AppSec Engineering Manager

  • Sonar
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • 26 Jun, 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

You will be responsible for a team of talented AppSec Researchers / Engineers who play a central role in realizing our goals to provide the best static application security testing (SAST) solution on the market. Like us, you believe that application security is not the responsibility of a few experts and that developers can have the biggest impact when they get the right information at the right time.

As the Engineering Manager of the AppSec Squad inside the Languages Team, you are responsible for building the long-term vision of AppSec Engineering at Sonar, ensuring the team is well-staffed and resourced to deliver, and leading by example to fostering a culture of growth, self-direction, and innovation.


In this role, you can expect to

  • Lead and manage a team of AppSec Researchers / Engineers, providing feedback, guidance, support, and mentorship to help individuals grow in autonomy and contribute to the squad's success.
  • Foster a safe culture of feedback, continuous improvement, and collaboration, encouraging team members to share their ideas and concerns openly.
  • Align feedback with other teams to ensure things operate smoothly between them.
  • Develop and communicate a clear vision for the squad that aligns with the company strategy, and ensure that the team's work and focus align with this vision.
  • Be responsible that the squad defines clear goals aligned with the team, department, and company.
  • Be accountable that the squad tracks sprints and progress.
  • Be accountable that processes and ceremonies align with company expectations to deliver the best product successfully.
  • Ensure the right level of collaboration happens with the squad stakeholders (Product Managers, developer squads, Developer Advocates, management, etc.).
  • Hire world-class AppSec Engineers for the team. Participate in constructing the hiring process for the team and ensure we can recruit enough to reach our goals.
  • Be accountable for the onboarding of new team members.
  • Model the behaviors and values that the company holds dear, including humility and servant leadership.


The technical skills you demonstrate

  • Relevant experience in the AppSec domain, including knowing the most common types of vulnerabilities and how to locate vulnerabilities in the code.
  • Having a developer mindset: experience with coding lifecycle, ability to produce secure code, to do code reviews, and jump into an unknown codebase, language, and framework.
  • Good knowledge of at least one programming language along with its development environment to understand end-users context and expectations.
  • Experience with Agile methodologies.


The leadership skills you demonstrate

  • At least 3 years of experience in a leadership or management role, with a proven track record of delivering results and building high-performing teams.
  • A growth mindset and a passion for helping individuals and teams reach their full potential.
  • Strong decision-making skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks and resources effectively.
  • Capability to make concrete progress in the face of ambiguity and imperfect knowledge.


The soft skills you demonstrate

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to start with the Why instead of the What or How. Ability to deliver effective feedback.
  • Good listening skills.
  • High level of self-direction and still accepting help and feedback from team members and peers.
  • Ability for self-reflection and improvement.
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.