VP of Incubation Engineering

The VP of Incubation Engineering runs the Incubation Engineering Department within the Engineering Division. The team members in this department focus on long-term trends and features that are too early to measure via usage or revenue, but are critical to the long term growth and success of GitLab. The projects this department works on align with the “new markets” investment type. Long term, the budget for this area will be ~10% of R&D. This position reports to our Chief Technical Officer.

Q&A with the CEO

While watching this video, keep in mind that this position and department was previously named “New Markets” instead of “Incubation Engineering”.


  • Recruit excellent senior individual contributors to act as Single-engineering Groups (SEGs)
  • Effectively wield technical influence within a larger company and codebase
  • Provide lightweight project management to the Single-Engineer Groups under their purview
  • Provide transparent status to stakeholders
  • Stay abreast of long term technical trends in the market
  • Stay informed about other products’ functionality and positioning
  • Advocate for broad changes in the GitLab project to stay ahead of scalability and performance bottlenecks


  • Able to enable people to go from 0 to 1: get something shipped
  • Maintain the prioritized, justified list of future investment opportunities
  • Learn, live, and teach our core values
  • Be technically credible (at the VP level)
  • Be an excellent recruiter of engineering talent
  • Have a defined management philosophy
  • Excellent verbal & written (async) communication skills
  • Demonstrated longevity and perseverance at a fast-growing organization
  • Be effective in an all-remote setting
  • Humility


We’d like the successful candidate to have at least a simple majority of the following attributes:

  • Extensive familiarity with the GitLab project and application
  • Prior success at startup or entrepreneurial organizations
  • Experience at multiple product-oriented technology companies
  • Experience growing a company to massive scale
  • Prior developer platform or tool industry experience
  • Experience working with people around the globe
  • Extensive open-source work
  • Demonstrate curiosity for new topics and domains


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

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