Mechanical Engineering Director – Canonical | Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Africa, Nairobi
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·         As the Engineering Director of Community you will have a broad impact and responsibility for growing community engagement and processes across all of engineering. If you want to define what building the next generation of open source community looks like, this is the role for you.

·         You will be responsible for assisting various teams at Canonical in broadening their community engagement activities. You will ensure that all engineering teams make community an important aspect of how they do what they do. You’ll provide assistance to new and existing contributors seeking to get involved or expand their role, and connect community contributors with mentors. You will organise cross-team participation in community events and mentoring.

·         Outside of those responsibilities you will assist the Ubuntu community team in ensuring community processes are high quality and consistently implemented.


·        What you will do

Collaborate proactively with multiple distributed teams
Help engineering teams establish and achieve community engagement goals
Establish consistency in community process, engagement, and interaction across engineering
Influence others and represent technical insight to customers and other engineers
Spend a significant amount of time mentoring others and providing cross-team input
Work from home with global travel 4 to 6 weeks for internal and external events
Collaborate with the developer advocates and PR teams at Canonical to promote Ubuntu and related technologies via blogs and social media.
Identifying relevant influencers and devising plans on how to effectively engage with them.
·        Who you are

You have a long history and clear public record of community engagement, particularly with open source communities
You are capable of representing Canonical / Ubuntu externally
You have experience leading successful projects and teams
You are an articulate communicator
You are comfortable preparing and giving presentations
You love technology and working with brilliant people
You follow industry trends and new technologies
You understand and value how you do what you do, as well as what you do
You have strong collaboration and influencing skills
You are curious, flexible, articulate, and accountable
You value soft skills and are passionate, enterprising, thoughtful, and self-motivated
BS/BA or equivalent in Computer Science, Technical Communication, English, or a related field
·        We offer

Learning and Development opportunities and budget
Annual compensation review
Recognition rewards
Annual leave
Priority pass for travel
Flexible working option
·         Canonical believes a diverse workforce enhances our ability to deliver world class software and services which meet the world’s computing needs. We are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


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