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Engineering Manager

Job description

Our core mission at Railway is to make software engineers higher leverage. We believe that people should be given powerful tools so that they can spend less time setting up to do, and more time doing.

Leverage is a core part of what we do, and management provides leverage on people. In that sense, this role is leverage^2.

If you believe strongly in empowering others, supporting them as they build things great than themselves, then we’d love to talk with you!

“To lead people, walk behind them”

- Lao Tsu

About the role

For this role, you will:

  • Support engineering talent as they build the levers required for our users to build and s
  • Work with engineers, designers, and beyond to effectively deliver “bigger than ones self” goals
  • Work with product to define and deliver on Railway’s grand vision
  • Manage, build, and knock down process such that teams and individuals alike can move quickly and with purpose in the company
  • Help mentor and develop our engineers as they seek to grow as individuals. Whether personal, professional, or beyond; helping our engineers grow is paramount to us.
  • This is a high impact, high agency role with direct effect on company culture, trajectory, and outcome.

    About you

  • A strong understanding of frontend architecture. The ideal candidate is well versed in building elegant yet powerful models for fetching, mutating, and rendering data effectively
  • The tact to implement your solution, creator monitors for it’s error boundaries, and document any requirements for when you’re not around
  • A great sense of direction and prioritization when it comes to dealing with the ambiguity of an early stage startup
  • A sense of grit to dive into a problem, implement a solution, scale that solution, and replace it when needed
  • A great set of communication skills for getting your point across, solution implemented, and beyond
  • We value and love to work with diverse persons from all backgrounds

    Things to know

    For better or worse, we're a startup; our team dynamics are different from companies of different sizes and stages.

    • We're distributed ALL across the globe, and that's only going to be more and more distributed. As a result, stuff is ALWAYS happening.
    • We do NOT expect you to work all the time, but you'll have to be diligent about your boundaries because the end of your day may overlap with the start of someone else's.
    • We're a small team, with high ownership, who are not only passionate about what we do, but seek to be exceptional as well. At the time of writing we're 7, serving tens of thousands of users. There's a lot of stuff going on, and a lot of ambiguity.
    • We want you to own it. We believe that ownership is a key to growth, and part of that growth is not only being able to make the choices, but owning the success, or failure, that comes with those choices.

    Benefits and perks

    At Railway, we provide best in class benefits. Great salary, full health benefits including dependents, strong equity grants, equipment stipend, and much more. For more details, check back on the main careers page.

    Beyond compensation, there are a few things that we believe that make working at Railway truly unique:

    • Autonomy: We have very few meetings. Just a Monday and a Friday to go over the Company Board. We think your time is sacred, whether it's at work, or outside of work.
    • Ownership: We're a company with a high ownership, high autonomy culture. We hope that you'll come in, help us, and over the course of many years do the best work of your life. When we bring you onboard, we expect you to change the company.
    • Novel problems/solutions: We're a startup that's well funded, with cool problems, which lets us implement novel solutions! We abhor “busywork” and think, whether it's community, engineering, operations, etc there's always opportunity for creative and high leverage solutions.
    • Growth: We want you to grow with us, but we know that talent is loaned, so when you figure out what area you want to grow in next, whether it's at Railway or outside, we'll make sure you land there.

    How we hire

    No tricks. No surprises. Here's the entire process.


    1

    Talk with the CEO about the role

    This is completely open ended and we're just trying to see who you are, what you want to do, and where you wanna go.

    2

    Pick a small project to discuss on the interview

    Async, pick and implement one of the following:

  • Assuming 8 person headcount, define a (very rough) plan to implement a large feature you’d want to see in the product
  • Run a 1:1 with one of our engineers, then run one with our CEO
  • Design a summer intern program
  • You can, and SHOULD! ask us questions ahead of time. What our prior solution looks like, what ideas we have to improve it, etc. Ask away!

    3

    Review your solution with the Team

    You'll sit down with 2 people and go over the above. We'll poke into your solution, as well as get you acquainted with two more members of the team.

    Looking for: Learn about your problem solving skills. How you break down a problem and how you present a solution.

    4

    Meet the Team

    You'll meet the Team, which will be comprised of 4 people from vastly different sections of the company.

    Looking for: How you work with the rest of the team and communicate.

    5

    Offer and Details Chat with CEO

    Finally, we will go over the process, the role, and hammer out the details about your position, onboarding, and all the deets.


    Final Note: The interview goes both ways. Once again, please ask us things. Many things! Hard things. That's what we're here for.

    Apply for
    this position

    To apply, send us your resume to:
    jake at railway dot app and CC jobs at railway dot app.

    We will get back to you in a few days

    Additional questions? We know this page might not answer all your questions. Just send us an email with any questions you may have and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible! 👋