Notion

Engineering Manager, Infrastructure

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What Notion is looking for in applicants

About Us:

We're on a mission to make it possible for every person, team, and company to be able to tailor their software to solve any problem and take on any challenge. Computers may be our most powerful tools, but most of us can't build or modify the software we use on them every day. At Notion, we want to change this with focus, design, and craft.

We've been working on this together since 2016, and have customers like Nike, Airbnb, Slack, Samsung and thousands more on this journey with us. Today, we're growing fast and excited for new teammates to join us who are the best at what they do. We're passionate about building a company as diverse and creative as the millions of people Notion reaches worldwide.

About The Role:

Millions of people use Notion — and this number is increasing every day. That means millions of people trust us to deliver a fast, reliable, and secure experience, and we value this more than anything. We want to keep earning trust, while also continuing to amaze our users with the tools they can build in Notion.

This is where you come in — You'll be one of the first managers on Infrastructure, building and managing team(s) of engineers and defining our culture and best practices for years to come. You'll have the opportunity to manage broad areas of system properties (e.g. reliability, scalability, security) or domain areas (e.g. developer productivity, storage, cloud) based on your expertise, strengths, and interests as our teams and challenges quickly grow and evolve.

What you'll achieve:

  • Develop a solid mental model of the product, its future direction, and work cross-functionally to guide infrastructure investments for current and emerging business needs.
  • Be responsible for maintaining a high quality bar for everything your team supports.
  • Facilitate planning—the prioritization, sequencing, and staffing of work—for your team. You'll work with others to shape how Notion's engineering organization operates, develop our technical practices, build recruiting and onboarding strategies, and more.
  • Recruit, coach, and develop engineers; you'll ensure engineers are regularly receiving feedback and making progress on personal and professional goals.

Skills You'll Need to Bring:

  • Infrastructure manager: You have managed infrastructure-focused engineering teams, particularly ones that own a wide swath of hosted infrastructure (like AWS) and have multiple years of experience focusing on one or more of the following areas:

    • Build, Test, Deploy
    • Developer Productivity
    • Observability
    • Reliability Engineering
    • Storage
  • Technically hands-on: You enjoy solving people and organizational challenges, but gravitate towards our technical challenges, keep up with industry trends, and understand our architecture and how it needs to evolve inside and out. You are able to influence design reviews, incident postmortems, and our technical direction not through your position, but through the credibility that your technical expertise brings.

  • Commitment to diversity: You have built and are committed to building diverse and inclusive teams; you value empathetic and direct communication and foster environments that are at once collaborative, empowering, supportive, and challenging—ones where people do their best work.

  • Startup mentality: You are comfortable navigating the fast moving, unstructured nature of a hyper-growth startup. You are self-motivated to add value and bias towards action. You understand the importance of setting the engineering quality bar for the long term success of our business, but are able to make difficult prioritizations.

  • Pragmatic and business-oriented: You care about business impact and prioritize projects accordingly. You don't just go after cool stuff—you understand the balance between craft, speed, and the bottom line. To you, technologies and programming languages are about tradeoffs. You may be opinionated, but you're not ideological and can learn new technologies as you go.

Nice to Haves:

  • You have lead or managed engineering teams at startups before, particularly during periods of rapid growth and organizational change.

  • Have managed managers or 14+ full time engineers directly

  • You've experienced the challenges of scaling and re-architecting infrastructure through orders of magnitudes of growth.

  • You have experience cultivating engineering practices and processes—e.g., code review, incident management, continuous deployment—where they didn't exist or scale before.

  • You've heard of computing pioneers like Ada Lovelace, Douglas Engelbart, Alan Kay, and others—and understand why we're big fans of their work.

  • You have interests outside of technology, such as in art, history, or social sciences.

Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for small businesses, you will find a home at Notion.

Notion is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or any employment decision based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other applicable legally protected characteristic. Notion considers qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Notion is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please let your recruiter know.

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