Engineering Manager, Build

| Seattle

The Developer Productivity group at Stripe builds the platforms and frameworks that provide engineers with the best-in-class language, architecture and tooling with the aim to enable high productivity. We’re a group of internally focused infrastructure engineers whose customers are all of Stripe engineering.

The group covers the entire development cycle from development environments, documentation, source control, platform infrastructure, testing and builds.

Build Manager

We’re looking for a manager to staff and lead the Build team based in Seattle. This is a new team to be seeded from Stripes who have worked on builds within other teams. The area of focus is to standardize infrastructure around Bazel to ensure fast, reliable, repeatable builds across all of Stripe’s development stacks.

You will:

  • Work with a team of technically sophisticated engineers who make developer experience their first priority.
  • Empower the team to solve problems for fellow Stripe engineers by understanding their needs and coming up with both short term workarounds and long term solutions.
  • Recruit great engineers, in collaboration with Stripe’s recruiting team.
  • Develop engineers on the team, helping them advance in their careers.
  • Work with stakeholders across Stripe to balance and accommodate competing priorities.

You may be a good fit if:

  • You’ve successfully built a team, defined the mission, and achieved your goals.
  • You’ve successfully recruited and retained great people to your teams.
  • You know how to balance the reliability, usability, compliance and cost of critical systems.
  • You are deeply technical, but prefer to lean on your leadership skills.
  • You are comfortable planning in quarters and halves, and also have experience planning in years.
  • You thrive on a high level of autonomy and responsibility.
  • You are excited about collaborating with teammates across Stripe’s organization.

Who you’ll work with

At Stripe, we encourage you to write and speak about your work and share your knowledge! Also, we think it’s important to get an idea of who you’ll be working with. Here are a few Stripe infrastructure engineers giving talks! (If you don’t like to give talks, that’s fine – many very well-respected Stripe engineers don’t.)

  • Amy Nguyen, “UX Design and Education for Effective Monitoring Tools”
  • Julia Evans, “A swiss army knife of debugging tools”
  • Evan Broder, “The Architecture that Helps Stripe Move Faster”
  • Oscar Boykin, “Counting Approximately at Scale”
  • Andreas Fuchs “I’m not a number, I’m a free file descriptor!!” (this talk isn’t really about “work” so much as “interesting systems things”, but it’s a delightfully Andreas talk)

What’s it like to work at Stripe?

Stripe is helping the internet fulfill its potential as a platform for economic progress by building software tools that accelerate global economic access and technological development. Stripe makes it easy to start, run and scale an internet business from anywhere in the world.

Stripe is, at its heart, an engineering company. To provide a missing pillar of core internet infrastructure, we hire people with a broad set of technical skills (and from a wide variety of backgrounds) who are ready to take on some of the most challenging problems in the industry – from reliably handling 100M API requests per day, to building adaptive machine learning as a result of years of data science and infrastructure work, and enabling entrepreneurs worldwide to start a global internet business.

We look at Stripe as a constant work in progress and the same is true of our people; for all of us, we believe the best is yet to come. We’re here to support each other in our curiosity and creativity – which we pursue through thoughtful discussion and knowledge-sharing among a diverse set of peers and colleagues.

We encourage all engineers to transition teams once every year and a half and also take on short-term projects with other teams across Stripe. This enables engineers to learn how different parts of Stripe work while also establishing stronger ties and cross-pollination between groups.

We contribute to existing open-source projects and the people working on them, and we release several tools as open-source.

We want to work in a company of warm, inclusive people who treat their colleagues exceptionally well. The kind of people who are committed to going out of their way to help other Stripes in the short-term and pushing them to improve over the long-term (by helping them to get better at what they do).

We’re a highly cross-functional organization and view that as part of the fun: we design our space to encourage as much collaboration as possible. We have long tables in the kitchen for a reason (to enable everyone to meet new people and learn from them). We also have a culture of transparency that we carry through to email communication, ensuring that Stripes all around the world have the information they need to make good local decisions.

In both our products and our people, we aim to reflect, represent and advocate for all of our users, globally. Our users transcend geography, culture and language; what we share, collectively, is a drive to create a fairer, more economically interconnected world.

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