SVP of Software Engineering and Chief Architect



Software Engineering, IT
Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2023

SVP, Engineering
Imagine working with one of the most innovative B2B cybersecurity companies in the world. Rapid7 is in search of a SVP, Engineering and Chief Software Architect to help us scale and grow our efforts to capture a $15b+ addressable market opportunity and focus on expanding Rapid7’s commitment to customer growth, success and achievement.

About the Team
This is an opportunity to take high performing, diverse software engineering teams to the next level, including teams in Europe (Dublin & Prague), North America (Arlington, Austin, Boston, Tampa, LA, Toronto), Northern Ireland (Belfast), and the Middle East (Tel Aviv).

About the Role

As a proven SaaS technology leader and senior executive, the SVP of Engineering and Chief Software Architect will be responsible for leading and continuing to build our global software engineering and product development team, while also guiding and directing our software architecture and technical strategy. You’ll be responsible for the end-to-end application and product engineering lifecycle, including new application and product development, customer usage and adoption of our market leading products and services, and the technical strategy and supporting architectural decisions required for Rapid7 to deliver world-class security solutions to our customers.

Reporting directly to the President and Chief Operating Officer, we’re not only looking for a proven leader who has enjoyed success building, mentoring and leading global software development teams in cloud-first engineering environments, but also your expertise in cybersecurity software development will be instrumental in guiding our company's mission to stay at the forefront of the cybersecurity industry.


  • Strategic Executive Leadership:

    • Provide strategic, executive direction and technical leadership for Rapid7’s cybersecurity products and services.

    • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for securing customer cloud centric and hybrid infrastructure environments, aligned with our business objectives and overall market trends.

    • Identify emerging technologies and trends in cloud computing and cybersecurity to maintain our competitive edge in the cybersecurity industry.

  • Team Management:

    • Lead and inspire a team of software engineers, architects, and distinguished engineerings (DE’s), fostering a collaborative and high-performance culture.

    • Provide mentorship, guidance, and professional development opportunities across the engineering leadership team and associated team members, enabling them to reach their full potential.

    • Establish and manage clear strategic goals and objectives across our software engineering teams, ensuring timely delivery of high-quality software solutions.

  • Design and Development for Securing the Cloud:

    • Define the architectural standards and best practices for cybersecurity software development, ensuring scalability, performance, and security for securing customer cloud environments..

    • Collaborate with product management teams to translate business requirements into technical solutions and technical requirements to help Rapid7 be the most trusted SecOps provider in the industry.

    • Drive engineering technical excellence via world-class program management practices to deliver the development of robust, scalable, and reliable cloud-based, cybersecurity applications, APIs, and services.

  • Cybersecurity Research & Development:

    • Lead our product R&D efforts to incorporate emerging technologies and industry advancements into our cybersecurity software solutions.

    • Demonstrate deep expertise in cybersecurity software development, including threat intelligence, vulnerability assessment, detection and response and attack surface management.

    • Strong understanding of secure coding practices, encryption techniques, authentication protocols, and network security principles.

    • Familiarity with industry-standard cybersecurity frameworks, regulations, and compliance requirements.

  • Operational Excellence:

    • Establish and maintain effective software development methodologies, program management practices, and engineering tools, and processes to ensure efficient and reliable software delivery.

    • Collaborate with the InfoSec and Legal teams to ensure compliance with cybersecurity standards and best practices.

    • Ensure established goals and key performance indicators (KPI’s) are tracked and measured to ensure productivity and attainment against key standards.

    • Proven track record of successfully managing short-term and long-term strategic planning processes, budgets and related operational responsibilities.

  • Cross-Functional Collaboration:

    • Partner closely with our SecOps practitioner and product management, InfoSec, and Platform Infrastructure teams to define software development requirements and ensure the delivery of high-quality, scalable, and secure software products and services.

    • Collaborate with sales and marketing teams to articulate the technical value proposition of our cybersecurity software products and support business development efforts.

    • Foster a culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing across teams, encouraging innovation and continuous improvement with a high sense of accountability.

The skills you’ll bring include:

  • Extensive experience (15+ years) in software engineering, with a focus on cloud-based security solutions and architecture.

  • Proven track record of successfully leading and managing global software engineering teams (10+ years) in an agile environment.

  • Strong expertise in cloud computing platforms such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud, including infrastructure-as-code and platform-as-a-service offerings.

  • In-depth understanding of cybersecurity principles, threats, and industry best practices.

  • Excellent knowledge of cloud-native technologies, microservices architecture, and containerization

  • Strong strategic thinking and business acumen, with the ability to align technical initiatives with organizational goals. History of scaling global engineering and product teams. Ability to move fast without comprising the focus on our customers and goals.

  • Strong leadership skills with a proven track record in driving positive and sustained change

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams and senior leadership.

  • Ability to travel up to ~50% of the time.

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related field. An advanced degree is preferred.

We know that the best ideas and solutions come from multi-dimensional teams. That’s because these teams reflect a variety of backgrounds and professional experiences. If you are excited about this role and feel your experience can make an impact, please don’t be shy - apply today.

About Rapid7

Rapid7, Inc. (Nasdaq: RPD) is on a mission to create a safer digital world by making cybersecurity simpler and more accessible. We empower security professionals to manage a modern attack surface through our best-in-class technology, leading-edge research, and broad, strategic expertise. Rapid7’s comprehensive security solutions help more than 11,000 global customers unite cloud risk management and threat detection to reduce attack surfaces and eliminate threats with speed and precision. Learn more at

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law.