Senior Engineering Manager, Front End

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Engineering

Company Description

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based results, Optimizely enables product and marketing professionals to accelerate innovation, lower the risk of new features, and drive up the return on investment from digital by up to 10X. Over 26 of the Fortune 100 companies choose Optimizely to power their global digital experiences. Optimizely’s impressive customer list includes eBay, FOX, IBM, The New York Times and many more global enterprises.

Job Description

We’re looking for a Senior Engineering Manager manager for our Front End Infrastructure/ team to help shape and drive our User Interface technology and architectural direction. Your team owns the foundation for Front End development across all of Optimizely’s product suites.

As a leader, your primary responsibility is to the people on your team - not only hiring and building it, but also ensuring that the members are growing as engineers, doing valuable work and thriving at Optimizely. You enjoy being of service to your team and to the larger engineering organization, and your leadership is grounded in empathy and compassion. Successful leaders value the success and growth of their team over anything else.

You will have broad influence and impact on shaping the future direction of our Front End Architecture including partnering with our teams building services to pave the way for our next evolution of our application. You will have an integral role in working with our Design and Product Management teams to establish a User Experience first culture that successfully enables A/B Experimentation and Feature Management to some of the world’s largest enterprises. 

What you’ll do:

  • You will grow and lead our engineering team and help the members of your team grow both technically and professionally

  • Lead, inspire, and influence to make sure your team does the right things

  • Work with the recruiting team to attract and retain high quality and diverse talent

  • Help shape and drive our overall product architecture from a front end perspective in collaboration with other parts of our technology stack

  • Drive the team to deliver high quality, enterprise class applications consistently

  • Nurture Optimizely’s Engineering Identity through recruiting and external engagement with the larger front end technology community (meetups, conferences, open source, etc) 

  • Have a strong leadership presence resulting in the ability to forge cross-functional partnerships and drive strong organization results

  • Drive our move from a monolith architecture to an API first, services based architecture from the perspective of our Front End teams.

  • Partner with our Design and Product teams to help forge a strong design and user experience driven culture

  • Establish great rapport with other development teams, Product Managers, Sales and Success to maintain high levels of visibility, efficiency, and collaboration

  • Have visibility, influence and impact across all of Optimizely’s engineering teams and product areas

  • Manage teams working with Javascript (React, Vue, Angular) and Python



You will be successful in this role if:

  • You have managed a team of 6+ engineers

  • You have experience hiring and managing more senior engineers and/or first line managers

  • Recent relevant development experience including familiarity with latest Front End Technologies such as React and various instrumentation tools that help measure and improve front end performance

  • You are able to articulate and communicate a vision, strategy or direction

  • You are naturally inclined to take initiative and help make an impact on the larger organization

  • You don’t just see challenges, you see an opportunity to own and drive a solution

  • You have solid organizational skills, the ability to prioritize tasks and keep projects on schedule

  • You have a strong technical background that allows you to advocate for and support your engineers

Additional Information

At Optimizely, we embody inclusion and embrace diversity.   We believe in work/life balance and bringing our true selves to work.  To that end, we offer best-in-class perks and benefits that support our Optinauts along their career journey with us.  Read more about our culture at

Optimizely is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit.  Optimizely prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual identity, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, nationality, citizenship, age, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, or any other unlawful consideration. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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