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Engineering Manager



Canada · United States · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2023


We’re seeking a talented and motivated full-time Software Engineering Manager to join our growing team. You will work as part of the engineering team to:

  • Provide guidance, mentorship, and career development for a team of software engineers.

  • Take point in running temporary project teams formed to build a feature or address a shortcoming. Our Engineering team forms groups in order to allow engineers to work across the codebase and provide agency in what to work on; in this part of the role, not everyone working on the project will be a direct report.

  • Provide technical direction in projects as needed, as well as growing the technical leadership capabilities of the engineers reporting to you.

  • Help in growing the organization: interviewing and recruiting, guiding the development of the engineering culture, developing processes as we grow.

At our current size, engineering managers join in an individual contributor capacity to come up to speed on the product, team, culture, and codebase. The move into a primarily management role happens over the course of several months. The amount of IC engineering work is expected to drop substantially over time but will always remain a portion of the role’s requirements. We want managers to stay in touch with the reality of the engineering work and be involved in its development.

Because we’re an early-stage and fully remote company, we’re looking for a motivated individual who can help move the product forward. The ability to think on your feet, collaborate with highly technical teams, and comfort working asynchronously are essential.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience as a people manager: we are not yet at a size and level of maturity as an engineering org to provide the training and support for someone new in the management role.

  • Experience in one or more of the skillsets used within Tailscale Eng: Networking, Security, Backend, Frontend, iOS/macOS, Android, Linux, Windows, Systems & Production, Data, etc


  • Experience developing in Go, used for much of the system. Previous experience in #golang makes ramping up quicker

  • Ability to give and process constructive feedback, as well as work independently

  • Flexibility to adjust to the dynamic nature of a startup

With the team, you’ll succeed with these sorts of goals

  • Work as part of an organization of engineers, product managers, and designers to develop the Tailscale service.

  • Take a holistic view of the product, from customer needs to client applications to the admin console.

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Research shows that candidates from underrepresented backgrounds often don't apply for roles if they don't meet all the criteria — unlike majority candidates meeting significantly fewer requirements.

We strongly encourage you to apply if you’re interested: we’d love to know how you can amplify our team with your unique experience!

About Tailscale

Tailscale builds software that makes it easy to connect and secure devices, no matter where they are. Every day, banks and multi-national companies use Tailscale to protect their corporate networks. Hobbyists and start-ups trust Tailscale to collaborate and share access to tooling. We're building a future for the Internet that's easy, small and safe, like it used to be. Founded in 2019 and fully distributed, we're backed by Accel, HeavyBit, and Uncork Capital.