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Senior Manager, Build Release Engineering (BRE)

at Bitwarden in Engineering
Remote, U.S.

Bitwarden empowers enterprises, developers, and individuals to securely store and share sensitive data. With a transparent, open-source approach to password management, secrets management, and passwordless and passkey innovations, Bitwarden makes it easy for users to extend robust security practices across all online activities. Founded in 2016 with headquarters in Santa Barbara, California, Bitwarden is supported by a passionate global community of security experts and enthusiasts.

As Sr. Manager, Build Release Engineering at Bitwarden, you will lead the teams that are tasked with overseeing the Build & Release (BRE) and internal Developer Tools (DTE) functions. The BRE effort designs and champions industry standards in the building and distribution of Bitwarden products and services. The DTE effort enables the valuestream-aligned teams by providing custom tooling and integration points for improved SDLC processes. 

We’re looking for someone who can help our team grow confidently by evaluating and identifying demands of future roadmap and product delivery needs against resources, capacity and velocity of the BRE and DTE teams as well as facilitate career growth for direct reports to help meet that demand and foster professional development. You will own both teams’ processes and contribute directly to the DevOps culture of Bitwarden and our community through hands-on development, process improvements, departmental outreach, and mentoring. This person will hire for and directly manage cross-functional teams of engineers focused on enablement, automation, and delivery. This person will help secure cross-department resources, manage trade-offs for delivery, keep stakeholders accountable, meet deadlines, communicate at the executive level on project status and risk, and measure team impact and needs.

This is an all-remote team, and we are looking for someone based in the U.S.


  • Hire and develop our teams of BRE & DTE Engineers
  • Set and report on measurable goals and objectives for the team
  • Set weekly or daily priorities for the BRE & DTE teams and individual team members
  • With feedback from the team, leadership and external stakeholders, own the DevOps culture, process, procedures and decision support for product development and delivery
  • Evaluate, recommend, and implement software and tools to help facilitate team success
  • Provide a point of technical escalation and knowledge to help resolve issues and technical hurdles the team may encounter
  • Facilitate and encourage collaboration through team meetings or other communication channels as necessary as well as conduct team-building activities
  • Report on team progress, status and roadblocks to management from the BRE & DTE lenses
  • Advocate for and on behalf of the BRE & DTE teams and the management of Bitwarden’s product, process and organization
  • Conduct one-on-one meetings with direct reports to work on issues, provide and receive feedback and discuss individual professional development goals and opportunities
  • Perform semi-annual performance reviews when required
  • Perform hands on development and support when necessary
  • Actively participate in backlog grooming, planning and delivery activities
  • Become an expert and authority on the entire Bitwarden architecture, including: backend infrastructure, APIs, web app, mobile apps, browser extensions, desktop apps, and more
  • Refine and enhance the Bitwarden delivery pipelines, automation architecture, SDLC and development practices


  • Leadership skills: 
    • Ability to inspire and provide vision direction
    • Experience building and growing successful teams
    • Management or team lead experience from a previous technical position
    • Propensity towards leadership and mentoring 
  • Interpersonal skills: 
    • Ability to form good relationships with other leaders in the company 
    • A strong sense of empathy and the ability to advocate for others
    • Collaborative and adaptable mindset
    • Openness and authenticity combined with excellent communication skills
  • Analytical skills: 
    • Strength in evaluating the success of Bitwarden in reaching its goals and ensuring each strategic goal is measurable
    • Excellent problem-solving skills – you might not know all the answers, but you know how to find and communicate the solution
  • Technical skills:
    • Experience with Azure
    • Experience developing software
    • Proficiency using source control, specifically Git
    • Proficiency with continuous integration concepts and tools, and infrastructure as code
    • Solid knowledge of bash and/or PowerShell scripting
  • Excitement and enthusiasm for helping customers solve security and password challenges
  • A passion for documentation and sharing of knowledge
  • Zeal for learning and desire to develop yours and your peers’ skills in software development


  • User of Bitwarden
  • Startup experience
  • Open source experience
  • Mobile apps experience
  • JavaScript experience
  • Experience with Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Terraform, etc.
  • Experience with Kubernetes, Docker and containerization
  • CI/CD tools experience such as GitHub Actions, Jenkins, AppVeyor, etc.
  • Experience building an internal developer platform


Selected candidates will be invited to schedule a 30-minute screening call and then progress through the following stages: 

  • Interview with the Director of DevOps & Infrastructure
  • Interview with engineering team members
  • Interview with the CTO
  • References
  • Interview with CEO


  • Our user community loves us and we love them. Come to work each day with a sense of purpose as we bring a more secure internet experience to everyone from our friends and family to the world’s largest organizations.
  • Become an expert. You’ll get immersed in the prominent technology markets of security and open source software.
  • We are dedicated to building an incredible team. Work remotely with motivated and innovative team members and take part in productive and fun meetups.
  • Learn and grow. Take on new challenges with the support of your team.

In the United States, the starting base compensation range for this role is $150,000 - $200,000. Actual compensation may vary based on level, relevant experience, and skill set as assessed in the interview process, as well as market data by location. See our careers page for a list of benefits. Please note that compensation outside the U.S. will differ based on the market.

A note to outside sourcers: we do not accept solicitations from recruiters, recruiting agencies, headhunters, or outsourcing organizations and request to be removed from all such contact lists. 

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