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Senior Software Development Manager, Data Platforms

Department: Platforms and Infrastructure

Location: Boston, Santa Barbara, Seattle

Req#: 2916

At Sonos, we're passionate about bringing music into every home.  To fulfill this mission we have developed an unquenchable thirst for data.  We use data to understand how our products are performing, which features need to be improved, design future products, optimize our supply chain and sales channel performance, and learn how our customers experience music in their homes.  If you like music and data, this is a dream job.

Come lead a team of seasoned engineers to build large-scale distributed systems to collect data from millions of endpoints all around the world, and process those streams of information using the best tool for the job (we currently use Apache Spark, and a combination of AWS services including Kinesis, Lambda, EC2, and S3), enabling us to build insightful analytics that span all business data in the company.

You’ll manage a team of engineers that love what they do and daily challenge each other to be relentlessly progressive with their designs, quality, and execution.  Our products are are used by engineers, executives, and decision-makers throughout the entire company.  Join us in building a sustainable data platform that will position Sonos to bring music into every home.

About You

Our band is large. And while there’s plenty of room for all kinds of personalities and skill sets to succeed, there are certain qualities that will help you thrive here.

Like a never-accept-less work ethic. An exceptionally low ego-to-talent ratio (none of the first, tons of the latter). A relentless craving to push past your limits and try new things. The smarts and the humble confidence to take on big challenges, make mistakes fast and early, embrace tough feedback, then recover quickly with fresh, startlingly perfect solutions. A fearless willingness to defend great work. And a tendency to totally geek out on music.

If this sounds like you, read on and let’s connect soon.

What You’ll Do

You will:

  • Hire, mentor, and retain top engineering talent.
  • Lead a team of high performing engineers working on multiple projects and releases.
  • Work with your partners across the organization to develop processes and strategies for producing new features and products that delight our customers.
  • Manage all the stages of large engineering projects from concept to design through implementation and release.  This includes staffing allocation, project management and documentation.
  • Hold a high bar for software design, quality, and execution.
  • Responsible for setting goals that are aligned with the business needs and leading your team to deliver them successfully.
  • Participate in code reviews and discussions with other developers, lead software design and and sprint planning meetings.
  • Mentor team members in software development skills and leadership responsibilities. Help guide their professional development and grow their careers. 
  • You will set the vision for how Sonos collects, scales, and leverages data for years to come.

Skills You’ll Need
You need:

  • BS in Computer Science or related field. 
  • 5+ years managing teams that design and build scalable applications with a focus on high volume and low latency 
  • 5+ years of experience creating and deploying highly available services with a global user base
  • Proven ability to deliver complex projects on schedule with high quality.
  • Strong project management skills


  • 3+ years AWS Platform experience (EC2, S3, RDS, DynamoDB, Lambda)
  • 3+ years experience with one or more of the following: Spark, Kinesis, Kafka, Hive, Hadoop.
  • Experience with machine learning, predictive modeling
  • Experience with data visualization technologies (R, D3, Microstrategy)
  • Experience with large scale Data Warehouse design (Redshift, SQL Server, OLAP Cube)

How to Audition
We will review all applications and respond within one week.
More About Our Band

In 2002, we set out to reinvent home audio for the digital age. Our mission–to fill every home with amazing sounding music. Yes, it was an ambitious goal. Challenging, too. And that hasn’t changed.

Since those early days, we’ve remained tirelessly focused on finding innovative ways to make listening out loud, with friends and loved ones, the truly transformative experience it should be. We’ve seen our vision capture the imaginations of music lovers in more than 60 countries, as we’ve continued to introduce products, software, and technologies that help people share the songs they love, discover new music they never knew existed, and experience richer, more musical lives.

At Sonos, we are building a team with extraordinary talent to help us fill every home with music. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.