Director, Engineering

Bangalore, KA, IN, 560103


Sophos Overview – Cybersecurity Evolved

Sophos evolves to meet every new challenge, protecting more than 400,000 organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by SophosLabs, our cloud-native and AI-enhanced solutions are able to adapt and evolve to secure endpoints and networks against never-before-seen cybercriminal tactics and techniques. Managed through our award-winning, cloud-based platform, Sophos Central, our best-of-breed products work together through our unique Synchronized Security system to share threat intelligence and respond to evolving threats. The Sophos suite of products secures networks and endpoints against automated and active-adversary breaches, ransomware, malware, exploits, data exfiltration, phishing, and more.

Job Purpose


It’s not often you get this rare opportunity to transform the architecture of a product whilst embracing a very modern and exciting technology stack. If that wasn’t enough you will also be working in a marketplace that is generating $15B in revenues. You will be part of a new team of engineers in Bangalore to help develop the next generation of control plane that will be a part of our Firewall product as well as many others. This technology will sit on hardware, on-prem software and cloud. The control plane will embrace many new modern stack frameworks and technologies from closet to cloud and in a way that will revolutionize our products and delivery to our customers. You will have the opportunity to work on cool new tech, for a company that values innovation with a team passionate about our mission in protect customers. This opportunity affords you the opportunity to be involved from the ground up build a differentiated product and contributing to the overall architecture and design. If you enjoy solving tough problems and working at a fast pace, then this will be a dream job

As Director of Engineering for the Network Security Group you will be responsible for the engineering of our next generation control plane which will be included in our Firewall and other products. You will oversee technical and execution of the technology and roadmap. You will utilize new and existing processes to build and deliver the products. These responsibilities include enabling, supporting, measuring and monitoring agile SDLC for the engineering teams with focus on Continuous Integration and Delivery, test design, test automation. This is highly involved and visible, hands-on leadership position for a candidate with a passion for quality, security, technology and innovation. This role will leverage a variety of skills and technologies be it from Linux system knowledge from a hardware appliance to containers and orchestration in the cloud.  The team will be located in Bangalore but will interface with teams in Vancouver, Pittsburg, and Ahmedabad to some degree. This position will be responsible for hiring in a 40-person team in Bangalore and is a rare opportunity to build a incredible team from the ground up. This position will be based in Bangalore.

Sophos XG firewall is a market leader and a leader in the Gartner magic quadrant. Combined with the endpoint Sophos is the only company that places in the leader quadrants for both endpoint and network. It also is the only vendor that has network and endpoint synchronized security where the endpoint and network co-ordinate security actions and posture. See more here : https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/next-gen-firewall.aspx. Our business is rapidly growing outstripping the market. This is a great opportunity to help us drive the next levels of innovation in our control plane products.


Main Duties

  • Management for, highly skilled and motivated team of engineers
  • Engineering management and technical leadership and mentoring to the engineering team
  • Drive innovation and architecture of the new control plane
  • Deliver high quality engineering with best practices that result in a highly performant and technically excellent control plane
  • Collaborate with QE teams to define, design, develop, document, and maintain the QE automation and test automation frameworks.
  • Responsible for validating the end-to-end the delivered technology
  • Be the Custodian of product/feature release quality and continual quality improvement activities
  • Drive quality into the SDLC as early as possible
  • Coordination & communication with Stake holders, Engineering Partners at both USA and India
  • Interfacing with Customers, System Engineers, Support Org and Product Management teams for input into engineering/product


Skills & Experience


  • Extensive background in leading software engineering product teams
  • Proven ability to earn respect, trust and influence from people you work with and to mentor top technical talent.
  • Technical leadership experience in design, implementation, and support of core front end, orchestration, and database services that are highly reliable, flexible, and scalable.
  • BS/MS/PhD in information technology, computer science or a related engineering discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Deep knowledge of building appliances as well as cloud
  • Right now, you're looking for a role that lets you stay close to the technology and engineering practices
  • You can apply good judgment to the steepest software engineering challenges.
  • You set high standards and have demonstrated the ability to build and lead a high-performance team.
  • You are able to think about the big picture while also not minding being hands-on if needed.
  • You also enjoy building relationships with others in a highly visible, cross-functional role.
  • Demonstrable experience in managing Engineering, QA/QE and DevOps organization and processes, solid understanding and working knowledge of the CD/CI concepts, automated testing, configuration management, automating IT infrastructure and software application deployment pipelines.
  • Ability to evaluate/improve existing and propose new engineering processes, standards and best practices.
  • Experience in driving operational excellence and efficiency (product and process) based on properly identified, collected and analyzed metrics and trends.
  • Ability to contribute and influence at all phases of the SDLC – from requirements definition to maintenance along with the cross-functional collaboration
  • Applied/formal project management skills in planning, sizing, effort estimates, tracking, and reporting on project progress



  • Experience with the technology stack which includes Java, C, Go, linux, webservices and technologies, Python, AngularJS
  • Experience with software/cyber security, firewall and security testing is a big plus.
  • Experience with hardware appliance and software (virtual image) testing is a big plus.
  • Knowledge/experience working with AWS and/or Azure is strongly desirable.
  • Networking domain knowledge: TCP/UDP, Routing and Switching protocols
  • Working experience on virtualization technologies such as KVM, Hyper V, ESXi and OpenStack
  • Experience working with CI/CD tools such as GitLab, Jenkins, Bamboo and building test automation into CI/CD pipelines
  • Knowledge of containers and containerization (K8S/Docker)
  • At least 10 years’ experience in leadership position
  • Experience working in an Agile Development environment


Behaviors and Attributes:

  • Calm and measured leader
  • Fosters a culture of intent-based leadership
  • Have strong accountability and ownership to drive outcomes
  • Drive and motivation to create change
  • Highly motivated and creative individual
  • Ability to influence groups of individuals through proven leadership
  • Is passionate about quality
  • Excellent communication and motivation skills
  • Strong analytical skills, attention to detail and excellent problem solving/troubleshooting skills
  • Be a multiplier- hire 10X engineering talent
  • Create a strong engineering-driven culture that promotes diversity, innovation, and creative problem solving


Equal Opportunities

Sophos is committed to equality opportunity in all areas of its work. All qualified applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation.




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