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Senior Engineering Manager (Learning & Authoring Experience)



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
United States · Canada · Central America
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2023
About Brilliant
Brilliant is a tight-knit team of scientists, educators, engineers, designers, storytellers, and illustrators who are redesigning education at scale.
We believe that math and science are fascinating and beautiful, but that the tools widely used to teach it are dry and ineffective. Brilliant makes learning STEM fun, through problem solving and interactive explorations – from foundational math and science to cutting-edge computer science and professional topics.
Brilliant helps over 12 million students, professionals, and lifelong learners around the world cultivate problem solving skills, build intuition, and master concepts rather than memorize them.
You can see all open roles and learn more about our team culture on our Careers page.
Application Note
We're always excited to welcome and encourage anyone from non-traditional backgrounds to apply, so please, don't sweat the requirements lists too much! It's important to note that including a cover letter which details your interest in Brilliant and why you feel you'd be a great fit for this position will be required to be considered.
The Role
At Brilliant, we are a community of fun, motivated, and experienced entrepreneurs who are working to make a huge impact in education. On the engineering team, you'll join a group of top-notch problem solvers who are motivated by the impact we can have on learners around the world.
As a Senior Engineering Manager, you’ll work closely with our other EMs, Head of Engineering, and team of 20+ talented engineers to nurture our processes, culture, and team. You'll serve as a people manager and technical sounding board for about 8 engineers focused on a cohesive set of business and product problems. In particular, you'll be the EM for our Learning & Authoring Experience product area, which focuses on the interactive aspects of our lessons and the authoring tools that power them.
Interactive education is in its infancy; we have really only scratched the surface of what is possible with computer-based pedagogy. Our work helps people across Brilliant teach topics from vector calculus to neural networks in an interactive way. Come build the future of interactive learning with us!

Your Responsibilities

  • Serve as a people manager and technical sounding board for a group of about 8 talented and motivated engineers.
  • Develop and share product and business context. Support each of your reports as they pursue a depth of knowledge in their problem space and a genuine understanding of their close collaborators.
  • Cultivate awareness among engineers of how their work connects to business objectives. Enable engineers to make sharp, high-context prioritization decisions.
  • Contribute to strategic technical decision making. Identify opportunities to improve engineering velocity and quality of life. Sometimes get your hands dirty and contribute directly to unblock a project or build a proof of concept.
  • Advise on and implement changes to our engineering processes and culture.
  • Set an excellent example to the engineering team in everything from decision making to work-life balance.

Who are you?

  • You've worked professionally as a Software Engineer for at least 5 years, and you have experience as a people manager.
  • You've worked on products with rich, innovative user interactions and have significant frontend experience.
  • You are comfortable switching contexts between languages, frameworks, and paradigms. You're excited about functional programming.
  • You're energized by fostering talent. You're excited to support the professional development of a team of skilled and curious engineers.
  • You're energized by learning from your colleagues. You're excited to learn from a team of skilled and curious engineers.
  • You enjoy thinking through technical problems at a high level, and you're eager to guide your reports in exploring the landscape of possible solutions. You’re a talented systems-thinker who frequently asks “why”.
  • You greatly enjoy working on both organizational and technical problems. You believe that how we all work together will be the difference between building a great product and building a product that fundamentally changes how the world learns.


  • $210,000 - $220,000 a year
  • We use a systematic compensation framework. Salary scales are set each year for each job vertical, based on market data and company budget. Independently, managers level folks on their team, and those levels are mapped formulaically to our compensation scales.
    Additionally, we always make First and Best Offers - there is no negotiation (for new hires nor our existing teammates). This ensures that people are paid based on their expected contribution, rather than their negotiation skills.
    We do apply a location-based adjustment in less competitive markets, typically 5-10%. Feel free to ask us about your particular location!
Why join Brilliant?
Brilliant has a mission you can get behind. We’re a company that’s helping to bring learners from all over the world together and create a platform on which they can excel, learn, and contribute.
We also offer:
• Competitive compensation
• Medical, dental, and vision benefits – we pay 100% of the premiums
• Equipment budget for computer and peripherals
• Free lunch
• Weekly happy hour
• Flexible vacation time
• Fully-stocked pantry and refrigerator with snacks and drinks
• Sponsorship for conferences and professional development
• A stimulating work environment and a chance to change the world
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