Senior Manager, Engineering, Backend Services at Kyruus | Powderkeg

Location: Remote OR Portland, OR

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Software Development

First and foremost, Kyruuvians care deeply about our vision to enable human beings to care for human beings, our mission, and our CORE values:

Caring – We care about doing the right thing , in the right way, every time.

Ownership – We own both our successes and our mistakes, taking responsibility and always learning how to be better.

Respect – We respect and celebrate the individual traits that enable each of us, our customers, our providers, and our patients, to be the best that we can be.

Empowerment – We embrace a culture that supports everyone’s ability to contribute and lead.

Here’s what that would mean for you in the Senior Manager, Engineering role.


  • You’ll enable the teams you work with to deliver value to our customers through high quality software. Your understanding of the SDLC and software engineering best practices will enable you to coach, mentor, and partner with your team members to develop solutions that are reliable, extensible, scalable, and performant.


  • You will be responsible for the successful delivery and support of backend microservices foundational to HealthSparq’s SaaS products and external APIs. This includes areas of focus such as sophisticated search capabilities for assisting health plan members find relevant providers that best serve their needs, cost estimates for services, and out-of-pocket cost information to help effectively manage health care. This position plays an essential role in HealthSparq’s product offerings for meeting CMS transparency in coverage mandates for health plans.
  • The technical stack includes Java, Spring, Spring Boot, Junit, Python, ElasticSearch, Oracle, DynamoDB, JavaScript, HTML, REST, GitHub, Docker, CircleCI, JIRA, Confluence, Swagger, AWS (S3, EC2, ElastiCache, Lambda, AWS-SDK)
  • You will lead by example with Service Ownership, whereby your teams own the responsibilities for their services end-to-end, from initial development to on-going operational support.
  • Your typical day will include one-on-ones with direct reports, moderating Agile sprint rituals, removing impediments, and coaching and mentoring.
  • You will partner with product to set the technical plans and execution for your product area, including engineering objectives in addition to product deliverables. You’ll connect this to Kyruus’ business priorities. You’ll help figure out risks, trade-offs, and timelines.
  • You will engage in recruiting activities for your teams and with the rest of engineering management.
  • You will provide technical oversight and possibly architectural guidance to your team with an eye toward stability, scalability, performance, high-availability, security, and cost optimization of solutions. You have the option of contributing to sprint commitments in addition to your managerial responsibilities.
  • You’ll know the customer commits, product roadmap, and SLAs for your area backwards and forwards. You’ll track metrics, identify blockers to overall team effectiveness, and recommend process improvements.
  • You’ll partner with Product, Client Delivery, and peers to set expectations and build confidence, predictability, and accountability on the team.
  • You’ll recruit, hire, coach, and develop amazing software engineers and be an active advocate for your team.
  • You’ll report to the Director, Data Services within the R&D - Engineering division.


  • How You’ll Use Your Professional Skills
  • You’ll use your 8+ years of experience in software engineering and programming, and at least 5 of those years as a manager to:
  • Help your team solve complex technical problems.
  • Negotiate and identify priorities, trade-offs, and timelines for your product area.
  • Measure and improve Engineering performance.

You’ll use your management skills to:

  • Leverage your team to get things done, get them done well, and celebrate them when they do.
  • Create an inclusive environment where your direct reports and peers feel motivated to succeed.
  • Connect business goals to the goals of each of your direct reports.


  • How You’ll Know You’re Succeeding
  • You and your team commit quality code reliably and on time to achieve roadmap goals and customer commits.
  • Help your team develop simple and pragmatic solutions to complex technical problems and customer workflows.
  • Your team is engaged, productive, and executes on tasks with a sense of urgency and ownership.
  • You are able to identify opportunities for growth for your team and support them in the professional development and career goals.
  • You anticipate and develop strategies for future requirements and trends within your product area.

Where You’ll Go From Here

  • Kyruuvians in the Senior Manager, Engineering role can move in a more linear career path along two tracks - continuing in management or becoming an individual contributor. From here, depending on your skills, performance, and accomplishments, you could become a Director, Engineering (overseeing multiple product areas or diverse technologies) on the management track or become either a Principal Software Engineer II or Software Architect (providing technical expertise while being hands-on-keyboard) on the technical individual contributor track.
  • Kyruus also loves to see an internal transfer. If a linear career path is not what you’re looking for, you can work with your manager and HR to explore lateral moves to other parts of the organization as you continue to grow with us.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Kyruus is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information. We will not discriminate, in any employment decision, against any individual or group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veterans/national guard/military reserve status. This shall be done in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws in every location in which Kyruus has facilities.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Senior Manager, Engineering, Backend Services
  • Company
  • Location
    Boston, MA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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