Manager, Software Engineering

South San Francisco, CA
Nov 08, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

Freenome is hiring a Manager, Engineering to build and manage a team building the next generation of Freenome’s engineering platform to combat cancer and other age-related diseases. You will build and manage a team of world-class Engineers focused on creating Freenome’s engineering platform.. You will collaboratively lead the development of our platform and expand the talent base of your team while setting up  Engineering and Freenome as a whole for future success.

If you are passionate about building a strong engineering team while combating cancer, have a high sense of ownership, and take pride in being a servant-leader managing a growing team while continuing to make an individual impact, we would love to speak with you!

As part of a dynamic, flexible company you will be adapting to rapid technological progress and change, and help your Engineers building the platform do the same. 


  • Supervise training and development of software engineering staff, working with Engineering leadership to establish unified principles for software development at Freenome
  • Contribute to the development of strategic and tactical roadmaps that address business needs, efficiences, product innovation and revenue.
  • Evaluate your team's performance, utilizing our quarterly review and promotion process through our comprehensive leveling matrix
  • Improve your team's performance, charting out personal growth plans for direct reports
  • Support recruiting engineering personnel, technical staffing, project team formation, and organizational design as the team scales 
  • Work with project managers and customers to ensure the delivery and success of Engineering's software
  • Help drive the vision & strategy of Freenome's technical roadmap with an eye toward improving all of Engineering’s culture and execution
  • Assure the availability, scalability, and performance of application software your team delivers
  • Build out your team's feature and product roadmap in support of the company's long-term milestones
  • Set the technical direction and review results from engineers
  • Aid in the translation of business requirements into technical needs and actions


What We're Looking For:

  • 3 + years in engineering leadership and management
  • A demonstrated ability to structure, grow, and optimize a team for execution, including attracting top tier talent and filling out gaps in the existing team quickly to accommodate growth
  • 3+ years of programming experience with a track record of building and deploying software as part of a high-functioning team
  • Proven expertise in building large-scale applications
  • Experience with project management and prioritization, risk management, problem-solving, prioritization, and resource planning
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Stellar leadership and a great team player
  • Experience with Agile sprint planning


Nice to Haves:

  • BS, MS or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Engineering or a related field; or equivalent training, fellowship, or work experience
  • Background in risk management and resource planning, particularly in startup environments
  • Experience partnering with scientists & researchers to build products that support experimentation
  • Experience in biotechnology, bioinformatics, regulated software, or similar field
  • Exposure to “big data”, especially biological and clinical data
  • Scrum Lead experience


About Freenome

Freenome is on a mission to empower everyone with the tools they need to detect, treat, and ultimately prevent diseases. 

By applying advanced machine learning techniques to recent breakthroughs in genomic science, Freenome is developing simple blood tests to detect early-stage cancer and make treatments more effective. The company has raised $238 million from investors such as RA Capital, Polaris Partners, Perceptive Advisors, Andreessen Horowitz, funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., GV (formerly Google Ventures), Roche Venture Fund, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, American Cancer Society’s BrightEdge Ventures, Data Collective Venture Capital, Novartis and Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google Life Sciences).


Our Science

Freenome is building technology to gain an understanding of the body through several analytes derived from blood. These signals include cell-free DNA, methylation of cell-free DNA, cell-free RNA, circulating proteins, and immune profiling derived from thousands of prospective samples. By developing novel statistical learning methods and applying them to integrate various -omics datasets, Freenome is a leader in modeling specific biological mechanisms to capture disease dependent signatures such as gene expression, immune response, tumor burden, the tissue of origin, and 3D chromatin structure. 

By building comprehensive discovery datasets and modeling critical biological systems, Freenome is learning what biological changes are present within the blood between a variety of different disease states including cancer, autoimmune disorders, infections, drug response, and aging. With the combination of Freenome’s datasets, cross-functional technical expertise, and mission to uncover the biological truth, we seek to positively change the lives of millions through the early detection and early treatment of disease. 


Our Culture

Freenomers are technical and creative, visionary and grounded, empathetic and passionate. We build teams around divergent expertise, which allows us to solve problems and uncover opportunities in unique ways. Freenomers are some of the most talented experts in their fields, coming together to advance healthcare one breakthrough at a time. 

We value empathy, integrity, and trust in one another. That means embracing other’s perspectives, those of our coworkers and those of the patients and communities we serve. It means knowing when to push, and when to listen. At Freenome, we give each other the benefit of the doubt in the belief that we’re all working as a team toward the same goals, and empower others to grow in a collaborative environment. 


What does a successful person look like at Freenome?

Those who thrive at Freenome prioritize, manage, and execute their own goals in alignment with those of the company. They embrace our values of empathy, integrity, and trust, and hold themselves and their team accountable. They crave collaboration with brilliant minds from unfamiliar fields of study and believe that hiring and mentorship are fundamental to our success. Above all, they welcome and provide constructive feedback and criticism, trusting in the good intentions of others, and secure in the knowledge that embracing mistakes is the best way to learn and move on. For those who crave challenges, understudied problems, and the chance to see their work impact the lives of millions of people affected by cancer every year, there’s no better place to be. 

Freenome is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity in every way.  Freenome does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.