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Staff Software Engineer - Core Platform & OSS



Software Engineering
North America · Remote
Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2023

StackLok is an innovative software supply chain security startup founded by Kubernetes co-founder, Craig McLuckie and Sigstore founder, Luke Hinds. Our mission is to make it easier to securely develop software. With our deep expertise in open-source technologies and commitment to enhancing software security, we are seeking highly skilled and motivated individuals to join our team. This is a rare opportunity to join a startup at an early stage, and to be part of a team that is committed to building something truly innovative and impactful. Learn more about StackLok’s mission, virtues, role and leadership here.

Elevator Pitch

We are on a mission to empower developers and organizations to safeguard their software supply chains with unparalleled security and confidence. The increasing prevalence of software supply chain attacks impose an additional burden on developers and organizations and necessitates heightened vigilance. As a Staff Engineer you will be focused on building a platform that helps developers fortify the software supply chain by making the power of open source security technologies accessible to developers. If being part of a global community focused on securing the software supply chain excites you and you have a passion for open source software, we would love to hear from you!

Success in the Role: 6-12 Month Expectations

  • Within the first months of employment, become competent with the project, guidelines and standard operations.
  • Design and deliver priority features by working with the key stakeholders, including PMs, tech leads, other team members.
  • Take a leadership role within the team, guiding and mentoring junior engineers, conducting code reviews, and providing valuable insights to improve the overall codebase.
  • Take ownership of a complex subsystem, contributing to the design and architecture of new features and improvements.
  • Participate in technical hiring panels and processes to support team growth
  • Contributing to the design and implementation of highly scalable and reliable backend solutions that can handle increased user demand and traffic without compromising system stability.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and create a positive team environment through effective communication, active participation in meetings, and a willingness to share knowledge and expertise.
  • Effectively manage priorities, and communicate progress and challenges with the team and stakeholders.
  • Foster a team and community culture of empathy, curiosity and psychological safety.
  • Think like a founder!

We know from experience that not ticking every box on the skills sections stops many from applying. Please apply regardless of your self-assessment -- we want to hear from you! We have seen engineers succeed with a diverse range of skills and experiences.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Proven record of technical accomplishments that have directly contributed to measurable and impactful business outcomes.
  • Demonstrating a deep understanding of Go programming language and backend development principles, consistently delivering high-quality, efficient, and scalable code.
  • Strong proficiency in software development and experience with open-source projects.
  • Experience with secure coding practices and frameworks (e.g. OWASP, SSDF)
  • In-depth knowledge of software supply chain security, including understanding the risks associated with open-source components.
  • Proficient with Docker, Linux, and Git
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively convey technical concepts to diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience with modern software development practices


The team is fully distributed and remote; however, we have a strong hiring preference for US-East and EMEA regions (not covering Asia-Pacific & Japan).

Why Join Us?

At Stacklok, you will be a part of a culture that values open communication, collaboration, and innovation. We offer a competitive salary package and flexible work hours. If you’re a self-motivated and result-driven individual with a passion for designing and building secure, scalable, distributed systems, and you want to be part of the most exciting startup in the secure supply chain space, come and join us!

Stacklok Inc, is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all people and place great value in both diversity and inclusiveness. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to their, or any other person's, perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law.