Engineering Manager, Tanzu Observability
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: May 3, 2021
The Elevator Pitch: Why will you enjoy this new opportunity?
You have an analytical mind and a genuine passion for the craft of
You love solving problems, learning new technologies, and bringing
a team together to accomplish amazing things.
Tanzu Observability by Wavefront offers many opportunities for
applying your creativity and problem-solving skills to a
cutting-edge cloud observability platform. We are a growing team
developing a SaaS product that is used 24/7 by development and
site-reliability teams at leading enterprises such as Lyft,
Doordash, Reddit, Snowflake, Intuit, Box, Workday, and many
What is the primary need, technical challenge, and/or problem you
will be responsible for?
We need someone who can manage a team and own the delivery of
significant parts of the Tanzu Observability offering, especially
related to Metrics, Alerting, and User experience.
You will be working as coach, cheerleader, design reviewer, product
idea generator, or whatever other open-ended role needed to ensure
the success of the group as part of its management team. Our group
under Tanzu Observability works on high-scale data-ingestion,
querying, and visualizations of metric, histogram, and event data
streams. The group charter also includes making the creation and
management of observability practices such as alerting,
notifications, dashboarding, and root cause analysis using
AI-driven insights intuitive and easy-to-use.
You will collaborate closely with Technical Architects, UX
designers, and Product Managers to work on defining and achieving
scalability goals and also to deliver simple and delightful user
experiences for dashboards, alerts, notifications, and delivering
AI-generated insights for anomaly detection and RCA (root cause
We are looking for someone who can closely work with frontend and
backend engineers to prioritize, unblock, and deliver key software
features as a part of our agile processes.
What differentiates us in the current observability landscape is
our scalable and extremely powerful data platform and UI, and you
will play a key role in taking our platform to the next level.
Success in the role: What are the performance goals over the first
6-12 months you will work toward completing?
You and your team will be responsible for delivering new features
for Tanzu Observability by Wavefront around scalability and user
experience. You should expect to hear customer feedback that your
work has enabled them to do their work better!
You will work closely with frontend engineers on your team along
with cross-functional team members such as UX designers, Product
Managers, and backend engineers.
You will be expected to communicate complex concepts in technical
and non-technical settings.
You will also be responsible for the identification and resolution
of technical debt.
During non-pandemic times, we spent most of our time in VMware
office and we hope to return to the office someday. Right now, were
all completely remote and remote teamwork is increasingly important
to us. You should be able to collaborate remotely via Slack/Zoom
What type of work will you be doing? What assignments,
requirements, or skills will you be performing on a regular
As a key member of Tanzu Observability team,
You will be part of the leadership for a stellar team that has
delivered a world-class platform for ingesting and querying
different pillars of observability (metrics, histograms, events,
You will be responsive to customer and product asks and escalations
and help prioritize engineering work, from whole initiatives to
You should be doing regular 1:1 with your direct reports, discuss
short term and long term goals and setting them up for success!
Being a people manager, you will also be responsible for
compensation planning, performance bonus planning, retain talent by
rewarding high performers on your team, and overall minimize
You will be responsible for Day-to-Day engineering activities such
as sprint planning, measure the velocity of the team using story
You will also be closely working with your Product Manager
counter-part to track the overall release status. Also, you will
work with the PM to conduct Monthly feedback meetings so that voice
of our customers is heard loud and clear while prioritizing new
You should have great communication and presentation skills.
You will also provide technical leadership and direction for our
We know from experience that not ticking every box on the skills
sections stops many from applying. Please apply regardless of your
self-assessment -- we want to hear from you! We have seen engineers
succeed with a diverse range of skills and experiences.
What is the leadership like for this role? What is the structure
and culture of the team like?
This role is for the Metrics Observability subgroup (out of 4)
within Tanzu Observability. The leadership chain for Metrics
Observability include a senior manager who has been with the
Wavefront product since 2015, a senior engineering director who has
been with Wavefront since 2018 and with VMware for over a decade,
and a principal engineer who co-founded of Wavefront back in
Metrics Observability currently has more than 10 engineers and is
still rapidly growing. We used to mostly work out of the Palo Alto
office but have now fully adapted to remote work, with team leads
and members in the SF Bay, Austin and Denver.
Culturally, the team is focused on innovation, customer value,
execution, growth, and kindness. We retain the original startup DNA
in our responsiveness and respect towards everyones contributions
and focus on exciting big ideas, innovation, and features and fixes
that deliver customer value. However, we have the stable backing
VMware, which is itself a values-driven company and a great place
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
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Medical Coverage, Retirement, and Parental Leave Plans for All
Generous Time Off Programs
40 hours of paid time to volunteer in your community
Rethinks Neurodiversity program to support parents raising children
with learning or behavior challenges, or developmental
Financial contributions to your ongoing development (conference
participation, trainings, course work, etc.)
Healthy and local inspired snacks in all our pantries
This position is eligible for TanzuChallenge referral campaign
VMware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits
Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind:VMware is committed to
the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and
to providing employees with a work environment free of
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