Grafana Labs

Sr Engineering Manager Grafana O11y Asserts

Grafana Labs

Remote job description

This is a remote position and we're considering candidates in the Canadian Eastern timezone.

About the role:

This is a remote opportunity, and we would be interested in applications in Canada. The Engineering team is located in the US and India timezones.

We are looking for an Engineering Manager to help us grow and develop our engineering team. Our managers take an active role in creating a productive environment for our engineers, be it through removing blockers and impediments, facilitating cross-team collaboration and understanding, or by aiding the team in helping themselves by constantly improving and refining their working practices. You'll be responsible for managing a team of distributed engineers working across a variety of systems and helping them to perform at their best.

The Asserts team joined Grafana Labs as part of an acquisition and is now growing. The team is responsible for building and operating a set of low-latency microservices built in Java. The services provide automated Root Cause Insights by actively scanning the Grafana Metrics, Traces, and Logs databases and integrating with the Dashboarding and Alerting components. The Asserts services are multi-tenant, highly available and process and store data in Graph and Timeseries DB. We will soon be rolling it out to thousands of self-service customers and it's critical that as we grow, we improve our performance, increase our reliability, and do it all more efficiently.

We want customers to have a faster time to value without needing to become experts in the data and underlying query languages.


  • You should have enough technical skills/understanding of our stack to manage a highly technical team/product.
  • You will act as project manager as well as work with product owners to ensure the product roadmap is defined and up-to-date
  • You have a strong software engineering background and are capable of engaging in technical conversations and challenging teams to arrive at strong technical decisions themselves
  • You will be comfortable working with engineering teams who have a strong sense of autonomy in their decision-making, be it technical or product focused
  • While you're great with people and adept at managing relationships, you still keep up-to-date with the latest technical trends and shifts in order to maintain and enhance your understanding of the challenges your teams face
  • Ideally, you will have a Computer Science degree or equivalent experience and have worked as a Software Engineer before moving into Management
  • Asserts services are built on Java. All our core databases are built on Go.
  • Familiarity with public Cloud and/or Kubernetes would be a strong advantage
  • Familiarity with Git, Linux, Prometheus, Graphite, Influxdb and/or Elasticsearch would all be an advantage

Your day-to-day will include:

  • Managing release schedule, assisting and participating in cross-functional collaboration inside and outside the team
  • Collaborating with Product, UX, leadership, and engineers to help define and influence product strategy, roadmaps, and technical designs
  • Contributing to and reviewing design documents for upcoming features
  • Ensuring features are well-defined and ready for development
  • Advise on how to break down features into tasks
  • Make sure we are meeting both quality and availability goals
  • Maintaining headcount by working with our People Ops team to attract and hire talent
  • Leading Regular 1:1s to ensure your direct reports are motivated, engaged, and learning
  • Coaching and mentoring your direct reports

We offer comprehensive manager training and support; we want you to grow in this role.

In the Canada, the Base (OTE for commission positions) compensation range for this role is CAD 188,000 - CAD $225,000. Actual compensation may vary based on level, experience, and skillset as assessed in the interview process. Benefits include equity, bonus (if applicable) and other benefits listed here.

About Grafana Labs: There are more than 950,000 active installations of Grafana around the globe, monitoring everything from beehives to climate change in the Alps. The instantly recognizable dashboards have been spotted everywhere from a NASA launch and Minecraft HQ to Wimbledon and the Tour de France. Grafana Labs also helps companies including Bloomberg, JPMorgan Chase, and eBay manage their observability strategies with full-stack offerings that can be run fully managed with Grafana Cloud, or self-managed with Grafana Enterprise Stack. The Grafana stack has grown to include four other open source projects, Grafana Loki (for logs), Grafana Tempo (for traces), Grafana Mimir (for metrics), and Grafana OnCall (for on-call management).

Benefits: For more information about the perks and benefits of working at Grafana, please check out our careers page.

Equal Opportunity Employer: At Grafana Labs we're building a company where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, stay, and do their best work. We know that our company runs on the hard work and the dedication of our passionate and creative employees. If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways.

We will recruit, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different and unique. We believe that equality and diversity builds a strong organisation and we're working hard to make sure that's the foundation of our organisation as we grow.

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Company name: Grafana Labs
Remote job title: Sr Engineering Manager Grafana O11y Asserts
Job tags: Kubernetes, Cloud Services, databases

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