Engineering Management

Engineering Management Roles at GitLab

Managers in the engineering department at GitLab see the team as their product. While they are technically credible and know the details of what developers work on, their time is spent hiring a world-class team and putting them in the best position to succeed. They own the delivery of product commitments and are always looking to improve productivity. They must also coordinate across departments to accomplish collaborative goals.

Engineering Manager

Unless otherwise specified below, all Engineering Manager roles at GitLab share the following requirements and responsibilities:

Responsibilities

Requirements

Nice-to-have's

Hiring Process

Candidates for this position can generally expect the hiring process to follow the order below. Note that as candidates indicate preference or aptitude for one or more specialties, the hiring process will be adjusted to suit. Please keep in mind that candidates can be declined from the position at any stage of the process. To learn more about someone who may be conducting the interview, find her/his job title on our team page.

Additional details about our process can be found on our hiring page.

Director of Engineering

The Director of Engineering role extends the Engineering Manager role.

The Director of Engineering, Backend at GitLab manages multiple backend teams in the product development organization. They see their teams as their product. They are capable of managing multiple teams and projects at the same time. They are expert recruiters of both developers and managers alike. But they can also grow the existing talent on their teams. Directors are leaders that model the behaviors we want to see in our teams and hold others accountable when necessary. And they create the collaborative and productive environment in which developers and engineering managers do their work.

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VP of Engineering

The VP of Engineering role extends the Director of Engineering role.

Specialties

Auth

The Engineering Manager, Auth directly manages the developers working on features and functionality related to the Auth product category, as described on our product categories page.

See Engineering Manager for more details.

Nice-to-have's

Hiring Process

The hiring process for this specialty follows the process for most Engineering Managers, except for the following:

CI/CD

The Engineering Manager, CI/CD, directly manages the developers that develop CI/CD features for GitLab.

See Engineering Manager for more details.

Geo

GitLab Geo is an enterprise product feature set that speeds up the work of globally distributed teams, adds redundancy for GitLab instances, and provides Disaster Recovery as well. As the Engineering Manager for the Geo team, you will take overall responsibility for hiring, team management, agile project management, and the quality of the feature set. This position reports to the Director of Engineering, Dev Backend.

See Engineering Manager for more details.

Responsibilities

In addition to the general responsibilities of the Engineering Manager role, the Geo team specifically requires you to be involved in and responsible for:

Requirements

Monitoring

GitLab Monitoring is an enterprise product feature set that provides the underlying libraries and tools to enable GitLab team members to instrument their code. As the Engineering Manager for the Monitoring team, you will take overall responsibility for hiring, team management, agile project management, and the quality of the feature set. This position reports to the Director of Engineering, Ops Backend.

See Engineering Manager for more details.

Responsibilities

In addition to the general responsibilities of the Engineering Manager role, the Monitoring team specifically requires you to be involved in and responsible for:

Requirements

Hiring Process

The hiring process for this specialty follows the process for most Engineering Managers.

Configuration

GitLab Configuration is a set of features related to GitLab's Application Control Panel, Infrastructure Configuration features, our ChatOps product, Feature flags, and our entire Auto DevOps feature set. As the Engineering Manager for the Configuration team, you will take overall responsibility for hiring, team management, agile project management, and the quality of the feature set. This position reports to the Director of Engineering, Ops Backend.

See Engineering Manager for more details.

Responsibilities

In addition to the general responsibilities of the Engineering Manager role, the Monitoring team specifically requires you to be involved in and responsible for:

Requirements

Hiring Process

The hiring process for this specialty follows the process for most Engineering Managers.

Gitaly

Gitaly is an RPC service for Git designed to improve the performance of the git data store on large GitLab instances, particularly GitLab.com. As the Engineering Manager for the Gitaly team, you will take overall responsibility for hiring, team management, agile project management, and the quality of this project. This position reports to the Director of Engineering, Dev Backend.

See Engineering Manager for more details.

Requirements

Nice-to-have's

Hiring Process

The hiring process for this specialty follows the process for most Engineering Managers, except for the following:

Compensation

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About GitLab

GitLab Inc. is a company based on the GitLab open-source project. GitLab is a community project to which over 1,000 people worldwide have contributed. We are an active participant in this community, trying to serve its needs and lead by example. We have one vision: everyone can contribute to all digital content, and our mission is to change all creative work from read-only to read-write so that everyone can contribute.

We value results, transparency, sharing, freedom, efficiency, frugality, collaboration, directness, kindness, diversity, boring solutions, and quirkiness. If these values match your personality, work ethic, and personal goals, we encourage you to visit our primer to learn more. Open source is our culture, our way of life, our story, and what makes us truly unique.

Top 10 reasons to work for GitLab:

  1. Work with helpful, kind, motivated, and talented people.
  2. Work remote so you have no commute and are free to travel and move.
  3. Have flexible work hours so you are there for other people and free to plan the day how you like.
  4. Everyone works remote, but you don't feel remote. We don't have a head office, so you're not in a satellite office.
  5. Work on open source software so you can interact with a large community and can show your work.
  6. Work on a product you use every day: we drink our own wine.
  7. Work on a product used by lots of people that care about what you do.
  8. As a company we contribute more than we take, most of our work is released as the open source GitLab CE.
  9. Focused on results, not on long hours, so that you can have a life and don't burn out.
  10. Open internal processes: know what you're getting in to and be assured we're thoughtful and effective.

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