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Engineering Leader, Application Platform



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024

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.


We are seeking an Engineering Leader for our App Core team within Application Platform. This team is responsible for building the core capabilities that power the Benchling Platform for our users. This team is critical to enable Benchling to expand its footprint into new product areas, and support requirements for our enterprise customers. As the leader of this team, you will manage engineers working on Validation & Business Rules, Notifications, Feature Flags, etc. You will help define the long-term vision for the team, and deliver the next generation capabilities of the Benchling platform.


  • Recruit, develop, and lead a team of exceptional platform engineers.
  • Partner closely with product and design to define roadmap and long-term product strategy.
  • Hold a high bar for product quality as the teams execute their work.
  • Partner closely with engineers on the team to ensure that we make excellent technical decisions as we lay the foundations for these new products.
  • Meet with customers to understand their science & what they need from Benchling.
  • Contribute to engineering-wide organizational improvements as part of the management team.


  • 2+ years of experience as an engineering manager
  • 5+ years of platform experience building enterprise software as a software engineer
  • Experience building, scaling, and operating platform services in production
  • Experience working closely with multi-functional partners in product, design, and engineering
  • Grown high-trajectory, early-to-mid-career engineers into leaders with company-wide impact.
  • A strong understanding of platform primitives, and how they is used in enterprise SaaS
  • Willing to work onsite in our SF office 3 days a week
  • Interest in life sciences!


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 $186,575 to $252,425.

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
  • Broad range of medical, dental, and vision plans for employees and their dependents
  • Fertility healthcare and family-forming benefits
  • Four months of fully paid parental leave
  • 401(k) + Employer Match
  • Commuter benefits for in-office employees and a generous home office set up stipend for remote employees
  • Mental health benefits, including therapy and coaching, for employees and their dependents
  • Monthly Wellness stipend
  • Learning and development stipend
  • Generous and flexible vacation
  • Company-wide Summer & Winter holiday shutdown
  • Sabbaticals for 5-year and 10-year anniversaries




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.