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Manager, Software Engineering, Pokémon GO



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Are you passionate about video games and ready to lead a team building the world’s best Live game? We’re looking for an Engineering Manager to lead and run an elite team developing Pokémon GO. If you are an experienced manager who has led a team of highly skilled game devs in a large multi-functional environment and you're ready to rethink how mobile games work with AR, you should join us. Niantic values managers who are respectful, empathetic and who embrace the values of servant leadership and a diverse and inclusive workforce.


  • Lead the development of large, complex infrastructure projects, from tooling to server infrastructure and platform solutions.
  • Recruit, hire, lead and mentor engineers through active coaching and setting measurable goals that help the engineer grow and create maximum impact for the company.
  • Promote a culture of multi-functional collaboration with product management, game design, live ops, marketing and operations.
  • Lead usage of standard methodologies in software development, including design documents, code reviews, automated testing and feature activation management.
  • Team up with technical leads to maintain a high quality bar for code, unit tests, and technical architecture.
  • As part of your role, write code for non-time-critical software components (be hands-on when needed to support your engineering team).
  • Collaborate with cross-functional team members and stakeholders, including regular and reliable attendance and participation in meetings.
  • Required in-office 2 days on Wednesday and Thursday.


  • You have a BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science, or a related technical field, or equivalent experience.
  • You have 2+ years of experience directly leading software engineers and 8+ years of experience in software engineering.
  • Proven experience recruiting and leading technical teams, including performance management.
  • You have 2+ years of experience working on Mobile development with backend services (GCP or equivalent).
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced hybrid environment and handle stress appropriately and/or ability to solve practical problems and be sufficiently adaptable to handle dynamic situations with little advance notice.
  • Experience working on cross-functional teams with ability to communicate effectively through written and verbal communications, including synchronous interactions with others.

Plus If...

  • You have professional experience working on a consumer mobile application.
  • You have experience building applications using React Native.
  • You have experience building large Java applications and working on the Google Cloud Platform (or equivalent).

The total compensation package for this position includes a new hire offer base salary range of $212,000 - $247,000 + bonus + equity + benefits.

Individual pay within this salary range is determined by work location and additional factors, including assessed job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can answer any questions about new hire total compensation during the hiring process. An overview of benefit offerings for your location can be found on the careers page.

Join the Niantic team!

Niantic's global-scale augmented reality platform and digital map powers spatial computing experiences in the real world. Incubated out of the Maps team at Google, Niantic first created Ingress and then Pokémon GO, a cultural phenomenon and hit game played by tens of millions of people each month. Niantic’s Lightship platform, which powers Pokémon GO, also supports the company's other games including Pikmin Bloom, Peridot and Monster Hunter Now. Developers use Niantic’s platform to build their own AR applications and experiences, either with the Lightship Platform or directly through the web with 8th Wall.

We believe that cultivating a workplace where our people are supported and included is essential to creating great products our community will love. Our mission emphasizes seeking and hiring diverse voices, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the technology industry, and we consider this to be one of the most important values we hold close.

Niantic is a hybrid first company. We believe that in person interaction and collaboration fosters creativity, a sense of community, and is critical to our future success as a company. Our hybrid work schedules allow for a mix of remote and in-office work.

We're a hard-working, fun, and exciting group who value intellectual curiosity and a passion for problem-solving! We have growing offices located in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Bellevue, Kansas, London, Tokyo, Hamburg, Hyderabad, and Zurich. #LI-HYBRID