• Director, Cloud Engineering

    Location US-CA-San Francisco | US-TX-Austin | CA-BC-Vancouver
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    SolarWinds Cloud
  • Overview

    SolarWinds Cloud develops best-of-breed monitoring products: Papertrail (Real Time Troubleshooting), AppOptics (Server, Infrastructure, and Application Performance Monitoring), Pingdom (Uptime and Digital experience monitoring and Loggly (Log analysis Solution)

    We are currently hiring a Director of Engineering for Solarwinds Cloud who can build and grow our globally distributed teams.  This person should have strong foundations in technology while equally balanced talents in running our business efficiently.  We are looking for outstanding skills in the following areas:

    1. Team! - Recruiting, people management, change management, mentoring and strong leadership characteristics.
    2. Project Management - Lead and own complex projects, Agile software development, COGs management, and being predictable.
    3. Desire to adopt new technologies to build software that has a positive impact and could change the world!

    You must enjoy leading teams who are working on large-scale distributed systems problems to build a metrics and monitoring solution used by thousands of customers.  You must enjoy motivating the team and earning their respect.

    All team members, whether local or remote, commit code to GitHub, communicate over Slack (and other methods) to push code to production via our ChatOps bot and run all production applications on AWS. We also use an array of best-of-breed SaaS applications to get code to production quickly and reliably. We are a team that is committed to a healthy work/life balance.


    Papertrail, AppOptics, Pingdom and Loggly are wholly owned by SolarWinds Inc. You get the benefits of a small startup with the backing of a big company, so there is no worry about the next round of funding. SolarWinds offers competitive bonus and matching 401k programs that create an attractive total compensation package.


    • Direct the work of the product line software development teams
    • Drive the strategic direction for the cloud engineering teams to align with the needs of the business
    • Contribute to the overall engineering strategy of the company
    • Supervise, mentor and grow members of the local management and engineering team
    • Ability to clearly distill complex and ambiguous situations into actionable plans for your team
    • Collaborate with architects, product managers and technical support to deliver high-quality, technically sound products on schedule with great user experience
    • Drive all aspects of recruiting including, but not limited to, attracting great talent and retaining a highly skilled, proficient engineering team
    • Establish and maintain solid software engineering and project management practices
    • Being part of local senior leadership ensure successful growth of the business


    • You successfully managed a big R&D team
    • You have BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent
    • You have 10+ years of experience designing, developing and shipping commercial software
    • You have a solid understanding of agile software development processes
    • You are able to communicate effectively across departments, to executives and with technical and non-technical audiences in English
    • You have strong people management skills (able to coach and mentor both individual contributors and managers)
    • You have strong project management skills and you are able to work under pressure
    • You lead by example and can spark passion and motivate the local team to give a stellar performance
    • You are flexible and adopt fast to growth of the company and regular changes in priorities
    • You are driven and constantly seek ways to improve yourself, the team, and the operation
    • You love to get your hands dirty and resolve potential problems
    • Your prior programming experience in Java, Golang, C++, Ruby, or Javascript and understanding monitoring technologies is an advantage

    What's in it for you?

    We offer great compensation packages and the opportunity to solve challenging problems with skilled colleagues. Our distributed team uses best practices to maximize our development velocity, including but not limited to: ChatOps, continuous integration/deployment, code review via GitHub pull requests, preferring asynchronous communication to meetings. We have competitive compensation and benefits, a team committed to life/work balance (really: ), hackday events () and fewer meetings, more shipping!


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