All positions

Director of Engineering, Surfaces

Apply Now
Remote - United States

We are the first serverless database platform designed specifically with the developer in mind. Our products are loved by developers, builders, scalers, and creators alike. We harness the power of open source allowing unlimited scaling. No one else combines scalability and the developer experience like we do.

The database market is the most sought after in the VC space and is projected to be a $60 billion business by the end of 2022. The pace of innovation is mind-blowing. The opportunity is massive.

Created by the people who built the infrastructure at Twitter, Instagram, GitHub, and Slack. PlanetScale is a series C start-up with over $100 million in funding raised; and backed by leading VC companies like a16z, SignalFire, Insight Partners, and Kleiner Perkins.

We are just getting started!

We believe that building a product developers love doesn’t just mean stacking up as many features as we can, but putting in the work to craft beautiful, functional, and powerful tools that people want to use. 

That’s exactly what the Surfaces team does. This group builds and maintains a full-stack set of services that provide the API, Web UI, CLI and nearly every other customer-facing property that powers the PlanetScale product. This means a little bit of everything: crafting UIs that communicate complex database information in an easy-to-read way, understanding how users are consuming and integrating with PlanetScale, and building APIs and CLIs to match it all.

Leading the group that does all of this means growing and maintaining a broad set of skills across many disciplines. You may be scoping out the implementation of a complex Vitess feature on Tuesday, giving feedback on a brand new onboarding workflow on Wednesday, and ending the week chatting with a customer about how to ensure their team makes the most out of our branching workflow. 

If this sounds like an interesting challenge, we have the job for you.

What's the job to be done?

  • As a leader in a rapidly-growing company, no two days will look the same, but every one of them will be full of opportunities to make an impact.
  • You’ll be overseeing a team fluent in Ruby, Go, JavaScript and many other technologies that our users are deploying.
  • Your time will be split between empowering and serving the people working on the product, while forming relationships with the rest of PlanetScale leadership to craft the future of databases.

These attributes describe you...

  • You have a drive for getting the best out of people by creating collaborative, creative and safe teams that are empowered to ship software
  • You have an understanding of how to navigate a bit of chaos - we are a growing company, and you feel comfortable decreasing ambiguity and creating alignment
  • You have a focus on creating products that people want to use - not just products that work, but something that is fun to use
  • You create a high productivity, high autonomy environment that rewards excellent work and provides the tools and support to back it up. We don’t leave our teammates to fend for themselves, or send them on aimless expeditions
  • You and your colleagues are committed to helping you achieve your potential, holding you accountable, and making sure that you always know where you stand. 
  • You value the growth and opportunity that comes with working at an early-stage, fast-paced startup. This doesn’t mean stress and overwork, but the opportunity to work in and around every function of the business, and learn from some of the best. 

What you will need

  • Significant experience in building, growing and running high-performing engineering teams 
  • A background in full stack web technologies (Ruby/Rails, React, etc) deployed at scale
  • Experience working across multiple functions of the business, such as Support, Finance, Sales
  • An eye for the details, we have discerning users, and we care deeply about the quality of the product we give to them

What else will help you be successful

  • Experience working on or managing an all-remote team
  • Exposure to relational databases at scale
  • A knack for threading multiple disciplines to build a more successful product


At PlanetScale we believe in supporting people to do their best work and thrive no matter the location. Our mission is to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive company. We strive to build an inclusive environment where all people feel that they are equally respected and valued, whether they are a candidate or an employee. We welcome applicants of any educational background, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, citizenship, socioeconomic status, disability, pregnancy status, and veteran status.

If you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!



Perks at PlanetScale

Work with top tier teammates around the globe
Competitive salary & equity
Unlimited PTO

Apply to Director of Engineering, Surfaces

Upload(No file uploaded)
(.doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt, .rtf)
Upload(No file uploaded)
(.doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt, .rtf)
Voluntary Self-Identification

For government reporting purposes, we ask candidates to respond to the below self-identification survey. Completion of the form is entirely voluntary. Whatever your decision, it will not be considered in the hiring process or thereafter. Any information that you do provide will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file.

As set forth in this company’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy, we do not discriminate on the basis of any protected group status under any applicable law.

Race and Ethnic Definitions

If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed below, please indicate by making the appropriate selection. As a government contractor subject to the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA. Classification of protected categories is as follows:

A "disabled veteran" is one of the following: a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

A "recently separated veteran" means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.

An "active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran" means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.

An "Armed forces service medal veteran" means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.

Form CC-305
OMB Control Number 1250-0005
Expires 05/31/2023

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability

Why are you being asked to complete this form?

We are a federal contractor or subcontractor required by law to provide equal employment opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. We are also required to measure our progress toward having at least 7% of our workforce be individuals with disabilities. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had a disability. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we ask all of our employees to update their information at least every five years.

Identifying yourself as an individual with a disability is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer will be maintained confidentially and not be seen by selecting officials or anyone else involved in making personnel decisions. Completing the form will not negatively impact you in any way, regardless of whether you have self-identified in the past. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of federal contractors under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at

How do you know if you have a disability?

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition.

Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Autoimmune disorder, for example, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or HIV/AIDS
  • Blind or low vision
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular or heart disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, for example, Crohn's Disease, or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intellectual disability
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Nervous system condition for example, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, or Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Psychiatric condition, for example, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, or major depression

1Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of Federal contractors, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.