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Engineering Manager, Collaboration

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    Full-time remote

Sketch is a design platform with an award-winning native Mac app and browser-based collaboration tools. Over a million people use our product to create their best work. And right now, we’re looking for an Engineering Manager to join us.

We work with empowered product teams that truly own what they do — delivering new features and improving the technology foundations of our platform. As an Engineering Manager, you’ll lead a team of developers (frontend, backend and Mac development) and QA analysts, where everyone is responsible for the quality of their work. Most of our teams (including Collaboration) also include a Product Manager and Designers. This team’s developers and QA analysts will report directly to you.

This position is within the Collaboration team. This team is responsible for how we showcase work in Sketch, allowing designers and non-designers to contribute to the design process. Comments, annotations, Canvas navigation, and providing a better viewing experience on the web are among the features we build. This team is responsible also for providing a coherent and useful versioning system of our documents.

About you

You are a systems thinker. You keep a high-level view of all the parts involved in delivering a project: the tech stack, the people, the projects, dependencies, trade-offs. You can envision the roadmap for the team, foresee the unknowns and prepare the strategy to reach our goals. You encourage collaboration and understanding between all parts involved; product management, designers, engineers and other teams.

You value your team above all, knowing that giving them space for growth, autonomy and ownership will bring the best of us all, contributing to a successful product. You care about their needs and foster an environment of psychological safety.

You love building user-facing features. This team works to provide a better experience to all our users, from designers to customers and stakeholders.

As the Engineering Manager of this team, your main goal will be to guarantee that the technical quality of the team is the highest possible. You’ll achieve this by co-maintaining the team's roadmap with the Product Manager putting special emphasis on technical quality. You’ll work with the engineers to make sure everyone makes the the right technical decisions. Together with QA you will discover and implement the right quality processes for your team's deliverables.

You are a people manager. We do not expect you to have a low-level knowledge of any technology or to be hands-on coding, but we do expect you to have the technical background to help your team to connect the technical pieces of our products.

You will lead by example, be a mentor, and inspire your reports and peers. You will monitor development speed and find the right balance with quality. You will also coach and track the performance of your team’s developers and QA analysts.

About Sketch

We’re a company of diverse thinkers and doers who take pride in always improving our product. We share a vision and commitment to help each other — and our customers — create great work.

We’ve been fully remote since day one. It’s meant we can bring together incredible people from around the world. You’ll join over 75 Mac, backend, frontend, QA and infrastructure engineers in the Technology team, based everywhere from Scotland to South Africa, and Lithuania to the US.

We encourage our people to be themselves and embrace what makes us unique. We value different backgrounds, perspectives and experience, and we strongly believe this is key to achieving outstanding results.

We work asynchronously as much as we can. Our team communicates mostly in writing, using Slack and GitHub. When we need it, we also have video calls. We have a culture of collaboration and knowledge-sharing, and we provide the environment and the tools you need to do your best work.

Essentials for the Job

  • Broad technical skills and solid knowledge about software development best practices and life cycles.
  • Ability to design technical architectures that bring together different technologies in the backend, frontend, desktop, etc.
  • Experience delivering and supporting complex software products.
  • Hands-on management skills. You have also experience and passion for coaching and helping your teams to grow professionally in a remote environment.
  • Excellent communication skills and good written and spoken English
  • Based in European / African timezones (or close to them).

We care about your wellbeing and your professional success, so we offer you

  • Full time employment, with a flexible schedule
  • International environment and working culture
  • As many vacation days as you need
  • Whatever training you need to develop in your job
  • The hardware you need
  • The option to work anywhere in European/African timezones
  • Company equity
  • Paid family leave
  • An annual company meetup (when possible).
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