Engineering Manager - Gateway UI (Shanghai)

Engineering – Gateway /
Full-time /
Are you ready to power the World's connections?

If you don’t think you meet all of the criteria below but are still interested in the job, please apply.  Nobody checks every box - we’re looking for candidates that are particularly strong in a few areas, and have some interest and capabilities in others.

About the role:

You will be a leader of a Kong Gateway UI team. The team is responsible for building Konnect Gateway Manager and On-premise Kong Manager UI, developing features, integrations, tools, and custom single-page applications. 

You will collaborate closely with the design and product org and work with cross-functional engineering teams to uphold standards and consistency. You need strong technical leadership and a solid background, so you can challenge and ensure that they grow as engineers, make valuable contributions, and generally have a great experience in Kong. You can influence the culture, facilitate technical delivery, and work with your team on strategy and execution.

Why should you want to work at Kong?  

Market Opportunity - We are on a quest to build a $10b+ software company over the next few years and need YOUR help!
Why APIs Matter? APIs have been enabling innovation for decades!
Strong VC team, Series D, strong year over year revenue growth!

Technical Leadership - We are recognized as the leader in innovation in the connectivity space.
Marco, our CTO/co-founder - “We are the Cisco of L4 and L7” - CUBE Conversation, March 2021
We are the leading innovator in the connectivity space!

Amazing Team & Culture - Come be a "Konger" and find out what we mean.
Great Place to Work Certified in 2020 & 2021
Kong employees exemplify our culture at our 2022 Sales Kickoff
2022 Forbes Cloud 100 Honoree

Building Great Products - Learn why the world's largest companies love our tech!
Kong Named in the Leaders Quadrant of the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for API Management for the Fourth Consecutive Year
Over 250m+ downloads of our open source API gateway!  Over 40k+ stars on Github between Kong API and Kong Insomnia!

What you'll be doing:

    • Lead the application engineering team for the Kong Konnect product line by coordinating with product managers, tech leads, and individual contributors, to  build front-end and desktop applications
    • Hire, mentor, and maintain healthy Engineering teams who value collaboration and innovation
    • The ability to validate your work with qualitative and quantitative data
    • Leadership experience displaying the ability to organize and prioritize complex problem resolution and bug fixes, debugging distributed services.
    • Organize and manage your teams to fit constructively into the org as a whole and help the company succeed
    • Set and manage expectations with other engineering teams, senior management, and external stakeholders
    • Give constructive feedback to Engineers, conduct 1:1’s,  address inter-personal issues, and conduct reviews

What you'll bring:

    • 3+ years of track record in managing or leading at multiple companies
    • Has 2+ years of experience working on full-stack apps
    • Has a breadth of experience across infrastructure, internal tooling, platforms, and on-premise products
    • Experience doing reviews, hiring, comp
    • Demonstrated leadership of Engineering teams
    • Proven customer relationship skill sets
    • Business fluent English language skills both written and verbal

Bonus Points:

    • You are familiar with JavaScript, TypeScript and Vue.js.
    • Experience with Sketch, Figma, Invision, and other modern design tools
    • Experience working in an Enterprise Software Company.
    • Hands-on experience with NGINX/OpenResty/Kong Gateway.
    • Experience in contributing, building and fostering an Open-Source community
What is a Konger? 

We are a group of makers, thinkers, and doers focused on helping today’s developers build tomorrow’s technology. Our teams work on the bleeding edge of API innovation to provide our users with a central nervous system for data and services. 

We put design at the heart of everything we do, and we’re relentlessly focused on creating beautiful experiences for our customers. That’s why technology companies, major banks, e-commerce innovators, and government agencies put Kong in front of their most important web applications. 

We believe in the power of Open Source and everything it stands for. That’s why developers around the world enthusiastically contribute on top of our open-source platform. 

We are passionate about solving challenges that will fundamentally shape the future of technology, and we’re looking for the right people to join us on our mission. If you believe in taking ownership of your work, making an impact, and having fun along the way, we would love to talk to you.

Kong Core Values: 

We are CUSTOMER CHAMPIONS. Customers are everything, we put them at the center of everything we do. We are all empowered to make an impact.

We are OWNERS. We are drivers, not passengers and own the quality and outcomes of our work.

We are UNSTOPPABLE. We work with purpose, obsession, and grit. It takes muscle to do hard things and doing hard things builds muscle.

We are REAL. We are genuine, principled, and confident without arrogance. Show respect and kindness, especially in tough moments.

We Are ACCELERATORS. We prioritize speed, iteration, and results.

We are GLOBAL. We work together from anywhere to achieve our common goals. Our differences make us stronger.

We are EXPLORERS. We value ideas over hierarchy. Never accept the status quo. We make bold bets, fail, and learn everyday. There is always a way.

About Kong: 

Kong is THE cloud native API platform with the fastest, most adopted API gateway in the world (over 300m downloads!). Loved by developers and trusted with enterprises’ most critical traffic volumes, Kong helps startups and Fortune 500 companies build with confidence – allowing them to bring solutions to market faster with API and service connectivity that scales easily and securely. 

83% of web traffic today is API calls!  APIs are the connective tissue of the cloud and the underlying technology that allows software to talk and interact with one another.  Therefore, we believe that APIs act as the nervous system of the cloud.  Our audacious mission is to build the nervous system that will safely and reliably connect all of humankind!  

For more information about Kong, please visit or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.