Airlift is building the rails of commerce in the developing world. We view quick commerce as a platform for self-empowerment, one that helps build agency for various stakeholders, including drivers, suppliers and customers.
In the first 12-18 months, Airlift has secured $110m+ USD in venture financing and has scaled the business to multiple tens of thousands of daily customers.
We are backed by First Round Capital , a premier venture capital firm based in San Francisco (known for its seed stage investment in Uber, Square and other billion-dollar enterprises).
Vision and Strategy :
The Engineering Manager must facilitate defining the vision and strategy for the team, technologies and projects, leading the focus and success of the team.
Engineering Managers must be effective in communicating the vision and strategy to their teams and partners. By sharing context with team members, managers can empower their teams to prioritize appropriately and can avoid controlling and micromanaging their team’s activities.
EMs are expected to excel in downward, upward and sideway communications :
People Management :
Engineering managers must have high emotional intelligence (EQ) and excel in building and maintaining effective technical teams, as well as healthy culture.
Some of the key people management skills required include :
They would also be responsible for career development, discuss performance and provide regular candid feedback. Cultivating leadership and helping grow people from within the teams would be imperative for this role.
People managers empower their teams to deliver business value via effective and efficient execution. Some of the key management skills required to be excellent at execution include :
Drive outcomes, assess risk, track and communicate progress effectively. Ensures that their team is appropriately staffed to execute on plans while avoiding burnout.
Works with partners to align on priorities and schedules work accordingly.
Engineering Managers have a strong development background, it is highly desired that the EM is able to jump into the code.
Engineering Managers have the technical expertise to act as credible advisors to their team. They encourage independent decision-making by team members, so a credible advisor asks challenging questions and provides technical feedback to help influence great decisions.
Over time, as teams grow, a manager is not expected to contribute directly to solutions, instead, to guide solutions to align with the strategic vision.
Some of the key technical skills needed by managers include :
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