Staff Engineer II - Technical Lead, Developer Enablement Program - VMware Tanzu - #156645

VMware, Inc.


Date: 02/23/2021 20:30 PM

City: New York, New York

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

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Job Description


The Elevator Pitch: Why will you enjoy this new opportunity?


The broader Tanzu portfolio within the Modern Applications Business Unit (MAPBU) has a mission to help customers build, run, and manage their most important applications. We build applications with velocity to run in a cloud-native environment, run open-source Kubernetes with consistency, and manage our customers' entire footprint with confidence to help them achieve their business outcomes.


The Developer Enablement Program is focussed on removing friction from application developers' workflows, both across the Tanzu portfolio of products (Tanzu Developer Console) as well as in their local Kubernetes clusters (Octant).


You might like working with us if you:



  • Like working as a part of an empowered balanced team
  • Believe in Outcomes over Output
  • Prioritize equitable treatment, inclusivity, and diversity
  • Work with empathy and kindness
  • Believe in doing the right thing, and doing what works

To learn more about Tanzu watch this video. #TeamTanzu


What is the primary need, technical challenge, and/or problem you will be responsible for?


As an engineer, you understand the importance of having the right information when and where you need it. Reducing friction and overhead from developer workflows is our primary product goal. The technical challenge for you is to lead the engineering teams in creating and sustaining an architecture to unify disparate Kubernetes-native parts of the Tanzu portfolio to deliver this developer experience. You will collaborate within and across teams to bring this vision to reality.


Success in the Role: What are the performance goals over the first 6-12 months you will work toward completing?



  • Ensure there is a sense of shared context on the architecture across the program


  • Level up engineers within the program through mentorship and example


  • Collaborate with the Balanced Leadership Team to prepare for future work and promote context on current and future design


  • Make the appropriate tradeoffs between understanding requirements, architecture/design, and ensuring quality implementation to deliver against the business goals


  • Advocate for best practices (frontend engineering and large-scale application architecture)


  • Translate product and design requirements into technical designs that achieve team goals


  • Use your understanding of the system's end-to-end architecture to assess and communicate implications of design choices

What type of work will you be doing? What assignments, requirements, or skills will you be performing on a regular basis?


You will be the engineering, architecture-focused leader on the Balanced Leadership Team (Product Management, Engineering Management, Technical Leadership, Design Management, UX Leadership) for the Developer Enablement program. You will collaborate with Technical Leadership across programs to further the broader Tanzu architecture vision and contribute to the technical design review process. Within the Developer Enablement program, your role will support this growing group of 2 teams, consisting of 12+ engineers, product, and design, to produce scalable, sustainably architected software to solve business problems. You will provide architectural guidance and be a steward of code quality and reliability both within the program as well as across programs as products integrate. You will be deep in the details, design collaboratively, and support the growth and autonomy of the engineering teams.


What is the leadership like for this role? What is the structure and culture of the team like?


The hiring manager for this role is Edie Beer, Sr Manager of Engineering for the Developer Enablement Program. She has worked in MAPBU since December 2019. Prior to VMware, Edie was an Engineering Manager and Staff Software Engineer with Pivotal Software in New York.


The Developer Enablement program is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are a learning organization and believe that diverse teams are stronger and more effective at solving the complex problems we make simple for our customers. Empathy, diverse points of view, approaches, and skill sets bring us to the best solution faster, together.


Desired Skills & Experience:



  • 8+ years engineering experience, especially with large scale distributed technical solutions


  • Demonstrable experience discussing large scale systems, emerging technologies, and innovation


  • Able to break complex problems into simple solutions


  • Strong leadership and communication skills and the ability to mentor others


  • Ability to navigate complex decision making


  • Demonstration of applying systems thinking to solve organizational problems


  • Ability to collaborate well with engineers, designers, and other partners


  • Experience with Agile development methodology (such as Extreme Programming) and/or experience with development methodologies suitable for large community-driven OSS projects


  • Comfort with ambiguity: we work in an iterative and incremental way, balancing many different inputs and constantly making trade-offs

What are the benefits and perks of working at VMware?


You and your loved ones will be supported with a competitive and comprehensive benefits package. Below are some highlights, or you can view the complete benefits package by visiting benefits.vmware.com.



  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan


  • Medical Coverage, Retirement, and Parental Leave Plans for All Family Types


  • Generous Time Off Programs


  • 40 hours of paid time to volunteer in your community


  • Rethink's Neurodiversity program to support parents raising children with learning or behavior challenges, or developmental disabilities


  • Financial contributions to your ongoing development (conference participation, training, course work, etc.)

This position is eligible for the TanzuChallenge referral campaign.


"For positions located in Colorado: The base salary range is ($139,000 - $250,000). Bonus, commission, and/or equity may be eligible for this position. Additional benefits for this position can be found at https://benefits.vmware.com/. *Note: Disclosure of Colorado pay and benefits required per sb19-085."


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