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Staff Engineer II – Technical Lead, Supply Chain Tools Program – Opportunity for Working Remotely Manchester, NH – VMware Engineering – Manchester, NH

The broader Tanzu portfolio within the Modern Applications Business Unit (MAPBU) has a mission to help customers build, run, and manage their most important applications. We build applications with velocity to run in a cloud-native environment, run open-source Kubernetes with consistency, and manage our customers’ entire footprint with confidence to help them achieve their business outcomes.

The Supply Chain Tools Program is focussed on securing all parts of the development process from source code, to running applications in production. We plan to accomplish this by building tooling that can be seamlessly integrated into the entire suite of Tanzu portfolio products.

You might like working with us if you:

  • Like working as a part of an empowered balanced team.
  • Believe in Outcomes over Output.
  • Prioritize equitable treatment, inclusivity, and diversity.
  • Work with empathy and kindness.
  • Believe in doing the right thing, and doing what works.

To learn more about Tanzu watch this video. #TeamTanzu

What is the primary need, technical challenge, and/or problem you will be responsible for?

As an engineer, you understand the importance of having the right information when and where you need it. Making it easy for Tanzu customers to secure their software supply chains is our primary product goal. The technical challenge for you is to lead the engineering teams in creating and sustaining an architecture to unify disparate open source technology to build useful supply chain tooling for the entire Tanzu portfolio. You will collaborate within and across teams to bring this vision to reality.

  • Ensure there is a sense of shared context on the architecture across the program.

  • Level up engineers within the program through mentorship and example.

  • Collaborate with the Balanced Leadership Team to prepare for future work and promote context on current and future design.

  • Make the appropriate tradeoffs between understanding requirements, architecture/design, and ensuring quality implementation to deliver against the business goals.

  • Advocate for best practices (frontend engineering and large-scale application architecture).

  • Translate product and design requirements into technical designs that achieve team goals.

  • Use your understanding of the system’s end-to-end architecture to assess and communicate implications of design choices.

You will be the engineering, architecture-focused leader on the Balanced Leadership Team (Product Management, Engineering Management, Technical Leadership, Design Management, UX Leadership) for the Supply Chain Tools program. Your role will support this growing group of 3 teams, consisting of 20+ engineers, product, and design, to produce scalable, sustainably architected software to solve businesses’ supply chain security problems. You will provide architectural guidance and be a steward of code quality and reliability both within the program as well as across programs as products integrate. You will be deep in the details, design collaboratively, and support the growth and autonomy of the engineering teams.

The program’s problem space will span two main themes: building small sharp tools to implement secure links in the larger software supply chain and integrating those links into the larger software supply chain system. The supply chain links will require deep knowledge of image signing, vulnerability scanning, or supply chain auditability. Learning these topics will require engaging with the OSS communities of in-toto, the update framework, Notary, and others. Building the larger supply chain system will require discussing large scale systems, emerging technologies, and innovation. We will also need to apply systems thinking to solve organizational problems.

What is the leadership like for this role? What is the structure and culture of the team like?

The hiring manager for this role is John Kjell, Sr Manager of Engineering for the Supply Chain Tools Program. He has worked in MAPBU since December 2019. Prior to VMware, John was a Engineering Manager and Staff Software Engineer with Pivotal Software.

The Supply Chain Tools program is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are a learning organization and believe that diverse teams are stronger and more effective at solving the complex problems we make simple for our customers. Empathy, diverse points of view, approaches, and skill sets bring us to the best solution faster, together.

You and your loved ones will be supported with a competitive and comprehensive benefits package. Below are some highlights, or you can view the complete benefits package by visiting

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

  • Medical Coverage, Retirement, and Parental Leave Plans for All Family Types

  • Generous Time Off Programs

  • 40 hours of paid time to volunteer in your community

  • Rethink’s Neurodiversity program to support parents raising children with learning or behavior challenges, or developmental disabilities

  • Financial contributions to your ongoing development (conference participation, training, course work, etc.)

This position is eligible for the TanzuChallenge referral campaign.

Category :
Engineering and Technology
Subcategory: Software Engineering
Experience: Business Leadership
Full Time/ Part Time: Full Time
Posted Date: 2021-01-08

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