VP of Development

Engineering Managers at GitLab see their team as their product. While they are technically credible and know the details of what engineers work on, their time is spent safeguarding their team’s health, hiring a world-class team, and putting them in the best position to succeed. They own the delivery of product commitments and are always looking to improve productivity. They must also coordinate across departments to accomplish collaborative goals. Engineering Leadership at GitLab is cross-discipline. A VP of Development unifies and focuses all development for a particular product.


  • Drive recruiting of a world class team at all levels
  • Help their (senior) directors, senior managers, managers, and engineers grow their skills and experience
  • Measure and improve the happiness of Engineering
  • Make sure the handbook is used and maintained in a transparent way
  • Implement technical and process improvements that are causal to most critical needs
  • Participate and support a sense of psychological safety of the department
  • Drive quarterly OKRs around company goals
  • Define the agile project management process
  • Be accountable for product quality, security, and performance
  • Work across departments within engineering
  • Work closely with Senior leaders of Product Management to provide a consistent/successful interface between Engineering Development and Product Management
  • Support constantly changing priorities between product features, availability, performance, security and reliability
  • Support process for incident management including quality control of RCAs

Job Grade

The VP of Development is a grade 12. This role extends the Senior Director, Development role. It expands the role to cover full functional and product capabilities at GitLab.

Performance Indicators

Hiring Process

Candidates for this position can generally expect the hiring process to follow the order below. Note that as candidates indicate preference or aptitude for one or more specialties, the hiring process will be adjusted to suit. Please keep in mind that candidates can be declined from the position at any stage of the process. To learn more about someone who may be conducting the interview, find their job title on our team page.

  • Selected candidates will be invited to schedule a 30 minute screening call with one of our Technical Recruiters
  • Next, candidates will be invited to schedule a 60 minute first interview with a Director of Engineering
  • Next, candidates will be invited to schedule a 45 minute second peer interview with an Engineering Manager
  • Next, candidates will be invited to schedule a 45 minute third interview with another member of the Engineering team
  • Next, candidates will be invited to schedule a 45 minute fourth interview with a member of the Product team
  • Next, candidates will be invited to schedule a 45 minute fifth interview with our VP of Engineering
  • Finally, candidates may be asked to schedule a 50 minute final interview with our CEO
  • Successful candidates will subsequently be made an offer via email

Additional details about our process can be found on our hiring page.


About GitLab

GitLab Inc. is a company based on the GitLab open-source project. GitLab is a community project to which over 2,200 people worldwide have contributed. We are an active participant in this community, trying to serve its needs and lead by example. We have one vision: everyone can contribute to all digital content, and our mission is to change all creative work from read-only to read-write so that everyone can contribute.

We value results, transparency, sharing, freedom, efficiency, self-learning, frugality, collaboration, directness, kindness, diversity, inclusion and belonging, boring solutions, and quirkiness. If these values match your personality, work ethic, and personal goals, we encourage you to visit our primer to learn more. Open source is our culture, our way of life, our story, and what makes us truly unique.

Top 10 Reasons to Work for GitLab:

  1. Mission: Everyone can contribute
  2. Results: Fast growth, ambitious vision
  3. Flexible Work Hours: Plan your day so you are there for other people & have time for personal interests
  4. Transparency: Over 2,000 webpages in GitLab handbook, GitLab Unfiltered YouTube channel
  5. Iteration: Empower people to be effective & have an impact, Merge Request rate, We dogfood our own product, Directly responsible individuals
  6. Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging: A focus on gender parity, Team Member Resource Groups, other initiatives
  7. Collaboration: Kindness, saying thanks, intentionally organize informal communication, no ego
  8. Total Rewards: Competitive market rates for compensation, Equity compensation, global benefits (inclusive of office equipment)
  9. Work/Life Harmony: Flexible workday, Family and Friends days
  10. Remote Done Right: One of the world's largest all-remote companies, prolific inventor of remote best practices

See our culture page for more!

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