This is the senior engineering leadership role for Ubuntu Desktop. A director-level position running a group of teams who's efforts combine to shape the world's most widely used desktop Linux experience.

Ubuntu Desktop aims to be the preferred Linux for professionals and consumers. We focus on delivering the cleanest, simplest, most reliable out-of-the-box experience for Linux on any laptop or workstation. We make careful choices to select best of breed components for the entire desktop and developer experience, and we invest in packaging and integration.

We are seeking a director of engineering with outstanding leadership and management qualities, as well as a clear vision for the future of the open source desktop. The nature of the work requires a deep understanding of the existing Linux desktop technology stack and community dynamics across multiple upstream projects. Candidates must have experience of engineering management in a company that ships software products, and the Linux desktop technology stack.

Software engineering at Canonical is entirely distributed. We meet twice a year for stretches of up to two weeks. International travel is required to participate in those meetings. As a senior lead in our engineering organisation, this role is expected to have a clear view of their product and community strategy and how that fits into the broader Canonical Ubuntu narrative of enterprise and community open source.

This is a complex and challenging role at the centre of a fast-moving and competitive environment. The successful candidate will be an accomplished technologist, proven leader, strong speaker and motivator, with management and organisational skills. We would like to put this opportunity in the hands of someone passionate about the future of open source, developer experiences, and community. We also require someone who will embrace the competitive and professional demands of a highly visible, widely used and mission critical enterprise platform.

We are proud to foster a workplace free from discrimination. Diversity of experience, perspectives, and background create a better work environment and better products. Whatever your identity we will give your application fair consideration.

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