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Software Engineer, Team Lead (Control Plane)



Software Engineering
Posted on Monday, July 1, 2024

Neon is an open-source company on a mission to create a cloud-native Postgres database as a service for every developer.

The Control Plane team is a distributed team of 6 engineers responsible for the Neon Control Plane service, which is deployed globally to each cloud and region that we support. We are looking for a Team Lead who will manage and scale a distributed team of top-performing Software Engineers.

You will

  • Lead a distributed team of 6 people located in Europe
  • Remove obstacles that impact team productivity to build a high-performing team
  • Coach and help engineers to thrive and grow: support career development and team performance
  • Participate in technical design, code reviews, and software development
  • Pair with leadership and product managers to define the roadmap and build an efficient process that handles tech debt, improves code quality, and minimizes time to market
  • Maintain a healthy on-call process for the team

We are looking for someone who has

  • Recent 3+ years of experience in an Engineering Management / Team Lead role, 5+ years in backend development (Golang, Rust, C++, Python)
  • Background in building/managing teams for a cloud storage / database services
  • Experience with Infrastructure technologies such as Kubernetes, Dockers, Github CI/CD, cloud (AWS, Azure, etc.)
  • Traction in managing and scaling remote distributed teams at various timezones
  • Proven coaching ability, including strong communication, emotional IQ, and prioritization skills
  • Experience in planning and delivering experimental features, and overseeing execution to deliver with predictability
  • Experience in implementing tools, processes, and resolving blockages
  • Excellent English verbal and writing skills (native or near-native speaker)
  • Data-driven, curious, have attention to detail, passion for CS papers, and biased to stay up to date with the latest trends in storage systems
  • Experience with open-source projects and developing publicly is a plus

About Neon

Neon is building open-source cloud-native PostgreSQL. Our architecture separates storage from compute, allowing for stateless and serverless Postgres. We’re a well funded startup with deep knowledge of Postgres internals and decades of experience building databases. We are a systems company; we work on low-level code with strict performance and correctness requirements.

Neon was created by a team of Postgres hackers and led by CEO Nikita Shamgunov (co-founder of SingleStore). Neon is built on open-source principles and is focused on giving back to the Postgres and developer communities.

Our Team

  • We are a distributed team of 90 people working from 25+ countries (concentrating around North American and European time zones)
  • We are a team built on open source cultural principles (transparency, contribution, accountability, proactivity)
  • Team with decades of experience building databases and deep knowledge of Postgres internals. We are deeply technical
  • We have experienced Postgres committers and hackers on the team (check Heikki, Anastasia, Arseny, Matthias profiles)
  • We believe in the efficacy of collaborative open-source
  • We aim for a diversity of thoughts and backgrounds
  • We are keen to be a fast-moving, flat org and avoid hierarchical structures

Our Investors

  • Top-tier investors backed up Neon's vision:
    • We raised $104 million in funding from Menlo Ventures, Notable Capital, Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst, and Founders Fund.
    • Venture vehicles of Snowflake and Databricks invested in Neon.
    • Our angel investors are prominent technologists and ecosystem players. More than 20 awesome angels supported Neon, including Nat Friedman, Elad Gil, Mike Ovitz, Ajeet Singh, Guillermo Rauch, Søren Brammer Schmidt, and Wes McKinney.
    • Our Board includes Quentin Clark, Glenn Solomon, Joe Morrissey, and Tim Tully.

Our Offer

  • You have an opportunity to be an early employee in the fast-scaling ambitious team
  • You can work 100% remote: we'll handle all formalities to arrange work from your home
  • We pay top of the market in most parts of the world
  • We grant equity (stock options) to all full-time hires
  • We offer a competitive benefits package in line with all tech companies (top-notch equipment, unlimited vacations, paid parental leaves, and much more)
  • We are distributed, yet make our bonds during regular offsites (the last one was in Barcelona)