About Pagoda

Pagoda is a technology services firm dedicated to developing core components for the NEAR Ecosystem. We believe that re-inventing how software is made and distributed is our greatest opportunity to open economic access to those who are not fully integrated into the global economy. Our products empower people to find opportunity, invent new experiences, and collaborate. Let's build an Open Web world. A world where people control their assets, data, and power of governance.

About The Role

We're looking for a visionary Senior Engineering Manager to lead our Solutions team. You'll have a direct hand in shaping the future of Web3 by identifying and executing on ecosystem-critical features and solutions. Your team will tackle challenges across the entire NEAR Protocol stack, from low-level optimizations, prototype services and protocol-level innovations that drive the adoption of new products and services.

You'll be responsible for leading a team of talented engineers, fostering a collaborative and high-performance environment. Your role will encompass not only technical leadership but also strategic decision-making, resource allocation, and ensuring the successful delivery of critical features that significantly impact the growth of the NEAR ecosystem. We're looking for someone who thrives on ownership, can balance technical depth with high-level strategic thinking, and is passionate about building the next generation of the internet.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Drive the technical vision for the Solutions team, aligning with Pagoda's overall strategic goals.
  • Oversee the design and evolution of the technical architecture for critical features and solutions across the NEAR Protocol stack.
  • Lead the team in tackling complex technical challenges, fostering a culture of innovation and problem-solving.
  • Participate in code reviews to ensure high-quality code and adherence to security best practices.
  • Recruit, mentor, and develop a team of high-performing engineers, providing guidance and opportunities for growth.
  • Set clear goals, provide regular feedback, and conduct performance reviews to ensure continuous improvement.
  • Foster a collaborative environment that encourages open communication, knowledge sharing, and teamwork within the Solutions team and across the organization.
  • Define project scope, timelines, and resource allocation, ensuring alignment with business objectives and priorities.
  • Drive the successful execution of projects, managing dependencies, mitigating risks, and ensuring timely delivery of high-quality features and solutions.
  • Track and report on key performance indicators, including project progress, team productivity, and impact on the NEAR ecosystem.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to gather feedback, understand user needs, and identify opportunities for growth and innovation.
  • Contribute to the development of the product roadmap, aligning engineering efforts with the long-term vision for the NEAR ecosystem.
  • Communicate effectively with senior leadership, providing regular updates on project progress, risks, and opportunities.

What We're Looking For

  • A minimum of 5+ years of experience leading and managing engineering teams, ideally in a fast-paced, technology-driven environment.
  • Demonstrated success in hiring, mentoring, and developing high-performing engineering teams.
  • Deep understanding of software development principles, architectures, and best practices.
  • Hands-on experience with systems-level languages like Rust (preferred) or similar low-level languages (C, C++, Go).
  • Ability to develop and execute a technical vision that aligns with broader business goals.
  • Comfortable making high-level architectural decisions and guiding technical roadmaps.
  • Proven ability to communicate technical concepts clearly to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Experienced in fostering collaboration and building strong relationships with product managers, executives, and other cross-functional teams.
  • Track record of delivering high-quality products and services on time and within budget.
  • Comfortable working in a rapidly evolving environment with shifting priorities.
  • Ability to learn quickly and embrace new technologies and methodologies.

We'd Love If You Have

  • Experience with the NEAR Protocol or other blockchain platforms is a strong plus.
  • Familiarity with web3 technologies and concepts (e.g., smart contracts, decentralized applications).
  • Experience contributing to open-source projects, especially in the blockchain space, is highly valued.
  • Familiarity with blockchain technology and distributed systems

Here’s What Our Interview Process Looks Like

Our interviews take place via Zoom and typically consists of the following stages:

  • Recruiter Call
  • Hiring Manager Call
  • 1st Round
    • Navigating Ambiguity Interview
    • Technical Leadership Interview
  • Final Round
    • People Leadership Interview
    • Large System Design Interview
    • Pagoda Values Interview


The base salary range for this role is $212,500 - $250,000. This reflects the minimum and maximum range across all US locations. This does not include bonus, incentives, or benefits.

The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: leveling, relevant skills, and work location. If you are based outside of the US, there are other geographic considerations that may impact your final compensation. Your recruiter can share more about the compensation and benefits applicable to your preferred location during the hiring process.

Benefits & Perks

  • Encouraged 20 days of flexible PTO per year, plus your local holidays
  • Wellness weeks – 2 weeks of paid company-wide closures
  • 100% Paid medical, dental and vision, AD&D and life insurance for US employees, including 85% coverage for dependents, and HSA + FSA options; For non-US employees, 100% Paid private medical coverage available at the highest tiered plan
  • Access to licensed therapists and mental health resources through Spill, 100% confidential and paid by Pagoda; plus $75 monthly reimbursement for wellness
  • Generous parental leave options; All employees have access to $10,000 in fertility assistance through Carrot
  • For US employees, 401(k) retirement plan available (no match)
  • Annual company retreats and team offsites (2023 was in Spain; 2022 in Portugal)
  • $2,000 Continued Education Reimbursement
  • $2,000 Home Office Reimbursement
  • Co-working Space Reimbursement

Our Values at Pagoda

Our values express our company culture. Learn more on our careers page.

Pagoda is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.

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