Google Engineering Manager, Site Reliability Engineering in Munich, Germany

Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) is what you get when you treat operations as if it’s a software problem. Our mission is to progress, protect, and provide for the software and systems behind all of Google’s public services - Search, Ads, Gmail, Android, YouTube, and App Engine, to name just a few - with an ever-watchful eye on their availability, latency, performance, and capacity.

This is an unusual job, unlike others in the industry. Like traditional operations groups, we keep important, revenue-critical systems up and running despite hurricanes, bandwidth outages, and configuration problems. Unlike traditional operations groups, we also have full access to and authority to fix, extend, and scale the code to keep it working and harden it against all the vagaries of the Internet. We hire people from both systems and software backgrounds. Strong candidates will have experience with both.

Just as what we do is unique, where we do it is unique too. At Google, we have the good fortune to have developed many interesting systems ranging from planet-spanning databases to near real-time scalable data warehousing to fault-tolerant datastream joining. In SRE, we flip between the fine-grained detail of disk driver I/O scheduling to the big picture of continental-level service capacity, across a range of systems and a user population measured in billions. We own those products in production. We drive reliability and performance across massive scale by mastering the full depth of the stack. We literally do learn something new every day - usually surprising things - that have the potential to transform the lives of billions of our users around the world.

As a Site Reliability Manager, you lead a team of highly talented individuals and are responsible for some of the largest products in the world. Although you have management experience, you are relentlessly technical, capable of performing the role of any engineer reporting to you. As with any engineer we hire, the ability to communicate well is crucial, and you manage multiple initiatives with multiple engineers potentially across multiple timezones in order to achieve Google’s reliability and efficiency goals.

Responsibilities

  • Lead a team or teams of software and systems engineers on projects used and enjoyed by billions of users worldwide and be directly responsible for Google's stellar uptime record.
  • Manage end-to-end availability and performance of mission critical services and build automation to prevent problem recurrence. Eventually automate response to all non-exceptional service conditions.
  • Lead by example, care for your team, and establish credibility with the quality of your own and your team's technical execution.
  • Manage on-call rotations across continents, using a follow-the-sun model.
  • Design, write and deliver software to improve the availability, scalability, latency, and efficiency of Google's services.

Minimum qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science or related technical field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Experience in one or more of C, C++, Java, Go or Python.
  • Experience with Unix/Linux systems with scripting experience in Shell, Perl or Python.

Preferred qualifications

  • Hands-on technical experience.
  • Capable of technical deep-dives into code, networking, operating systems and storage, yet verbally and cognitively agile enough to hold your own in a strategy discussion with Google's executive team.
  • Proficiency in algorithms, data structures, complexity analysis and software design and/or expertise in Unix/Linux systems, IP networking, performance and application issues.
  • Demonstrated expertise in recruiting and managing a team of enthusiastic, experienced engineers on large scale projects.
  • Expertise in problem solving and analyzing global scale distributed systems.
  • Effective management and communication skills.