Senior Engineering Manager



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2024

Role summary

We’re looking for an experienced Engineering Manager to lead teams creating some of our flagship voice-AI-driven games. You will lead a team of full-stack engineers working across platforms including Roku, FireTV, and Alexa to deliver best-in-class voice-activated gaming experiences to our users.

You will work closely with partners in product, design, data, and business to prioritize and drive our shared strategy. You will lead mission-oriented teams, delivering reliable games on robust and scalable architectures. We’re actively expanding our game titles and platforms and this is an opportunity to play a pivotal role in creating innovative, fun applications in voice-activated gaming across connected devices.

This job opportunity offers a hybrid work arrangement, and we are specifically seeking candidates who are comfortable with on-site attendance in our Bay Area office 2-3 times per week and are either currently residing in or near the Bay Area or willing to relocate for on-site work.

What you'll do at Volley

  • Be actively involved in strategic and product decisions, and ensure that the team is driving and executing toward Volley’s overall vision.
  • Maintain the tech roadmap for your team and drive its prioritization along with the product team.
  • Manage a team of engineers and ensure they are highly motivated, and developing in their careers by providing stretch opportunities, and timely and actionable feedback.
  • Leverage your technical expertise to guide and empower the team to deliver with high impact and raise the bar for technical excellence on the team.
  • Use first principles in resourcing decisions and be able to recruit a team of diverse engineers that are best in class in the industry.
  • Contribute to engineering-wide efforts as part of the engineering leadership team.

Stuff you may have done before

  • Proven leadership in hiring diverse teams.
  • Strong passion for gaming and innovation in game development.
  • Worked with audio processing, speech recognition, video data, or entertainment applications.
  • Thrive in fast-paced agile environments with rapid innovation.


  • 6+ years as an engineering manager leading multiple high-performing teams.
  • 5+ years as a software developer; bonus points if you have game development experience.
  • Technical credibility in leading teams and/or building on complex, platform architectures.
  • Keen product sense and demonstrated ability to establish cross-functional partnerships and influence overall strategy.
  • Creative problem solver that can drive execution and lead through ambiguity.
  • Motivated to help your team members succeed, experience growing engineers and managers.

Our stack

  • Typescript & Node.js
  • React, React Native, Brightscript
  • DynamoDB, PostgreSQL, Redis
  • Proprietary Game Engine
  • Kubernetes

The hiring process

  • Stage 1 - Preliminary Phone Screen with Head of Recruiting.
  • Stage 2- Hiring Manager Chat with Senior Director of Engineering.
  • Stage 3 - Behavioral Phone screen with an Engineering Manager.
  • Stage 4 - Virtual On-site with various partners and teammates.
  • Stage 5 - Founder Chat with our co-founders (CTO/CEO).
  • Stage 6 - Offer

What's in it for you

  • Your medical, dental, and vision insurance is 100% covered by Volley, for yourself and all dependents and we match 401k!
  • We offer a flexible, hybrid work-from-home and in-office work model.
  • We offer 4 weeks of paid time off (enforced 2-week minimum), 16 paid holidays, 40 hours of bereavement leave, and unlimited sick days.
  • Our generous parental leave policy includes 24 weeks at 100% pay for birthing parents and 12 weeks at 100% pay for non-birthing parents.
  • We offer visa support for eligible candidates, making relocating for the job smoother and more streamlined.
  • A full breakdown of our benefits is here!

For Pay Transparency: The salary range that we expect to pay for this position is $200,000-$275,000 annually. This is a portion of the pay band for the role and level we are seeking. The final offer amount will depend on experience, education and skills. Base pay is only one part of the total package that is provided to compensate and recognize employees for their work

About Us

Volley, named one of Y Combinator's Top Companies, is the leading developer of AI-powered games for Amazon Alexa, Roku TVs, and mobile devices. Our games attract millions of users every month. Popular Volley games include Song Quiz, Jeopardy!, and The Price Is Right.

We believe voice interfaces will become the main way people access entertainment in their living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and cars. We’re building a bundled subscription product similar to Netflix or Spotify for the emerging category of “AI-powered games.” Volley was founded by Max Child and James Wilsterman in 2016. We're headquartered in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. We’re a quickly growing team that truly enjoys working together. If you think you would enjoy creating joyful games on top of a rapidly evolving AI technology stack, please get in touch!

Volley believes in an inclusive workplace and is committed to building a team from a variety of backgrounds. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive the other benefits and privileges of employment.

Underrepresented candidates and candidates from nontraditional backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!