Career | Head of Software Engineering | Loft Labs

Head of Software Engineering


Loft Labs


Remote / United States of America

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Industry: Enterprise/B2B Software
  • Post Date: 02/12/2024
  • Website: loft.sh
  • Company Address: 415 Mission St, Fl. 37, San Francisco, California 94105, US
  • Salary Range: $50,000 - $150,000

About Loft Labs

Our product is called Loft and ties these open-source projects together into a single Kubernetes platform that companies can use to provide engineers with secure but unimpeded access to cloud resources and to make the switch to truly cloud-native engineering practices.

Job Description

We are a venture-backed tech startup in hyper growth phase. Our headquarters are in San Francisco (Salesforce Tower) but our team is distributed across 8 timezones and we have a remote-first work culture similar to GitLab, Zapier or Stripe.

Our commercial product Loft (www.loft.sh) helps platform teams create a self-service system for virtual Kubernetes clusters using our vcluster technology. This has two major benefits: 1) It creates autonomy for developers and allows companies to build high-velocity engineering teams; and 2) It improves efficiency for running cloud native applications which can save over 70% of cloud computing cost for our customers.

We are generating revenue and growing extremely fast with a customer base that includes some of the biggest companies in the world (car manufacturers, Fortune 100 financial institutions) and some of the fastest growing tech unicorns.

Working on developer tools and open-source technology is part of our DNA. We are the maintainers of several popular open-source projects in the Kubernetes space:

  • vcluster - Virtual Kubernetes Clusters: www.vcluster.com (certified Kubernetes distribution) / +10 Million Virtual Clusters Created Per Year
  • DevSpace - Docker-Compose But For Kubernetes: www.devspace.sh / +1 Million Downloads
  • DevPod - Codespaces But Open-Source, Client-Only, Unopinionated: www.devpod.sh
  • kiosk - Multi-Tenancy Extension for Kubernetes: www.kiosk.sh (recommended by AWS as security best practice for EKS)
  • jsPolicy - Kubernetes Policies using JavaScript & TypeScript: www.jspolicy.com

Our technology is used by companies such as Adobe, VMware, Gusto, Outreach, Codefresh, and many others.

Responsibilities

We are looking for an Head of Software Engineering to join our team to lead the software engineering organization. In this position, you will:

  • Build a trusting, collaborative, and high performance engineering organization that consistently executes on company goals and initiatives. 
  • Be part of the strategic planning and lead execution of software development projects, with a particular focus on our Kubernetes-based solutions.
  • Be directly responsible for leading the day-to-day execution of multiple engineering teams. 
  • Oversee the end-to-end software development life cycle, from ideation to delivery, ensuring products meet high standards of quality and align with business objectives.
  • Instill a culture of continuous improvement, regularly evaluating and optimizing development processes and workflows.
  • Stay on top of industry trends, emerging technologies, and advancements in the cloud-native space, and integrate relevant innovations into the company's technology stack.
  • Develop and communicate a clear technology strategy and roadmap for the software development organization.

 

Requirements

You are the right candidate for this opportunity if you have:

  • Experience overseeing the end-to-end software development life cycle, from concept to delivery.
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to hire, build, and lead high-performing and distributed engineering teams.
  • Hands-on experience with Kubernetes and programming languages commonly used in the Kubernetes ecosystem, such as Go, Rust, or others.
  • Strong understanding of cloud-native development and microservices architecture.
  • Ability to mentor and coach team members, fostering a culture of continuous learning and professional development.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities, technologies, and business needs.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to represent and promote complex business or technical concepts to various stakeholders.

Benefits

We offer the following benefits:

  • Competitive Salary: We tend to pay higher wages than other startups.
  • Platinum-Level Insurance: Health, dental, vision, and life Insurance including plans for you and eligible dependents (benefits vary depending on country)
  • Flexible Working Schedule: You have a doctor’s appointment or need to head to the supermarket to get groceries at 2pm? We won’t have an issue with that. To us, results matter more than clocking in and out at the same time every day.
  • Workplace Flexibility: If you want to work from home, that’s great! If you’d prefer to work in a coworking space, we can make that happen as well. If you want to relocate to our HQ in San Francisco, let’s discuss that. We’re flexible on all of this and we know things can change in life and we’re happy to adjust the work environment for you along the way.

Why join a startup like Loft Labs?

Since we are a fast-moving startup, you will not be number 14,589 in our company but rather become an essential part of our team right from the start:

  • Fast Application Process: We will typically get back to you within a week. No need to polish your resume for us. Just send us some links (e.g. LinkedIn, etc.), answer a few questions about your previous experiences, and hop on a quick Zoom call with one of our team members to see if you’re a good fit. We will respond quickly and make hiring decisions within days rather than months.
  • Open-Minded Work Environment: You can always speak your mind - no company politics or unnecessary formalities. We are operating in a lean, honest, and efficient way and we are looking for different perspectives, constructive feedback and creative, motivated people who want to make a difference.
  • Grow With The Company: We are a small company right now but we are growing incredibly fast because we work on something that has a lot of value to engineering teams in large enterprises. Joining Loft Labs early will give you the chance to advance much faster to the next step on the career ladder than in any larger company.
  • Responsibility From Day 1: You will see right from the start that your work will immediately have an impact in our company and you can shape the future of this company together with the rest of our team. Grow with us and benefit from being part of this journey from the start.

Culture & Values

At Loft Labs, we value and stand for:

  • Technical Excellence: We are determined to build best-in-class technology and ship high-quality software because we know that our users are engineers themselves.
  • Customer Obsession: We are going above and beyond to make our customers and users happy, which means striving for great usability, excellent documentation and support as well as fast response times for feature requests and bug reports.
  • Impressive Speed: From user feedback to shipping a new feature to address this feedback, we usually take less than a week in most cases and our users absolutely love us for this.
  • Bold Innovation: We are constantly questioning the state-of-the-art to find and address important issues in our space, even if that means abandoning any existing technologies and starting from scratch again.
  • Open Source & Open Mind: We are actively contributing and maintaining open-source projects and we believe that building an open-minded team culture that respects different perspectives and welcomes constructive feedback is equally paramount to our success.

Loft Labs, Inc. provides equal opportunities for all candidates. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for everyone who becomes part of our team. We are also actively promoting measures to reduce bias throughout our hiring process to ensure that everyone gets the same opportunities.

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