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VP of Incubation Engineering


The VP of Incubation Engineering runs the Incubation Engineering Department within the Engineering Division. The team members in this department focus on long-term trends and features that are too early to measure via usage or revenue, but are critical to the long term growth and success of GitLab. The projects this department works on align with the "new markets" investment type. Long term, the budget for this area will be ~10% of R&D. This position reports to our Chief Technical Officer.

Q&A with the CEO

While watching this video, keep in mind that this position and department was previously named "New Markets" instead of "Incubation Engineering".


  • Recruit excellent senior individual contributors to act as Single-engineering Groups (SEGs)
  • Effectively wield technical influence within a larger company and codebase
  • Provide lightweight project management to the Single-Engineer Groups under their purview
  • Provide transparent status to stakeholders
  • Stay abreast of long term technical trends in the market
  • Stay informed about other products' functionality and positioning
  • Advocate for broad changes in the GitLab project to stay ahead of scalability and performance bottlenecks

Must-have Requirements

  • Able to enable people to go from 0 to 1: get something shipped
  • Maintain the prioritized, justified list of future investment opportunities
  • Learn, live, and teach our core values
  • Be technically credible (at the VP level)
  • Be an excellent recruiter of engineering talent
  • Have a defined management philosophy
  • Excellent verbal & written (async) communication skills
  • Demonstrated longevity and perseverance at a fast-growing organization
  • Be effective in an all-remote setting
  • Humility

Nice-to-have Requirements

We'd like the successful candidate to have at least a simple majority of the following attributes:

  • Extensive familiarity with the GitLab project and application
  • Prior success at startup or entrepreneurial organizations
  • Experience at multiple product-oriented technology companies
  • Experience growing a company to massive scale
  • Prior developer platform or tool industry experience
  • Experience working with people around the globe
  • Extensive open-source work
  • Demonstrate curiosity for new topics and domains

About GitLab

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  1. Work with helpful, kind, motivated, and talented people.
  2. Work remote so you have no commute and are free to travel and move.
  3. Have flexible work hours so you are there for other people and free to plan the day how you like.
  4. Everyone works remote, but you don't feel remote. We don't have a head office, so you're not in a satellite office.
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  6. Work on a product you use every day: we drink our own wine.
  7. Work on a product used by lots of people that care about what you do.
  8. As a company we contribute more than we take, most of our work is released as the open source GitLab CE.
  9. Focused on results, not on long hours, so that you can have a life and don't burn out.
  10. Open internal processes: know what you're getting in to and be assured we're thoughtful and effective.

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