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Engineering Manager, Desktop Runtime

Slack is looking for a leader to join our Desktop Runtime team within Slack's Client Infrastructure organization. This team is responsible for maintaining the runtime underneath Slack's desktop apps for Windows, macOS, and Linux. The runtime is called Electron, open-source, and one of the most popular cross-platform development technologies. In addition to Slack, it also powers Visual Studio Code, Figma, Twitch, and hundreds of other popular applications. Our software, built with C++ and TypeScript, runs on billions of devices every day.
 
The main responsibility of this person will be to meet regularly with engineers and stake holders in order to gather feedback on topics ranging from project progress, internal processes, to general satisfaction. They’ll plan in quarters, and help set the team vision for the next few years. Desktop Runtime works closely with other maintainers in the Electron organization and will frequently meet with stake holders at other organizations trying to move the desktop platform forward - be that operating system developers or the engineers behind other popular desktop apps. 
 
The Desktop Runtime team has the unique responsibility of maintaining one of the most popular open source frameworks out there while also helping Slack build the best possible version of its apps.

What you will be doing

  • Support the team in planning the development road map, prioritizing internal and external feature request and bug reports, and creating estimates.
  • Represent the team in planning and product meetings, both internally at Slack as well as externally with other Electron maintainers and operating system developers.
  • Meet with the rest of the engineering management team to align engineering-wide priorities.
  • Represent Slack engineering and management at industry events.

What you should have

  • Hands-on experience working in an open source project, involving multiple stake holders in multiple organizations.
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related field, or equivalent training, fellowship, or work experience. A successful manager in this role should be able to understand and explain technical trade-offs and complexities inside Electron to other engineering teams, frontend developers, and customers.
  • You possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • You are able to weigh several and often conflicting constraints and make rapid decisions in a fast-moving and quickly-growing company.
 
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?

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