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Director of Engineering, Defend

Department: Development

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The Director of Engineering, Secure at GitLab will manage all the teams and feature development for the “defend” stage of the DevSecOps lifecycle of our application. They will recruit and manage multiple frontend and backend teams. They will collaborate heavily with both Product Management for prioritization and our internal Security Department for expertise and as an internal customer. They will report directly to the Senior Director of Development.


  • Quickly recruit top engineering talent
  • Manage multiple teams totaling over 20 people
  • Directly manage Engineering Managers
  • Drive high throughput
  • Define an track key metrics for productivity


Must haves

  • Technically credible based on past development work (including security work)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Expert Hiring Manager able to build teams quickly and recruit top talent
  • Strong Management Philosophy
  • Knowledge of agile project management techniques and best practices
  • Able to manage and drive up the quality of their teams' work
  • Demonstrated longevity and a track record of success at multiple organizations
  • Experience working remote, managing remotely, and/or working with remote offices
  • Leadership at GitLab


  • User of GitLab
  • Startup experience
  • Product company experience
  • Experience with massive scale
  • Developer platform/tool industry experience
  • Experience working globally
  • Extensive open source experience

Hiring Process

Applicants for this position can expect the hiring process to follow the order below. Please keep in mind that applicants can be declined from the position at any stage of the process. To learn more about someone who may be conducting the interview, find her/his job title on our team page.


  1. Selected candidates will be invited to schedule a 30 minute screening call with our Recruiting team
  2. Second round (in parallel)
    • An interview with the hiring manager
    • An interview with a peer Director of Engineering
    • An interview with a peer in Security
    • An Interview with an Engineering Manage
  3. Interview with Director of Product Management
  4. Interview with VP of Engineering
  5. Finally, candidates will meet with our CEO

Additional details about our process can be found on our hiring page.