VP of Engineering
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VP of Engineering

Build tools for the best
software teams in the world.

About The Role

We're looking for a VP of Engineering to lead the engineering culture across all of Buildkite. Our deeply technical products are used by some of the best engineering teams in the world, and we’ve big ambitions for what’s next. You’ll play a vital role in how we go about that, partnering with the Head of Product to define what we build, how we build it, and to evolve our culture of empowering others, building it together, and maintaining momentum. You'll report to our co-CEO Keith Pitt, be a member of our leadership team, and manage the engineering managers.

What a typical week might look like:

  • Video calls with others on the team to provide feedback or problem solve, or to just say hi.

  • Collaborating with the Head of Product on how to better support the cross-functional product teams, and ensure they have the resources to do their best work.

  • Communicating with the company to drive best practices, and evolve our engineering culture as we scale.

  • Developing and leading security practices across the company, helping to ensure our systems and processes are stable, secure and compliant.

  • Exploring high-level architecture and engineering decisions with engineers and technical leaders, ensuring our teams and systems are aligned as we grow.

  • Participating in Leadership Team strategy sessions and board meetings.

  • Collaborating with Head of Business Operations for data, metrics, and reporting.

  • Collaborating with Head of People on engineering career development, team growth, and hiring plans.

  • Collaborating with the heads of Customer Success, Sales and Marketing to ensure engineers are well supported across all teams in the organization.

This job is for you if:

  • Have people leadership skills. You will develop our high performing engineering culture as we grow so we’re looking for experience leading engineering teams.

  • Are a good communicator. You should value empathy for your teams and customers and be able to articulate your ideas and feelings when writing or speaking. You’ll need to clearly communicate technical concepts to a wide audience.

  • Like solving problems. You are comfortable working with folks to solve problems. If you don’t know the answer immediately, you will be comfortable digging into the problem until you can help find a solution.

  • Have your finger on the pulse when it comes to industry trends. You should understand what technologies like Bazel and Kubernetes are, and how they fit into developer workflows.

  • Enjoy mentoring others. You provide guidance to both managers and engineers on how they can advance their careers.

  • Think strategically. You will think about objectives, context and concessions we’ll need to stay ahead of our competition.

  • Know how to budget. Developer teams use lots of tools, and they all cost money. You should know your spend and prioritise optimization work when it makes sense.

  • Are comfortable with working remotely. We are a remote-first company, so you will need to be comfortable working by yourself and taking initiative when team members are offline.

Salary range

$200,000 AUD - $240,000 AUD

$210,000 NZD - $250,000 NZD

TimezoneAustralia or New Zealand based
Role TypePermanent

About Us

At Buildkite we build tools to help the best software teams stay happy and productive. We’ve rethought how CI/CD should work and have built a platform that is fast, reliable, secure, and is able to scale to the needs of the most demanding high-growth tech companies including Shopify, Pinterest, Wayfair, Cruise, PagerDuty, Culture Amp, and Canva.

Buildkite is a differently shaped company that values work-life balance and supports staff to work the ways that make sense for them. From the beginning, our goal has been to build a company that was profitable, grew sustainably, and had a strong, people-centered culture. We’re currently a distributed team of 41 humans working remotely from Seattle, Vancouver, Perth, Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide, Kyoto, Oakland, Long Beach, Wellington, Berlin, London, Kiev, Cordoba, and Melbourne.

Take a look at Buildkite’s values and the way they shape the benefits of working with our team here.

To Apply

We have some details at this link which you can fill in. You don’t need to complete every section, just send through any link or document you’re proud of that helps us understand your skillset. This doesn’t have to be a resume, but it can be. There’s also a section to write some words about you and why this role interests you if you like.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to find out more about working at Buildkite, please email careers@buildkite.com

Why Apply?

Small team, global impact

We believe small companies are beautiful, and that small teams can achieve big things. This makes everyone on the team an important part of Buildkite.

Flexible work hours

We don’t keep set office hours, so you can shift your hours around life’s commitments and non-work activities. Take time out of work for exercise, family or whatever life throws at you.

Support and growth

In a small but growing company, you’ll have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, and ship work that helps customers.

Work from anywhere

We’re a globally distributed company, and all our work happens remotely. Work from your home office, a co-working space, or your local cat café.


Learning & development

Invest in your personal and professional development with a yearly budget to spend on travel, conferences, workshops, courses, and books.

Health cover

We’ll make sure that you and your family have access to comprehensive health and hospital cover, no matter which country you live in.

Parental leave

Take time out to set up a new family, with 6 months of paid leave if you’re the primary carer, and 3 months if you’re secondary. You can use it flexibly, change between primary and secondary, and take the same leave for a still birth. We also keep paying super/401k for 6 months if you take unpaid leave.

Home office & coworking

Set yourself up with a great work environment, either at home or in a co-working space, with a budget for a desk and chair, and a new computer and phone every 24 months. We’ll also cover the cost of plants, art, or anything else you need to set yourself up with a beautiful and productive work environment.

Wellness & paid time off

Take care of your health and wellbeing away from the screen, with 6 weeks of paid leave per year, the ability to take time out of work for fitness, and a yearly budget to spend on things like yoga, climbing, personal training, or a day at the zoo.

Profit share & ownership

Share in the company’s success, and have a stake in what you’re helping to build. Everyone on the team receives a percentage share of the company profits each quarter, and an equity stake through our employee share program.

Working at Buildkite has given me the freedom to grow and flourish in all aspects of my life, personally and professionally. I’m proud to be a part of such a passionate and supportive team.
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