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Engineering Manager - Core Services



Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2024
OctoAI is a leading startup in the fast-paced generative AI market. Our mission is to empower businesses to build differentiated applications that delight customers with the latest generative AI features.
Our platform, OctoAI, delivers generative AI infrastructure to run, tune, and scale models that power AI applications. OctoAI makes models work for you by providing developers easy access to efficient AI infrastructure so they can run the models they choose, tune them for their specific use case, and scale from dev to production seamlessly. With the fastest foundation models on the market (including Llama-3, Stable Diffusion, and SDXL), integrated customization solutions, and world-class ML systems under the hood, developers can focus on building apps that wow their customers without becoming AI infrastructure experts.
Our team consists of experts in cloud services, infrastructure, machine learning systems, hardware, and compilers as well as an accomplished go-to-market team with diverse backgrounds. We have secured over $130M in venture capital funding and will continue to grow over the next year. We're based largely in Seattle but have a remote-first culture with people working all over the US and elsewhere in the world.
We dream big but execute with focus and believe in creativity, productivity, and a balanced life. We value diversity in all dimensions and are always looking for talented people to join our team!
As Engineering Manager, you will manage the Core team responsible for the core OctoAI compute service. This includes everything from our account signup and management flow, control plane, data plane, deployment orchestrator, proxy, and more. The services owned by the Core team form the foundation of OctoAI’s product, both for our externally hosted Generative AI API offerings, as well as internally by engineers to deploy said models in a scalable way.
We are looking for a “player-coach” manager who will be both a technically engaged leader, who might code from time to time, as well as an effective mentor and people manager for the team.

As an Engineering Manager for the Core team you will:

  • Be a technical leader for the team to prioritize and execute the roadmap for the core compute service, including contributing code yourself
  • Write production level code when needed.
  • Guide career growth and be a mentor to team members: developing a career plan, running performance reviews, and providing frequent feedback
  • Coordinate with other Engineering Managers across the org to support their teams in using the foundational compute services
  • Project manage your team’s boards and set and maintain the process for your team

What we look for:

  • B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related field.
  • 5+ years of experience working in deployment infrastructure, cluster computing, or similar domains
  • 3+ years of experience as an engineering manager
  • Experience mentoring and growing engineers
  • Demonstrated strong adaptability and engagement having led teams through changes
  • Experience fostering active participation in continuous improvement initiatives
  • Experience in performance review and performance management for a team
  • Experience collaborating with product teams to develop and execute projects
  • Experience driving engineering processes and ownership of a team charter
  • Experience scaling an organization and fostering a diverse, inclusive team culture
We recognize that people come with experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job. If your experience is close to what you see listed here, please still consider applying. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions. Please let us know if you require accommodations during the interview process.
Diversity & Inclusion:
Our mission extends beyond technological breakthroughs; we aim to mirror the diverse world we serve. We understand the unique insights, creativity, and perspectives a diverse team can bring, and we're actively seeking to broaden our horizons. As we look to the future, we aim to address our current diversity gaps and set new industry standards for inclusivity.
Benefits Our Team Enjoys:
• Comprehensive Healthcare: Fully covered premiums for employees and their dependents, including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, and Disability Insurance.
• Competitive Compensation: A mix of salary, bonuses, and meaningful stock options.
• Financial Benefits: Flexible Spending Accounts for healthcare and dependent care, as well as a Health Savings Account for those opting for a high deductible plan.
• Future Planning: 401(k) options.
• Flexible Work Options: Remote and teleworking capabilities.
• Work-Life Balance: Flexible work hours, generous time off policies, company-sanctioned downtime twice a year, and company-paid holidays.
• Parental Benefits: Comprehensive parental leave plans for all new parents.
• Volunteer Time Off (VTO): Four days a year to give back and make a difference in communities.
• Additional Leaves: Including disability, paid family medical leave, and paid military leave.
At OctoAI, we believe in creating an environment where everyone is valued and respected. Discrimination doesn't have a place in our culture. We evaluate individuals based on their abilities and effectiveness. We're committed to equal opportunity and ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration, free from biases related to race, color, religion, gender, identity, orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.