Engineering Manager, Infrastructure Foundations

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Date Posted

30 Sep, 2020

Work Location

Remote, Brazil

Salary Offered

Not Specified

Job Type

Full Time

Experience Required

No experience required

Remote Work


Stock Options



1 available

Location: Remote, EMEA//South America/Eastern United States preferred

Wikimedia’s Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) team is principally responsible for ensuring our global top-15 web site, our public facing services and underlying infrastructure are healthy and developing further in support of Wikimedia’s mission. The SRE Infrastructure Foundations team builds the pillars of our bare-metal infrastructure and global network, the platform, configuration management and automation tools our other SRE and development teams can rely upon. The SRE team as a whole comprises over 30 creative and talented staff members that are globally distributed, and the Infrastructure Foundations sub-team currently comprises 6 engineers, with some additional growth expected soon.

As the Engineering Manager of the Infrastructure Foundations team, you will support engineers developing our infrastructure and supporting the services that depend on it, used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. This is an opportunity to do good while improving one of the best known sites in the world.

Managing one to two globally distributed teams within Wikimedia’s Site Reliability Engineering organization
Recruiting, hiring, and helping onboard new team members
Working with team members to set individual performance goals, and supporting them in meeting and evolving their goals and career path
Triaging incoming workload, maintaining focus on priorities, and setting realistic expectations for both peers and team members
Coordinating and communicating with other members of the Wikimedia engineering teams on relevant projects, and contributing to the organizational strategy
Continuously developing the roadmap of the team in alignment with other SRE and Technology teams, and helping to draft and execute the team’s annual and quarterly plans
Project managing new and existing initiatives
Leading the definition, refinement, and execution of the processes through which the team manages and performs work
Leading incident response, diagnosis, and follow-up on system alerts and outages across Wikimedia’s production infrastructure
Facilitating the definition and establishment of Service Level Indicators and Objectives with service owners and stakeholders
Skills & Experience:
Prior experience managing teams
Prior hands-on experience with software or reliability engineering (within the last 3 years preferred)
Aptitude for automation and streamlining of tasks
Communicate effectively in both spoken and written English
Ability to work independently, as an effective part of a globally distributed team
Willing and able to travel several times a year for occasional in-person meetings
B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science or the equivalent in related work experience
Qualities that are important to us:
Commitment to the mission of the organization and our values
Commitment to our guiding principles
Ability to disagree in a respectful manner and yet work towards a solution even when you disagree
Good at asynchronous communication
Solutions-focused. The Wikimedia ecosystem is complex, resources are limited, and our guiding principles are ambitious. We want you to work to find solutions embracing these factors.
Self motivated with an ability to navigate through ambiguity and bring a project to completion with limited directions
Curiosity and commitment to learn
Additionally, we would love it if you have:
Experience working in a distributed, largely remote environment
Experience contributing to open source projects
The Wikimedia Foundation is...

...the nonprofit organization that hosts and operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge, free of interference. We host the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive. The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive financial support from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at or (415) 839-6885.

U.S. Benefits & Perks*

Fully paid medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and their eligible families (yes, fully paid premiums!)
The Wellness Program provides reimbursement for mind, body and soul activities such as fitness memberships, baby sitting, continuing education and much more
The 401(k) retirement plan offers matched contributions at 4% of annual salary
Flexible and generous time off - vacation, sick and volunteer days, plus 19 paid holidays - including the last week of the year.
Family friendly! 100% paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, flexible options to phase back in after leave, fully equipped lactation room.
For those emergency moments - long and short term disability, life insurance (2x salary) and an employee assistance program
Pre-tax savings plans for health care, child care, elder care, public transportation and parking expenses
Telecommuting and flexible work schedules available
Appropriate fuel for thinking and coding (aka, a pantry full of treats) and monthly massages to help staff relax
Great colleagues - diverse staff and contractors speaking dozens of languages from around the world, fantastic intellectual discourse, mission-driven and intensely passionate people
*Please note that for remote roles located outside of the U.S., we defer to our PEO to ensure alignment with local labor laws.

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