Engineering Manager - Kubernetes

United Kingdom
Engineering – Kubernetes /
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 the leader of the Kong Kubernetes team. This team is responsible for delivering the enterprise and open-source versions of both Kong Ingress Controller and Kong Gateway Operator.

As an Engineering Manager, you'll lead and grow a distributed team and be responsible for providing technical leadership to key projects, and empowering and developing the team members to do the same.
You and your team will build, and continuously improve the Kong Kubernetes offering.

Kong creates software and managed services that connect APIs and microservices natively across and within clouds, Kubernetes, data centers and more using intelligent automation. Built on an open source core, Kong’s service connectivity platform enables digital innovation by allowing organizations to reliably and securely manage the full lifecycle of APIs and services for modern architectures, including microservices, serverless and service mesh. By providing developer teams with unprecedented architectural freedom, Kong accelerates innovation cycles, increases productivity, and seamlessly bridges legacy and modern systems and applications. For more information about Kong, please visit or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.

What you’ll be doing:

    • Building software and systems to manage infrastructure and customer-facing applications on Kubernetes.
    • Managing through uncertainty and partnering closely with development teams to design, build, deploy, support, and monitor new and existing Kong cloud services.
    • Measuring and optimizing service performance and change management
    • Manage releases.
    • Hire, mentor and maintain healthy engineers who value collaboration and innovation. 
    • Work closely with the rest of the product engineering team to deliver novel software solutions to customer problems.
    • Work closely with the Gateway team to integrate Kong’s newest features and improvements into the ingress controller and controller.
    • Give constructive feedback to Engineers, conduct 1:1’s, perform performance reviews and strive for continuous improvement.
    • Suggest guidelines, principles and processes to improve the Engineering org.
    • Assure high quality work.

What you’ll bring:

    • Over all 10+ years of Industry experience.
    • 2+ years of Eng management experience.
    • Proven hands on experience with Kubernetes.
    • Knowledge of GatewayAPI and the wider Kubernetes ecosystem
    • Experience managing remote teams, doing reviews, hiring, comp.
    • Experience with Docker, Go, AWS,GCP, Azure.

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.