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Engineering Manager, Lens Studio



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Snap Inc is a technology company. We believe the camera presents the greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Snap contributes to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. The Company’s three core products are Snapchat, a visual messaging app that enhances your relationships with friends, family, and the world; Lens Studio, an augmented reality platform that powers AR across Snapchat and other services; and its AR glasses, Spectacles.

Snap’s Augmented Reality team invents the immersive (and fun!) camera experiences that are at the core of our products. From developing creative new Lens features for Snapchat, to supporting the continuous growth and evolution of Lens Studio (our platform for an ever-increasing community of AR creators), to designing the cutting-edge computer vision and machine learning technology that makes face transformation Lenses possible — our Augmented Reality team is working hard on their mission to bring AR to more people, places, and moments, every day.

We’re looking for an Engineering Manager to join Snap’s Lens Studio team!

What you’ll do:

  • Drive the technical and organizational roadmap for the engineering team working on our proprietary AR platform

  • Wield your extensive experience with C++, game/AR engine architectures to help the team design and deliver performant, low-maintenance systems

  • Stay up-to-date on industry trends and evaluate tradeoffs to maintain our leadership position in AR and ML

  • Integrate generative technologies that give creators super-powers

  • Balance near, medium and long-term objectives to achieve business goals today while laying the foundations for extensibility and scale tomorrow

  • Iterate quickly without compromising quality and raise the bar on operational excellence

  • Build and grow a team of exceptional software engineers and technical leaders

  • Create growth opportunities, give regular feedback, promote talent, manage performance

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of game engine design patterns

  • Strong computer science fundamentals

  • Expertise in modern C++

  • Solid understanding of generative ML workflows, like ComfyUI, and other ML technologies which are democratizing complex creation processes in this and similar fields

  • Strong product sense

  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of a company

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to influence and convey messages to a wide range of stakeholders

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA in a technical field such as computer science or equivalent years of experience

  • 11+ years of experience working in software engineering

  • 2+ years of experience leading or managing teams of high performing software engineers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Track record of delivery in rapidly changing, highly collaborative, multi-stakeholder environments

  • Experience making critical decisions for complex technical issues in real-time, considering timelines and urgency

  • Experience working with a diverse group of engineers

"Default Together" Policy at Snap: At Snap Inc. we believe that being together in person helps us build our culture faster, reinforce our values, and serve our community, customers and partners better through dynamic collaboration. To reflect this, we practice a “default together” approach and expect our team members to work in an office at least 80% of the time (an average of 4 days per week).

At Snap, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to create innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. Snap is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and contact us at

Our Benefits: Snap Inc. is its own community, so we’ve got your back! We do our best to make sure you and your loved ones have everything you need to be happy and healthy, on your own terms. Our benefits are built around your needs and include paid parental leave, comprehensive medical coverage, emotional and mental health support programs, and compensation packages that let you share in Snap’s long-term success!


In the United States, work locations are assigned a pay zone which determines the salary range for the position. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These pay zones may be modified in the future.

Zone A (CA, WA, NYC):

The base salary range for this position is $222,000-$333,000 annually.

Zone B:

The base salary range for this position is $211,000-$316,000 annually.

Zone C:

The base salary range for this position is $189,000-$283,000 annually.

This position is eligible for equity in the form of RSUs.