Engineering Manager - Hosted Grafana (Remote, NASA or EMEA) at Grafana Labs

EMEA, United States (Remote)

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This is a remote position and we're considering candidates in the US, UK, Sweden, Germany, France, Austria, and the Netherlands.

About the role:

This is a remote opportunity and we would be interested in applications in EMEA and Americas time zones.

We are looking for an Engineering Manager to help us grow and develop our Hosted Grafana Engineering team in the Grafana Platform group. The Grafana Platform group works on the core of Grafana to provide a high quality, secure and scalable platform for the rest of the company and our community to build on.

Our managers take an active role in creating a productive environment for our engineers; be it through removing blockers and impediments, facilitating cross-team collaboration and understanding, or by aiding the team in helping themselves by constantly improving and refining their working practices. You’ll be responsible for managing a team of distributed engineers working across a variety of systems and helping them to perform at their best.

The Hosted Grafana team is responsible for building a more scalable Grafana as well as running the Grafana service on Grafana Cloud. They are a hybrid team with an engineering and SRE skillset who work on developing Grafana and the tooling for running the Grafana service on Kubernetes. They work closely with the teams that deploy features to Grafana Cloud but also collaborate with the teams that work on OSS and Enterprise Grafana. When a major new feature or service is deployed on Grafana Cloud then the Hosted Grafana team guides them on the journey to making it cloud ready. Grafana itself is going through a major refactor to add multi-tenant features for Grafana Cloud (Grafana was originally designed to run on one server for one company) and here the Hosted Grafana team are heavily involved in the design and engineering work. Another major project the team is involved in is enabling every Grafana team to continuously deploy on a daily basis to the Grafana service on Grafana Cloud.


  • The core focus of the role is on people management but you should have enough technical skills/understanding of our stack to manage a highly technical team/product.
  • You will act as project manager as well as working with product owners to ensure the product roadmap is defined and up-to-date
  • You have a strong software engineering background and are capable of engaging in technical conversations and challenging teams to arrive at strong technical decisions themselves
  • You will be comfortable working with engineering teams who have a strong sense of autonomy in their decision making, be it technical or product focussed
  • While you’re great with people and adept at managing relationships, you still keep up-to-date with the latest technical trends and shifts in order to maintain and enhance your understanding of the challenges your teams face
  • Ideally you will have a Computer Science degree or equivalent experience and have worked as a Software Engineer before moving into Management

NIce to haves

  • We work with Go, Python and/or C/C++ for back-end development.
  • You will have familiarity with using and building RESTful APIs
  • Familiarity with Git, Linux, Prometheus, Graphite, Influxdb and/or Elasticsearch would all be a strong advantage
  • Familiarity with public Cloud and/or Kubernetes would be a strong advantage

What a typical EM’s day-to-day at Grafana Labs looks like:

  • Thrive: We have regular and frequent 1:1s to ensure that our direct reports are motivated, happy, and engaged.
  • We also coach, mentor, and advise. Upwards, sideways, and every-which-ways.
  • Progress over Perfection: We provide continuous feedback to engineers to ensure that they can add value, while trying to maintain a high standard.
  • Seeking Diverse Perspectives: Gathering a range of opinions from both engineers and management to define upcoming features, contributing to design documents, and attending and contributing to open discussions.
  • This is also reflected in maintaining headcount-- we spend quite a lot of our time reaching out to URM’s to try and diversify the voices here in Grafana, every day. We work with our PeopleOps team closely to accomplish this. 
  • Say:Do Ratio: We ensure features are well-defined and ready for development, and then set the wheels in motion to make sure they are delivered.
  • Respectfully empowered to start up new initiatives, contribute to ongoing ones, and encourage and nurture others to do the same.
  • OSS is in our DNA, and as such working with the community is something that happens regularly for us. We default to transparency and try to be as open with everyone.
  • You'll work closely with the Edge tech lead Ryan, our platform leads Natalia and Jess, your manager David, as well as our long-time Grafanistas Torkel and Daniel.

About Grafana Labs: There are more than 900,000 active installations of Grafana around the globe, monitoring everything from beehives to climate change in the Alps. The instantly recognizable dashboards have been spotted everywhere from a SpaceX launch and Minecraft HQ to Wimbledon and the Tour de France. Grafana Labs also helps companies including Bloomberg, JPMorgan Chase, and eBay manage their observability strategies with full-stack offerings that can be run fully managed with Grafana Cloud, or self-managed with Grafana Enterprise Stack. The Grafana stack has grown to include three other open-source projects, Grafana Loki (for logs), Grafana Mimir (for metrics), and Grafana Tempo (for traces).
Benefits: For more information about the perks and benefits of working at Grafana, please check out our careers page.
A note about covid-19: All Grafanistas who wish to attend in-person events or travel for Grafana Labs must be fully-vaccinated.
Equal Opportunity Employer: At Grafana Labs we’re building a company where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, stay, and do their best work. We know that our company runs on the hard work and the dedication of our passionate and creative employees.
We will recruit, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different and unique. We believe that equality and diversity builds a strong organisation and we’re working hard to make sure that’s the foundation of our organisation as we grow.
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