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Senior Software Development Manager – Platform APIs (Santa Barbara)

Department: Software

Location: Santa Barbara

Req#: 3088

At Sonos, we're passionate about creating the finest home sound system in the world for our customers.  Our partners share our passion and build compelling experiences that showcase their ingenuity alongside our own.  The lever that moves this world: our platform.

Come help us build the next generation platform for controlling the Sonos system as part of a smart, Internet-connected home.  You'll have a direct impact on the business, advancing a major component of our core strategy, and unlocking novel ways to control a Sonos system, such as voice and 3rd party apps.

As a Software Development Manager for Platform APIs, you will be leading a team of talented and passionate engineers creating the next generation Sonos API for direct control, which works on the LAN or through the Cloud.  This role will require someone with previous experience shipping public APIs or significant software development experience. We believe that for you to build simple and easy to use APIs, you need to understand the developer community and be able to collaborate well with our developer advocates. If you are able to build some prototypes from your own APIs, that would be a big plus!

We are a nimble team, looking for someone who loves to be creative and to collaborate with other smart people to come up with the best customer experience.
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
  • Lead a team of high performing engineers working on multiple projects and releases.
  • Lead API technical designs and strategy
  • Hire, mentor, and retain top engineering talent.
  • Work with your partners across the organization to strike the delicate balance between right long-term API strategy, project deliverables, and third-party demands.
  • Manage all the stages of large engineering projects from concept to design through implementation and release.  This includes staffing allocation, project management and documentation.
  • Mentor team members in software development skills and leadership responsibilities. Help guide their professional development and grow their careers.
Skills You’ll Need
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related engineering discipline
  • Experience in managing engineers and leading large software projects. 
  • Strong technical background in APIs and protocols, with a track record of shipping publicly available APIs
  • Strong technical background in C, C++, and Java. Python is a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of Agile development methodologies, source control management, and project management tools, such as Jira.

Highly Desirable
  • Background in connected devices
  • Working knowledge of Linux
  • Domain expertise in TCP/IP networking and Wifi (802.11)
  • 8+ years of experience in software development with at least 3 years of leading teams in software development
How to Audition
Apply now and if there is a strong match, we'll reach out!
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.