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Engineering Manager, Platform

People Data Labs

People Data Labs

Software Engineering
Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2024

About Us

We are the provider of high-quality B2B people and company data. At People Data Labs, we’re leading the emerging DaaS economy. We empower developers, engineers, and data scientists to create innovative, compliant data products at scale with our clean, easy-to-use datasets of resume, company, location, and education data consumed through our suite of APIs.

PDL is an innovative, fast-growing, global team backed by world-class investors, including Craft Ventures, Flex Capital, and Founders Fund. We scour the world for people hungry to improve, curious about how things work, and willing to challenge the status quo to build something new and better.

About The Role

We’re looking for a world-class people manager to lead our platform team in helping our engineering org move faster and faster every day and ensuring our products can reach enterprise scale.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Ensure developers for our products and services have the rails and tools they need to keep systems reliable, performant, and cost-effective
    • Handle outages, post-mortem, and remediation practices to prevent issues from reoccurring
    • Bootstrap and drive an SRE mindset - developing rails for the team and the broader engineering organization to build and deliver reliable products
    • Develop availability and downtime (SLOs and SLIs) for our products
    • Drive the architecture and validation of the resilience of our systems
    • Using past experience in a variety of SDLC approaches to drive improvements as necessary to keep up with growth
    • Managing the foundational elements of our live environment, including AWS accounts, networks, and service organization
    • Supporting security stakeholders in continuously improving our security posture
  • Drive the technical strategy of our data and application infrastructure to support distributed computing problems and serve terabyte-scale data to our customers
    • Collaborate with lead engineers and product managers to accelerate our ability to develop and experiment with new data platforms and applications so we can explore big bets
    • Align business objectives to team objectives to ensure each team member is delivering impactful work
    • Experience prioritizing team’s roadmap across competing stakeholder requirements and resources
  • Be hands-on coding when needed within the team, provide technical feedback on code reviews
  • Manage and drive the performance of our Platform team
    • Manage a team of 4 platform and backend engineers
    • Help lead the recruiting, hiring, and onboarding process to build out our platform team
    • Work closely with your direct reports to communicate goals and expectations, while delivering constructive feedback
    • Push and encourage your team to achieve their best output and set the pace in achieving our technical vision
  • Be a key contributor as part of the engineering leadership team
    • In defining and driving engineering initiatives, cultural growth, or architectural changes across the product and engineering teams
    • Translating company and team objectives into a roadmap for the team. Able to develop and maintain roadmap for the team with a 1-2 year vision
    • Be able to identify areas of inefficient spend and lead initiatives working with engineering teams to identify areas of excess spend or opportunities
    • Being able to consult with engineering teams to help estimate and forecast on architectural or application additions and changes
    • Be a bridge between finance and engineering to understand and manage infrastructure spend

Skills and Experience

  • 4+ years of experience managing platform/infrastructure/site reliability teams

Technical Expertise

  • 5+ years experience as a software developer, software, platform, or cloud infrastructure engineer or similar
  • Strong experience with our core technologies (AWS, ElasticSearch, Spark (or similar scaled data processing technologies), and Python)
  • Clear experience with Infrastructure-as-code frameworks (e.g. Pulumi, terraform, cloud formation or similar) (IaC)
  • Strong understanding of agile engineering practices
  • Strong system design and architecture skills
  • Experience managing hybrid environment between DC and AWS; experience managing bare metal / colo infrastructure
  • Experience deploying and maintaining self-managed Redis, ElasticSearch, Postgres, in both data center and cloud.

Leadership Expertise

  • Experience translating company objectives into a roadmap for the team.
  • Experience translating technical design documents into projects, milestones, and backlogs.
  • Experience with billing, budgeting and budget forecasting for cloud and data center infrastructure

Managerial Expertise

  • Experience managing teams delivering products, managing stakeholders, prioritization, and timelines
  • Experience mentoring and developing engineers
  • Experience hiring and recruiting
  • Experience managing individual and team performance
  • Experience running agile sprints, kanban / backlog grooming (or similar)

Our Benefits

  • Stock
  • Competitive Salaries
  • Unlimited paid time off
  • Medical, dental, & vision insurance
  • Health, fitness, and office stipends
  • The permanent ability to work wherever and however you want
  • A great team of people to work with!

No C2C, 1099, or Contract-to-Hire. Recruiters need not apply.

People Data Labs does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.

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