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Head of Engineering Productivity



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, August 5, 2023

Biotechnology is rewriting life as we know it, from the medicines we take, to the crops we grow, the materials we wear, and the household goods that we rely on every day. But moving at the new speed of science requires better technology.

Benchling’s mission is to unlock the power of biotechnology. The world’s most innovative biotech companies use Benchling’s R&D Cloud to power the development of breakthrough products and accelerate time to milestone and market.

Come help us bring modern software to modern science.


As Benchling’s business and team growth accelerates, we are growing our investments in the foundations for scaling the engineering teams and organization. The Developer Productivity team’s mission is to enable engineers at Benchling to build and iterate on new and existing scientific domains with high quality, security and velocity.

The Developer Productivity team holistically understands and improves the speed and quality of our engineering development. The team owns the development environment, tools and experience that each engineer at Benchling uses multiple times a day. The test infrastructure and frameworks are integrated into development and validation workflows. The team integrates and supports modern technologies and frameworks into Benchling’s technology stack.

In the past, our monolith has served us well. At 250+ engineers & growing, we are investing in modularizing the monolith into separate services with clear domain models, service ownership and seamlessly discoverable APIs. These services will have clear boundaries, allowing teams to have full ownership over their systems and long-term charter. We believe this is critical to building deep competencies and maintaining a culture of agency, autonomy and innovation. The Developer Productivity team is the primary driver for this multi-year initiative across the organization.


As the Head of Engineering Productivity function you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with a team of technically sophisticated engineers who make developer experience their first priority
  • Foster and grow an inclusive and customers-first culture within the team and in the engagements with the broader organization
  • Develop internal engineering productivity systems and survey metrics and dashboards. Use both qualitative and quantitative metrics to determine priorities and measure effectiveness
  • Set goals and metrics to inform and develop roadmaps to scale up how engineers to
  • write, share, review, and merge code through education, automated tooling, new infrastructure, and new processes
  • Build relationships with developers across all of our teams to understand their needs and define projects to fulfill those
  • Collaborate cross-functionally, to develop and execute a multi-year technical strategy on modularizing our monolith
  • Partner, collaborate and align with adjacent architectural initiatives and roadmaps on Platform and Infrastructure teams on Multi-tenancy and Microservices architecture
  • Partner with Platform, Trust & Infrastructure leadership to operationalize a continuous delivery culture and foundation
  • Engage executive leadership on the engineering productivity strategy, goals and long term roadmap
  • Translate strategy into execution by developing and executing quarterly roadmaps with clear OKRs
  • Develop organizational culture, processes and tools around horizontal initiatives and tech debt management
  • Identify opportunities to streamline interfaces and collaborations across product development and operational initiatives
  • Make Benchling a great place to work by actively supporting career development, growth, and mentoring of individuals, and by fostering a fun and inclusive team where everyone feels welcome.


  • 5+ years of managing engineering teams in Platform, Engineering Productivity, Infrastructure or Application organizations
  • Have experience in driving cross-functional projects to improve developer productivity
  • Are results driven and pragmatic
  • Ability to influence and partner with leaders across the organization in cross-functional roles
  • Track record of managing and growing high-performing teams with a culture of quality and operational excellence
  • Technical depth and experience in leading significant technology evolution initiatives in either IC or EM role
  • Strong architectural and operational scaling experience to guide and inform technical strategy
    • Deep understanding and experience with a modern web development stack (e.g. one of Python, Ruby, Java, Go on the backend; some of Typescript, React, GraphQL, on the front end)
    • Experience designing complex domain models, APIs and system architectures
  • Strong understanding of development environment, tools, workflows in distributed cloud computing, virtualization, and microservices architectures. Experience in operationalizing Dev Productivity Metrics will be a plus.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field


Benchling takes a market-based approach to pay. The candidate's starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, interview performance, and work location. For this role the base salary range is $205,190-$277,610.

To help you determine which zone applies to your location, please see this resource. If you have questions regarding a specific location's zone designation, please contact a recruiter for additional information.

Total Compensation includes the following:

  • Competitive salary and equity
  • 100% premiums covered for health, dental, and vision for employees
  • Fertility healthcare and family-forming benefits
  • Four months of fully paid parental leave
  • 401(k) + Employer Match
  • Commuter benefits
  • Home office stipend
  • Mental health benefits + Wellness stipend
  • Learning and development stipend
  • Generous PTO
  • Company-wide Summer & Winter holiday shutdown
  • Sabbaticals for 5-year and 10-year anniversaries
  • Able to work in the San Francisco office 3 days a week

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Benchling welcomes everyone.

We believe diversity enriches our team so we hire people with a wide range of identities, backgrounds, and experiences.

We are an equal opportunity employer. That means we don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

For applicants for U.S.-based roles only: All new hires in the United States are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to provide proof of vaccination prior to their first day of employment. If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons, we will explore potential reasonable accommodations; however, Benchling may not be able to grant such accommodations in all cases if doing so would cause undue hardship.