Senior Engineering Director, Enterprise Search (R5999)


At Elastic, we see endless possibility in a world of endless data. And we use the power of search to help people and organizations turn that possibility into results. Elastic is the leading platform for search-powered solutions. With solutions in Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security, we help improve customer and employee search experiences, keep critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. Elastic enables organizations worldwide to use the power of Elastic, including Netflix, Uber, BBC, Microsoft, and thousands of others.

Elastic was built on a foundation of being free and open, which trickles down to how we work. We’re a distributed organization and have been from the beginning. Being distributed isn’t just a way of doing business—it’s a mentality that is at the core of our culture.

The Enterprise Search team focuses on a variety of use cases across the broad search market application search, website search, workplace/organizational search, ecommerce search, knowledge base search, and more. Broadly recognized as a Leader in the search space, Elastic is uniquely positioned to drive the next generation of technologies using a singular Stack, powered by Elasticsearch. That said, opportunities exist far beyond information retrieval: machine learning-powered relevance, simple and intuitive data ingestion with out-of-the-box data integrations with the world’s most widely adopted platforms, operational tooling for deploying search at scale and search experience delivery through modern frameworks and clients are an integral part of Elastic’s success. As Engineering Director for our team, your day-to-day is invested in making critical decisions in the evolution of a big product and platform over multiple years and releases and leading a large team with a coherent vision while making appropriate compromises along the way - quite an exciting journey!

About The Role

We are looking for a Director of Engineering who will take responsibility for people management and software delivery for our Enterprise Search group. You’ll partner closely with a peer Technical Lead and Product Managers. The team is diverse and distributed across the world, and collaborates daily over GitHub, Zoom, and Slack. You don’t always need to be the person with the answer but instead should be able to guide discussions to help the team make decisions together.

Some of the things you'll work on

  • Lead, retain, develop, and mentor a successful and diverse team of leaders and engineers across the globe
  • Scope and lead large multi-functional projects with enormous business impact at Elastic.
  • Collaborating with the Cloud, Stack and other Solutions leads to align priorities and roadmaps, and make appropriate choices and compromises.
  • Own problems from end to end, handling complexity and engaging directly with a wide range of partners to think through everything from business impact, to reliability and operability, and ease of integration across several business systems.
  • Partner with Product Managers, Engineering Managers and Technical Leaders to build roadmaps and lead prioritization; balance the right amount of structure and planning for a fast-paced engineering team.
  • Support the development and training of your reports through regular performance evaluations
  • Regularly present plans and project updates to senior executives in the engineering team
  • Foster a culture of mutual respect and collaborative decision-making

What you will bring along

  • A track record of running highly effective development teams (30+) across several regions with an ability to lead both Managers and Engineers. You are used to leading performance management (promotions, PIPs, development plans, terminations) and can mentor your managers through difficult situations.
  • Experience leading sophisticated engineering projects that cross multiple teams.
  • You care deeply about the resiliency of the services and quality of the features your team ships.
  • A conscientious approach to communication and a genuine curiosity about the success and growth of your team members.
  • Previous experience as a hands-on software engineer and strength in computer science fundamentals to understand the engineering work that is going on in your team.
  • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills.
  • You work with a high level of autonomy.

What would be great

  • You have extensive experience in a leadership role with at least one of the pillars of enterprise search.
  • Experience using or managing the Elastic Stack.
  • Experience developing search products at scale.
  • Experience running or significantly contributing to an open-source project.

Compensation for this role is in the form of base salary.  This role does not have a variable compensation component.  

The typical starting salary range for new hires in this role is listed below.  In select locations (including Seattle WA, Los Angeles CA, the San Francisco Bay Area CA, and the New York City Metro Area), an alternate range may apply as specified below. 

These ranges represent the lowest to highest salary we reasonably and in good faith believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting.  We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the ranges may be modified in the future.  

An employee's position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, performance, and business or organizational needs.

Elastic believes that employees should have the opportunity to share in the value that we create together for our shareholders. Therefore, in addition to cash compensation, this role is currently eligible to participate in Elastic's stock program.  Our total rewards package also includes a company-matched 401k with dollar-for-dollar matching up to 6% of eligible earnings, along with a range of other benefits offered with a holistic emphasis on employee well-being.

The typical starting salary range for this role is:
$237,700$376,050 USD
The typical starting salary range for this role in the select locations listed above is:
$285,400$451,490 USD

Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations
  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles
  • Generous number of vacation days each year
  • Double your charitable giving - We match donations 1:1 up to $1500 USD (or local currency equivalent)
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love.
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

Different people approach problems differently. We need that. Elastic is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.

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