Sr. Engineering Manager, Firefly

    • Adobe Systems
  • San Jose, CA
  • Posted 60+ days ago | Updated 9 hours ago


On Site
USD 153,300.00 - 301,100.00 per year
Full Time


Technical drafting
Security analysis
Product management
User experience
Process improvement
Continuous improvement
Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Computer science
Software development
Software engineering
Analytical skill
Systems architecture
Performance tuning
Effective communication
Team building
Professional development
Virtual team
Microsoft Excel
Web applications

Job Details

Our Company

Changing the world through digital experiences is what Adobe's all about. We give everyone-from emerging artists to global brands-everything they need to design and deliver exceptional digital experiences! We're passionate about empowering people to create beautiful and powerful images, videos, and apps, and transform how companies interact with customers across every screen.

We're on a mission to hire the very best and are committed to creating exceptional employee experiences where everyone is respected and has access to equal opportunity. We realize that new ideas can come from everywhere in the organization, and we know the next big idea could be yours!

The Opportunity

Join our team as a new Sr. Engineering Manager and seize the extraordinary opportunity to embrace the world of generative AI with Firefly.

If you are a seasoned leader driven by the desire to democratize generative AI for all, then this role is tailor-made for you. Lead and empower a team of accomplished engineers who are dedicated to delivering awe-inspiring experiences. Together, you will implement tools to transform even the wildest dreams into stunning images in a matter of seconds.

As an outstanding technology leader, your primary responsibility will be to plan and implement integrations with innovative generative AI features contributed by our product and applied research teams across Adobe. With your guidance, the Firefly web application will evolve into a rapid innovation platform that inspires and entertains users. You will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with the leadership team to shape the future of Adobe and extend Adobe's pioneering achievements in the creative applications of generative AI.

Your team will rely on your expertise to craft an expressive framework that enables rapid innovation, keeping pace with the ongoing generative AI revolution. By establishing this framework, you will empower your team to push the boundaries of what is possible, fueling their creativity and ingenuity. Together, you will pave the way for groundbreaking advancements and unlock the full potential of generative AI.

This is an exceptional opportunity to make a profound impact within the industry, to lead a team of talented engineers, and to be at the forefront of the generative AI movement. Join us and embrace the challenge of shaping a future where creativity knows no bounds.

What you'll Do

As the new Sr. Engineering Manager, you will have a wide range of responsibilities and opportunities to make a significant impact on the success of our team and the Firefly web application. Here's an overview of what you'll be doing:

  • Lead and develop the engineering team: You will guide and mentor a dedicated group of engineers throughout the entire development process, from research and technical design to security assessment, implementation, and delivery of features for the Firefly web application. Your leadership will inspire and empower the team to deliver high-quality work.
  • Collaborate with product management and clients: You will work closely with product management and clients to define and refine the product roadmap, user experience, priorities, and schedule. Your insights and input will help shape the direction of the Firefly application, ensuring it meets the needs and expectations of our users.
  • Own the progress of the product: You will take ownership of the product's development life cycle, closely monitoring progress, identifying risks and opportunities, and ensuring access to senior leadership when needed. Your ability to navigate challenges and provide clear insight into the product's status will be crucial for its success.
  • Attract, hire, and retain top talent: Building a strong team is essential, and you will play a pivotal role in attracting, hiring, onboarding, and retaining exceptional engineers. Through mentorship, coaching and support, you will help the team grow both professionally and personally.
  • Make data-driven decisions: You will rely on a combination of data and your instincts to make informed decisions and drive the team's progress at a rapid pace. Your ability to balance speed and quality will be instrumental in achieving our goals.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration and shared accomplishments: By cultivating a collaborative and inclusive culture, you will encourage the team to work together, share knowledge, and celebrate achievements. Your leadership will contribute to a positive and productive work environment where everyone thrives.
  • Be a great leader and teammate: Collaboration is key to our success, and you will lead by example, fostering teamwork and supporting enterprise wide collaboration. By creating an environment of trust and respect, you will help the team create amazing products through effective collaboration.
  • Facilitate squad effectiveness: You will guide and coach a squad of highly skilled web and backend engineers, providing technical mentorship, unblocking challenges, and celebrating their achievements. Your role is to empower them and help expand their impact each day.
  • Advocate for engineering excellence: You will champion engineering excellence, contributing to the architecture and high-level structure of our applications. Your technical expertise will ensure that our products are built with high quality and scalability in mind.
  • Drive culture and process improvements: You will not only lead your team but also contribute to driving culture and process improvements across the broader engineering organization. Your insights and guidance will help shape the company's engineering practices and foster continuous improvement.

Join our team as the Engineering Manager, and together we will shape the future of generative AI with Firefly while creating an environment that nurtures talent and drives innovation.

What you need to succeed

To succeed in this role as the Engineering Manager, the following skills and qualifications are essential:

  • Educational Background: A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science or a related field, or equivalent practical experience, provides a solid foundation for this position.
  • Software Engineering Experience: A minimum of 8 years of proven experience in software engineering is required. This experience should demonstrate a deep understanding of software development principles, practices, and methodologies.
  • Leadership Experience: You should have a minimum of 6 years of experience leading software engineering teams. This includes successfully managing and guiding teams to deliver high-quality software solutions.
  • Strong Technical Background: You should possess a strong technical background and analytical abilities. Experience in developing commercially successful single-page web applications using modern frameworks such as React, Lit, GraphQL, and modern JavaScript languages like TypeScript is crucial.
  • Systems Architecture: You should have excellent technical skills in evaluating systems architecture, particularly using extensive knowledge of full-stack technologies. Ideally, you should have experience working with GPU-based infrastructure, enabling you to make informed decisions regarding infrastructure and performance optimization.
  • Leadership and Decision-Making: Strong leadership skills are necessary to drive consensus on requirements and ensure timely decision-making. Your ability to provide guidance, prioritize tasks, and manage resources effectively will be crucial to the team's success.
  • Collaboration and Design: A passion for collaborating with design teams from concept to production is important. Your ability to facilitate effective communication and collaboration between engineers and designers will contribute to the overall success of the projects.
  • Team Development: A consistent record of developing, leading, coaching, and mentoring software engineers is vital. Your ability to foster a positive and growth-oriented environment, ensuring the team's professional development, is essential.
  • Distributed Team Experience: Experience working in diverse, global, and team-focused environments is highly valued. The ability to collaborate and adapt to different cultures, time zones, and work styles will contribute to the team's success.

By possessing these skills and qualifications, you will be well-equipped to excel in the role of Engineering Manager, driving the success of the Firefly web application and leading your team to achieve outstanding results.


Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several U.S. geographic markets, and we pay differently based on those defined markets. The U.S. pay range for this positionis $153,300 -- $301,100 annually. Paywithin this range varies by work locationand may also depend on job-related knowledge, skills,and experience. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for the job location during the hiring process.

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