Director/Lead Server Engineer, Distributed Systems

Mongodb - New York, NY

Successful candidates will have majority of the following qualities

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a management position
  • Proven success with hiring, mentoring and growing strong software engineering teams
  • Excellent verbal and written technical communication skills and desire for cross-team collaboration
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to make and evaluate realistic assessments of project complexity
  • Proven success in designing, writing, testing and maintaining distributed and/or highly concurrent software systems in large, long-lived C/C++ code bases
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in programming, debugging and performance tuning, and a strong grip on the foundational material of computer science
  • Professional or advanced academic expertise in the domains of distributed systems and databases is preferable, but not strongly required

Position Expectations

  • Work with Product Management and senior leadership to build roadmap for the team’s deliverables
  • Effectively balance team resources between building new features and previous release support and maintenance
  • Mentor, grow and recruit new team members
  • Balance your time between programming, designing, mentorship, and leading your team

Success Measures

Within 3 months:

  • Provide a code contribution to MongoDB
  • Know your team members’ strengths and professional objectives
  • Understand and be able to explain the technical architecture of sharding
  • Provide meaningful reviews of team members’ code and designs based on your prior experience

Within 6 months:

  • Lead the execution of a multi-month, multi-developer project
  • Know the technical architecture of the MongoDB database system
  • Own the short-term (quarterly and annual) planning process for your team
  • Establish working professional relationships with other key leads and directors
  • Mentor team members
  • Own hiring and retention for your team

Within 12 months:

  • Design a large software project in sharding
  • Lead a project you work on and one you only supervise, concurrently
  • Have a vision for the future of the sharding component 
  • Have a plan to execute that vision, including planning for team growth


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