Engineering Manager

Dovetail's mission is to enable the world to create better products and services through deep customer understanding. We empower 45,000+ people, from agencies to universities to Fortune 100 companies, to make sense of their customer research in one collaborative and powerful research platform.

We're looking for an Engineering Manager to lead a team of product engineers. We want someone who is passionate about coaching and developing people and has a background in engineering.

Who you’ll work closely with

Anna Zhirnova
Software Engineer

What you’ll do

  • Great people developer. You'll be a strong coach and have the ability to bring the best out of people to help them achieve their ambition. You can push people out of their comfort zone to drive their development and be able to evaluate performance.

  • Building great teams, recruiting and hiring. You'll be heavily involved in hiring high-quality engineers and you'll be able to assess your current team and identify the skill-gaps to create hiring plans with our People function.

  • Work in a product engineering team. You are highly collaborative in your approach, and work closely with product design and engineering team members.

  • Ad-hoc coding. To be an effective manager we believe you need a high degree of empathy and respect. To help with this you'll be getting into the code, perhaps contributing to the team's project, or working on some automation scripts.

  • Optimizing engineering performance. You're accountable for ensuring the team is operating as best it can, and is constantly improving.

  • Execute in the face of ambiguity. We are moving fast and defining an entirely new category of software, which means we are faced with plenty of uncertainty and ambiguity. It is critical that you're able to balance strategic thinking with rapid execution. You believe in constant progress over perfection.

  • Be able to think big, but start small. At Dovetail we set lofty goals and have a bold, exciting vision for our product. You'll be able to build new teams from scratch, or work with existing teams to develop them into the best version they can be.

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Your background

  • Experience managing product software engineers. You've managed a team of engineers and are comfortable giving and receiving feedback to motivate and steer them to success. You confidently identify areas for improvement, provide timely guidance, and motivate them to reach their goals.

  • Good technical background in software engineering. You have first-hand experience developing software, and you're confident that you could make modest but meaningful contributions when embedded in a team.

  • Experience with different product development methodologies. You're familiar with Scrum, Kanban, and everything in-between. You understand the value behind different rituals, and are able to confidently mix and match to create the most effective blend for the team at hand.

  • You've built engineering teams from the ground up. You confidently navigate the early forming and storming phases of team. You've been instrumental in establishing new teams from scratch, deciding on the roles, recruiting to fill them, and growing it into a highly effective team.

  • You've worked in cross functional teams with product managers and designers. You believe that the best outcomes come from working collaboratively rather than in silos.

At Dovetail, we’re passionate about building and fostering an environment where every team member feels supported and valued. We celebrate individualism, welcoming everyone to show up as their authentic selves every day. It’s no secret that diversity builds the best teams, large or small, so we highly encourage applications from people who identify as part of an under-represented group. Please take a peek at Dovetail’s commitment to Program 50/50 and hear why we’re officially a Great Place to Work on our careers page for more info!

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Sydney, Australia
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Equity for everyone

No matter your role, we provide equity for all along with competitive salaries. See your investment grow as Dovetail grows.

Annual retreats

We aim to go away every year to celebrate achievements and have some fun as a team, from NZ to the Whitsundays.

Equal parental leave

We offer an inclusive framework of 20 weeks equal paid leave to support new parents.

Modern and pet friendly offices

Bring your pooch to our modern, ergonomic offices in the heart of Surry Hills, plus enjoy organized monthly events.

Flexible work life balance

Whether you're a parent, student, or juggling a million things, we get it. While we're an office-first culture, we work together to make your schedule work for you.

Develop and grow

Take a course, attend a lunch and learn, or head to a conference! We love to support you any way we can.

Extra paid days off

Enjoy ad-hoc KitKat days to take a step back and spend it however you like.

Health is wealth

Every Dovetailer has access to Uprise (Employee Assistance Program) for themselves as well as their families.

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