Tech Lead Manager, Platform at Niantic
San Francisco, CA, US / Sunnyvale, CA, US / Bellevue, WA, US

Are you ready to lead a team that enables developers to create radically creative planet-scale geospatial products? We’re looking for Tech Lead & Manager for our platform team, who is a respectful and empathetic individual who embraces the values of servant leadership, and cares about helping us build a diverse, inclusive workforce where we respect all and practice empathy at every opportunity. You will manage the engineering team and lead their technical design and architecture that creates APIs and services that empower engineers to deliver planet-scale AR experiences across Niantic and its development partners. You will work to extend Niantic’s server and client platform to the next generation of devices, games and applications. In this role, you’ll work with your team alongside product managers and engineers across the entirety of Niantic and with our external partners.


  • Review technical designs, and ensure they will be scalable and robust. Maintain a high quality bar for code, unit tests, and technical architecture.
  • Perform career development, conflict resolution, and team building. Mentor engineers to expand their skills. Evaluate your reports’ performance and set actionable goals that help them grow in the work and move the team and company forward.
  • Lead usage of standard methodologies in software development, including code reviews, automated testing, build deployment, and scheduling.
  • Set, measure, and achieve key performance indicators for the engineering aspect of your product while acting as an inclusive decision maker and arbiter of technical architecture and implementation.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with product management, design, marketing and operations, to ensure error-free launches in a timely manner.
  • Employ emotional intelligence to diffuse tensions and improve cross-team relations.
  • Identify business and technological risks/opportunities from internal sources and craft solutions/responses to them.


  • You have at least 5 years of experience working as a software engineer.
  • A BS, MS or PhD in Computer Science or other technical majors, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience leading the technical design and implementation aspects of software engineering teams.

Plus If...

  • You have at least 2 years of experience managing software teams.
  • You have experience engineering in Java, particularly for cloud-based services.

Join the Niantic team!

Niantic is the world’s leading AR technology company, sparking creative and engaging journeys in the real world. Our products inspire outdoor exploration, exercise, and meaningful social interaction.

Originally formed at Google in 2011, we became an independent company in 2015 with a strong group of investors including Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Alsop Louie Partners. Our current titles include pioneering global-control game Ingress, and record-breaking AR game Pokémon GO. Our third title, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, is currently in development.

Niantic is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. 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.

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, Bellevue, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Hamburg, and Zurich.