Software Engineering Un-Manager (Portland)

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At Galois, we value leadership and self-direction even though we don't have titles or bosses.  Currently, we are looking for someone to guide and lead projects and teams, a role that is an ideal fit for someone passionate about both software project and organizational leadership.

We are seeking someone who has experience as a software engineering manager -- acting as both a project and team lead. You are: someone who is a strongly curious and eager learner, who can think abstractly, who is not interested in being hands-on with the technology, who has strong organizational and budget experience, who takes a servant leader approach, and who cares for team members as a primary driver.

The role is not a good fit for those with a command and control approach to management, those focused on using particular processes or tools, those who are still deeply involved as hands-on technical contributors, and those who are looking to advance on a corporate ladder (we don’t have one).

If you think this dual role fits what you seek, read on for more details, check out our website and a blog post on this role, and submit your application. We’d love to hear from you!

About Galois

At Galois we specialize in the research and development of new technologies that solve computer science’s most difficult problems.

We maintain a unique organizational structure tailored to the needs of the innovative projects we deliver. Our organizational structure is collaborative, one-level flat, and based on principles of well-defined accountabilities and authorities, transparency, and stewardship. We aspire to provide employees with something that matters to them beyond just a paycheck—whether it be opportunities to learn, career growth, a sense of community, or whatever else brings them value as a person.

We believe in individual freedom in the roles we choose, and in the projects we pursue—our research focus areas are the intersection of staff interests and corporate strategy. We choose practices that best suit the project, team, and leaders, with company-wide policies kept to a minimum to ensure we are making the right choices for the situation rather than just business-as-usual choices.

Project teams involve multiple engineers and researchers, and in addition to Galois staff, may include team members from academia, industry partners, and government agencies. Project durations range from a few months to several years.

Candidate Background

When leading people, your skills and interests will guide what specific responsibilities you may assume. Those may include mentoring other project leads, leading recruiting and hiring efforts, forecasting and tracking our service-based revenue, providing a guiding hand to engineer’s professional development and career growth, overseeing shared technical infrastructure, facilitating effective matches between projects and contributors, leading new initiatives, and helping with the day-to-day issues of a growing technical team.

When leading projects, you’ll be accountable for all aspects of successful project execution, including:

  • Ensuring the team is producing world-class results that delight the client, on time and on budget.
  • Planning all aspects of the project, and coordinating all project activities.
  • Mentoring team members, nurturing the team, and facilitating effective workflows.
  • Staffing the project with Galois engineers and researchers, interns, and contractors.
  • Communicating project status, issues, and results to the client and as an internal advocate, via presentations, written reports, and conversations.
  • Collaborating with other project leads to address company-wide concerns.
  • Attending to ‘Murphy’s Law’, which makes projects so interesting.


At a minimum, successful candidates have:

  • A Bachelors Degree in Computer Science
  • 5 years of managing software development engineers
  • 5 years of diverse experience managing software development projects, including budgets and customer interactions

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Experience in an engineering manager or team lead position
  • A Masters Degree in Computer Science
  • Expertise gained working on government projects
Location: Portland, OR
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