Engineering Director - Drive

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. Proton 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 70 million users.

Our principal product, Proton Mail, is the world’s largest secure email service. Our second product, Proton VPN, 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 Proton Calendar, Proton Drive, 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 Engineering Director for Proton Drive, you will lead four teams building end-to-end encrypted online storage products serving millions of Proton customers worldwide. You will be responsible for defining your organizational structure, ensuring best practices in code quality and architectural design, and maintaining alignment across mobile, web, and desktop clients. You will lead design and development of systems and customer experiences at scale, and partner with product managers to develop strategic direction for your teams. As a member of the Proton engineering leadership team, you will advocate for making continuous investments in developer productivity and code quality, while ensuring fast feature delivery for your customers. You will report directly to the VP of Engineering.


What you will do

  • Serve as head of engineering for Proton Drive
  • Lead through others, and develop the next generation of engineering leaders at Proton
  • Inspire, coach, and develop your teams
  • Optimize your organizational structure, and continuously raise the bar on hiring
  • Build relationships with senior leaders, and advance your long-term platform and engineering vision
  • Lead technical design and platform discussions
  • Drive continuous improvement in our DevOps practices, and improve lead times and time to market while maintaining exceptional standards of product quality
  • Hold yourself and your teams accountable to high engineering standards
  • Develop efficient processes, and motivate your team to operate with high velocity, ownership, and accountability
  • Contribute to Proton's technology and open source communities
  • Foster an inclusive and diverse environment for your team to show up and give their best each day


Technologies we use

  • Applied cryptography (PGP, TLS, etc.)
  • REST APIs
  • Event architectures
  • HTTP networking
  • SQL, Redis
  • PHP (Symfony), Golang, Python
  • iOS, macOS (Swift)
  • Android (Kotlin, Jetpack)
  • Web (Typescript, React)

Job requirements

  • 10+ years software engineering experience in progressively complex roles
  • 5+ years directly leading and managing engineers
  • Demonstrable experience as a manger of managers
  • A history of collaboration with senior leaders in engineering, product, and analytics on developing technical and product strategy
  • A curious, passionate, and growth-oriented mindset
  • Deep experience as a hands-on software engineer creating well-crafted, maintainable code
  • Practical experience leading DevOps and SRE initiatives and driving best practices
  • Experience with cryptography preferred
  • Eagerness to share your ideas, and openness to those of others


Why you should 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 - Proton Mail - 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.
  • Benefits – these vary by location and type of contract but expect support on your vacation, parental leave, refreshment if working from the office, learning and development opportunities, equity for shared success, flexible working hours and remote work, company events and team building activities.

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