Riot Games was established in 2006 by entrepreneurial gamers who believe that player-focused game development can result in great games. In 2009, Riot released its debut title League of Legends to critical and player acclaim. As the most played video game in the world, over 100 million play every month. Players form the foundation of our community and it’s for them that we continue to evolve and improve the League of Legends experience.

We’re looking for humble but ambitious, razor-sharp professionals who can teach us a thing or two. We promise to return the favor. Like us, you take play seriously; you’re passionate about games. We embrace those who see things differently, aren’t afraid to experiment, and who have a healthy disregard for constraints.

That's where you come in.

Engineering Manager

As a Rioter in China, you'll join a team of internationally and culturally diverse professionals that share our prioritization of player experience, rejection of convention and maniacal passion for gaming. 

To reinforce Riot’s collaborative culture in our China offices, we’ve decided to do away with the constraints of traditional hierarchical title structures that are more common in the region. Titles don’t really matter at any of Riot’s offices, but we chose to take this extra step in our China offices to foster a space where teamwork thrives. We believe that removing this constraint will promote individual autonomy, ownership, collaboration, and a focus on results. We promise you won’t need a title at Riot to make an impact.

As the Engineering Manager in our Shanghai office, you’ll build + lead an Engineering team delivering value to Riot’s largest player base, China. You’ll drive 2 key strategic initiatives that require deep technical skills and the ability to drive cross-company collaboration between Riot + Tencent:


  • Deliver high-quality products + experiences for millions of CN players
  • Engineer products that support + scale our China business


  1. Technical expert: Broad theoretical knowledge + practical application of Software Engineering and Site Reliability Engineering principles to global-scale distributed systems. You’ve spent 7+ years tackling serious engineering challenges, both as a developer and as an operator of mission-critical Production systems.
  2. Experienced engineering leader: You have 5+ years of experience in Engineering Management, and are passionate about growing your team’s capabilities + impact. You use a systematic approach to coach your team, and hold them accountable for their growth. You’ve effectively participated in the full hiring manager lifecycle, from hiring + recruiting, to performance management, to comp and performance planning.
  3. Problem solver: You’re able to quickly resolve issues with people, process and technologies. You use empathy to build and repair relationships across teams and products. You remove roadblocks for your teams, and give them the tools they need to be effective.
  4. Clear communicator: You drive clarity in communication, by being concise and articulate. You listen well, you build strong relationships with stakeholders, and bring visibility to technical decisions made on your team to the broader company. You’re fluent in Chinese and English, and can drive effective collaboration with Chinese-speaking engineers.
  5. Strong decision-maker: You have a rigorous framework for making decisions in ambiguity. You make tradeoffs explicit, when balancing the long-term strategies and short-term tactics. You know when to call for help.



  1. Lead + develop a team of Engineers to a world-class standard (People Leadership).
  2. Ensure the team has a sound technical vision + roadmap (Craft Leadership).
  3. Use your gamer empathy to inform strong technical decision-making (Product Sense).
  4. Own the health + performance management of your team.
  5. Actively recruit + interview the best talent for your team.
  6. Participate in Code Reviews for technical deliverables.
  7. Coach your team in mature and professional engineering practices.
  8. Hold your team accountable for delivering + owning the high quality of their software.

Don’t forget to include a resume and cover letter. We receive a lot of applications, but we’ll notice a fun, well-written intro that shows us you take play seriously.