What are the responsibilities of an engineering manager?

The specific responsibilities of an engineering manager can vary depending on the type of organization they work for and the specific needs of the team they manage.

An EM at Google is different than an EM at a startup.

In general, however, engineering managers are responsible for overseeing the work of a team of engineers and ensuring that projects are completed on time and within budget.

This can involve setting goals and objectives for the team, coordinating the work of team members, and providing support and guidance as needed. Engineering managers may also be responsible for hiring and training new team members, as well as managing budgets and resources for the team.

Some specific responsibilities of an engineering manager may include:

  1. Developing and implementing strategies for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the engineering team.
  2. Setting goals and objectives for the team and monitoring progress towards these goals.
  3. Coordinating the work of team members and ensuring that projects are completed on time and within budget.
  4. Providing support and guidance to team members, including coaching, training, and mentoring.
  5. Managing budgets and resources for the team, including purchasing equipment and supplies as needed.
  6. Working with other departments within the organization to ensure that the work of the engineering team aligns with the organization's overall goals and objectives.
  7. Attending meetings with senior leadership and other stakeholders to discuss the progress of the team and provide updates on ongoing projects.
  8. Staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the field, including new technologies and industry best practices, and sharing this information with the team.
  9. Hiring and training new team members as needed.
  10. Identifying and addressing potential risks to the team and its projects, and developing strategies to mitigate these risks.

Check out our post about "What Engineering Managers do" for more details.

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