Engineering Manager - Backend
at Mozilla Corporation
Team:
Core Product-Pocket
Locations:
Remote US, Remote San Francisco Bay Area

At Pocket, our mission is to enable people to consume stories worthy of their time and attention. Our apps and platform are essential ways that over 100M people discover and consume content on the web.

Are you excited about the role of content to enrich users’ lives? Do you want to build software for a massive audience? We are looking for a Backend Engineering Manager to help make this happen. Our Backend team builds the Pocket experience behind the scenes to provide our client engineers with the APIs and infrastructure they need.  We’re looking for a leader that is passionate about building awesome teams, finding innovative solutions to challenging problems, and shipping quality software.

We’re a small team that has the resources and support of a large company. Pocket was acquired by Mozilla in 2017, and together we are committed to an internet that elevates critical thinking, reasoned argument, shared knowledge, and verifiable facts. As our Backend Engineering Manager, you’ll be responsible for helping ensure our ability to support high quality content on the web. This role is fundamental to Pocket’s success.

Come work with us and make a huge impact on advancing high-quality content on the web.

What you’ll do:

  • Lead an established distributed team of 6-10 software engineers, split across multiple squads and multiple time zones, building our infrastructure, services and APIs, and internal tools.
  • Create an inclusive environment which engages and challenges your team members, exposes them to new opportunities, and grows their careers.
  • Set and communicate your team’s goals, and establish plans and schedules to attain them.
  • Collaborate with engineers, data scientists, product managers and support teams to implement our product strategy.
  • Ensure that the software your team delivers is on time, high quality, measurable, and maintainable.
  • Anticipate the right mix of capabilities required for your team to be successful, and recruit and hire new people as needed.
  • Work with your peers and technical leads to continuously improve Pocket’s engineering.
  • Be rewarded with growth and leadership opportunities for strong performance.

 What you already have:

  • You have 6 years of overall industry experience, with at least 2 years of hands-on technical leadership and people management experience. 
  • You have the ability to successfully lead and ship complex software projects on time in a loosely structured environment. 
  • You can hire, coach, motivate, develop, and delegate to geographically distributed team members with different skill sets from your own.
  • You can resolve problems, manage risk, lead change, and facilitate collaborative decision-making in a multi-functional team.
  • You are able to prioritize and organize the team’s work alongside your product management peers.
  • You possess clear and succinct communication, and the ability to develop positive relationships with direct reports, peers, upper management, and partners. 
  • You can enable creative thinking and new contributions in your team.

Our team requires skills in a variety of domains. You should ideally have experience with some of the areas listed below, and be passionate about learning new things. We’re excited to see: 

  • Experience with building modern applications on the web, developing REST APIs, or working with GraphQL.
  • Experience with Typescript and PHP.
  • Experience with AWS or cloud technologies.
  • Experience with React with Apollo Client.
  • Experience with Terraform or the Terraform CDK.
  • A passion for new technology and relevant trends.

If you don’t meet 100% of the above qualifications we still encourage you to apply!

About Mozilla 

Mozilla exists to build the Internet as a public resource accessible to all because we believe that open and free is better than closed and controlled. When you work at Mozilla, you give yourself a chance to make a difference in the lives of Web users everywhere. And you give us a chance to make a difference in your life every single day. Join us to work on the Web as the platform and help create more opportunity and innovation for everyone online.

Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

Mozilla understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge are crucial to and enrich the company’s core mission.  We encourage applications from everyone, including members of all equity-seeking communities, such as (but certainly not limited to) women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.

We will ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, as appropriate. Please contact us at hiringaccommodation@mozilla.com to request accommodation.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race (including hairstyle and texture), religion (including religious grooming and dress practices), gender, gender identity, gender expression, color, national origin, pregnancy, ancestry, domestic partner status, disability, sexual orientation, age, genetic predisposition, medical condition, marital status, citizenship status, military or veteran status, or any other basis covered by applicable laws.  Mozilla will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics or any other unlawful behavior, conduct, or purpose.

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Why Mozilla?

At Mozilla, we’re serving humanity—by maintaining a safe, open internet—while also helping the individual humans employed here to reach their personal and professional goals. With a relatively small team serving hundreds of millions of people, a culture of exploration, and a commitment to mentorship, opportunities abound to learn and grow at Mozilla.


Our values drive our actions

  • Purpose is built into our work, with our mission driving every decision
  • We challenge assumptions, the status quo, ourselves, and each other
  • We are transparent: in our code, our business partnerships, and our everyday interactions
  • We seek out people from diverse backgrounds and with perspectives different from our own
  • We pair purpose with performance and put people ahead of profit

Our impact is global

  • 700+ paid staff from over 30 countries
  • Thousands of volunteer contributors across six continents
  • 9 global offices: Mountain View, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, Toronto, Paris, London, Berlin, and Beijing
  • Hundreds of home offices globally

Our benefits are world-class

  • Flexible work environment (nearly half of Mozillians work remotely)
  • Industry-leading paid parental leave (up to 26 weeks of fully paid leave for childbearing parents and up to 12 weeks for non-childbearing parents)
  • Reimbursement for professional development (up to $3,000/year)
  • A work setup including the latest hardware and software of your choice