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Engineering Manager - Infrastructure

Quora | Mountain View, USA


Infrastructure/systems software engineers at Quora are responsible for managing and maintaining our core infrastructure. We have a wide range of technical challenges, ranging from performance to scalability. Managing an infrastructure team requires both a strong technical mindset to solve complex problems as well as the people skills to grow and develop the team.

At Quora, we believe in fostering a culture with strong engineering values and goals as the key to building a great company and product. We use continuous deployment and EC2 so all code that gets checked in goes live to production within minutes, no matter what time it is. Infrastructure/systems engineers are responsible for building the right abstractions and tools to manage complexity so that we can develop and iterate quickly as the product grows.


  • Manage engineers who work on our infrastructure/systems teams for the entire Quora service.

  • Work together with teams to set goals, plan roadmaps and achieve results across infrastructure responsibilities such as performance, scalability, data infrastructure, reliability and security.

  • Assess employee performance frequently and consistently, recognizing and promoting excellent performance while addressing under-performance.

  • Help engineers develop technical skills and with their careers, tailoring work and projects to their personality, skills and working style. Partner with other functions such as Data, Design and Product to collaborate on projects across the company.

  • Work with the engineering management team to develop new initiatives and improve existing processes across the entire engineering team, around code quality, technical mentorship, staffing, recruiting and retention.

  • Work closely with Recruiting to expand the team, including sourcing candidates, interviewing candidates, participating in conferences/events, and on-boarding new employees.
  • Requirements:

  • Direct management experience in a consumer internet or technology company

  • Previous experience with hiring and performance management

  • Ability to ramp up to new environments, processes and projects quickly

  • Passionate with good communications skills

  • Focused, detail oriented and careful

  • Experience working with EC2 and other AWS services

  • Experience with monitoring and troubleshooting tools like Ganglia, Nagios, tcpdump, htop etc.

  • Experience with scripting languages (Bash, Python)

  • Experience with NoSQL datastores like HBase

  • Knowledge about TCP/IP networking

  • Knowledge about Linux based operating systems

  • Knowledge of application and system security a plus

  • Love of the Quora product

  • BS or MS in Computer Science, Engineering or a related technical field/discipline

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