Engineering Manager

Ship product and lead our engineering teams

  • Position type: Full time
  • Position Location: Hobart, Tasmania

About Procreate

Nestled in picturesque Hobart, Procreate is an industry-leading creative product company competing on the World stage. We are the recipient of two coveted Apple Design Awards and hold the title as best-selling paid iPad app on Apple's App Store for the past six years. Procreate brings together a rare breed of people who are exceptionally driven and dedicated to help people unleash their full creative potential.

We stand by producing the highest quality of work and protecting creativity. We care about our work, our community, and most of all, each other. Join us in our growth journey as we develop next-generation Procreate products.

Your impact as Engineering Manager

Our ambitious product roadmap is driven by the desire to deliver the best creative software experience for our global community. To help lead the engineering team to achieve this mission, we’re looking for our first dedicated Engineering Manager.

You’ll have deep technical experience as well as ability in progressive people management. You'll guide a small team of engineers to develop and ship mission critical features, solve complex technical problems, define the parameters of our projects, improve overall development efficiency and nurture our internal engineering talent.

The role sits within our product development team, and you’ll report to Michael Shaw, our CTO. You'll work closely with the engineering team, the executive and members of other departments to align engineering with other critical business functions.

Areas of focus

  • Hands-on engineering. We need an Engineering Manager that enjoys coding and wants to keep their engineering skills sharp. Your experiences will give you a dynamic and responsive ability to make decisions that help achieve our goals, consider the complex nature of our codebase, our current engineering capabilities and the make-up and skill set of our team.
  • People and project management. In this role, you’ll review technical work for accuracy and alignment to product goals and strategy. This will help you monitor progress and assign tasks to our engineers. You’ll create and oversee project timelines and milestones with the view to improve sustainability and efficiency in our development process. You’ll deliver feedback and take part in reviews and performance management.
  • Lead, coordinate and align diverse engineering functions. You’ll work directly with team leads and the executive to ensure that our product departments, including product, quality assurance, testing, and R&D functions are aligned and moving in the same direction with clear communication, leadership and goals.
  • Manage stakeholder and 3rd party relationships. As an engineering leader and Procreate representative, you’ll develop and maintain relationships with our external partners and relevant third parties. Internally, you’ll work to support interdepartmental cooperation in relation to product and feature release as well as ongoing updates and patches.

The skill set

  • Emotional intelligence and a calm, self-assured leadership style. You’ll have a demonstrated ability to manage and build diverse teams. Your approach to leadership and management will build consensus and understanding. You’ll be able to communicate technical information to non-technical employees and stakeholders. You’ll motivate, inspire and support your colleagues to produce the best work of their lives.
  • Experience as an Engineering Manager in a fast-paced technology, product or creative company. You’ll have had experience inengineeringat a senior level and/or people management experience in a tech or start-up environment. You bring an organised, methodical and detail-oriented approach to your work which provides structure and promotes confidence in those you work with. Your work will draw the best out of each individual contributor in a way which promotes both individual success and engagement as well as team productivity.
  • Deep hands-on engineering experience in relation to UI work or development of custom, in-house rendering technology. Your breadth of experience and depth of technical foundations give you a creative and strategic approach to product development and the ability to respond effectively to unique and challenging technical problems. Your experience could be in low-level engine/rendering development or UI/UX work closer to the user.

In 1-3 months, you will...

  • Complete the Procreate onboarding process, get to know your colleagues and unique roles in the business
  • Build a basic understanding of product and the existing roadmap
  • Complete our onboarding process and become familiar with your colleagues
  • Familiarise with our tech stack, engineering environment and our existing workflows
  • Begin to develop relationships with key stakeholders, team leaders and members of the executive team

In 3-6 months, you will...

  • Begin delivering technical guidance for Product Care
  • Establish relationships with external stakeholders and partners
  • Begin identifying areas for operational improvement and take ownership of first initiatives
  • Own, lead and support the execution of a large scale, highly visible project
  • Work directly with CTO to assign projects and tasks to the right teams and people

In 6-12 months, you will

  • Participate in conversations surrounding product roadmap and strategy
  • Inform and propose strategies for external product communication
  • Routinely assign tasks, monitor engineering processes and progress
  • Drive inter-departmental coordination of a major release or update

We're cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment for all

This application contains custom questions that give you the opportunity to show us what you're capable of, instead of purely assessing you on your CV. We welcome anyone who is interested in this role to apply, regardless of whether you meet all requirements listed. If you have specific questions or ideas on how we can support you, please reach out to