Director of Software Engineering - InsightIDR

US - MA - Boston


US - MA - Boston


Product & Engineering

Director, Engineering - InsightIDR


Company Description

Rapid7 (Nasdaq: RPD) is advancing security with visibility, analytics, and automation delivered through our Insight cloud. Our solutions simplify the complex, allowing security teams to work more effectively with IT and development to reduce vulnerabilities, monitor for malicious behavior, investigate and shut down attacks, and automate routine tasks. Over 9,300 customers rely on Rapid7 technology, services, and research to improve security outcomes and securely advance their organization. For more information, visit our website, check out our blog, or follow us on LinkedIn.

The Opportunity

InsightIDR is a leading cloud based Detection and Response Platform that processes billions of events a day across thousands of customers to detect cyber attacks on our customer networks and help them repel these attackers before they do real harm.

We are seeking a proven technology leader to oversee and manage the growing engineering organization for our InsightIDR product line. This position is critical as IDR's platform is key to Rapid7's evolving security strategy. If you are someone who loves all things technical, know that this role requires a passionate technologist who will bring hands-on leadership and day-to-day structure to the engineering organization, as well as an understanding of how the product meets the needs of the customer. This person must be a collaborative team player who will work not just with the IDR team, but across Rapid7 as this business scales and integrates more fully with Rapid7's technology platform. We need a great manager and a great team builder who cares deeply about making everyone in the engineering organization successful and helps remove any obstacles in the way. 


This is a chance to advance the cloud security strategy at a high-growth B2B SaaS on our way to being a $1b+ company! If you are someone who loves technology as well as leading and developing people, and wants to be part of stopping the attackers threatening our customers' environments, this unique opportunity could be for you.


The Role

  • Responsible for developing technical strategy, and for developing and maintaining a technical roadmap that will continue to innovate from a technical standpoint

  • Steer and grow the engineering team, carefully balancing the talented current team with the need to hold people accountable as the business and product complexity grow rapidly

  • Invest in developing the current and future stars of the engineering organization as the company and team scale

  • Collaborate with engineering teams to ensure a high degree of alignment, ruthless prioritization, timely releases of products and services in support of critical company initiatives, and making sure the team is focused on “innovation that matters”

  • Work as an effective leader across the organization, and collaborate with other leaders to translate the business priorities of the company into a technical agenda

  • Be a trusted and respectful voice of the IDR engineering team to the broader organization

  • Relentlessly drive improvements to user experience through discovery, exploration and action 

  • Ensure scalable development, testing, and deployment process to maintain and improve product reliability, scalability, and performance

  • Potentially participate in M&A activity that will optimize and enhance IDR and Rapid7's platform(s)

Qualifications & Traits

  • Technical Expertise: Well versed in cloud technologies with a proven record of building scalable enterprise software, as well as experience providing leadership and direction to others in how to efficiently solve complex engineering challenges  

  • Team Leadership: Demonstrated ability to guide high performing engineering teams, where team members take initiative and push themselves beyond their comfort zone, along with a consistent ability to attract, assess, select, develop, motivate, and retain the best talent

  • Results-Oriented: Proven history of leading and managing engineering teams to release products to enterprise customers with the ability to build and ship high-quality products/platforms in a fast-paced, continuous deployment environment 

  • Collaboration and Influencing: Remarkable ability to influence cross-functionally in product management, marketing, sales, strategy and other areas to ensure alignment on the priorities of the engineering team and to facilitate a proactive dialogue on the possibilities and constraints of the business

  • Strategic Orientation: Strong facility with following and synthesizing strategic trends in their industry, and altering course as required to ensure that engineering enables the company to capitalize on those trends 

  • The rest:

    • Minimum of 10+ years of engineering leadership experience with a proven track record of successful development and delivery of complex, enterprise-class software that resulted in material market impact

    • A passionate leader that is known to deliver in high growth and highly dynamic environments; successful experience of setting the vision, and building, leading and motivating engineering teams as they scale

    • Track record of retaining, developing, motivating, and mentoring highly effective teams

    • A team player, who works effectively in a team-based organization, collaborates cross-functionally and builds support and alignment around goals and objectives 

    • A combination of domain expertise in cloud services, storage, network, infrastructure, and/or system-level software is highly desired: B2B experience is required

    • Demonstrated track record of implementing enhanced product development processes that shorten release cycles and improve “time to market” for new products

    • Able to embed and led world-class software development processes and practices

    • Bachelor's degree or better in Computer Science or related field