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Senior Engineering Manager- Query Processing

Company: Snowflake
Location: San Mateo
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Job Description:

There is only one Data Cloud. Snowflake's founders started from scratch and designed a data platform built for the cloud that is effective, affordable, and accessible to all data users. But it didn't stop there. They engineered Snowflake to power the Data Cloud, where thousands of organizations unlock the value of their data with near-unlimited scale, concurrency, and performance. This is our vision: a world with endless insights to tackle the challenges and opportunities of today and reveal the possibilities of tomorrow.

At the center of the data cloud is the Snowflake query processing team, the team responsible for building the engine to query that massive amount of diverse data. This includes building new SQL features and customer-facing functionality, developing novel query optimization and query execution techniques for industry-leading performance, and building a database system that's highly parallel, efficient and fault-tolerant.

We are looking for an outstanding Senior Engineering Manager to join, build, and lead part of the team.


  • Lead a team of talented engineers in the design, development and support of a highly-parallel and fault-tolerant database system comprised of many technologies
  • Grow the team by recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new team members
  • Develop the future leaders of Snowflake by providing continuous mentorship, coaching, and growth opportunities.
  • Lead and participate in technical, design, and product discussions relating to your team
  • Translate product requirements into engineering work for your team, reaching out to others for assistance as needed
  • Collaborate with other leaders in the Engineering and Product organizations on quarterly planning, staffing, and project schedules
  • Shift resources across areas and projects to achieve execution goals and to respond to lessons from customer and production issues
  • Use your strong foundation as a technical leader to reliably deliver on complex projects while keeping the quality bar high
  • Foster a culture of creativity and innovation while also promoting practical decision-making


  • 10+ years of hands-on software engineering experience
  • 5+ years of engineering management experience, ideally with experience managing managers.
  • A track record of recruiting and leading technical teams in a demanding talent market
  • Rock solid engineering fundamentals; query processing and Distributed Systems experience is preferred but not required
  • Extremely strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills


  • Strong database fundamentals including SQL, performance, and schema design
  • Background in database internals or large scale data processing systems (e.g., Hadoop, Spark, etc)
  • Experience designing and building complex distributed systems
  • Prior experience running high performing engineering teams
  • Proven experience with authoring roadmap documents, project plans, and RCAs


This is an excellent opportunity to:

  • Lead and grow an exceptional team of industry veterans and rising stars building an industry-leading data management system that customers love
  • Take charge of your own career - this role will push you to grow, both technically as well as a team leader
  • Learn at scale as you and your team deliver essential components of a highly parallel, robust and secure enterprise SaaS platform that services thousands of customers and hundreds of millions of complex queries every day

Snowflake is growing fast, and we're scaling our team to help enable and accelerate our growth. We are looking for people who share our values, challenge ordinary thinking, and push the pace of innovation while building a future for themselves and Snowflake.

How do you want to make your impact?

Keywords: Snowflake, San Mateo , Senior Engineering Manager- Query Processing, Other , San Mateo, California

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