Elasticsearch - Director of Engineering

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At Elastic, we have a simple goal: to solve the world's data problems with products that delight and inspire. As the company behind the popular open source projects — Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash, and Beats — we help people around the world do great things with their data. From stock quotes to real time Twitter streams, Apache logs to WordPress blogs, our products are extending what's possible with data, delivering on the promise that good things come from connecting the dots. The Elastic family unites employees across 30+ countries into one coherent team, while the broader community spans across over 100 countries.

NOTE: Preferred location is Europe, or Eastern Time Zone in North America


Elasticsearch is the distributed search and analytics engine that sits at the core of the Elastic Stack. The development team is organised into functional area teams, each with a technical area lead. We are looking for a Team Lead (Director of Engineering) who will take responsibility for people management and software delivery, working with the close support of technical area leads. You don’t always need to be the person with the answer or the person making the decisions, but instead should be able to guide discussions to help the team make decisions together and communicate effectively. The Elasticsearch team includes engineers from all around the globe so the ability to work within a distributed team is essential.

What you will be doing
  • Lead, retain, develop, and mentor high-performing and diverse Leads and Engineers within the Elasticsearch team
  • Lead the efficient delivery for time-boxed software releases, ensuring high quality and innovative feature development
  • Mentor other Leads on delivering complex cross-team engineering projects
  • Build roadmaps and lead prioritization; balance the right amount of structure and planning for a fast-paced engineering team
  • Work with our Product Management team to ensure requirements and the “why” are clear
  • Foster a culture of mutual respect and collaborative decision making
  • Stay true to the principles of software development as adopted by our team
  • Identify staffing requirements and help drive recruitment of high quality colleagues
  • Support the development and training of direct reports through regular performance evaluations
  • Be an awesome person to work with, somebody who sincerely empathizes with others
What you will bring along
  • Experience leading large teams of managers and software engineers (35+)
  • Experience hiring new leaders into management positions
  • Experience leading complex engineering projects that cross engineering teams
  • Prior experience as a hands-on software engineer and strength in computer science fundamentals to understand the engineering work that is going on in your team
  • Track record of mentoring other leaders on hiring, performance management, and project execution
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills in English
  • A compassionate approach to communication, a good sense of humor, and a genuine interest in the success and growth of the people you work with
Experience in the following areas would be a bonus
  • Search and analytics tools
  • Distributed systems design and development
  • Time-based development
  • Speaking/presenting at tech conferences
  • Open source projects and companies
  • Automated testing

Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

We're looking to hire team members invested in realizing the goal of making real-time data exploration easy and available to anyone. As a distributed company, we believe that diversity drives our vibe! Whether you're looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Equity
  • Double your charitable giving - we match up to $1500 (or local currency equivalent)
  • Global minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave (moms & dads)
  • Generous vacation time and one week of volunteer time off 
  • Your age is only a number. It doesn't matter if you're just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do
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Location

3300 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78705

An Insider's view of Elastic

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

One of the really amazing things about working for a distributed company is that you have true flexibility to find your work/life balance. There are no fixed hours and nobody is watching. I think being able to manage your day and step away and come back is a really powerful thing for many Elasticians.

Raya

Director of Engineering

What projects are you most excited about?

When we're able to capture the stories about how our customers are using our software to fight child sex exploitation, for example, or how NASA is using Elasticsearch to further investigations into whether there is water on Mars — that gets Elasticians excited, and makes them feel proud of what the company is doing.

Daniel

Senior Manager, Customer Advocacy

What makes someone successful on your team?

The people I’ve seen rise quickly and do well are people who are sponges. Those people who, in any situation they’re sitting in, are learning and absorbing more information.

Elastic products might be very foreign to a new hire, and it’s important that they learn every single aspect of Elastic products.

Jeremy

Sales Specialist

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We want our engineers to feel free to create in the manner they work best. To feel empowered. Having distributed engineers made this an easy one to solve. Managing distributed Elasticians makes it impossible to micromanage people, even if you wanted to. So we embrace that.

Kevin

SVP, Engineering

What's something quirky about your company?

Our Source Code is truly what makes Elastic, Elastic. It may just seem like a pretty set of values, but Elastic really lives by it. Personally “Space, Time” and “Home, Dinner” are the biggest reasons I chose Elastic — I knew those promises would give me the flexibility to be the parent, sibling, and daughter I want to be.

Alexis

Recruiting Coordinator

What are Elastic Perks + Benefits

Elastic Benefits Overview

At Elastic, we strive to have parity of benefits across regions. While regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of people is the right thing to do.

Healthcare for you and your family in many locations.
Flexible location and schedule for many roles.
Generous number of vacation days each year.
Double your charitable giving — we match up to 1% of your salary.
Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Cross functional training encouraged
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