Engineering Manager Job in Kenya

We believe that Engineering Managers should be outstanding developers themselves. They should be completely at home reviewing a patch or a software design spec. They are trusted engineers who understand the importance of a whole-team effort in creating great products, and who enjoy seeing colleagues develop. They should contribute code themselves to set the standard for coding, but know that the code they write is far less significant than their ability to shape the whole team’s direction, focus and delivery. We grow management skills, and train engineers who are interested in soft skills to be managers.

A typical first-level software engineering team is based in a single time zone such as EMEA or Americas or APAC, with an Engineering Manager and a Senior Engineer dedicated to a single product, who work as a team to shape the roadmap, technical strategy, code, documentation and community engagement. They are both capable of coding, and are both leaders comfortable assigning work and maintaining expectations of delivery. They will both be expected to take management training at Canonical so they speak the same language when it comes to team behaviours, habits, routines, norms and standards, but they focus on different sides of the problem.

An Engineering Manager is responsible for line management and career guidance. The ability to develop engineering talent, to represent your team and product from a technical perspective, and to drive collaboration with other teams and customers are all critical to success in this role.

We have open manager roles across a wide range of engineering domains, including:

Python and Golang

C / C++ / Rust

Data infrastructure

HTML / CSS / JavaScript / Typescript / React


Distro packaging and systems

SAAS and web microservices



Graphics, Browser and Desktop

Silicon enablement and embedded devices

Product Security

If your domain of expertise isn’t listed above, yet you feel it’s relevant to Canonical, then feel free to apply anyway. We will route you to the most suitable team.
Location: we have engineering management positions open in every time zone

Key Responsibilities

Lead and develop a team of engineers, ranging from graduate to senior

Work remotely in a single major time zone, sometimes two

Coach, mentor, and offer career development feedback

Identify and measure team health indicators

Implement disciplined engineering processes

Represent your team and product to stakeholders, partners, and customers

Develop and evangelise great engineering and organisational practices

Plan and manage progress on agreed goals and projects

Be an active part of the leadership team, collaborating with other leaders

What we’re looking for in you

An exceptional academic track record from both high school and university

Undergraduate degree in Computer Science or STEM, or a compelling narrative about your alternative path

Drive and a track record of going above-and-beyond expectations

Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

A love of developing and growing people and a track record of it

Experience in leading, coaching and mentoring software developers

Organised and able to ensure your team delivers timely, high quality results

Well-organised, self-starting and able to deliver to schedule

Professional manner interacting with colleagues, partners, and community

You have advanced expertise in your own domain

You are knowledgeable and passionate about software development

You have solid experience working in an agile development environment

You have a demonstrated drive for continual learning

Builds trust, relationships and confidence

Result-oriented, with a personal drive to meet commitments

Ability to travel twice a year, for company events up to two weeks each

Additional Skills We Value

Experience in a developer advocacy or community role

Ops and system administration experience

Performance engineering and security experience

How To Apply

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