[Vacancy]: Software Engineering Manager – Ubuntu Linux Kernel Needed at Canonical

March 8, 2024

Job Description


  • Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, is growing its Linux kernel engineering team significantly. We are creating new teams in EMEA, Americas and APAC time zones that work holistically on the Ubuntu kernel and are therefore seeking multiple candidates to lead these new teams.
  • These teams handle upstream development and the expression of new kernel capabilities in Ubuntu, they work with silicon and cloud partners to optimise the Ubuntu kernel for CPUs and hypervisors, they handle CVEs, live patch and security updates to LTS and current release kernels, and they work with partners to ensure that Ubuntu works first time on every possible piece of hardware.
  • This role would suit either an experienced manager of high-performing software development teams or a very proficient technical lead who is excited to take on management responsibility.
  • You will need to be passionate about Linux and aspire to be an integral part in its distribution to millions of users worldwide.
  • As an engineering manager at Canonical, your primary responsibility is to your team: helping them grow as engineers, do important and satisfying work, and have a great time while doing it.
  • Technical leadership experience and a background in software engineering are necessary prerequisites for this role.
  • You will be expected to lead, challenge, and develop strong engineers, positively influence the culture, facilitate technical delivery, and work with your team on strategy and execution.
  • Location: Working from home, worldwide. We have kernel teams and openings in every time zone and with the notable exception of Taipei, Taiwan, have no offices and therefore no pressure to work from an office.


  • Lead a distributed team of engineers in your time zone
  • Develop your team through coaching, mentoring, leading by example, and feedback
  • Support timely delivery of core and specialized Ubuntu kernels
  • Oversee commercial engagements that require custom kernel engineering
  • Ensure an ongoing commitment to strict quality and reliability standards
  • Engage with other teams at Canonical, the open-source community and commercial partners
  • Work from home and travel globally 2-3 times a year for up to two weeks, for internal and external engineering events


  • Significant programming experience in C, with Python, Golang, or other like languages also highly regarded
  • Substantial experience with Linux kernel internals and concepts
  • Solid understanding of Linux kernel development principles
  • Demonstrated experience managing or leading a team of software engineers
  • Contributed to an open-source project in the past
  • Understanding of agile software development methodologies
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both written and oral

What we offer you:

  • Your base pay will depend on various factors, including your geographical location, level of experience, knowledge and skills.
  • In addition to the benefits above, certain roles are also eligible for additional benefits and rewards including annual bonuses and sales incentives based on revenue or utilization. Our compensation philosophy is to ensure equity right across our global workforce.
  • In addition to a competitive base pay, we provide all team members with additional benefits, which reflect our values and ideals. Please note that additional benefits may apply depending on the work location, and, for more information on these, you can ask in the later stages of the recruitment process.
  • Fully remote working environment—we’ve been working remotely since 2004!
  • Personal learning and development budget of 2,000USD per annum
  • Annual compensation review
  • Recognition rewards
  • Annual holiday leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Opportunity to travel to new locations to meet colleagues ‘sprints”
  • Priority Pass for travel and travel upgrades for long-haul company events

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