Engineering Manager: Backend systems


We power digital growth for the world’s leading brands

Urban Airship is trusted by thousands of businesses looking to grow their digital engagement with customers. Every day, marketers and developers depend on Urban Airship to deliver more than one billion mobile moments that inspire interest and drive action. Urban Airship’s digital growth platform is used by many of the world’s most admired companies, including Adidas, Alaska Airlines, The Home Depot, NBCUniversal, Sky Media and Zillow.

About you

You are someone with an action-oriented mindset, a focus on exceeding expectations, and who operates with vision and integrity. You will play an important role in the development and completion of projects, meet and report back to upper management, plan and monitor work schedules, and work with multiple and diverse teams. Your responsibilities also include aligning engineering activities and projects with company goals and objectives, providing guidance and support, and maintaining positive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.

You build followership through exceptional leadership, communication and project management skills, years of leadership experience, and a belief in developing the skills and talents of others. You have experience in identifying and navigating organizational changes, a keen interest in international trends in engineering and collaboration, and an above average emotional intelligence.


  • Develop and motivate top talent who are creative, collaborative, and results-oriented
  • Collaborate closely with our Product Management, Program Management, and Design Teams as we plan and build the future of our product and strive to delight our customers
  • Communicate clearly with your team as well as stakeholders of all technical levels
  • Balance competing priorities with determination and grace
  • Be a change agent by continually observing and pushing the team and the broader organization to improve
  • Push yourself to grow as a manager and leader through professional development efforts 

Experience and Skills

  • 5+ years of technical experience
  • 2+ years technical leadership experience
  • Bachelor's degree within an engineering or related field
  • Action-mindset
  • Outstanding team building skills.
  • Pride in building excellent products and user experiences
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the industry  

About Our Team 

Backend Engineering at Urban Airship is focused on distributed system design, development, and support. We provide low latency services that process a stream of events from both apps/web/mobile wallet/email/sms and internal services.

  • Our backend infrastructure is built on the Google Cloud Platform.
  • Our platform uses > 150 microservices that talk to SQL and NoSQL databases and handle an immense load.
  • Engineers are involved in schema design, ownership of data semantics, and a lot of squinting at server metrics trying to puzzle out why database write latency spiked in the 99th percentile and moved the emphasis in “near-real-time” from “real” to “near.”

Urban Airship has a fantastic career path for developing software engineers and engineering management. Learn more about our tech ladder at 

Technologies we use:

  • Google Cloud Platform: Cloud SQL, BigTable, BigQuery, Pub/Sub, Dataflow, Dataproc, Datastore
  • Most backend services are written in Java
  • Service-oriented architecture
  • CI/CD
  • Metrics: Grafana and Prometheus


Come help us write the next chapter!

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