Head of Engineering

Old problem, new $25B+ market

Companies like AWS, Stripe, and Twilio have shown that if a technology isn't core to your value proposition, you should offload it. Still, every engineering team builds and rebuilds one piece: authorization, how you control who has access to what in your app. We intend to change that.

We see a world where developers never roll their own authorization again, and instead say, "Just use Oso" – the same way you might say, "Oh, you should just use Postgres for that." In doing so, we're creating the $25B+ authorization market.
Why Oso?

We have the lead – in traction, capital, and team.

Traction: Oso is used by thousands of companies from startups to the Fortune 500, like Wayfair, Arc, Intercom, Visa, Oxide, and Codecademy.

Capital: We're the best-capitalized, with 4+ years of runway from the world’s best investors, including Sequoia, Felicis, and infrastructure entrepreneurs like Olivier Pomel (Founder, Datadog), Dev Ittycheria (CEO, MongoDB), Arman Dadgar (Founder, Hashicorp), Edith Harbaugh (Founder, LaunchDarkly), Guy Podjarny (Founder, Snyk), Paul Copplestone, (Founder, Supabase), Christina Cacioppo (Founder, Vanta), and Calvin French-Owen (Founder, Segment).

Team: We've spent 3+ years going deep on the domain. We've met with thousands of engineering teams and know more about this problem than anyone. And we have two of the best developer go-to-market leaders on earth who have done it before at MongoDB and Snyk.

Why now?

We're at an inflection point. What it takes to get from where we are today to a world where developers say “Just use Oso” is going to be different. And we see that.

The opportunity is for you to join at this inflection point, in a role that’s bigger and different than usual.
What you'll do

You have the opportunity to make a career-defining impact while still having the fundamentals of the business de-risked (e.g., market, funding, traction).

Take the foundation that we have, and work with our cofounder/CTO to build out the vision. This includes not just how things work under the hood. Getting developer experience right, for instance, is a key ingredient to winning the market, and you will help us get this right too.

Recruit the absolute best engineers – engineers who want to lean into product and talk to users, who can build a highly technical and complex solution, and who are ready to do whatever it takes. We're still early enough that you will help shape the culture.

Lead the engineering team by setting ambitious goals and inspiring the team to deliver.

Get your hands dirty and jump in on whatever else it takes to build the company.

Work with the founder/CEO and other execs (e.g., product, marketing, sales) to make Oso wildly successful

Who you are

You're ambitious. You want to win big. You can't stand to be around anything but execution at the highest level. You have an inner motor to move fast.

You're an owner. You are accountable to results over the process. You see yourself not just as a leader of the engineering team, but also as a leader of the company.

You're resilient. Building a startup is not for the faint of heart. You see the challenges as not just normal, but actually desirable.

You want to grow, and help others grow. You self-reflect often. You give feedback, and you seek it out.

You prioritize the customer above all else. You want to understand our users' world and prioritize solving their authorization problems above everything else.

...and you inspire the same in those around you.

You have thrived working in a startup

Experience leading and growing team from at least 10 to 30 people in a high-growth company

Experience as a programmer and/or engineering leader building complex systems at varying levels of the stack


In addition to cash compensation, Oso offers a total rewards package that includes equity grants, health benefits, and more:

Competitive health, dental, and vision coverage

Mental healthcare to all employees and anyone in their family through Spring Health

Unlimited access to financial advisors through Northstar

Unlimited paid time off (PTO)

Paid parental leave

Flexible work options

One Medical Membership

Quarterly hackathons... and prizes!

Free team lunches every month

The starting salary for this role is between $100,000-$250,000/year plus equity. Your exact offer will vary based on a number of factors including experience level, skillset, market location, and balancing internal equity relative to peers at the company

A note on titles:

We could have called this role "VP of Engineering" but chose not to. Our rationale is that titles should be descriptive so that folks internally and externally know who is who and what their scope is. While we expect you to operate at the most senior levels in the company, we also expect that your scope and a simple "Head of" title will speak for itself. For more background, read this blog post.

Salary: $100,000 - $250,000
Location: New York, NY, US
Remote: n/a
Company: Oso
Posted: 2024-04-27

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