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Embark Veterinary Senior Engineering Manager, Genetic Data and ML Platform in Boston, Massachusetts

Who we are:

Join Embark on our mission to improve the life and longevity of dogs everywhere. Our canine DNA test — the highest-rated, most accurate on the market — enables us to make scientific advances in personalized pet care. Recently named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine ( , Embark is the only canine genetics company using research-grade technology, which allows us to make new scientific discoveries.

Designed by world leaders in dog genetics in partnership with Cornell University, the Embark Dog DNA Test provides information on genetic health risks and breed make-up, allowing dog owners, breeders, and veterinarians to make personalized care plans based on a dog's unique genetic profile. Embark is also home to the world’s only canine DNA relative finder. No wonder The New York Times ( recently called Embark’s Breed and Health Kit the best dog DNA test available!

Interested in joining our pack? We are looking for highly motivated and mission-driven employees who will join us as Embark leads the cutting edge of creativity and innovation in the fast-growing consumer genetics space.

About the role:

As a Senior Engineering Manager, you’ll grow and manage teams responsible for the storage of some of our critical genetic data sets and help build an ML platform that turns that data into results that help our customers better care for their dogs. While this is not a hands-on coding role, you will lean on your software and systems development experience to help steer architecture and design decisions and develop meaningful technical and product roadmaps. You will report directly to the Sr. Director of Engineering and will work closely with your counterparts in Product and Science to deliver results that delight our customers and help advance our mission of extending lives and longevity in dogs.

What you’ll do:

  • Lead, hire, and mentor a team of talented engineers

  • Partner with science, product, and tech leads to develop and execute against roadmaps

  • Host regular 1:1s with all direct reports which include frequent, actionable feedback

  • Oversee and improve processes to increase velocity and improve delivery reliability and quality

  • Provide feedback on architecture and design decisions in partnership with tech leads

  • Remove blockers and implement best practices to increase developer happiness and productivity

  • Track and share progress towards milestones and outcomes

  • Conduct annual performance reviews

    What experience we’re looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent practical experience

  • 7+ years of software engineering or related experience

  • 3+ years of engineering management experience

  • Experience working on and/or managing engineering teams in genetics/bioinformatics or a related scientific field

  • Hands-on or management experience building a machine learning (ML) platform

  • Hands-on or management experience working in AWS

  • Proven track record of hiring and building high-performance engineering teams and culture

  • Ability to lead a team of 5+ engineers to deliver systems that meet technical and business needs

  • Implementing and improving agile development methodologies

  • Experience developing technical and product roadmaps

  • Hands-on experience with a variety of data storage technologies

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex information to a variety of stakeholders

    Experience that is Nice to Have (but not required):

  • Professional experience coding in Python

    What we can offer:

    At Embark, we might be dog lovers, but we’re passionate about people too. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where all employees can belong and flourish. Here are some of our benefits and perks:

  • A flexible vacation policy so you can take off the time you need when you need it

  • Paid maternal and paternal leave (plus paw-ternity leave for new pets)

  • Every other Friday off each summer

  • Dog-friendly office near South Station, Boston (when we get back to the office), with some flexibility (e.g. work from home at least 2 days a week, flexibility around child care needs, etc)

  • Perks tailored for dog lovers including subsidized pet insurance and dog-walking services

  • Startup perks with big-company benefits (401k match, a generous bonus structure, commuter benefits, top-of-the-line healthcare, HSA/FSA)

  • Competitive salaries and equity participation — every employee gets stock options

  • Fully-stocked office snack bar and regular office events

  • New iMacs and MacBook Pros, or laptops running Linux

  • Continuing education, including attending conferences and company-provided resources to help with individual growth and development

    Embark is an equal opportunity workplace and values diversity at our company. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, age, disability status, marital status, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state or local laws. See also EEO is the Law (

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