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Engineering Manager, Engagement

SmartNews 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

Our Engagement team is a full stack team leading the development of product features. Together with product managers, you will own E2E development of new feature development of SmartNews App.


  • Own E2E product feature development of SmartNews Feature Development
  • Understand user’s needs
  • Set team goals each quarterly, develop team plans, and play an active role in team building.
  • Make a strong partnership with product teams and global engineering teams distributed in Shanghai/Tokyo/Bay Area


  • 3+ years of experience in developing consumer applications or B2B applications
  • Able to build a strong team through hiring, as well as mentoring/growing engineers by constantly challenging them with solid support
  • Experience in leading cross team/cross org projects/initiatives
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Strong interest in delivering E2E Impact

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with cloud based architecture (e.g. Amazon Web Services)
  • Business Level Japanese
  • Direct experience in the ads industry
  • Have experience working together with distributed engineering/product teams.
  • MS or BS in computer science, mathematics, physics or other quantitative fields

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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