Engineering Manager

There are 2.7B deskless workers globally, and one-third work in agriculture.. Software tools built for white-collar workers just don’t work for agricultural workers who are often lower literacy, migrant, unbanked, and not accustomed to using email and apps. That’s where we come in. 

Ganaz is the workforce management platform for the $1+ trillion North American agriculture and food manufacturing industry. We help create safer, fairer and more profitable workplaces while providing the financial services needed to help workers forge a path out of poverty.  Our software currently helps employers onboard, train, communicate with, and retain their multilingual, deskless workforce. We will soon be launching paycards with integrated remittances, saving money for both workers and employers in this large and underserved market. We’re working with some of the largest and best brands in the industry, and our product offering and customer base is growing fast.

The Role

As an Engineering Manager, you will be responsible for building, managing, leading, and coaching an engineering team and individuals. The Engineering Manager will report to the VP of Engineering and work closely with the VP of Engineering, Product, and the CTO to guide the team towards implementing product and technical decisions.

As an Engineering Manager be comfortable with running agile ceremonies, identifying bottlenecks, pain points, working with peers, teams, and leadership to improve our organization and process. 


The role of Engineering Manager is a vital role where mentoring, coaching, and direction are crucial to help grow our staff in Ganaz cross-cultural, international organization. We will be hiring about 25% of the engineering in the US (preference for Seattle) and 75% in Latin America (preference for Mexico). You will help to attract and retain top talent, growing our team to about 20 engineers in the next year.

What you’ll do

Within 1 month you will…

  • Directly manage our existing engineering team, learning about their goals and journeys to help them grow and flourish within Ganaz

  • Collaborate with the VP of Engineering in the hiring process as we build out our team from 7 to about 20 engineers 

  • Begin developing a comprehensive understanding of our products, and how customers and workers use them, as well as our product roadmap and vision

  • Spend time with leaders and team members in other functions to begin establishing a whole-of-business perspective

Within 3 months you will…

  • Lead the engineering team operations for 1-2 teams. 

  • Drive engineering hiring to meet aggressive goals and timelines while keeping the bar high

  • Have established rapport with all team members, and worked with the team to establish team agreements, and create a creative and collaborative team culture. 

  • Coaching and guiding the team and individuals to reach high quality, efficiency, and job satisfaction. 

  • Ensure that the team understands the “why” behind the company's plans and are inspired to realize the company's vision

Within 6 months you will...

  • Lead and iteratively improve engineering practice across the team.

  • Have worked with the team to identify and drive several improvements towards the software, infrastructure, team operations, and development agile practices. 

  • Work closely with engineers and Product to resolve ambiguity in specs, break down specs into sprints, and optimally devote team resources while considering learning opportunities for team members

  • Anticipate changes, challenges, and efficiencies and work with the VP of Engineering to steer the organization on track and ahead of timelines

  • Balance business needs/speed with the accumulation of technical debt

What you’ll bring:

To the job

  • Technical skills 

    • Proven ability to lead software teams and collaborate with Product. 

    • Excellent communication skills 

    • Experience in SaaS

  • People leadership

    • Excitement for and experience in building teams and creating a culture in which people thrive and excellent work gets done

    • Ability to attract top talent, including leveraging contacts in your network

    • Ability to inspire engineers to stay and grow; including mentorship and empowering your engineers for peak performance

    • An ability to engage and motivate engineers on a remote-first international team

    • Experience working cross-culturally; 75% of our engineering team will likely be based in Latin America. Bilingual English/Spanish is preferred.

  • Organizational Leadership

    • A skill for identifying bottlenecks and pain points that hampers the team, and with a collaborative spirit to resolve these challenges together with peers, teams, and engineering leadership. 

    • Startup experience, demonstrating that you can thrive in our fast-paced startup environment

To our mission and our company:

  • Excitement at the prospect of serving an often overlooked workforce, creating products that have a positive impact on people’s lives.

  • A strong sense of ownership that extends beyond individual tasks and drives you to learn, experiment, and seek solutions to problems. You are more comfortable with “what needs to be true” than “that can’t be done.”

  • A belief that all people deserve to be treated with empathy and respect

  • A track record of excellence, of encouraging yourself and others to always do better.

  • A track record of excellence, of encouraging yourself and others to always do better.

Requirements:

  • 4 years of engineering management experience. 

  • Experience in agile practices. 

What else you’ll need to know:

Ganaz is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws or our own sensibilities.

At Ganaz, diversity is more than a nice-to-have; it’s a critical ingredient for our success. We welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

To Apply: 

Please send a cover letter and resume to hiring@ganaz.com

Ganaz is a public benefit corporation, building technology to foster well-being and prosperity for industry, workers, and their communities.