Vertex Ventures US
Vertex Ventures US

Engineering Manager, Platform



Software Engineering
United States · Remote
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2023

About the Job:

LaunchDarkly is looking for a talented and inspirational engineering manager to help us build, scale, and empower a part of LaunchDarkly's engineering team. You will lead engineers in the development of the LaunchDarkly platform. You will set a mission for your team, define the roadmap to hit our goals, and measure success at each step. You will keep your team motivated, growing, and engaged. As part of our you-build-it-you-run-it culture, all engineers may be responsible to support their production services, including on-call. On-call is compensated in addition.


  • Lead the team in charge of our infrastructure, shared platform services, and internal developer tooling. Your end users are fellow LaunchDarkly engineers!

  • Enable our developers to deliver their services with higher autonomy, performance, and speed through offerings written in Go and Terraform.

  • Design and implement core platform infrastructure; you will codify it, monitor it, evolve it, and solve some devilish problems in production.

  • Ensure that new engineers get up and running in minutes, and their changes flow from laptop to production with minimal friction.

  • Ensure we run a cost-effective service, and monitor and make changes to hit spending constraints.

  • Prioritize strategic, high-impact investments while maintaining health, performant, and cost-effective services, both internal and external facing.

  • Help build a diverse and highly skilled team able to keep up with a rapidly growing product.


  • 3+ years experience leading people, with a proven track record of hiring, motivating, growing, and empowering teams.

  • A drive to truly understand the reliability-related needs of your customer (our developers!) and the ability to translate those needs into effective solutions.

  • A hands-on foundation of infrastructure engineering knowledge that allows you to push your team, ask hard questions and recognize excellence.

  • Experience building and maintaining real-time, large-scale production systems.

  • Experience building with a major cloud provider and ensuring cost-effective utilization.

  • A strong command of release orchestration and infrastructure automation patterns and practices.

  • Proven ability to track and drive engineering efficiency metrics, and the wisdom to understand what they can and can't tell you.

  • Building or managing highly distributed, high-volume services with 24/7 operational needs.

  • A plus if you have experience with AWS, CircleCI, Spinnaker, and/or CockroachDB.


Target pay range for a Level Manager 3 in the United States: $190,000 - $224,000*

*Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), health, vision, and dental insurance, and mental health benefits in addition to salary.

LaunchDarkly operates from a place of high trust and transparency; we are happy to state the pay range for our open roles to best align with your needs. Exact compensation may vary based on skills, experience, degree level, and location.

About LaunchDarkly:

LaunchDarkly is a Feature Management Platform that serves trillions of feature flags daily to help software teams build better software, faster. Feature flagging is an industry standard methodology of wrapping a new or risky section of code or infrastructure change with a flag. Each flag can easily be turned off independent of code deployment (aka "dark launching"). LaunchDarkly has SDKs for all major web and mobile platforms. We are building a diverse team so that we can offer robust products and services. Our team culture is dynamic, friendly, and supportive. Our headquarters are in Oakland.

At LaunchDarkly, we believe in the power of teams. We're building a team that is humble, open, collaborative, respectful and kind. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

One of our company values is 'Widen the Circle'. Which means we seek out diversity of perspectives to get better results. We understand everyone has their own unique talents and experiences. We encourage you to apply to this role even if you don’t think you meet 100% of the qualifications outlined above. We can find out together if it's the right match for your skillset.

LaunchDarkly is also committed to giving back to our community and is a part of Pledge 1%, an organization that helps companies make this a priority. Through this initiative and its charitable arm, the LaunchDarkly Foundation, the company is committed to such causes as supporting education for the underserved, homelessness relief and moving towards having a net-zero carbon footprint. You can find more about the LaunchDarkly Foundation and the organizations we serve at https://launchdarkly.com/foundation/.

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