Engineering Manager | Technical Lead

Denver, CO (remote) Engineering

ShapeShift is seeking an Engineering Manager | Technical Lead to design and build features into our platform. Development is done in a number of code repositories, using some combination of JavaScript (Node.js and React) and Python. Engineers work in small cross-functional teams (squads), and experience a lot of variety, while still having opportunity to develop expertise in areas of interest. As an Engineering Manager | Technical Lead, you would lead a squad in the completion of assigned epics. You would work with the Product team to ensure your team understands the user stories for the epic. You would lead your squad through breaking the work down into tasks, and then manage the epic through to production release. 

At ShapeShift, you will find a development environment where engineers build creative solutions inside of a standard framework. The ideal candidate wants to keep their coding chops up to snuff, and also knows how to contribute to planning and architecture discussions. They will enjoy participating in setting standards and proactively creating a positive and efficient engineering culture.  The expectation of time spent managing and planning versus hands-on coding is about 50/50. This position offers a unique opportunity to build the next generation of crypto tools for customer financial sovereignty.

This is a full-time, exempt position, based in Denver, Colorado or fully remote in western time zones and reports to the Engineering Director.

Your desire to make a real impact on an organization and the world grows by the day. The ideal candidate will be open to daily changes in workflow and protocol (and force us to improve workflows). As a start-up in an evolving space, there are new challenges that require new solutions every day. Learn more about who we are at


  • Lead small team within the larger organization to build new features
  • People manage team of 3-5 engineers, including conducting regular performance reviews and conducting regular 1:1s
  • Own team process to break down work into discrete, independently release-able stories
  • Develop new features 50% of the time
  • Write clean, maintainable code with tests
  • Generate creative coding solutions that follow enterprise-wide coding and architecture standards. Lead the development of standards.
  • Proactively add documentation to help others
  • Troubleshoot issues across systems independently
  • Work with product team to keep team kanban workflow on track
  • Interface with other teams & management to communicate status of stories and epics
  • Regularly review the team’s skillset and available resources and communicate if there are any gaps/areas of opportunity
  • Contribute to engineering leadership discussions around process, standards, and culture
  • Maintain current technical knowledge to support rapidly changing technology, continuously looking out for new technologies
  • Mentor and coach team members; listen and provide constructive feedback to help guide them in their careers
  • Actively participate in recruiting and hiring efforts in the interest of building the strongest possible team  


  • 7+ years of full stack engineering experience. 2+ years in management.
  • BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Ability to align objectives and create shared understanding within team, with Product Team, and other stakeholders
  • Experience with modern JavaScript-based frameworks. We are particularly looking for React + Node.js
  • Solid intuition for REST API design
  • Understanding of databases
  • Proficiency building web backends in Python and/or Node.js
  • Great design intuition, user empathy, and attention to detail
  • Experience with source control, preferably Git
  • Understand microservices architecture
  • Proven track record diagnosing and solving scalability challenges
  • Working knowledge of Docker containerization
  • Understanding of Internet concepts, protocols, and technologies
  • Experience solving scalability challenges
  • Experience setting goals with others and evaluating performance
  • Experience with CircleCI or CI/CD in general
  • Passion for innovation. You should be a person who thrives on creating innovative and scalable technology applications.
  • Desire to continuously learn, problem-solve and acquire new skills with cutting-edge technology.
  • Most importantly, a strong sense of responsibility, ownership, and character, and how to instill in others


  • Experience with cryptocurrency and blockchain (address generation, transaction construction, use cases, software daemons, wallet infrastructure and anything related to this evolving field)
  • Any experience or understanding using Ethereum or other Smart Contract based systems (familiarity with Solidity is a big plus)
  • Experience with GraphQL and related client libraries (Apollo + Relay)
  • Familiarity with financial markets and terminology, exchange platforms, and matching engines
  • Adept using Agile process driven development
  • Familiarity with financial markets and terminology, exchange platforms, and matching engines 


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and use hands to finger, handle or feel controls. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

ShapeShift is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.


  • Salary band: $129,000 - $158,000
  • Company Equity
  • 100% Covered Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Time Off
  • Remote work 
  • 401(k)
  • Generous Maternity and Paternity Leave
  • Opportunity to be paid in Bitcoin


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