Engineering Manager, AncestryDNA

Job Location
San Francisco, CA

Additional Information


Ancestry is a profitable, growing company with a positive, high-energy environment. Together, our dedicated teams are harnessing the power of technology and using it to simplify the way people connect with their families and their unique legacies. Our work environment is fast-paced and challenging, but also extremely exciting. You’ll work with a team of passionate, engaged individuals. We offer excellent benefits and a competitive compensation package. For additional information, regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at

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Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related thereto), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, age (40 and older), mental or physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis that is prohibited by applicable law. The Company also makes reasonable accommodations to applicants or employees with qualifying disabilities who request them and who otherwise meet the requirements of applicable law. If you would like to request an accommodation during the application process, please contact our Director of Recruiting.   

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law. For San Francisco office candidates, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance.


Job Description

We are seeking an experienced Engineering Manager to join a growing DNA team in San Francisco. You will work with a nimble team of software engineers, geneticists, and data scientists, to help shape the vision for DNA data processing, serving the rapidly growing consumer genomic data at AncestryDNA and AncestryHealth. You will be innovative, have demonstrated leadership skills, and will be able to tackle humongous scalability challenges. This will be a hands on role involving managing a team as well as writing code.

Key Responsibilities:

  • You will own the strategy of how the DNA data processing is done and evolves
  • You will create a highly technical, highly skilled team of talented individuals; recruit and mentor talent
  • Build partnership throughout the engineering organization and beyond, and can effectively educate and influence others how to best utilize tools and processes in a fast paced environment
  • Lead the DNA pipeline team in building the best technology solutions. Build automation and tooling to assist with compliance, alert on problems, and auto-remediate issues without manual involvement
  • Provide enhancement and support for the tools and systems used by AncestryDNA systems. Investigate and implement efficient team responsibilities and work processes to meet objectives.



Required Skills & Experience:

  • Minimum of 7 years of software design and development experience with distributed highly scalable systems, with at least 2+ years as an Engineering Manager.
  • 5 years of experience with very large data sets and the algorithms/tools used to process them.
  • Bachelor’s  (Master’s preferred) in Computer Science is required.
  • Must have previous experience in managing distributed teams.
  • Must have hands-on development in object oriented languages as well as functional programming skills with Java and Python.

Highly desired:

  • Experience with BioInformatics, genomics, arrays, DNA processing is a huge bonus.
  • Experience with AWS is a bonus.
About Our Organization

Company Description


Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing a powerful combination of information, science and technology to help people discover their family history and stories that were never possible before. Ancestry’s suite of products include: AncestryDNA, AncestryProGenealogists, Fold3,, Find a Grave,, and Rootsweb.

AncestryDNA, is the world's largest consumer genomics database providing consumers insights into their ancestral origins. The service enables customers to not only uncover their ethnic mix and rich family stories, but discover distant relatives with a common ancestral match, and help solve the toughest family mysteries.

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