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Senior Engineering Manager, Engine Distributed Systems




San Mateo, United States

United States




Mid-Senior Level

Permanent | Full Time


Every day, tens of millions of people come to Roblox to explore, create, play, learn, and connect with friends in 3D immersive digital experiences- all created by our global community of developers and creators.

At Roblox, we're building the tools and platform that empower our community to bring any experience that they can imagine to life. Our vision is to reimagine the way people come together, from anywhere in the world, and on any device.We're on a mission to connect a billion people with optimism and civility, and looking for amazing talent to help us get there.

A career at Roblox means you'll be working to shape the future of human interaction, solving unique technical challenges at scale, and helping to create safer, more civil shared experiences for everyone.

The Engine Distributed Systems team at Roblox is dedicated to developing cutting-edge software that facilitates world simulation synchronization between clients and servers. Our focus lies in enhancing multiplayer networking (Netcode) within the Roblox Engine. Our portfolio encompasses the core data framework of the engine, transport libraries facilitating client-server data exchange, network serialization, world streaming, AI-driven performance optimizations, server simulation hosting, and more.

This is a high-impact position. Our systems play a crucial role in every play session on the Roblox platform, delivering the data necessary for seamless cooperative experiences to millions of daily active players. As we strive towards enabling cooperative experiences for an infinite number of players in infinitely sized worlds, we seek a Senior Engineering Manager who is both technically adept and capable of driving big projects with real world results.

This role is based in our San Mateo HQ office (on-site Hybrid with three days per week in San Mateo).

You will:

  • Cultivate an impactful team by enhancing engineering practices with innovative ideas and strategies.
  • Be a part of the leadership team - influencing the direction and priorities of both your teams and the broader Engine organization.
  • Drive ownership of roadmaps, projects, problems, and outcomes throughout their entire life cycles
  • Participate technically through coaching, code review, technical review, and architectural guidance
You are:
  • Passionate about understanding the fundamental workings of technology, a commitment to delving into the intricacies "under the hood" and tenacious about finding the root cause of problems
  • Able to read (and write, if necessary) code yourself in C++. We expect leaders to be very technical.
  • A seasoned leader with a proven capability in building high-performing teams and fostering an environment of collaboration and innovation
  • Intensely curious and a self-motivated learner. Able to develop new leadership skills or learn new technologies quickly
  • Experienced with low-level software engineering and/or game engine development
  • Deep care for Building successful teams with high psychological safety and trust

For roles that are based at our headquarters in San Mateo, CA: The starting base pay for this position is as shown below. The actual base pay is dependent upon a variety of job-related factors such as professional background, training, work experience, location, business needs and market demand. Therefore, in some circumstances, the actual salary could fall outside of this expected range. This pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. All full-time employees are also eligible for equity compensation and for benefits.

Annual Salary Range

$331,640-$383,910 USD

Roles that are based in our San Mateo, CA Headquarters are in-office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with optional in-office on Monday and Friday (unless otherwise noted).

You'll Love:

  • Industry-leading compensation package
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • A rewarding 401k program
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Roflex - Flexible and supportive work policy
  • Roblox Admin badge for your avatar
  • At Roblox HQ:
    • Free catered lunches five times a week and several fully stocked kitchens with unlimited snacks
    • Onsite fitness center and fitness program credit
    • Annual CalTrain Go Pass

Roblox provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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