This job listing expired on Jun 6, 2023

Niantic’s mission is to use emerging technology to enrich our experiences as human beings in the physical world. We build products that encourage movement, exploration, and face-to-face social interaction.

We are seeking a Senior Engineering Manager to lead the team that builds the Lightship AR Developer Kit (ARDK) which is used by Pokémon Go, Pikmin Bloom, and many other games to provide outstanding AR experiences. The ideal candidate is deeply technical, respectful, compassionate, and can cultivate a diverse and inclusive workforce.

In this role, you’ll work alongside product managers, engineers, researchers and multi-functional team members throughout the company, and get a broad view of Niantic’s business and products. This is an excellent role for someone who has been deeply technical with experience handling highly-technical teams.


  • Engineering managers at Niantic are still hands-on but spend the majority of their time focused on making their teams work better.

  • Prioritize and plan the work of the team in close collaboration with your engineers, tech lead, product managers, technical program manager, and other teams across the organization.

  • Coach engineers on their day-to-day work and their career aspirations, conduct regular 1:1s for your reports, and evaluate their performance and set actionable goals that help them grow in the work and move the team and company forward.

  • Recruit and hire great talent for the team.

  • Help shape the direction of our tech stack for augmented reality applications.

  • Identify business and technological risks/opportunities from internal sources and crafts solutions/responses to them.


  • 5+ years of experience working as an engineering manager, 10+ years of experience working as a software engineer.

  • Advanced C/C++ skills.

  • Ability to mentor/coach team members, lead by example and build trust and solid relationships.

  • Prior development experience with one or more AR/VR runtimes such as ARKit, ARCore, Oculus, etc.

  • Cross platform development experience.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced hybrid environment and handle stress appropriately and/or ability to solve practical problems and be sufficiently adaptable to handle dynamic situations with little advance notice.

  • Experience working on cross-functional teams with ability to communicate effectively through written and verbal communications, including synchronous interactions with others.

Plus If...

  • Experience working with Unity or other game engines

The total compensation package for this position includes a new hire offer base salary range of $212,000 - $247,000 + bonus + equity + benefits. Individual pay within this salary range is determined by work location and additional factors, including assessed job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can answer any questions about new hire total compensation during the hiring process. An overview of benefit offerings for your location can be found on the careers page.

Join the Niantic team!

Niantic is the world’s leading AR technology company, sparking creative and engaging journeys in the real world. Our products inspire outdoor exploration, exercise, and meaningful social interaction.

Originally formed at Google in 2011, we became an independent company in 2015 with a strong group of investors including Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Alsop Louie Partners. Our current consumer titles include pioneering global-control game Ingress, record-breaking AR game Pokémon GO, and Pikmin Bloom. In November 2021, we launched our developer platform, Lightship, enabling creators to build immersive AR experiences around the globe. Niantic is an Equal Opportunity employer.

We believe that cultivating a workplace where our people are supported and included is essential to creating great products our community will love. Our mission emphasizes seeking and hiring diverse voices, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the technology industry, and we consider this to be one of the most important values we hold close.

Niantic is a hybrid first company. We believe that in person interaction and collaboration is good for Niantic’s culture, and critical to our future success as a company. We support flexibility and know new ways of working are here to stay.

We're a hard-working, fun, and exciting group who value intellectual curiosity and a passion for problem-solving! We have growing offices located in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Bellevue, Los Angeles, New York, London, Tokyo, Hamburg, and Zurich. #LI-HYBRID