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Engineering Manager

Savage Interactive

Savage Interactive

Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Hobart, Australia
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2023
At Procreate we're dedicated to making exceptional creative tools by combining beautiful user experiences with high performance engineering. Used by millions around the globe, Procreate is committed to placing more power in the hands of creatives.
We’re looking for our first dedicated Engineering Manager to help lead teams in pursuit of our ambitious product roadmap. We're driven by the desire to deliver the best creative software experience for our global community. You’ll have deep technical experience as well as ability in progressive people management. You'll guide a small team of engineers to develop and ship mission critical features, solve complex technical problems, define the parameters of our projects, improve overall development efficiency and nurture our internal engineering talent.
Who we are.
One of the driving factors behind Procreate’s success is our close-knit teamwork. We believe the key to invention is the open flow of ideas and collaboration — revelling in the creative process and taking the time to hone our craft. Together we’re dedicated to building creative software that is powerful, accessible, and intuitive. We’re not afraid to rethink, iterate and persist until we genuinely believe in our work.
At Procreate we’re a rare breed of driven people from all over the world. Each of us brings something special to the table, through our unique backgrounds and experience. Every day we inspire each other to continue our relentless pursuit, passion, and hunger to produce the highest quality work, while remaining humble in our achievements.
Co-founded by James and Alanna Cuda in 2011, Procreate has remained independent and self-funded for over 10 years. Since its launch, Procreate has been loved by millions around the world, received two coveted Apple Design Awards, and been the best-selling app on iPad for the past six years running. In 2018, Procreate Pocket also received an iPhone app of the year award. In 2023, an all new animation app Procreate Dreams was released.
The role.
This a critical role in which you'll make an impact on both the code base as well as from the perspective of people management. Your experiences will allow you to make contributions as an individual contributor while also leading, managing and guiding junior engineers as an engineering stakeholder.
The role sits within our product development team, and you’ll report to Michael Shaw, our CTO. You'll work closely with the engineering team, the executive and members of other departments to align engineering with other critical business functions. Your work will provide additional structure and certainty to the development process and relieve the Executive member of the engineering team of people management functions, allowing them to focus on both executive and development duties.
Role Benefits.
We invest in you
Every employee at Procreate receives an individual training budget to help them grow personally and professionally. And because transparency matters, the whole company is included in the coming year’s plans and strategies at our annual off-site company meet.
Time to reset, recharge and look after yourself
Australia already has some of the most generous annual leave provisions in the world at a mandated 4 weeks per year. We also offer you extended parental leave, an extra 5 Doona Days per year, plus an Employee Assistance Program open to you and your family members.
Everything you need to do your best work
We’ll provide you with all the hardware and software you need, including a fully adjustable desk set up for your way of working. But it’s the personalised professional support, and growth and development opportunities we think will really help you fly.

What you'll do

  • Lead, coordinate and align diverse engineering functions
  • Deliver feedback and take part in reviews and performance management
  • Develop and maintain relationships with our external partners and relevant third parties
  • Hands-on engineering - We need an Engineering Manager that enjoys coding and wants to keep their engineering skills sharp
  • Support interdepartmental cooperation in relation to product and feature release as well as ongoing updates and patches
  • Create and oversee project timelines and milestones with the view to improve sustainability and efficiency in our development process
  • Work directly with team leads and the executive to ensure that our product departments, including product, quality assurance, testing, and R&D functions are aligned and moving in the same direction with clear communication, leadership and goals


  • Emotional intelligence and a calm, self-assured leadership style. You’ll have a demonstrated ability to manage and build diverse teams. Your approach to leadership and management will build consensus and understanding. You’ll be able to communicate technical information to non-technical employees and stakeholders. You’ll motivate, inspire and support your colleagues to produce the best work of their lives.
  • Experience as an Engineering Manager in a fast-paced technology, product or creative company. You’ll have had experience in engineering at a senior level and/or people management experience in a tech or start-up environment. You bring an organised, methodical and detail-oriented approach to your work which provides structure and promotes confidence in those you work with. Your work will draw the best out of each individual contributor in a way which promotes both individual success and engagement as well as team productivity.
  • Deep hands-on engineering experience in relation to UI work or development of custom, in-house rendering technology. Your breadth of experience and depth of technical foundations give you a creative and strategic approach to product development and the ability to respond effectively to unique and challenging technical problems. Your experience could be in low-level engine/rendering development or UI/UX work closer to the user.

In 1-3 months, you will...

  • Familiarise yourself with our team structure and workflows
  • Complete the Procreate onboarding process and get to know your colleagues
  • Build an understanding of our product development practices, processes and frameworks
  • Begin to develop relationships with key stakeholders, team leaders and members of the executive team

In 3-6 months, you will...

  • Take ownership of your first initiatives
  • Prepare and support the execution of core features
  • Start contributing to the existing product development
  • Establish relationships with inter-departmental key stakeholders

In 6-12 months, you will...

  • Become an integral and contributing part of the engineering team
  • Become familiar with Procreate's creative product portfolio and shipping products
We want to hear from you
Our recruitment process is made to provide you with opportunities for you to show us what you're capable of, instead of assessing you solely on your CV. We’d love to hear about how you see yourself contributing to Procreate in this role.
Please note, we do not operate remote or hybrid models. We're looking for full-time and on-site employees for our Hobart office.
Apply now to be considered for the role!