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Senior Software Engineering Manager, Data and Statistical Modeling

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 23, 2023

The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. We believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve. We provide an exceptional benefits package to employees and their families which include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage with no premiums, generous paid time off, paid family leave, foundation-paid retirement contribution, regional holidays, and opportunities to engage in several employee communities. As a workplace, we’re committed to creating an environment for you to thrive both personally and professionally.

The Team

The Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports global efforts to eradicate infectious diseases and achieve permanent improvements in health. We develop, use, and share computational modeling tools, and promote quantitative decision-making. The IDM team comprises both research scientists and software engineers. IDM has a bold and important vision, and you will play a key role in realizing that vision through the impact you have as a technical leader, as a collaborator, and as a thought partner.

IDM’s software engineering teams are a crucial part of this work, supporting researchers with specialist software development skills and scientific insight.

IDM is committed to sharing its work as a public good benefiting the global community of scientists and health-care workers, especially in low-income and low-resource parts of the world.

Your Role

We are looking for an expert software engineering leader to manage a team of research software engineers.

This is a leadership role reporting to the IDM Deputy Director for Software, contributing directly to IDM's impact. The role calls for capable management of dedicated software engineers; high-quality partnership with peers in research management to make difficult trade-offs and priority decisions; and the ability to conceive, plan, and drive strategic vision in a research setting.

Success depends on excellent communication skills; on working transparently and flexibly with research managers; and on building deep understanding of the research and technology spaces IDM researchers work in.

You will contribute to decisions about software design and distribution to increase the impact of our modeling software as a global public good. This will involve sophisticated trade-offs over factors that influence the success of shared code. These could include the way code is written, its ease-of-use, run-time requirements, documentation content, and community engagement.

Teams like the one you will lead need to be agile and adaptable. The team needs to be able to swarm to address short-term challenges, but also able to deliver bigger projects in an iterative and adaptive way.

What You’ll Do

  • Team management and leadership. Be responsible for goal setting and performance management; career direction, coaching, and mentoring; and task management.
  • Represent IDM strategy and direction in a way that supports your team's ability to work with autonomy, mastery and purpose.
  • Develop strategies for data management and use across a range of data sets and research teams.
  • Provide technical leadership to your team by setting technical direction, supplying technical insight and experience, and finding opportunities for improvement.
  • Partner with research managers to understand research goals and translate them into technical requirements for software development.
  • Collaborate with research scientists to design and implement data storage systems, innovative shared analytical tools, and reusable pipelines.
  • Align software development practices with IDM's mission and values, including our dedication to open-source software and public goods.
  • Collaborate with other software engineering managers to share knowledge and ideas, and to promote common practices and technologies.
  • Advocate for flexible and effective software engineering practices that accelerate and facilitate our extraordinary research work.

Your Experience

  • We’re looking for people with training and experiences that combine science and software engineering. The science background could be a degree or degrees, or could be experience somewhere that does computational science. The software engineering background could also be some combination of education, training, or experience. Ideally your background would be in a health-related area.
  • Extensive track record as a software engineering manager.
  • Experience leading software engineering projects for a wide range of user types.
  • Experience with a variety of data analytics platforms and tools, and a practical understanding of the advantages and tradeoffs of each.
  • Hands-on proficiency with some or all the main programming languages we use at IDM (Python, R, C/C++).
  • Eagerness to learn and engage with new challenges, including demonstrated ability to quickly become proficient with new programming languages and technologies.
  • Understanding and experience of common software development lifecycle practices and associated tools and services (GitHub, Azure DevOps, etc.).
  • Understanding of how to optimize aspects of the SDLC (CI/CD, unit/component/integration/system testing, release management, etc.) to meet changing business needs.
  • Experience crafting, delivering, and supporting software in open-source models, particularly for use in low-resource settings.

*Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.

The typical salary range for this role is $199,000 to $308,400 USD. The exact offer will be determined by a variety of factors such as the candidate’s individual skills, qualifications, and experience relative to the requirements of the role.

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Hiring Requirements

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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Inclusion Statement

We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We strive for a global and cultural workplace that supports ever greater diversity, equity, and inclusion — of voices, ideas, and approaches — and we support this diversity through all our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.