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Director, Software Engineering | London Site Lead



Software Engineering
London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2024

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, and leadership, HERE.


This is an on-site role working in our London office located in the WeWork at 1 Mark Square London, EC2A 4EG

Elevator Pitch

As the Director of Engineering, you will play a pivotal role in leading our London-based engineering team to own the product development and delivery of an innovative Software as a Service (SaaS) platform focused on software supply chain security. You will drive the growth and optimization of our SaaS offering, overseeing product development to ensure high performance, scalability, security, and the integration of innovative features. Initially reporting to Luke Hinds, our CTO, you will have a significant impact on shaping the technological direction of our platform, contributing to the success and growth of Stacklok. This is an opportunity to join an exciting series A startup and grow and scale an engineering organization.

Role Success: 6-12 Month Expectations

  • a comprehensive understanding of our current technology stack, architecture, and engineering processes.
  • Lead the engineering team to successfully deliver key product milestones according to our established roadmap for 2024.
  • Work hand-in-hand wit product leadership to establish performance and scale benchmarks and goals to support the business. Establish concrete engineering, staffing and operational plan to exceed the needs of the business
  • Foster a culture of innovation, collaboration, and continuous improvement within the engineering team, emphasizing the importance of scalability, reliability, operational maturity and security.
  • Establish strong cross-functional relationships with product management, design, and other stakeholders to ensure alignment on priorities and objectives.
  • Recruit, onboard, and mentor top engineering talent to scale the team effectively, with a focus on individuals who have experience in developing high-performance SaaS solutions with a strong adherence to security best practices.

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 leaders succeed with a diverse range of skills and experiences.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Proven experience in software engineering leadership roles, with a track record of delivering high-performance SaaS services that handle large volumes of data while maintaining security, integrity and state.
  • Experience scaling a startup resourced engineering team through later funding rounds, with teams in excess of 50-100, with the proven ability to scale through others as a manager of managers.
  • Strong background in balancing development and operational oversight of live services, with familiarity around SRE based operational practices.
  • Experience leading teams with expertise in distributed systems, microservices architecture, and container orchestration platforms such as Kubernetes.
  • Strong knowledge of software scalability, performance tuning, and optimization strategies to ensure responsiveness and reliability under heavy loads, particularly in the context of high serving capacity.
  • Familiarity with compliance standards and regulations related to data security and privacy, such as GDPR and HIPAA
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate teams to achieve common goals by leading by example and seeking to serve those you manage.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to navigate ambiguity in a fast-paced startup environment.
  • Experience in the security industry is strongly desired, but not strictly required.

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.