Engineering Manager 2021

Melbourne CBD, Australia

We're looking for an Engineering Manager to join the Fastmail team in our Melbourne office. We provide email services that are efficient, resilient, and great to work with. We want our technical teams to be like that too, and that's where you come in!

About the job

Your job is to help the technical staff in Melbourne do their best work, both individually and as a team. That means helping individuals grow their skills and helping the team refine a culture that supports effective collaboration. You'll report to the CTO. The technical team is broken down into several broad areas of concern, roughly: hardware and platform, backend software, client software. You'll be managing members from several of those areas, making sure that they're doing their best work and feeling good about its importance to the company. This means you'll be taking on responsibilities ranging from individual coaching to team meeting facilitation to project management.

You will:

Your core work won't be about programming or being a system administrator, but you'll need a decent handle on these topics, in one form or another, to coach staff and manage the team. We run Debian on our own hardware, with custom software written in C, JavaScript, and Perl. You don't need to be an expert on everything we do, but you need to be able to reason about our systems and their operation.

Who will do well at this job

This role may be great for you if you are:

An ideal candidate would have:

Like everyone at Fastmail, you should understand the value of privacy-centered tools, and believe in privacy as a customer right. We also work across time zones, so you should be very comfortable communicating in text: clear, unambiguous, and empathetic whether on Slack or email — both of which you'll be using a lot.

Working at Fastmail

This job is based in Melbourne CBD. We have a strong in-person culture. All our staff spend at least some of their work week in the office, and we’re looking for someone who will be there, too. (Obviously, this requirement is contingent on lockdown restrictions allowing it again!) This is a full-time role.

We also have an office in Philadelphia, USA, and we're in close communication with them. Because of the time difference, occasionally you might need to be available outside of your usual schedule for a team meeting.

We value people who are enthusiastic to learn and improve their skills—and we give you a professional development budget to do so, and we'll cover your annual certification costs.

You can read about our values, and our blog contains interviews with some of the people who will become your colleagues at Fastmail.

Like everyone on our team, you'll get good benefits, equipment, books, and whatever else you need to do your job comfortably.

We welcome all applicants regardless of race, colour, religion, age, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation.

The thing we can't help with is visas or sponsorship. You must already have the right to work in Australia.

Sounds great, what's next?

Email us at to introduce yourself and tell us why you would be a good fit for the job. Send us a resume (as a PDF, please). More importantly, though, have something else to say! Let us know what you’re interested in, what makes the job interesting, and anything else you want to tell us up front.