Engineering Manager

New York or Remote /
Engineering /
Over the last 15 years, companies like AWS, Stripe, and Twilio have helped developers offload anything not core to their apps so they can focus on what matters to their users. Despite a lot of progress in developer tooling, most developers still roll their own authorization.

You might start with something quick 'n dirty – some IF statements and roles in a database, which may not be pretty but gets the job done...until you need to add more features, and more features. And inevitably every team band-aids onto this system until they do a big refactor. This is lost time for an area that's not core to what most companies are trying to solve for their users, and what's more, no one on the team is feeling great about this work.

At Oso, we're building the first batteries-included library for authorization so developers don't have to roll it on their own ever again. We're designing slick APIs to cut down the amount of time they spend getting their system set up, and building a fully-fledged policy engine and programming language under the hood to ensure they can customize their system however they need. We don't have any product managers – the engineers on the team are responsible for taking broad problems, experimenting with potential solutions and shipping a superhuman experience for our users.

We are hiring our first engineering manager to lead and grow a high-performing team of engineers. The person who joins now will not only have a disproportionately large impact on this team and the product, but also on the culture and future of the company.

What you'll do

    • Recruit engineers to your team — ones 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 the engineers — this includes inspiring your team and helping them grow as engineers, unblocking them, as well as planning out and scoping the roadmap.
    • Ship code — building features for client libraries and the Oso core alongside your team.

    • Plus, help build a company and community from the ground up by wearing other hats, including:

    • Writing documentation that makes users feel supported
    • Writing blog posts that get users excited about the product
    • Speaking at meetups and conferences
    • Engaging with users through support channels (e.g., Slack) to solve their problems and advise on best practices

Who you are

    • You're an owner. You are accountable to results over the process. You prioritize your team's success over the success of any one project.
    • You like to ship. You inspire the team to explore product ideas through design, hacks and guides before designing and building something fully baked. You show them the value of getting concrete output into users' hands quickly. You show them how to prioritize speed over getting your explicit permission, and a calculated risk over further analysis.
    • 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 look for ways to make easy things easy, and impossible things possible.
    • You give and take feedback. You seek out critical feedback from everyone, including your team. You have the courage to give critical feedback to others.
    • You pierce your echo chamber. You ask questions, and look for your blind spots by talking to people who aren't like you.
    • You're always learning. You create an environment where it's okay to throw away ideas and code if they don't pan out. You inspire the team to be optimistic and/or determined enough to keep hunting for new ones. You're always teaching and not afraid to take something on just because you don’t know how to do it yet.
    • You can see your team as people. You have their backs and cheer them on.


    • You have worked at a startup or in a similar environment
    • Experience leading a team
    • Experience as a programmer doing both systems and web development
    • You are comfortable picking up new languages or frameworks

Nice to have

    • Experience with multiple web frameworks and ORMs
    • Experience with our problem space, e.g., building internal authorization systems
    • Experience with Rust
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.