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Software Engineering Manager

Software Engineering | Alameda, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map and monitor the oceans to understand, preserve, and protect our world.  Saildrone designs and manufactures wind and solar powered autonomous surface vehicles called Saildrones, which make cost-effective ocean data collection possible at scale. We work with governments, civic agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas - be it in sailing drones into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane to obtain new scientific storm data, mapping out the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping illegal fishing and drug trafficking.  As a result of our work, we have been selected as one of the "Forbes Top 10 Wonders of 2021", as well as the Smithsonian Institute's "Top 10 Ocean Stories of 2021", New York Times' "Top 21 Things that happened (for the first time) in 2021", and Popular Science's "100 Greatest Innovations of 2021".   We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC and St. Petersburg, FL and operate our missions worldwide.  We are backed by top-tier investors in the frontier-tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective.

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.

The Role

This position will work closely with a team (or teams) of engineers, product managers, and leadership to plan and execute software roadmaps for code running onboard Saildrones or in the cloud. You’ll work closely with all parties involved - managing engineers directly, cultivating career growth, marshalling and tracking work for engineering teams through to completion each sprint. You’ll also be coordinating with other managers and leads to lay a course for future work and resourcing on a quarterly basis.

Required Skills

This Engineering Manager will be working closely with a highly technical stack of software, so command of software engineering is a prerequisite. Not merely tracking work, this person will need to help the team make good software design decisions. We are looking for a candidate who has transitioned their career from software engineering to software management.

Strong candidates will either have prior experience in compiled languages (C, C++) and ARM architectures, or server-side languages and UI frameworks (Python, NodeJS, React) and comfort with modern cloud infrastructure technologies (Kubernetes, AWS, Git, CircleCI, etc).

While current software engineers looking to make the transition to management will be considered, a demonstrated track record leading teams of engineers is preferred.

An ability to work collaboratively with other managers, making sacrifices to achieve common goals, and the compassion and patience found in excellent people managers is required.

Minimum Experience

2-5 years software engineering management

5-10 years software development prior

Desired Skills

Experience with modern agile software management suites like Jira would be advantageous.

Location: This position is in Alameda, CA. Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States can be considered.  Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film 'The Matrix'.


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.

  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents

  • Enhanced paternity / maternity programs

  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan


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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, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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