Head of Partnerships

Job description

At Proton, we envision an internet where privacy is the default, and we’re building ways to help all people secure their digital lives and take control of their data. ProtonMail was founded in 2014 by a group of scientists who met at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). And since its inception, the company has grown at a fast pace and today has over 40 million users. 

Our principal product, ProtonMail, is the world’s largest secure email service. Our second product, ProtonVPN, is one of the world’s most popular VPN services. Our vision is to build an internet platform for the protection of digital rights, and we are also developing additional products, including ProtonCalendar, ProtonDrive, and more to come. 

Our users include New York Times journalists, some of the world’s largest corporations, and millions of ordinary citizens. The world is adopting our products at an accelerating pace. Whether it’s in New York, or at the front lines of the global struggle for freedom and democracy in Hong Kong, Belarus, and Myanmar, the work we do saves lives and is transforming the world. Our team is diverse and dynamic, representing over 30 different nationalities, with offices in Geneva, Zurich, Prague, London, Vilnius, Skopje, and Taipei, employing people around the world. 

Proton is a mission driven company. We’re deeply committed to enabling freedom online and ensuring the internet serves the interests of all people. Our technologies provide trusted ways for people to be secure online and in control of their information at all times. The world is adopting our products at an accelerating pace. Help us bring it from tens of millions of users, to billions of users. We’re creating one of the world’s most impactful tech companies.

Purpose of the role

As an experienced partnerships executive, you’ll be responsible for defining and executing the partnership strategy at Proton. This is a global role with full ownership of strategic, brand, and B2B2C partnerships, as well as affiliate and influencer programs.

You will lead the Partnerships team and drive user growth and brand awareness by building strong, lasting partnerships with organizations that share Proton's values and vision of creating an internet where privacy is the default.

If you’re a self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment and a results-driven marketer with a proven track record of leading initiatives that result in sustained growth, this is a great opportunity to play a pivotal role in a fast-growing company. You will have a concrete impact on the future of the business as a whole.

Please note you must be willing and able to relocate to Geneva to be considered for this position. 


What you will do

  • Own the vision, strategy, and execution of all partnerships activities.
  • Drive user acquisition at scale via strategic, brand, and B2B2C partnerships, as well as with affiliate and influencer programs.
  • Closely collaborate with other growth teams to optimize user acquisition holistically.
  • Liaise with product and operations teams to develop custom solutions for our partners
  • Build, lead, and nurture a growing team of high-performing marketers who deliver undeniable business impact and breed standards of excellence for the team's strategy, creativity, and execution through coaching and capacity building.

Job requirements

  • 7+ years of experience and a proven track record of driving user growth and brand awareness via partnerships.
  • 7+ years of experience and a proven track record of running strategic, brand, and B2B2C partnerships, as well as affiliate and influencer programs.
  • 3+ years of experience building and leading teams, including experience directly managing teams of 5+ individuals and scaling organizations.
  • Strong project and program management, with the ability to thrive in a high-growth, fast-paced startup environment, setting objectives, and ruthlessly prioritizing activities based on impact.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills, as well as a strong command of English. Able to build and maintain strong and effective relationships with partners as well as with internal teams.
  • Independent, self-motivated, and proactive, you don’t require constant input and have meticulous attention to detail.
  • Experience in tech and SaaS industries.


Why should you join Proton

  • Be part of a movement - Proton is not just a product or service but a community-driven movement united by a shared vision of online freedom. Our services are open source, audited, and supported by community contributions. We give back to our community by maintaining core encryption libraries and by supporting other organizations furthering the same goals as us.
  • Work with smart and dedicated people - Our team is diverse, collaborative, and tight-knit with people coming from all walks of life, including many of the world’s top academic institutions and organizations, such as MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Caltech, Cambridge, and ETH.
  • Join a strong brand - Our encrypted email service - ProtonMail - has grown to be a staple of online security and privacy. Proton has been featured in multiple popular television and film productions, such as Mr. Robot, Knives Out, Sounds of Metal, and more.
  • Grow with us - We’re one of Europe’s fastest-growing startups, doubling in size every year. Our growth gives you limitless career and educational opportunities as well as the opportunity to work side-by-side with many world-leading experts in their fields.
  • Have your voice heard - We value your opinion and encourage you to speak up and share your ideas and thoughts. At Proton, no problem is someone else’s problem. We collectively strive to do the right thing and be the undisputed best in the world at everything we do.

ProtonMail uses the Recruitee recruitment platform for more effective hiring process and a better candidate experience. Your data will always be kept confidential and is not shared with any third parties. Keep in mind that you will receive emails from the email address careers@protonmail.recruitee.com or other addresses on the protonmail.recruitee.com domain.

Proton does not accept unsolicited resumes from any sources other than directly from a candidate. Proton will not pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited offer, even in a situation when the relevant candidate is employed by Proton.