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Engineering Manager

13 days ago by Riot Games

  Woodland Hills (California), USA

Level: Senior

Contract: Full Time (Paid)

Sector: Engineering

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Riot Games was founded in 2006 by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill with the intent to change the way video games are made and supported for players. In 2009, Riot released its debut title League of Legends to worldwide acclaim. The game has since gone on to become the most played PC game in the world and an essential driver of the explosive growth of esports. Players are the foundation of our community and it’s for them we continue to evolve and improve the League of Legends experience. Riot Games is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA and has 23 offices worldwide.

Riot engineers bring deep knowledge of specific technical areas but also value the opportunity to work in multiple broader domains. As an Engineering Manager, you’ll offer creative solutions to organizational design. You’ll also serve as a mentor for different engineers, overseeing performance management, growth opportunities, and instilling balanced models for performance.

As the Engineering Manager in our Los Angeles office, you’ll build + lead an Engineering team delivering value to Riot’s largest player base, China. You’ll guide 2 important strategic projects that require deep technical skills and the ability to create cross-company collaboration between Riot and Tencent:

  • Provide high-quality products and experiences for millions of CN players
  • Engineer products that support and scale our China business


  • Lead + develop a team of Engineers to a premier standard (People Leadership)
  • Ensure the team has a sound technical vision + roadmap.
  • Use your gamer empathy to inform technical decision-making (Product Sense).
  • Manage the health and performance management of your team.
  • Recruit for your team.
  • Participate in Code Reviews for technical work.
  • Mentor and Lead your team in developing engineering practices.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Technical experience: Broad theoretical knowledge and practical application of Software Engineering and Site Reliability Engineering principles to global-scale distributed systems. You’ve spent 7+ years taking on serious engineering challenges, both as a developer and as an operator of essential Production systems.
  • Experienced engineering leader: You have 5+ years of experience in Engineering Management, and are passionate about growing your team’s capabilities + impact. You use a systematic approach to coach your team. You’ve participated in the full hiring manager lifecycle, from hiring + recruiting, to performance management, to comp and performance planning.
  • Problem solver: You’re able to quickly resolve issues with people, process and technologies. You use empathy to build and repair relationships with diverse teams and products. You remove roadblocks for your teams, and give them the tools they need to be effective.
  • Clear communicator: You create clarity in communication, by being concise and articulate. You listen well, you build positive relationships with partners, and bring visibility to technical decisions made on your team to the broader company. You’re fluent in Chinese and English, and can guide collaboration with Chinese-speaking engineers.
  • Strong decision-maker: You have a framework for making decisions. You make trade-offs explicit, when balancing the long-term strategies and short-term tactics. You know when to call for help.

Applicable Technologies:

  • Modern programming language (Go, Python, Java, Ruby, ...)
  • Build + designing RESTful API interfaces
  • Common data persistence and communication technologies (SQL, NoSQL, Message Queue)
  • Best practices for building large-scale, highly-available distributed systems

For this role, you'll find success through craft expertise, a collaborative spirit, and decision-making that prioritizes the delight of players. We will look at your past studies and experience, but for this role, we also look for dedicated people with a personal relationship with games. If you embody player empathy and care about the experiences of players, this could be the role for you!

Our Perks:

  • Medical, dental, and vision plans that cover you, your spouse/domestic partner, and children
  • Open paid time off
  • Retirement benefits with company matching
  • Life insurance, parental leave, plus short-term and long-term disability
  • Play funds so you can broaden and deepen your knowledge of our players and community through games
  • We will double down on your donations of time and money to non-profits

It’s our policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and members of Riot Games, Inc. Riot Games makes reasonable accommodations for handicapped and disabled Rioters and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, handicap, veteran status, marital status, criminal history, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance relating to an applicant's criminal history (LAMC 189.00).

Don’t forget to include a resume and cover letter. We receive many applications, but we’ll notice a fun, well-written intro that shows us you Dare to Dream and Perform

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