VP of Engineering

Job description

A better internet is possible, one that empowers people to choose how their personal information is used. This might seem daunting, or even impossible, but at Proton, building this better internet is what we do every day. We envision an internet where privacy is the default for everyone, everywhere. Our mail, VPN, calendar and drive products provide trusted ways for people to be secure and retain ownership of their data online. As a mission-driven organization, we want to empower the entire world to choose privacy.

And we need you to help us build and expand our ecosystem of solutions that give real people real choice. This means making sure our products scale as we continue to grow and tackling difficult technical problems as we develop new products that will drive the internet forward.

Join us at one of Europe’s fastest-growing companies to help us solve challenging problems and build new products that will reach hundreds of millions of people. We want to create more than just one of the world’s most impactful tech companies, we want to create a new internet that serves the interests of all people. We need you, your voice, your ideas, and your ambition to make it happen.


About Proton

Proton was founded in 2014 by a group of scientists who met at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). 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, and we are also developing additional products, including Proton Calendar, Proton Drive, with more to come. Our vision is to build an internet where privacy is the default through an ecosystem of services accessible to everyone, everywhere, every day.

New York Times journalists, some of the world’s largest corporations, and millions of ordinary citizens use our products so they can choose who, if anyone, sees their information. By empowering people like this, we are saving lives and 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 400 people around the world.

Today, Proton is making privacy universally accessible to more than 50 million registered users, including journalists, some of the world’s largest organizations, and people in more than 180 countries.


Purpose of the role

As a leader of Proton’s engineering teams, you will manage the teams 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
  • Work with strategy and product management teams on the product's vision

Job requirements

  • 15+ years of experience building and leading large engineering teams (100+ 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

Bonus points for

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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 companies, 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.


Proton uses the Recruitee recruitment platform for a 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. Due to recent scams, please be careful with any suspicious emails pretending to be Proton team and forward them to abuse@proton.me. Proton will never ask for payments from candidates.

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.

By applying to a role at Proton, you acknowledge that we will process and store your personal data for at least the duration of the hiring process and as necessary to enter a contractual relationship with you.