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Engineering Manager - Infrastructure

Snorkel AI

Snorkel AI

Software Engineering, Other Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

We’re on a mission to democratize AI by building the definitive AI data development platform. The AI landscape has gone through incredible change between 2016, when Snorkel started as a research project in the Stanford AI Lab, to the generative AI breakthroughs of today. But one thing has remained constant: the data you use to build AI is the key to achieving differentiation, high performance, and production-ready systems. We work with some of the world’s largest organizations to empower scientists, engineers, financial experts, product creators, journalists, and more to build custom AI with their data faster than ever before. Excited to help us redefine how AI is built? Apply to be the newest Snorkeler!

We are looking for a Director of Engineering to lead our AI Platform team. Our AI Platform team builds innovative software systems to power the Snorkel Flow platform. This includes services to train and serve generative AI and machine learning models using novel data-centric techniques, libraries to support AI workflows for a variety of data modalities and task types, core training data management technologies, and more.

The AI platform roadmap includes introducing new workflows based on Snorkel AI research (such as RAG enrichment for generative AI), maturing existing AI use cases (such as document intelligence), and scaling recently launched capabilities to GA (such as image classification.

As Director of Engineering for this team, you will lead, develop and grow a team of talented engineers to meet Snorkel AI’s growth goals. You will work cross functionally with other engineering teams to extend platform capabilities and deliver new AI workflows, with product management and customers to deeply understand and build for user needs, with applied research to develop novel AI techniques, and with GTM partners to help us market, sell and support Snorkel AI offerings to help customers be successful.

Primary responsibilities

  • Manage, develop, and grow a talented team of AI, systems, and backend engineers
  • Deliver AI systems capabilities to enable new workflows in the Snorkel Flow platform
  • Have a significant impact on the architecture, design, development, and operations of large-scale data-focused AI systems and interactive product workflows
  • Collaborate with product management, field team members, and customers to understand product use cases, desired capabilities, scaling requirements, and more
  • Actively contribute to Snorkel’s engineering culture through mentorship, open communication, user empathy, advocacy of strong engineering practices, and more

Preferred qualifications

  • Degree in Computer Science or related field
  • 12+ years of professional experience designing and building data-intensive software systems
  • 4+ years of engineering management experience
  • 4+ years of professional experience designing and building AI-focused software systems
  • Significant experience in building data or AI systems for unstructured data modalities such as natural language, images, or video
  • Experience building enterprise-grade, user-facing software products
  • Experience with architecting and developing production web-scale systems (including monitoring, telemetry, performance, reliability, triage, and debuggability)
  • Experience at high-growth technology startups
  • Experience developing growth programs for engineering organizations (e.g. career ladders, mentorship)


Be Your Best At Snorkel
Snorkel AI is on a mission to make machine learning practical for everyone, and it starts with building a team that welcomes, represents and gives opportunity to all. We work at the frontier of AI and software engineering, and believe that underrepresented communities need to play a part in shaping the future of these fields. At Snorkel AI, we actively work to create an environment that values end-to-end ownership, diverse forms of impact, and opportunities for personal growth.
Snorkelers are supported by an amazing team and an amazing set of benefits. We offer comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for Snorkelers and their families, plus a yearly wellness stipend. Our 401k program lets Snorkelers plan for their future and our parental leave program lets new parents take up to 20 weeks of paid time off. Learn more about these benefits and more — like our workstation setup allowance — on our Careers page.
Snorkel AI is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Snorkel AI embraces diversity and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. Snorkel AI prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, performance, merit, and business need.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.