Senior Technical Lead

  • Sonar
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • 17 May, 2024
Full time

Job Description

Sonar solves the trillion-dollar challenge of bad code. Sonar equips organizations to achieve and sustain a Clean Code state by empowering developers to write consistent, intentional, adaptable, and responsible code. Clean Code produces software that is maintainable, reliable, and secure, allowing development teams to spend less time fixing issues and more time innovating. With Sonar, and by employing the company’s Clean as You Code methodology, organizations minimize risk, reduce technical debt, increase productivity, and derive more value from their software in a predictable and sustainable way.

Sonar’s open-source and commercial products – SonarLint, SonarCloud, and SonarQube – support over 30 programming languages, frameworks, and infrastructure technologies. Trusted by more than 500,000 organizations and used by more than 7 million developers globally to clean more than half a trillion lines of code, Sonar is integral to delivering better software.

The impact you will have 

The position is for SonarQube team.

As a member of one of our engineering teams, you'll be a key player in making Sonar products the best tools for Clean Code, providing new features that help our users write better software and delivering high-quality, amazingly powerful, and popular open-source products.

By working with us, you will have the opportunity to support the engineering teams as a servant leader, lead the technical vision for the product, solve highly technical problems, drive innovation, and mentor senior engineers.

Joining our teams, you will bring your experience and expertise to bring our product to its next stage of evolution to delight our users and customers.


In this role, you can expect to

  • Bring technical expertise, boldly confront and solve problems of the highest scope and complexity.
  • Drive innovation on the team: research, create proofs of concepts, challenge the status quo, and introduce new technologies to the team.
  • Support and lead squads to confidently ship large features and improvements.
  • Lead the technical vision for the product, and define strategies to achieve this vision.
  • Exert significant influence on the overall objectives and long-range goals.
  • Advocate for improvements to product quality, security, and performance that have a particular impact across multiple squads.
  • Actively coding in Java (essential) and other coding languages for 20% to 60% of the working day.
  • Actively seek out difficult impediments to our efficiency as a team ("technical debt"), propose and implement solutions that will enable the entire team to iterate faster.
  • Provide mentorship to senior engineers to help them grow in their technical responsibilities and remove blockers to their autonomy.


The technical skills you will demonstrate

  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field.
  • 10+ years of total experience in software development, primarily using Java, with a proven track record of successfully delivering complex software projects.
  • 4+ years experience as a Senior Staff or Principal Engineer, leading senior developers, technical leaders, and Staff engineers.
  • Extensive knowledge of engineering processes, structural design, and system optimization.


The soft skills you will demonstrate

  • Ability to lead, inspire, and motivate a team by providing a clear and compelling vision for the future.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, such as active listening, empathy, building trust-based relationships, and fostering a safe environment in the group.
  • Ownership of projects and problems, driving topics to closure.
  • Exceptional analytical, strategic thinking, and problem-solving abilities.
Words from the team

You will join a team of experienced developers, organized as autonomous squads of 6-8 developers (backends, frontends, Ops), led and supported by dedicated engineering managers. You will work collaboratively within these squads.

We come from different backgrounds and countries. We have diverse skills and personalities. By joining us, you will be part of an autonomous team that has a direct impact on the product, that owns and defines its best way of building cool things and having fun together, and that is always evolving.

Come meet us!

Why you will love it here

• We value a safe work culture - founded in respect, kindness, and the right to fail.
• We hire great people - we value communication skills as much as technical prowess and we strive to create a work environment that allows for everyone to succeed and feel empowered to do their best work. Our 500+ SonarSourcers from 35 different nationalities can relate!
• Work-life balance - a healthy work-life balance is very important at Sonar.
• Flexible hours - we schedule our days in order to be effective at work, while also being able to enjoy life’s important moments.
• We promote continuous learning - in an ever-changing industry, learning new skills is the key to growth and success! We're happy to support all employees in this journey if desired. 

What we do

As Home of Clean Code, Sonar is the ultimate solution to achieving Clean Code for developers and organizations alike. 

The company was formed to develop the open-source tool SonarQube, which has since become the go-to standard in code quality management. We strive every day to pave the way for developers, tackling the toughest issues head-on and pushing the limits of what’s possible. 

Who we are

At Sonar we believe in people, dedication, and innovation. We’re a team of problem solvers who are passionate and relentless in their respective missions. We want to work with people who are ready and willing to fasten their seat belts and be part of an incredible ride! 

Our Core Values are: Smarter Together, Excellence, Innovation, and Delivery. They reflect our unique culture and we expect them to help shape and positively strengthen our organization. 

If you want to learn more about our culture, check out our blog post.

Join us; we’ll be smarter and stronger together!

Sonar is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to treating every employee with equal respect and fairness. We maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward any form of discrimination. All candidates will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.