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Engineering Manager, Infrastructure

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

You are responsible to lead the infrastructure team in Tokyo and proactivly support the infrastructure team in the United States and China. Our infrastructure teams in Tokyo, the United States, and China support the scalable and reliable foundation of the entire content delivery platform of SmartNews that is impacting tens of millions of users globally. Together with your team, you will be supporting the further growth of the company and the product in terms of scalability and reliability of the entire system.


  • Own entire content delivery platform of SmartNews
  • Re-architect and build a next-gen infrastructures that can serve services to 100x bigger users base globally
  • Own our content serving systems which include news serving systems, real-time metrics streaming/processing systems, and some commonly used systems in the company
  • Make strong partnership with product teams and global engineering teams distributed in Tokyo, the United States, and China


  • 3+ years of experience in architecting, developing, and shipping software products with large scale (e.g., a distributed systems handling 5M+ daily active users or 10K+ QPS)
  • 3+ years of experience in building infrastructure/platform with large scale
  • Able to distill complex problems and drive toward creative solutions. Able to have deep end-to-end understanding of sophisticated distributed systems and can proactively detect problems and make improvement suggestions
  • 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
  • MS or BS in computer science, mathematics, or other quantitative fields
  • 2+ years experience to manage 4+ members
  • Experience to work with multi national members

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with cloud-based architecture (e.g. Amazon Web Services)
  • Strong interest in news media and our mission
  • Direct experience in platforms or systems that involves recommendations and where scalability and reliability matters

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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