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VMware Engineering Manager, Application Operations Program (VMware Tanzu) in Manlius, New York

Ready to build? So are we. Come join VMware’s new and exciting Modern Applications Business Unit (MAPBU) team, made up of products and services under the Tanzu portfolio to help customers build, run and manage their most important applications. We build applications with velocity to run in a cloud-native environment, run open-source Kubernetes with consistency, and manage our customers' entire footprint with confidence to help them achieve their business outcomes.

As an Engineering Manager in the Modern Applications Business Unit (MAPBU) team you will drive a team of 5+ engineers to collaboratively execute product strategy. You have seen the power of empowered, balanced teams and believe in Outcomes over Output at . You believe in doing the right thing and doing what works. To learn more about Tanzu watch this video. #TeamTanzu

What is the primary need or problem you will be responsible for?

You will be the execution-focused voice on one of the teams in the Application Operations program, whose vision is to help customers automate and manage the entire path from source code to production deployment, keeping their deployments up-to-date with the latest available upstream dependencies, and ensure that deployments meet individualized security and compliance standards. You will lead a team of engineers to deliver parts of our product family that enable this vision.

Success in the Role: What are the performance goals over the first 6-12 months you will work toward completing?

Within the first 30 days, get to know your team and develop a high-level understanding of your team’s technical domain, scope, and responsibilities. Begin operating as a part of your team.

Within the first 90 days, understand the context of your team and reports: their history, their aspirations, and their motivations. Observe your team's health, sustainability, and psychological safety. Know where connections with other parts of the program should be made to address overlapping concerns. Begin operating as a part of our program.

Within the first 120 days, by working with leadership and your peer managers, connect your reports with opportunities within your team and the broader program to help them develop and grow as engineers. Align these opportunities with the pillar, program, and individual’s OKRs.

What type of work will you be doing? What assignments, requirements, or skills will you be performing on a regular basis?

  • Your highest priority, and at least 50% of your time, is taking care of your reports. This includes not only enabling them to do their day-to-day job well, but also enabling them to grow and become better engineers.

  • You will also spend time contributing to conversations with leadership about the size and scope of your team(s). This will influence allocation conversations and could lead to hiring responsibilities for additional engineers to build out our program structure.

The rest of your time is open to how you can make the biggest impact. That may be:

  • Writing code for you team as an Individual Contributor

  • Helping the program establish best practices or guiding principles

  • Facilitating cross-program communication and collaboration

  • Anything else you think adds value to our program or your teams

What is the leadership like for this role? What is the structure and culture of the team like?

This Engineering Manager role will report to a program-level Engineering Lead within the Application Operations theme of the Modern Application Business Unit (MAPBU). Even though you will report to the Engineering Lead, we believe in a balanced leadership team. The leadership team is composed of an engineering, product management, and technical leader. Collaboration with this leadership team and your peer engineering managers will be core to your work. We believe in creating a psychologically safe and inclusive workplace, and building compassionate relationships with the people we work with.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Influence architectural direction of team

  • Experienced enough to know when poor choices are being made

  • Takes a big picture view across teams to ensure holistic architecture

  • Not intended to conflict with tech leads or to make manager the tech lead

  • Able to judge quality of work done by team members

  • Appreciate difficulty of work and spot problems early

  • Perform code reviews when necessary

  • Focuses on all aspects of products quality, including functional, usability, security and performance

  • Own ongoing efficiency improvements in the team

  • Actively champion and reward good development practices

  • Judiciously balances business needs against paying down technical debt

  • Intimately aware of the impact of developer tools on efficiency. e.g., tools used for Source Code Management, Automated Testing and Build infrastructure

  • Engaged and hands on

  • Able to do first level bug triage without relying on team

  • Perform risk assessment of proposed changes

  • Properly represent team at cross team meetings without leads present or requiring numerous pre-meetings

  • Contribute to functional specifications, product documentation as needed

  • Forces understanding of feature, functional area and dependencies

  • Evaluate the product, conduct installations and test features

  • Advocate for customer needs including engagement and customer impact

  • Impact:

  • Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use resources to meet project schedules and goals.

  • Provides guidance to others within the latitude of established policies to compete assignments

  • Decisions and results will affect costs and may impact the short-term goals of the organization

  • Expertise

  • Understands role of group/service/product within VMware short term business plan and goals

  • Leads team in multi-faceted environment

  • Strong tactical decision maker

  • Scope of Responsibility:

  • Manages, perhaps through subordinate supervisors, the coordination of the activities of a section or department with

  • Responsibility for results, including costs, methods and staffing

  • Previous experience with tools that build container images, as well as a general understanding of container builds, the cloud-native ecosystem, and Kubernetes are desirable qualities for this role (but are not required)

What’s it like to work at VMware

We believe that teams should spend more of their time delivering incremental value and less on building infrastructure. We’re building platforms, tools, and automation, including Tanzu Application Service, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, and Tanzu Mission Control, to enable our customers to easily and confidently develop and run the software that powers their business. Hundreds of companies rely on our platform to meet the needs of millions of their customers. Our engineers adopt appropriate processes as a way to go fast forever and deliver remarkable results. Our product managers and product designers work side-by-side with our engineers in small, empowered teams, using Lean and UCD as guides. We measure success by making our customers more productive, as both software developers and platform operators. We spend time with our customers to understand and build empathy for the jobs that they need to get done.

Category : Engineering and Technology

Subcategory: Product Dev Management

Experience: Manager and Professional

Full Time/ Part Time: Full Time

Remote: Yes

Posted Date: 2020-11-19

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