Director of Engineering, Firefox

  • Mozilla
  • United Kingdom
  • 08 May, 2024

Job Description

Why Mozilla?

Mozilla Corporation is the non-profit-backed technology company that has shaped the internet for the better over the last 25 years. We make pioneering brands like Firefox, the privacy-minded web browser, and Pocket, a service for keeping up with the best content online. Now, with more than 225 million people around the world using our products each month, we’re shaping the next 25 years of technology and helping to reclaim an internet built for people, not companies. Our work focuses on diverse areas including AI, social media, security and more. And we’re doing this while never losing our focus on our core mission – to make the internet better for people. 

The Mozilla Corporation is wholly owned by the non-profit 501(c) Mozilla Foundation. This means we aren’t beholden to any shareholders — only to our mission. Along with thousands of volunteer contributors and collaborators all over the world, Mozillians design, build and distribute open-source software that enables people to enjoy the internet on their terms. 

The Opportunity

  • The Director of Engineering leads a critical set of teams within the Firefox Desktop organization. These teams cover add-ons, localization, the updater, installer, and core OS level integrations for Firefox, and quality assurance. 
  • We’re looking for an experienced leader that is passionate about building exciting teams, finding innovative solutions to the unique challenges of an ecosystem, shipping quality software and wanting to make an impact with how the world uses the Internet. 
  • You’ll lead a set of world class teams, working on a product that is used by millions worldwide.

What You'll Do:

  • Define and own the execution for the longer term strategy for your teams.
  • Create an inclusive environment which engages and challenges your team members, and exposes them to new opportunities.
  • Communicate your team’s goals, the scope and risks of your projects, and drive the delivery of initiatives on clear timelines.
  • Mentor and provide regular feedback to employees regarding system architecture, solution design, code quality, test development, career development, employee performance, community building, communication style, and work-life balance.
  • Work collaboratively with many teams including Data Science, UX, Marketing, and Product.

What You'll Bring:

  • 12+ years of professional experience within the software engineering industry, working across a diverse range of companies and products.
  • 5+ years of management experience, with experience managing managers, and working across multiple distributed teams.
  • Experience overseeing the development, operations, and strategic execution of a comprehensive ecosystem.
  • Proven team leadership skills leading and mentoring teams of diverse managers and engineers.
  • Desire to grow and learn as a leader, grow and develop others, and get results through others rather than personal technical proficiency.
  • Passion to resolve problems, manage risk, lead change, and facilitate collaborative decision-making.
  • Able to hire, mentor, empower, develop, and delegate to geographically distributed team members with different skills from your own.

Bonus points for:

  • Excellent communication skills, both in written and presentation form. You have the ability to quickly distill sophisticated topics into concepts that are tailored for your target audience.
  • You are a lifelong learner, and continue to refine and improve your skills when you see an opportunity to do so.
  • Solid understanding of at least one of the following programming languages: JavaScript, Python, C++, or Rust.
  • Experience with the browser extensions architecture or ecosystem.
  • Experience working in open source environments.

What you’ll get:

  • Generous performance-based bonus plans to all eligible employees - we share in our success as one team
  • Rich medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Generous retirement contributions with 100% immediate vesting (regardless of whether you contribute)
  • Quarterly all-company wellness days where everyone takes a pause together
  • Country specific holidays plus a day off for your birthday
  • One-time home office stipend
  • Annual professional development budget
  • Quarterly well-being stipend
  • Considerable paid parental leave
  • Employee referral bonus program
  • Other benefits (life/AD&D, disability, EAP, etc. - varies by country)

About Mozilla 

Mozilla exists to build the Internet as a public resource accessible to all because we believe that open and free is better than closed and controlled. When you work at Mozilla, you give yourself a chance to make a difference in the lives of Web users everywhere. And you give us a chance to make a difference in your life every single day. Join us to work on the Web as the platform and help create more opportunity and innovation for everyone online.

Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

Mozilla understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge are crucial to and enrich the company’s core mission.  We encourage applications from everyone, including members of all equity-seeking communities, such as (but certainly not limited to) women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.

We will ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, as appropriate. Please contact us at hiringaccommodation@mozilla.com to request accommodation.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race (including hairstyle and texture), religion (including religious grooming and dress practices), gender, gender identity, gender expression, color, national origin, pregnancy, ancestry, domestic partner status, disability, sexual orientation, age, genetic predisposition, medical condition, marital status, citizenship status, military or veteran status, or any other basis covered by applicable laws.  Mozilla will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics or any other unlawful behavior, conduct, or purpose.

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Req ID: R2548

Hiring Ranges:

Remote UK
£161,000£236,000 GBP