VP of Engineering
WhiteHat Security - Santa Clara, CA

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WhiteHat Security is the leading provider of website risk management solutions that protect critical data, ensure compliance and narrow the window of risk. Founded in 2001 by Jeremiah Grossman, a former Yahoo! Information security officer, WhiteHat Security serves over 500 customers in e-commerce, financial services, information technology and healthcare including many of the Fortune 500. WhiteHat Sentinel, the Company’s flagship product family, was launched in 2003 and is the most accurate, complete and cost-effective website vulnerability management solution available. WhiteHat Security currently has 270 full-time employees, and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. The Company is privately held.

We are looking for an extraordinary VP of Engineering, to manage and optimize the growth of the development organization in the Company. The VP of Engineering will report to the CEO and will be responsible for growing, leading, retaining, and mentoring the engineering team. You will be responsible for devising and effectively implementing a development methodology that ensures not only that the best products be released to market as scheduled, but also that this process fosters and rewards the innovative and creative efforts of each member of the engineering organization. The successful leader for this team will embody many of the following attributes:

Highly motivated and creative individual.
Demonstrated prior success building and leading engineering organizations within a highly-scalable software environment with exposure to development/product environments such as web platform, high volume, multi-tenant SaaS, big data.
Demonstrated effective, repeatable methods for building and releasing successful, high-quality products on time, to specification, and within budget, by an empowered and excited engineering organization.
Unparalleled engineering leader whose individual technical knowledge and willingness to contribute will command the respect of a talented team.
Develop leadership and technical expertise along the management and technical ladders, drive a cohesive and highly productive culture in the organization, enable world-class talent acquisition, development and retention.
Proven track record scaling businesses, and understands the unique dynamics of early-stage companies, and can instill engineering processes while still allowing for creativity and innovation within an empowered and excited engineering organization.

Desired skills

Extensive engineering track record in innovation and delivering high quality complex products, and sustaining development of products for extended periods of time.
Able to define a clear product strategy and architecture that can be translated into realistic engineering deliverables.
Able to work effectively across functions to serve as the voice of engineering within the organization.
Great organizational skills, engineering resource and budget planning skills.
Successful background growing a team.
Broad understanding of Enterprise SaaS.
Possesses a roll-up-the-sleeves work ethic, and an unshakeable passion for building great products.
Ability to bridge technical-business divide.
Experience working with Agile development methodologies and practices.
Experience converting from one platform/language to another and building a zero down time platform.
Strong customer and peer relationship skills.
Excellent communication and motivation skills.
At least 7 years experience in strategic/executive-level position.
MS/Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science desirable.
Experience in programming languages such as Python, Perl or Java is a plus.
Experience with Postgres is also a plus.
Experience with Hadoop and memcached is desired.

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