Senior Director of Engineering - Messaging Security Group

Engineering - Burlington, MA, USA
Posting Date
Jun 04, 2018
Burlington, MA, USA


The Senior Director of Engineering reports to the GM/SVP of the Messaging Security Group (MSG) and is a key member of the MSG business unit’s leadership team.  S/he will work closely with other key functional leaders to define strategy and drive product execution.  The MSG business unit was formed to address the growing problem of security breaches associated with email.  The recent Verizon Data Breach Report shows that 93% of data breaches studied contained phishing/email as part of the breach.  This leader will play a crucial role in tackling this problem with innovative approaches to security that take into account the changing nature of email as well as the strengths of Sophos’s broad product portfolio and the rich data and analysis from Sophos Labs.

We seek a top performing leader with the passion, and experience to build a top performing organization dedicated to securing our customer’s email. The ideal candidate will bring strong experience in development process with recent experience in a high performing agile environment.  The right candidate will have a commitment to high quality software and excellence in user experience as well as experience in SaaS/Cloud environments at scale.  The environment is highly collaborative so the successful candidate will be high energy, team oriented, and customer driven.

Main Duties

  • Lead an engineering organization of 50 to 75 employees across Massachusetts and India
  • Actively participate in the strategic leadership of the overall business unit.  Participate in business unit staff meetings, strategic discussions, and decision making
  • Collaborate with the Director of Product Management to set aggressive but realistic engineering plans
  • Collaborate with the Director of Program Management to define/refine engineering processes that maximize our success in delivering a high quality service that delivers market-leading protection and user experience
  • Work with functions across the company including Sophos Labs, Support, Marketing and others to ensure a unified product experience for our customers
  • Ensure high reliability and successful operation of the service by working with the L1 Operations and maintaining and building a high quality L2 escalation function

Experience and Skills

  • 5+ years of experience in engineering leadership including increasing leadership responsibilities and experience managing an organization of 30+ people 
  • Experience working in a highly productive Agile environment
  • Experience with CI/CD and microservices
  • Experience with SaaS/Cloud/AWS-based transactional businesses at scale
  • Track record of success working with remote teams – ideally experience working with teams in India
  • Strong communicator – clear, crisp, honest, and direct
  • Results oriented and hungry – high energy
  • Detail-oriented – wants to know what’s happening on the front lines.  Not afraid to roll up sleeves.
  • 5+ years of experience as an engineer ideally in SaaS or Cloud environments
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Engineering



In most cases, the compensation package includes:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • 401k plan
  • Vacation time
  • Gym membership compensation

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Posting Date
Jun 04, 2018
Burlington, MA, USA