Product analytics to help convert, engage, and retain more users.

Technical Lead Manager, Query Infrastructure at Mixpanel (Remote, US)

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6+ years
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About the role

About Mixpanel

Mixpanel is a leading product analytics software company, currently helping the world answer 81 million product questions every year. Our pioneering event-based tracking solution gives product teams the ability to gain insights into how to best acquire, convert, and retain their users across web and mobile platforms.

Powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use, Mixpanel enables teams to learn from their user data and innovate rapidly in creating winning products. Today, we serve nearly 6,000 paying customers through seven offices globally in our quest to provide the most in-depth product analytics that everyone can use and trust.

About the Query Team

Mixpanel is a cloud application deployed on Google’s Cloud Platform. It is powered by an in-house database called Arb, which is built for ingesting, storing, and querying trillions of events in real time, at interactive latencies. (Read more about the core primitives of Arb << >>.)

The Query Team at Mixpanel is responsible for building & maintaining the next generation of Mixpanel’s query infrastructure. This includes designing & building fundamental query primitives that unlock more nuanced analysis; improving query planning, scheduling & multi tenant resource allocation; identifying & eliminating horizontal scaling bottlenecks; & ensuring we meet performance & uptime SLAs.

We’re a fairly tenured team (average time at Mixpanel is 4 years). We work in terms of structured 6-8 week long sprints with clear goals that are interspersed with less structured periods consisting of short-term wins, bug bashes, free form exploration, prototyping, & planning exercises. We encourage and expect all team members to provide input to prioritization in terms of written proposals, which is complemented with centralized prioritization. We value simplicity, reduced operational overhead & re-usable primitives in our solutions. During the pandemic, we’ve found a few ways to stay in touch including monthly board game nights, weekly unstructured collaboration time, regular 1:1s between everyone on the team, and, circumstances permitting, collaborating in person once or twice a month.

About the role

As a technical lead manager, you would help scale the team’s impact with hiring, culture and focus. You’ll be responsible for streamlining execution and prioritization based on a clear understanding of our technical systems and associated business goals.


  • Hiring and retaining diverse and talented engineers
  • Mentoring engineers & growing future technical leaders
  • Working cross-functionally to translate business goals into the team’s roadmap
  • Nurturing engineering excellence via culture and process
  • Providing meaningful input to technical designs based on an in depth understanding of our systems & services

We're Looking for Someone Who

  • Has experience building, maintaining & scaling reliable, high-volume distributed systems.
  • Can reason about ambiguous problems from first principles and propose creative solutions
  • Has strong CS fundamentals (e.g., data structures, algorithms, and distributed systems)
  • Contributes to attracting and retaining engineers through technical leadership, collaboration, and/or enablement
  • Has a track record of mentoring and growing engineers who work with you. You make engineers around you more productive.

Bonus Points for

  • Prior engineering management experience, especially on teams that build and operate high volume distributed systems in SaaS environments
  • Experience with database technologies, including their internal design and implementation.
  • Experience with multi-tenant systems, with focus on reliability, performance, isolation and security.

Benefits and Perks

  • Comprehensive Medical, Vision, and Dental Care
  • Mental Wellness Benefit
  • Generous Vacation Policy & Additional Company Holidays
  • Enhanced Parental Leave
  • Volunteer Time Off
  • Additional US Benefits: Pre-Tax Benefits including 401(K), Wellness Benefit, Holiday Break

please note that benefits and perks for contract positions will vary

About our culture:

Be Open: When knowledge becomes open, we can come together as a team to collaborate around a shared purpose.

Customer Focus: Our customers’ success is our success.

Lead Change: Everyone at Mixpanel has the capacity to make an impact on the business.

Results Oriented: Driving results in a measurable way ensures we stay focused on the highest impact initiatives.

One Team: We can’t win without each other.

Why choose Mixpanel?

We’re the leader in product analytics and have raised $277M from prominent investors like Andreessen-Horowitz, Sequoia, YC, and Bain Capital. Over the years, we’ve seen a spike in our leading indicators—signups and weekly active users—which have directly translated to revenue growth. Recently, we secured a $200M Series C growth investment from Bain Capital to accelerate our product development, expand our reach to customers, and more. Our award-winning teams make our continued growth possible by finding creative solutions to ever-changing challenges with scaling, reliability, design, and service. Today, we’re the only company single-mindedly focused on enabling the world’s most innovative companies to use data to uncover insights about their customers to build better products.

Mixpanel is an equal opportunity employer supporting workforce diversity. At Mixpanel, we are focused on things that really matter—our people, our customers, our partners—out of a recognition that those relationships are the most valuable assets we have. We actively encourage women, people with disabilities, veterans, underrepresented minorities, and LGBTQ+ people to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance or other similar laws that may be applicable, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We’ve immersed ourselves in our Culture and Values as our guiding principles for the impact we want to have and the future we are building.

Why you should join Mixpanel

About Mixpanel

At Mixpanel, our mission is to increase the rate of innovation. Not only as a company, but for the businesses we serve. Through our analytics platform, companies can analyze how and why their users engage, convert, and retain in real time across web, mobile, and smart devices. Then they can use that data to improve their business and products.

About Mixpanel Engineering

  • The Engineering, Product and Design teams at Mixpanel together build Mixpanel’s product. The team consists of very talented and nice people who collaborate to solve problems.

  • We organize in Product Groups which are small groups (3 to 8 people) comprised of engineers, product managers and designers working on a problem or an investment area with complete autonomy over the development process.

  • We are customer focused and data driven - We like to iterate, learn and improve quickly using qualitative and quantitative data to continuously deliver customer value.

  • Our engineering team gets to work on really challenging and exciting engineering problems because of the nature of our product and our scale.

  • We use our own product on a daily basis!

Mixpanel serves over 26,000 companies from different industries around the world, including Samsung, Twitter, and BMW. Headquartered in San Francisco, Mixpanel has offices in New York, Seattle, Austin, London, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam and Singapore.

Team Size:310
Location:San Francisco