Software Engineering Manager – Ubuntu Linux Kernel at Canonical Nigeria

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Canonical – We deliver open source to the world faster, more securely, and more cost-effectively than any other company. We develop Ubuntu, the world’s most popular enterprise Linux from cloud to edge, together with a passionate global community of 200,000 contributors. Ubuntu means ‘humanity to others. We chose it because it embodies the generosity at the heart of open source, the new normal for platforms and innovation. Together with a community of 200,000, we publish an operating system that runs from the tiny connected devices up to the world’s biggest mainframes, the platform that everybody uses on the public cloud, and the workstation experience of the world’s most productive developers. Secure and reliable, elegant and intuitive, and open for innovation – Ubuntu is the future of open source, which is why it’s the fastest-growing Linux in the world despite already being the most widely deployed.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Software Engineering Manager – Ubuntu Linux Kernel

Location: Lagos

Job Description

  • Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, is growing its Linux kernel engineering team significantly. We are creating new teams in EMEA, Americas and APAC time zones that work holistically on the Ubuntu kernel and is therefore seeking multiple candidates to lead these new teams.
  • These teams handle upstream development and the expression of new kernel capabilities in Ubuntu, they work with silicon and cloud partners to optimise the Ubuntu kernel for CPUs and hypervisors, they handle CVEs, livepatch and security updates to LTS and current release kernels, and they work with partners to ensure that Ubuntu works first time on every possible piece of hardware.
  • This role would suit either an experienced manager of high performing software development teams, or a very proficient technical lead who is excited to take on a management responsibility.
  • You will need to be passionate about Linux and aspire to be an integral part in it’s distribution to millions of users worldwide.
  • As an engineering manager at Canonical, your primary responsibility is to your team: helping them grow as engineers, do important and satisfying work, and have a great time while doing it. Technical leadership experience and a background in software engineering are necessary prerequisites for this role.
  • You will be expected to lead, challenge, and develop strong engineers, positively influence the culture, facilitate technical delivery, and work with your team on strategy and execution.

What You’ll Do

  • Lead a distributed team of engineers in your time zone
  • Develop your team through coaching, mentoring, leading by example, and feedback
  • Support timely delivery of core and specialised Ubuntu kernels
  • Oversee commercial engagements that require custom kernel engineering
  • Ensure an ongoing commitment to strict quality and reliability standards
  • Engage with other teams at Canonical, the open source community and commercial partners.
  • Work from home with travel globally 2-6 times a year for internal and external engineering events.

Who You Are

  • Earned a Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent University level), preferably in a Technology field.
  • Significant programming experience in C, with Python, Golang, or other like languages also highly regarded
  • Substantial experience with Linux kernel internals and concepts
  • Solid understanding Linux kernel development principles
  • Demonstrated experience managing or leading a team of software engineers
  • Contributed to an open source project in the past.
  • Understanding of agile software development methodologies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both written and oral.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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