What we’re building

At Tidelift, we are making open source work better for everyone by helping organizations effectively manage the open source behind modern applications while ensuring open source maintainers get paid for the incredible value they create. We are creating a mutually beneficial commercial model for open source where both creators and enterprise users get what they need, and the world gets even more healthy and secure software that improves our lives.

We’re well-funded and growing fast. You will play a large role in tackling challenging problems and helping expand the company, while learning alongside our experienced team.

Find out more about us on tidelift.com,  listen to this recent podcast interview with our CEO Donald Fischer, or read about us in Wired or Business Insider.

The role

We are looking for a senior software engineering manager to effectively manage the work of 6-8 software engineers. The senior software engineering manager will have ample opportunity to help clarify and define the culture and practice of the software engineering team through documentation, process oversight, and hiring in addition to day-to-day management activities.

Tidelift is working with companies to make it simple to trust, ship, and grow open source. Our customers use our tools and services to centralize and reduce the effort required to take care of the open source they rely on. You can read the docs to learn more, and ask us tough questions.


  • Managing the employee satisfaction, career growth, performance, and day-to-day work of 6-8 software engineers
  • Maintaining a healthy and effective team culture in line with our company values of optimistic, practical, additive, and inclusive
  • Overseeing the work of 2-3 cross-functional pods by:
    • collaborating with Product and other stakeholders to set achievable and meaningful goals
    • facilitating important planning and improvement processes (e.g. refinement, retrospective, and/or daily sync meetings)
    • identifying and working to resolve technical, procedural, or interpersonal impediments to the team’s progress
  • Proactively identifying and developing improvements to our team’s work as we scale the organization and/or continue to grow the product
  • Collaborating with the Head of Software Engineering on defining, clarifying, and modeling the culture and practice of the Software Engineering organization
  • Acting as a hiring manager for any new roles on their team, including conducting interviews and managing the candidate experience


  • Demonstrable experience building an inclusive and psychologically safe space for their team members
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong familiarity with best practices in management skills such as feedback, career coaching, meeting facilitation, etc.
  • Experience effectively managing multiple software engineering teams
  • Experience managing employees who are remote/distributed
  • Strong familiarity with software development processes and general project management approaches
  • Experience managing user-facing product delivery teams and collaborating effectively with a Product Management organization

Starting pay: 

  • $205,000 per year base salary
  • Generous stock option grant

Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we’ll let you in on a secret: there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ candidate. Tidelift is a place where everyone can grow. So however you identify and whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to come into work every day.

The team

We want a team where everyone cares about users, design, building a business, and one another. We’re also aiming for work-life harmony: we believe in doing good work, with urgency and pragmatism, but at a sustainable pace. We value big impact as opposed to long hours.

Our values

We’re trying to build a healthy, values-driven culture. We want to be:

  • Optimistic: We see an amazing future ahead, and want to inspire others to share in it. This is both internal—building each other up and looking for the best in people—and external—we know open source is awesome, and we want to make it even better.
  • Practical: We know words and ideas alone won’t change lives. We help people most by creating a pragmatic, viable, and sustainable business that works for everyone. So we care about usability, design, and honest assessment of costs and benefits.
  • Additive: We want an environment that encourages and inspires growth, both for individuals and for the open source community as a whole. That means embracing a growth mindset, and valuing culture-add over culture-fit.
  • Inclusive: We believe technology will be stronger when it better reflects the voices and ideas of society as a whole. So we want people from different backgrounds and experiences to not just be represented, but to be heard, valued, and flourish. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment.

To find out more about how we live these in practice, we’ve written more about living our values “inside and out”.

Working at Tidelift

We are (and have been) remote-first from day 1. In this role you would have the option to work remotely from anywhere in the US. We get together in person 2-4 times a year, so some ability to travel is required (though we aim not to require travel on weekends, and travel remains optional during COVID). We’ve written more about how we do remote work herehere, and here.

We believe in the urgency of our mission and the importance of doing good work, but also know this is a marathon and not a sprint. Hours are flexible when necessary to meet personal needs (like child, medical, or elder care).

Tidelift is committed to the safety of its employees, and so requires that all employees be vaccinated for COVID before participating in any in-person company activities.

Compensation, benefits and career

Tidelift’s approach to compensation is designed to ensure that we are staying true to our core values of being optimistic, additive, inclusive, and practical. We do this by:

  • Rewarding tenure: We are optimists, believing that each of us is bringing our best to work each day. In this spirit, we provide predetermined raises of at least 3% each year based on the belief that you are working hard and learning more about Tidelift and your role, making yourself more valuable to the company every day. Each year we will refresh our model for rewarding tenure with new market data, and share an updated compensation trajectory with you.
  • Holding firmly to a no-negotiation policy: In the spirit of our values to be inclusive and additive, we believe employees hired to perform the same role should receive the same compensation, regardless of location, negotiation prowess, prior salary, or years of experience prior to joining Tidelift. All Tidelift offers have compensation packages that are determined prior to the start of recruitment. This, along with a structured interview process, is intended to mitigate the effects of both shifting criteria bias and the ask gap on wages within Tidelift, and is an essential element of our equity, diversity, and inclusion strategy.
  • Sharing our process transparently. You and your colleagues are doing important work, and we want to compensate you fairly in return. We transparently document how we approach compensation at Tidelift, including our methodology for calculating initial offers, raises, and promotions, so that you know exactly what you can expect from us over your career here.

In addition to cash and equity compensation, Tidelift offers medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance as well as the ability to contribute pre-tax dollars to flexible spending and retirement (401k) accounts. As a remote-first company, we offer a variety of remote work stipends to cover expenses such as co-working spaces, internet, and phone connections. Finally, all employees have access to generous vacation and gender-neutral parental leave policies as well as the ability to reimburse up to $5k annually for their own professional development.

How to apply

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