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Engineering Manager - New York



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Perplexity is looking for an engineering manager to join our small team revolutionizing the way people search and interact with the internet. You will be responsible for leading engineering teams across the full infra and backend stack.

The Perplexity infra and backend teams design, create, and ship backend systems that power APIs and product experiences. Engineers on the infra team work on layers of the stack such as cloud infrastructure, data, training, inference, and security to deliver powerful systems. Projects are run in parallel across small teams to ensure rapid iteration and ownership.


  • Engineering leadership around all layers of a rapidly evolving product.
  • Setting standards for reliability, code quality, testing, and maintenance.
  • Onboarding and ensuring code quality for a growing team.
  • Estimating accurate timelines and measuring success of deliverables.
  • Working closely with design and product managers to prioritize and manage scope.
  • Setting up processes for reliability and efficient development.
  • Managing growth, development, and expectations of team members.
  • Developing interview pipelines and rigorous screening processes.


  • Ability to design efficient systems and processes.
  • Ability to constructively identify tech debt.
  • Ability to cleanly resolve engineering blockers.
  • Organizational skills around managing and delivering parallel technical projects.
  • Experience working with multiple small teams of engineers.
  • Experience leveraging the right combination of open source and inhouse solutions.
  • Familiarity with AI/ML capabilities and limitations.
  • 8+ years of engineering experience.
  • 4+ years of engineering management experience.

Our cash compensation range for this role is $220,000 - $270,000.

At Perplexity, we've experienced tremendous growth and adoption since publicly launching the world's first fully functional conversational answer engine just over a year ago. Our AI-powered search assistant has amassed 10 million monthly active users as of early 2024, with our mobile apps installed over 1 million times across iOS and Android devices. In 2023 alone, we served over 500 million queries from users around the globe.

To support our rapid expansion, we've raised significant funding from some of the most respected investors in technology. In January 2024, we raised $73.6 million in a Series B round led by IVP, with participation from NVIDIA, Jeff Bezos' investment fund, NEA, Databricks, and other prominent firms. We followed that up with a $62.7 million Series B1 round in April 2024 led by Daniel Gross, valuing Perplexity at over $1 billion.
Our prominent investor base includes IVP, NEA, Jeff Bezos, NVIDIA, Databricks, Bessemer Venture Partners, Elad Gil, Nat Friedman, Naval Ravikant, Tobi Lutke, and many other visionary individuals.
Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including, experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.
Equity: In addition to the base salary, equity is part of the total compensation package.
Benefits: Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your dependents. Includes a 401(k) plan.