Kibana - Sr. Director Software Engineering


Elastic is a search company that powers enterprise search, observability, and security solutions built on one technology stack that can be deployed anywhere. From finding documents to monitoring infrastructure to hunting for threats, Elastic makes data usable in real time and at scale. Thousands of organizations worldwide, including Barclays, Cisco, eBay, Fairfax, ING, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, The Mayo Clinic, NASA, The New York Times, Wikipedia, and Verizon, use Elastic to power mission-critical systems. Founded in 2012, Elastic is a distributed company with Elasticians around the globe. Learn more at

Kibana's role has steadily grown from a query and visualization UI for Elasticsearch, into a platform on which Elastic builds integrated solutions for Security, Observability, and variety of use cases from Machine Learning to Geospatial. Eventually, we want Kibana to become an ecosystem where partners and third parties can build their own applications on the Elastic stack.

We’re looking for a technology and engineering leader ( Sr. Director or VP level ) to continue the trajectory. Today Kibana is a distributed group of over 80 Elasticians covering a range of software development and related specialties including data visualization, security, design, architecture, automation, documentation and more.  The leader of the Kibana team will make decisions critical to the evolution of a large, complex product and platform; manage time horizons of not just the next week or quarter, but multiple years and major releases; they will lead a large and growing team by providing coherent vision and making appropriate compromises along the way.

Kibana’s team leader will resonate with our value system and will bring a collaborative and humble attitude with a strong passion for excellence in engineering. They will make a large scale impact to the team and company.

What You Will Be Doing: 

  • Recruit, retain, develop, and mentor high performing leaders and engineers within the Kibana team.
  • Work with Kibana’s leadership to organize effectively, scale and coordinate delivery. 
  • As a team and company we value excellence, speed, collaboration, respect, mentorship, and open feedback. You’ll encourage and promote these values.   
  • Collaborate closely with Kibana’s product and technical leadership, developing, prioritizing, communicating and delivering Kibana’s vision and roadmap.
  • Work across teams at Elastic to ensure Kibana is meeting the needs of all of the teams that depend on it.
  • Be the face of Kibana within Elastic. Advocate for the team, encourage processes and practices that help keep the entire team happy, healthy, and productive.
  • Encourage strong engineering practices, maintainable software, and operations-friendly behavior of Kibana 
  • Be actively engaged in / understand what teams are working on in Kibana and across Elastic. Use your understanding to guide decisions and guide people in their execution of the roadmap.

What You Bring Along: 

  • Must have led and scaled a large team of engineers and managers 
  • Experience working on complex projects, leading highly complex, technical engineering teams.
  • Experience managing and allocating budget and resources.
  • Must have run and delivered enterprise software solutions at scale
  • Must have led On-Prem software delivery with a maintenance cycle
  • Strong performance management
  • Strong written communications skills
  • Ability to be adaptable and flexible 

Bonus Points:

  • Technical leadership role with a Data Visualization, Business Intelligence, Systems Monitoring, Log Analysis, Search Engine, SIEM or APM product
  • Experience managing distributed & multinational teams 
  • Experience building open source products
  • Experience with at least one of these cloud providers (GCP, AWS, Azure)

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 up to 1% of your salary
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

Elastic is an Equal Employment employer committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action for all applicants and employees. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation. Elastic also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled employees consistent with applicable law.

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