Senior Engineering Manager, CodeQL

Posted on Indeed on May 12, 2021

GitHub is the home for software development, where developers collaborate to build some of the world’s most important software. The security of that software is a collective problem, a responsibility that involves producers and consumers of code, open source maintainers, security researchers, and security teams. At GitHub, we want to give the community the tools it needs to secure the software we all depend on.

CodeQL is one such tool: our semantic code analysis engine that lets you query code as though it were data. CodeQL combines the latest research in compiler optimization with insights in database implementation. It understands the complex data structures inherent in code, and makes analysis available to researchers using a declarative, object-oriented query language. You can write a query to find all variants of a vulnerability, eradicating it forever. Then share your query to help others do the same.

You’ll lead a team responsible for CodeQL analysis of one or more programming languages, providing technical input, setting direction, and managing priorities, all while working closely with our product management team and your peers. You’ll coach your team and provide regular feedback, helping each individual to learn and grow. We expect you to have excellent written communication skills and the ability to create good working relationships with colleagues across the globe. Ideally, you’ll be able to demonstrate a bias to action, a focus on regular iterative improvements, and highly developed organizational and process skills.


  • Lead and manage a team of code analysis and programming language experts working to redefine what’s possible through static analysis and variant analysis.
  • Set team direction, shape priorities, influence product roadmaps, and focus on the team’s velocity and impact, always creating a connection to company priorities.
  • Create alignment and shared culture with other teams in the Code Scanning space.
  • Develop and improve your team’s processes, and ensure it is staffed appropriately.
  • Ensure individuals learn, grow, and advance in their careers.
  • Cultivate an environment where team members are empowered to do great work, and demonstrate a strong sense of ownership and belonging.
  • Work closely with product and field engineering to ensure our customers’ needs are met.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2 or more years of experience leading software engineering teams.
  • Passion for fostering good engineering practices, tools, and processes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for providing feedback, teaching/mentoring others, and learning new skills.
  • Ability to create a shared understanding of decision making, direction, priorities, and progress between the team, the org, and the broader company.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Good understanding of programming language design and implementation, modern compilers, and parsers.
  • Exposure to or advocacy of static or dynamic analysis, or security best practices.
  • Engagement with or advocacy for open source.
  • Experience managing distributed teams and operating effectively across multiple time zones.
  • Track record of building developer tools or security solutions.

We work as a distributed group within a distributed company. The majority of our team members live across Europe, the US, and Canada, and while we do have some offices, all our meetings are location-agnostic and happen online. We operate with a high degree of autonomy and trust, and we have a significant level of influence on the product and technical direction of CodeQL, as well as the broader code intelligence products at GitHub. We value learning, introspection and reflection, and we’re always looking for ways to improve as a team and as individuals, so candor and a culture that values safety to speak up are highly important to us.

Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.

Leadership Principles:

Customer Obsessed - Trust by Default - Ship to Learn - Own the Outcome - Growth Mindset - Global Product, Global Team - Anything is Possible - Practice Kindness

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where many Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The rest of our Hubbers work remotely around the globe. Check out an updated list of where we can hire here:

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

GitHub is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles. We embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. Also, if you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!

Please note that benefits vary by country. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your Talent Partner.


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