Abstract is a design workflow platform for teams to version, manage, and collaborate on Sketch files. Our company’s mission is to dramatically improve the productivity, transparency and impact of Design. Since launching in July 2017, over 5,000 design teams across 75 countries have adopted Abstract, including teams from Microsoft, Cisco, Intuit, Salesforce, Instacart, OpenTable, and more.
At Abstract, we are actively working to build a diverse and inclusive organization. Here, diversity includes age, economic class, educational background, ethnic variance, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, national origin, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, or veteran status.
Abstract is headquartered in San Francisco but many of our teams and roles are remote-first (US-based only at this time). If you have a passion for rolling up your sleeves, building new programs in a rapidly-changing environment, and have a strong, team-player mentality, we’d love to hear from you!
About the Role
Abstract is looking for an EngineeringManager to help lead our growing team. At Abstract, we develop desktop and web applications that help teams design with confidence by providing a version control system and collaboration platform focused on design files.
At Abstract, we lead by serving our teams with empathy, knowledge, and coordination. Our Engineering team is very distributed within the U.S. In this role, you would lead a team of highly skilled engineers who are part of a cross-functional team, called a Squad, which focuses on one of our product areas.
What you’ll do:
Own daily management of objectives, priorities, tradeoffs, and risks for your squad.
Collaborate with Product and Design within your squad to ensure cross-functional alignment and execute on the product roadmap.
Help implement effective engineering processes and policies that help us earn the love of our customers.
Get to know and help your direct reports by meeting with them one on one, setting goals, and facilitating feedback conversations to support their growth, career progression, well-being, and performance.
Work with the rest of the engineering management team on initiatives to support and create a healthy, thriving, and inclusive engineering organization.
Partner closely with HR and the Recruiting team to attract, recruit, and retain diverse engineering talent.
Be accountable for customer experience on your squad.
What you’ll bring:
Coding experience. You’ve been a software engineer and you know what it takes to be a great software engineer and can discuss technical strategy, architecture, and tradeoffs. You’re comfortable providing direction and thoughtful feedback and prefer leading through your talented team vs. a'do it yourself' approach.
Data-driven. You leverage quantitative and qualitative data to make strategic decisions. For example- you own and execute squad activities with the help of dashboards. You're familiar with Jira.
People management and development. You are passionate about management, mentoring, and crafting opportunities to support your reports’ success. You love to and actively help engineers develop new skills and advance in their careers. You don’t shy away from challenging performance conversations, and you recognize the relationship between clear, direct feedback and career growth. Ideally, you’d have at least two years of experience managing product-focused engineering teams.
Intentional leadership. Our teams thrive through coaching and enabling rather than getting directions. We strive to be supportive, patient, and people-focused.
Effective communication. Our managers are primarily communicators, so you've got to be the kind of person who achieves success through effective writing and speaking.
Organization and project management. You are highly organized and able to manage impactful projects across functional teams. With many people doing many things in a fast-moving company, strong organizational skills — both for yourself and for the team — will be required.
Coordination. You're good at connecting people and distributing critical information across the organization. You gain the cooperation of others, negotiate, and are comfortable presenting information on specific projects or schedules.
Bonus points if you have:
Distributed work or management experience. You’ve been a remote employee or have managed people in remote settings before.
You have worked on and/or understand distributed systems and large scale engineering challenges.
At Abstract, we offer resources that emphasize personal and familial wellbeing. We offer healthcare coverage, including dental, vision, and life insurance(some plans are offered at no costs for employees). We offer 10 weeks parental leave, flexible paid-time off and flexible working arrangements.
Additional perks include:
Dependent care and Health care FSA
Commuter benefits(SF office employees only)
Employee-Paid Pet Insurance Options
Employee Assistance Program(EAP)
Access to Financial Advisors
To help employees plan for the future, we're able to offer competitive pay and retirement/401(k).
We are a distributed team and we are able to offer US-based remote employment for most roles. We offer travel opportunities for company meetings, team meet-ups, and the occasional conference.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis; Elastic Projects will not sponsor applicants for work visas.
As part of our security protocols, offers are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.