Engineering Manager

New York or Remote (US/EU Timezones) /
Engineering /
Old problem, new $10B+ market
Companies like AWS, Stripe, and Twilio have demonstrated that if a technology is not core to your value proposition, you should offload it. Still, every engineering team builds and rebuilds one piece: authorization, how you control who has access to what in your app. You’ve probably started with something quick 'n dirty – some IF statements and roles in a database...until you need to add more features, and more features. And inevitably you band-aid onto this system until you have to do a big refactor. Have you seen this before?

We're changing this picture and in doing so, we are creating the next $10B+ dollar market: the authorization market. We’re on a mission to create the global standard for authorization. Our vision is that in 10 years engineers will spend 1/10 the time and brainpower they spend on authorization today.

Why now?
This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to join a company at a stage late enough that the problem and solution are de-risked, but early enough that you can shape the product, company, and the market.

Why Oso?
We started with an open source product – adopted by thousands of developers at startups to the Fortune 100, like Wayfair, Intercom, Visa, Oxide, and Codecademy. Adoption is growing week over week, and we’re now launching Oso Cloud. We have met with hundreds of engineering teams over the last 2 years and know more about this problem than any team in the market. Oso is:
- Backed by Bill Coughran at Sequoia, as well as the founders and CEOs of companies like MongoDB, Segment, LaunchDarkly, and Honeycomb
- Founded by Graham Neray (early MongoDB employee – helped scale from $1M —> $250M revenue) and Sam Scott (PhD Cryptography)
- Advised by Abhishek Parmar, co-creator of Google Zanzibar and Airbnb Himeji
- Built by a team of user-first engineers, including multiple former startup founders and early employees

What you'll do

    • Build the culture. The Oso engineering team is still young and malleable. Waive a magic wand – what does your ideal engineering team look like?
    • Recruit the best engineers. Build a team of engineers that complement you and the others on the team, ones that elevate the quality of work, and ones that everyone can learn from.
    • Develop and support your engineers. Inspire your team and help them grow by painting a vision for the team and for each of them as engineers, and by providing feedback to them every day.
    • Set ambitious goals and make them happen. Work with the Engineering Leader to set ambitious goals on our hardest technical problems, then lead the team to success by acting as a thought partner, unblocking, and reprioritizing as needed.
    • Get your hands dirty jump in. When needed, jump in on engineering, writing, engaging with users and whatever else it takes to build the company and community from the ground up.
    • For examples of the types of things our engineers work on, see our Software Engineer job description.

Who you are

    • You're an owner. You are accountable to results over the process. You see yourself not just as a leader of the engineering team, but also as a leader of the company.
    • You ship, listen, ship, listen. You inspire the team to explore product ideas through design, hacks and guides before building something fully baked. You create an environment where it's okay to throw away ideas and code if they don't pan out. You show them the value of getting concrete output into users' hands.
    • You're for the makers. You want to understand our end users' world and prioritize solving their authorization problems above everything else, including your own personal preferences and the elegance of the solution.
    • You give and take feedback. You seek out critical feedback, including from your team. You have the courage to give critical feedback to others.‍


    • You have thrived in a startup or similar environment
    • Experience leading a team
    • Experience as a programmer doing both systems and web development

Nice to have

    • Experience with our problem space, e.g., building authorization systems
Oso is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or disability status.