Engineering Manager


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About Abstract

 Abstract is a design workflow platform for teams to version, manage, and collaborate on Sketch files. Since launching in July 2017, over 5,000 design teams across 75 countries have adopted Abstract, including teams from Shopify, Cisco, Intuit, Spotify, Salesforce, Instacart, OpenTable, and more. 

At Abstract, we are actively working to build a diverse and inclusive organization. Here, diversity includes age, economic class, educational background, ethnic variance, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, national origin, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, or veteran status. 

Abstract is headquartered in San Francisco, but many of our teams and roles are remote-first (US-based only at this time). If you have a passion for rolling up your sleeves, building new programs, and have a strong, team-player mentality, we’d love to hear from you!

Abstract is looking for engineering managers to help lead our growing team. At Abstract we develop desktop and web applications that help teams design with confidence by providing a version control system and collaboration platform focused on design files.

At Abstract we lead by serving our teams with empathy, knowledge, and coordination. Our engineering team is very distributed within the U.S. and Canada, so experience working remotely is required.

As an Engineering Manager, we're more interested in your experience with leadership than your experience with specific languages, although it helps to have some experience with Objective-C, Go, Ruby, or JavaScript when working with certain teams within Abstract.

In a typical week as an Engineering Manager, you will:

  • Own daily management of objectives, priorities, tradeoffs, and risks for your squad. 

  • Get to know and help your direct reports by meeting with them one on one, setting goals, and facilitating feedback conversations to support their growth, career progression, well-being, and performance.

  • Work with the rest of the engineering management team on initiatives to support and create a healthy, thriving, and inclusive engineering organization.

  • Partner closely with HR and recruiting teams to attract and recruit and retain strong, and diverse engineering talent. 

  • Help implement effective engineering processes and policies that help us earn the love of our customers. 

  • Collaborate with Product and Design within your squad to ensure cross-functional alignment and execute on the product roadmap. 

  • Be accountable for customer experience on your squad. 

Practical skills you'll need for success:

  • People development. You are passionate about management, mentoring, and crafting opportunities to support your reports’ success.You love helping engineers develop new skills and advance in their careers. You don’t shy away from challenging performance conversations and you recognize the relationship between clear, direct feedback and career growth.

  • Servant leadership. Our teams thrive through coaching and enabling rather than getting directions. We strive to be supportive, patient, and people-focused.

  • Strong communication. Our managers are primarily communicators, so you've got to be the kind of person who achieves success through effective writing and speaking.

  • Organization. You are highly organized. With many people doing many things in a fast-moving company, strong organizational skills — both for yourself and for the team — will be required.

  • Coordination. You're good at connecting people and distributing important information across the organization. You gain cooperation of others, negotiate, and are comfortable presenting information on specific projects or schedules. 

  • Distributed work or management. You’ve been a remote employee or have managed people in a remote settings before.

  • Coding experience. You’ve been a software engineer, and while this role does not expect you to write or review code on a regular basis, you know what it takes to be a great software engineer and can discuss technical strategy, architecture, and tradeoffs.

  • Data-driven. For example- you own and execute squad activities with the help of dashboards. You're familiar with Jira.


At Abstract, we offer resources that emphasize personal and familial well-being. We provide 99% healthcare coverage, including dental, vision, and life insurance. We offer 10 weeks parental leave, unlimited paid-time off, flexible spending accounts, and very flexible working arrangements. We also offer a budget to be used for personal or professional development.

To help employees plan for the future, we're able to offer competitive pay and a 401k program, as well as access to financial advisers to help you achieve your goals.

We are a distributed team and we are able to offer US-based remote employment for most roles. We offer travel opportunities for company gatherings, team meet-ups, and the occasional conference.


Though we're a distributed team, we're currently only able to hire US-based candidates.

As part of our security protocols, offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check.

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