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Engineering Leader, Performance Engineering & Observability



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024

Biotechnology is rewriting life as we know it, from the medicines we take, to the crops we grow, the materials we wear, and the household goods that we rely on every day. But moving at the new speed of science requires better technology.

Benchling’s mission is to unlock the power of biotechnology. The world’s most innovative biotech companies use Benchling’s R&D Cloud to power the development of breakthrough products and accelerate time to milestone and market.

Come help us bring modern software to modern science.


Benchling is on a mission to accelerate the pace of life sciences research and development. To do that, we build a suite of tools that scientists use daily to solve humanity's most pressing problems. The tools we build must be optimized to make scientists more efficient in their work, across a broad spectrum of research, development, and manufacturing tasks.

The Performance Engineering and Observability team has a broad charter to improve application performance and observability patterns through direct intervention and by influencing other engineering teams. The team is currently driving SLO adoption and Real User Monitoring across the engineering organization, as part of Benchling’s Performance Program, and enhancing empathy for customers through deep observability insights.

The leader of this team will have an opportunity to significantly impact Benchling’s engineering culture, and lead career-defining performance improvements.


  • Lead a team of 3-4 engineers dedicated to performance and observability improvements
  • Foster and grow an inclusive and customers-first culture within the team and in the engagements with the broader organization
  • Develop internal software and resources to ease adoption and implementation of observability tools and patterns
  • Work cross-functionally with other engineering leaders to promote ownership of application performance
  • Engage with executive leadership to set and achieve goals through the Benchling Performance Program
  • Identify opportunities to improve application performance with cross-cutting architectural improvements
  • Make Benchling a great place to work by actively supporting career development, growth, and mentoring of individuals, and by fostering a fun and inclusive team where everyone feels welcome.


  • 2+ years leading engineering teams in Platform, Infrastructure, or Application organizations
  • Have experience in driving cross-functional projects to improve performance and observability
  • Are results driven and pragmatic
  • Ability to influence and partner with leaders across the organization in cross-functional roles
  • Experience with modern observability technologies
  • Strong understanding of observability and performance monitoring tools in distributed cloud computing, virtualization, and microservices architectures.


Benchling takes a market-based approach to pay. The candidate's starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, interview performance, and work location. For this role the base salary range is $186,575 to $252,425.

To help you determine which zone applies to your location, please see this resource. If you have questions regarding a specific location's zone designation, please contact a recruiter for additional information.

Total Compensation includes the following:

  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Broad range of medical, dental, and vision plans for employees and their dependents
  • Fertility healthcare and family-forming benefits
  • Four months of fully paid parental leave
  • 401(k) + Employer Match
  • Commuter benefits for in-office employees and a generous home office set up stipend for remote employees
  • Mental health benefits, including therapy and coaching, for employees and their dependents
  • Monthly Wellness stipend
  • Learning and development stipend
  • Generous and flexible vacation
  • Company-wide Summer & Winter holiday shutdown
  • Sabbaticals for 5-year and 10-year anniversaries




Benchling welcomes everyone.

We believe diversity enriches our team so we hire people with a wide range of identities, backgrounds, and experiences.

We are an equal opportunity employer. That means we don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.