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Manager, Software Engineering, Frontend Infrastructure

The Frontend Infrastructure team is looking for an engineering manager to join their group. The team owns the lower levels of the Slack desktop and web clients — things like React, the data layer (using Redux), our WebSocket manager, and the general bootstrapping flow of the app. We work closely with backend service teams to evolve the way that Slack clients work. We also designed, built, and manage the frontend build system (Webpack for ES6 + LESS). 

This was a big year for our team, as we just finished a huge rewrite of our frontend codebase, moving to React & Redux. In collaboration with a large group of frontend engineers, we successfully released a faster, lighter web/desktop Slack client. As we look to the future, we are hoping to build on the success of this project and roll out numerous projects, including a migration to TypeScript.

Infrastructure is a diverse and inclusive team that treats their colleagues exceptionally well. We encourage and support each other’s growth.

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What you will be doing

Frontend Infrastructure is a small group within the larger Desktop Foundations organization at Slack. We like to think of ourselves as the “backend of the frontend”, and are looking for someone to take on the role of engineering manager for this team.

In addition to working closely with backend infrastructure teams, many of our projects involve a lot of outreach and discussion with other FEs around the company — we try to set directions and establish best practices, but we can't do that in a vacuum. Collaboration with our peers on other teams is critical.

 

What you should have

 

  • You have 5+ years of engineering management experience leading productive, high functioning teams. You can describe why these teams were high functioning and what you specifically did to ensure engineers felt productive.
  • You’ve lead and/or been part of developer productivity teams that have internal, engineering stakeholders. You understand the unique advantages and challenges of such teams.
  • You’re excited to explain complex technical concepts and share your knowledge with diverse audiences both internally and externally. 
  • You can contemplate several, and often conflicting, constraints and make rapid decisions.
  • You can anticipate future technical needs for the product and craft plans to realize them.
  • You excel at building roadmaps and can develop a long-term team vision in partnership with other engineering teams at Slack. You can then be accountable for driving project execution.
  • You love helping engineers develop new skills and advance in their careers. You don’t shy away from performance conversations and you recognize the relationship between objective feedback and career growth.
  • Have a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related field, or equivalent training, fellowship, or work experience.

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?  

Slack is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participant in the U.S. Federal E-Verify program. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Slack will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.


 


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.