design-led. It would be interesting to have this experience in an engineering manager.
- You have worked on teams that were organized functionally around shipping products rather than around components or layers of the stack. Why? We have an eternal debate about whether we should reorganize this way.
- You have been an engineering manager with a fully distributed team. Why? Well, so are we! We are curious what best practices exist that we may not know about.
- You have worked as an engineering director or higher before, and decided to return to line management. Why? Because we value people who don’t blindly climb hierarchies just because they’re there. We value people who know themselves and what they find fulfilling in work and in life, and who can handle the hit to the ego that it takes to move “down” in pursuit of that fulfillment. Also, it would be interesting to talk about how you have solved org problems at other companies.
- If none of the above apply to you, that’s fine! How about this: what widely accepted industry best practice do you disagree with or consider harmful, and why?
- We hire adults, and we trust every member of the team to act with autonomy and ownership. We believe that the best managers often see themselves as coaches, supporters, mentors, and facilitators, rather than authority figures.
- We expect individual contributors to understand our business goals & product vision, seek guidance when they don't, and strive to identify and ship high-impact work. We think some of the most important work of being a manager is making sure your team has the full context to understand business & technical tradeoffs and empowering them to make their own decisions.
- We think feedback is a gift — both positive and constructive — and try to share it early and often. We are a high-trust and high-transparency team, and we strive to create an environment where everyone on the team feels real emotional safety at work.
Let’s do this
We're building a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other. We hire adults. We value transparency, autonomy, experimentation, and kind, direct feedback. We welcome nontraditional candidates, and people of all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. We're an equal opportunity employer and our hiring process is designed to put you at ease and help you show your best work; if we are doing a poor job of this at any time, please let us know. Come build great things with us.