Engineering Manager in Growth Platforms

Job Description

The New York Times has been fulfilling its mission to " seek the truth and help people understand the world" for nearly 170 years by delivering world-class journalism. More recently, this mission has been augmented by a deep investment in digital subscriptions and products. During the 2020 U.S. election week, 273 million readers from all over the world came to The NY Times. All of this has culminated in nearly eight million subscribers using The New York Times to read news , enjoy games , try recipes , get help with shopping , and listen to podcasts . As The New York Times seeks to become " a world-class digital media business ," we are expanding our investment in engineering.

The Engineering Manager in Growth Platforms plays a crucial role in helping to grow our subscriber base by building capabilities that help accelerate teams to experiment on growth objectives.

The Team

Our mission is to provide first-class expertise and ownership over products, platforms, and services that are essential to the growth of our subscription business.

With a focus on strategic partnerships with teams within and outside of our Growth Mission, we aim to accelerate our ability to collaborate, test, develop, and deploy new capabilities that continue to grow our subscriber base, while maintaining a high level of platform quality.

Our work is highly collaborative and cross-functional, and we operate on shared goals across teams and groups to ensure a high level of cohesion. Engineering plays an active role of understanding future business needs and proposing solutions today that will unlock those possibilities.

The Role & Opportunity

You will be partnering with cross-functional partners across two teams within our Growth Platforms group. Your job is to help set a technical direction and ensure quality engineering work is enabled and supported. Additionally, you will be the voice of your engineers with a role of empowering them and providing them feedback and career growth opportunities.

You will manage the Messaging Experience team which provides centralized support for our on-site messaging experiences that power our subscriber journey. This is a new team that will provide governance and support to feature teams, allowing for rapid experimentation while maintaining long-term quality and capabilities.

You will also manage our new Design System team, which provides a centralized design system from teams across the subscriber journey. This role will require helping to build out the team and the team's POV on how a design system is best managed and maintained across multiple teams.

Your responsibilities also include:
  • Helping to usher in a shared design system utilized by multiple teams
  • Implementing consistency in our messaging experiences for our readers
  • Improving developer experience for teams that utilize our messaging capabilities
  • Implementing robust observability of capability usages and business performance
  • Enhancing targeting, data, and api needs for improved messaging capabilities
  • Hire open engineering headcount to optimize team performance

Required experience
  • You have experience managing engineers at all levels, including hiring and growing them
  • You've been involved in the architecture of systems at scale and understand what quality means at that level
  • You've worked cross-functionally with diverse set of team partners and understand how to advocate for engineering while maintaining strong relationships
  • You have a fundamental understanding of Node.js and React and at least one other backend language (i.e. GoLang, Java)

Nice-to-have experience
  • Experience implementing design systems used by multiple teams
  • Experience managing centralized messaging capabilities or messaging units
  • Experience integrating with Machine Learning algorithms
  • Knowledge of scaling systems in GoLang

About the New York Times and our Engineering Organization

  • We've won more Pulitzer Prizes than any other organization (including three in 2020), and you can celebrate with the award winners in our newsroom.
  • We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • We are a New York-based engineering organization with a remote-friendly workplace that includes engineers around the world.
  • We are committed to career development and have a formal mentoring program. We encourage our engineers to participate in conferences and we frequently host talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates, and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples).
  • Every person within the tech organization is expected to dedicate five full days per year to learning in addition to continuous growth opportunities throughout the year. We have a generous tuition reimbursement program and you can use this time on career-relevant activities like attending a formal class, internal company training, online training, a self-developed learning program, or even by teaching others.
  • We run a Maker Week event once a year, where Design, Product, Project, Marketing, and Technology come together to work on compelling, creative, cross-functional projects.
  • Check out some Times Open blog posts.
  • Follow @nytopen on Twitter to see what our engineering teams have been doing.

Benefits and Perks

  • Make an impact by supporting our original, independent, and deeply reported journalism.
  • We provide competitive health, dental, vision, and life insurance for employees and their families.
  • We support responsible retirement planning with a generous 401(k) company match.
  • We offer a competitive parental leave.
  • We are committed to career development and ongoing learning supported by a formal mentoring program as well as $8,000 annually for tuition reimbursement.
  • We have frequent panel discussions and talks by a wide variety of newsmakers and industry leaders.
  • Join a community committed to the richness of diversity, experiences, and talents in the world we cover, supported by a variety of employee resource groups.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.