VP Engineering

Job description

Our company:
ProtonMail was founded in 2014 by a group of scientists who met at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The principal goal of the company is to defend human rights and democracy through building software that is essential for digital freedom. Since its inception, the company has grown at a fast pace and today has over 25 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 such as ProtonCalendar, ProtonDrive, and much more. Proton users include leaders of the Hong Kong protest movement, New York Times journalists, some of the world’s largest corporations, and millions of ordinary citizens from over 180 countries.

Our team is diverse and dynamic, representing over 30 different nationalities, with offices in Geneva, Zurich, Prague, Vilnius, Skopje, San Francisco, and Taipei.


About the position:

Proton is seeking an experienced VP Engineering to work with our teams that are creating products used by over 25 million people. Proton currently offers a secure email, calendar, cloud storage, and VPN service, with many new products in our pipeline.


As a leader of Proton’s engineering team, you will manage the team and lead the end-to-end product development. You should have experience developing software yourself and managing a rapidly growing team. You will need to be proficient in leading efforts to scale up development, maintenance, and recruitment efforts. You will need to process lots of information, consider competing viewpoints, and then reach a decision that all stakeholders can buy into.


What you will do:

  • Lead, manage, and mentor a high-performing team of engineers and tech support personnel
  • Recruit and develop top engineering talent
  • Develop processes and procedures to ensure quality standards are met and maintained
  • Recommend new technology and ideas to improve sprints and efficiency
  • Maintain and optimize project management and budgets to meet goals
  • Manage and collaborate on the complete product lifecycle, from concept to execution
  • Motivate your team to continuously innovate, improve, and think differently

    Job requirements

    • 5-10 years experience leading large engineering teams (80+ employees)
    • Has worked at a company or organization through a period of rapid growth
    • Extensive engineering expertise in the areas of tooling, prints, specifications, product maintenance, budgeting, and software products
    • Familiar with code development and version control
    • Strong organization and prioritization skills, as well as outstanding written and verbal communication skills
    • Flawless written and spoken English

    Knowledge in the following areas is considered a plus:

    • Programming languages
    • Code debugging and profiling
    • Web protocols and service daemons
    • Mail protocols and service daemons
    • Storage, filesystems, and database systems
    • Work methodologies

    Why you should join Proton:

    • We work on interesting, challenging problems every day. There is never a dull moment.
    • Our startup culture means everyone’s opinion matters. You can have a significant impact.
    • Our rapid growth means there are many opportunities for advancement.
    • The chance to do something meaningful. Proton products protect dissidents, journalists, and activists. Our work saves lives.
    • Be part of something bigger. Millions of people and businesses around the world have embraced our idea of an Internet where privacy and security are the default. Join the privacy revolution that is changing the world.


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    Keep in mind that you will receive emails from careers@protonmail.recruitee.com email or other addresses on the protonmail.recruitee.com domain.