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Engineering Manager, Ads Delivery


Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    💴 No salary range given
    🏡 Fully remote
    🧪 Minimum years of experience unspecified
    💬 Fluent Japanese
    🌏 Apply from abroad
    🧳 Relocate to Japan

About SmartNews

SmartNews Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

SmartNews is a news app with 20 million monthly active users in the U.S. and Japan. We are a machine-learning company deeply committed to helping users find quality news beyond the filter bubble.

Key benefits

  • Not too big, not too small
  • Highly collaborative environment
  • International team

About the position


  • Empower the engineers in your team.
    • Define responsibilities and encourage ownership of deliverables.
    • Build a culture of entrepreneurship.
    • Grow the team’s skill set, enable team members’ career growth.
    • Work with other teams and respond rapidly to varied initiatives.
  • Be responsible for the ad-delivery system’s foundation works.
    • Identify and improve foundational issues and create a roadmap of improvement.
    • Plan and fix the tech-debts, minimize the latency, and maximize the availability.
    • Do necessary refractory, improve the system release process and auto testing.
    • Co-work with other teams to make a modern globalized system.
  • Build a top class engineering team in JP, help the team be experts in the first-party ad system domain.


  • 6+ years of experience in hands on Software Engineering.
  • 2+ years of Management or Tech Lead experience.
  • Experience working with highly scalable consumer facing product.

Nice to haves

These aren’t required, but be sure to mention them in your application if you have them.

  • First party ads platform experience
  • Deep knowledge of cloud based systems

Hiring Process

  1. 1

    Application review

    When you submit your application to SmartNews, it will be reviewed by our recruitment team, to make sure it is relevant to the position.

  2. 2

    Online coding test

    When you pass this initial screening, you’ll then be sent out an online coding test. The results of this test and your resume will then be reviewed in more detail by one of our engineers.

  3. 3


    After you pass this secondary screening, you’ll be invited in for a round of interviews, covering both behavioral and technical topics.

  4. 4


    Once you’ve passed these interviews, we’ll make you an offer.

Meet SmartNews's Developers

When Robert joined SmartNews as a software engineer, most of his colleagues were Japanese. Since then, it’s grown into an international organization where English is predominantly used.

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YuCheng is a senior software engineer at SmartNews. He explains the freedom he enjoys at SmartNews: not only from a technical perspective, but also the influence he can have over the direction of the product.

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Cortland recently joined SmartNews as an engineering manager, where he leads a six person team. He talks about what drew him to the company, his role as a manager, and how they use matrix management to maximize their engineers’ success.

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