Engineering Manager - Search & Discovery

Vannevar Labs • Posted April 10th

Software Development
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Vannevar Labs brings innovative, robust, and scalable software design to the public servants working in defense and national security keeping our country safe.
As a team, we exist because we believe in public service, and we think that our democracy and government improve only if we put serious, collective effort into improving them, including the technology our government uses.
Our flagship product is Decrypt, a software platform for collecting and processing foreign language text data with a UI for enabling users to quickly interpret the data. Over the last 12 months, we’ve deployed Decrypt to more than a dozen groups in the government. Decrypt is driving some of our most important military and foreign policy decisions by enabling our government partners to understand and respond to foreign actors in ways previously not possible.
In May of 2021 we raised a $12 million Series A investment from Costanoa Ventures and Point72, with General Catalyst participating, allowing us to take the next leap in our growth. We hope you will join us!

We are looking for an engineering manager to build and lead our Search and Discovery team responsible for Vannevar Labs' core product, Decrypt. You will divide your time between hands on software development, people management, and crafting the technical roadmap and vision. We also do something common in Silicon Valley tech companies but radical in the defense space: we develop and test products side-by-side with our users, including on US military bases and remote locations abroad. Our engineering culture is about empathizing with users and building software products that deliver maximum impact on national security. 

As a founding member of the team your decisions today will have a large impact on the company now and into the future. You will lead the team through an exciting time as we grow in size and evolve out of scrappy startup habits. Your foundational work will be essential to the success of the company. We believe that simple systems are easier to understand, maintain, and scale - we prefer pragmatic, product-centric solutions. You are innovative: willing to take risks, think critically about novel solutions, and advocate for your ideas while seeking feedback and collaboration. You will be making trade-offs as you work to ensure that our systems are prepared to scale — being able to effectively communicate these trade-offs with your team and other stakeholders is a must. 

What you'll do

  • Holding regular one-on-ones with your team, ongoing coaching and mentorship, writing performance evaluations
  • Working with our recruiters on targeted hiring efforts to hire talented engineers
  • Working with engineers on ensure we build high quality software
  • Working cross-functionally with the Mission Success and Mission Development teams to build the right products
  • Facilitating a productive work environment resulting in high impact sprints
  • Setting priorities for the team tied to Vannevar Labs top objectives


  • 1+ years managing a full-stack team of engineers
  • 5+ years as a Full Stack Developer or similar role
  • Experience working on a core product
  • Experience developing with React, GraphQL, and NodeJS
  • Experience with Typescript, Javascript
  • Familiarity with Postgres or similar
  • Experience with AWS or similar
  • Experience with UI/UX design
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position will require the ability to access U.S. only data systems

Additional Qualifications (Nice to haves)

  • Experience with ElasticSearch
  • Experience with Docker
  • Experience with Python

What we offer

  • Substantial equity + 401k match
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Open PTO
  • Paid parental leave 
  • Flexible work environment - you manage your work day
  • 100% remote - work from anywhere in the US
  • Quarterly off-site travel for team-building (once it’s safe)
We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply, even if you don’t feel like you're a perfect fit. If you’re passionate about working on problems that matter, we’d love to hear from you!