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Sr. Software Engineer, Build and Release

About the Team

Slack’s Build and Release team make the build and release of native client software fast and enjoyable for our developers. We maintain the tools and infrastructure that keep our iOS and Android apps building reliably and releasing frequently. We aim to provide reliable, scalable infrastructure to enable the engineering teams to build applications and to deliver feature after feature with confidence.

The team cross-collaborates across the company with the sole mission of making Slack the best place in the world to develop desktop and mobile applications.

Slack has a positive, diverse, and supportive culture—we look for people who are curious, inventive, and work to be a little better every single day. In our work together we aim to be smart, humble, hardworking, and above all, collaborative. If this sounds like a good fit for you, why not say hello?

About the Role

This is a senior engineering position based in Vancouver, BC.

What you will be doing

  • Automating the configuration of Linux, and Mac build infrastructure
  • Automating the installation and upkeep of build tools and dependencies
  • Designing, coding and maintaining automated release process tools and infrastructure
  • Improving the reliability and performance of the test and build processes
  • Collaborating with other teams to improve process and code

What you should have

  • You have worked on build and release teams, and have familiarity with submitting to app stores
  • You are motivated by helping other engineers succeed and work efficiently
  • You are a strong communicator. Explaining complex technical concepts to program managers, customer support, and other engineers are no problem for you
  • You are able to mentor and model best practices for software build and release processes
  • You are someone that others enjoy working with due to your positive attitude and technical competence
  • Experience with CI tools, especially Jenkins
  • Proficiency in programming languages like Python, Groovy, and/or JavaScript
  • Experience managing the configuration of Linux and Mac build infrastructure
  • Experience with public cloud, especially AWS
  • Experience with configuration management tools, especially Chef
  • Experience with Android Studio and Xcode
  • Experience with native client development
  • Experience with mobile and/or desktop app release management
  • Experience with build software such as Gradle and Fastlane
  • Experience with Artifactory
  • Proficiency with shell scripting.

You should have familiarity with most of the target platforms but experience authoring or building software on each one is not expected.

You should be able to research and experiment efficiently, have a bias towards automation, and a desire to make your fellow engineers more productive.


Slack is a layer of the business technology stack that brings together people, data, and applications – a single place where people can effectively work together, find important information, and access hundreds of thousands of critical applications and services to do their best work. From global Fortune 100 companies to corner markets, businesses, and teams of all kinds use Slack to bring the right people together with all the right information. Slack is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and has ten offices around the world. For more information on how Slack makes teams better connected, visit slack.com.

Ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other is core to Slack’s values. We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives.

We are an equal opportunity employer and a pleasant and supportive place to work.

Come do the best work of your life here at Slack.


Slack has transformed business communication. It’s the leading channel-based messaging platform, used by millions to align their teams, unify their systems, and drive their businesses forward. Only Slack offers a secure, enterprise-grade environment that can scale with the largest companies in the world. It is a new layer of the business technology stack where people can work together more effectively, connect all their other software tools and services, and find the information they need to do their best work. Slack is where work happens.

Ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other is core to Slack’s values. We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and a pleasant and supportive place to work.

Come do the best work of your life here at Slack.