Vice President (VP) of Engineering

Cincinnati, OH /
Engineering Team /
ZeroTier is a successful startup backed by leading venture capital investors including Bonfire Ventures, Anorak Ventures and First In Capital.  Our mission is to directly connect the world’s devices and enable a new era of decentralized computing.  Reporting directly to the CEO and working closely with the executive team, the VP of Engineering role is key to helping ZeroTier scale.  The position will be responsible for growing, evolving, and operationally optimizing the ZeroTier platform during a rapid growth phase for the company and the network security industry.
We are looking for an exceptional leader and performer who is growth-minded, collaborative, and accountable with a prior history of success leading and growing diverse and effective engineering and operational organizations.  
While this is a remote role located anywhere in the continental United States, preference will be shown to qualified candidates in or near ZeroTier’s operating hubs in California and Ohio.  We encourage you to apply for this position if you feel you are a match, regardless of location.


    • People Management. Lead the entire Engineering org across Platform Engineering, Service Engineering, DevOps, QA, Customer Operations, and IT/Security. Help manage a skillful transition from a small team operating with a high level of autonomy to a larger team requiring more structure. Supervise the hiring and on-boarding of new talent and its integration with the existing team. Mentor and guide the team to improve efficiency without sacrificing morale or risking the loss of valuable talent.
    • Technical Leadership. Deeply understand the problem domain including areas like networking, identity management, distributed systems, cryptography, and information security. Seek to build products that are clean, efficient, and easy to use. Understand how the latest technology trends, frameworks, programming standards, etc. may impact our road map, resourcing and priorities. Ensure all technology practices adhere to regulatory, governance, and cybersecurity standards. Lead by example to set the tone for others -- frequently providing guidance outside formal reporting structures. Demonstrate a proven ability to effectively multi-task.
    • Cross-Functional Leadership.  Empower teams to innovate and engage the ZeroTier community, creating amazing experiences for our customers and channels. Partner with the executive team to define ZeroTier’s roadmap and deliverables, supporting ongoing sales opportunities and ZT’s go-to-market strategy. Periodically report on KPI’s, development roadmap, and milestones to the Board and relevant stakeholders. 
    • Technical Execution. Help define and then own all engineering workstreams on ZeroTier’s roadmap. Lead teams in developing high-quality products as well as the supporting infrastructure required to deliver them at scale. Develop well-scoped work plans that meet members needs and business goals -- balancing quality, time and cost. Play a hands-on role in managing major platform and commercial launches. Establish escalation workflows to address critical technical issues related to customer, platform, and development operations.
    • Focus on results while thinking strategically, balancing both short- and long-term goals.


    • Wired to find solutions, take action, and transform developed capabilities into fully realized platforms. 
    • Management & Leadership. 10+ years managing engineering teams inside companies where speed, agility, and delivery cadence were essential. 3+ years of leadership experience in an early to mid-stage startup, preferably during a rapid team and/or business growth phase. Seasoned management skills with a successful track record of hiring, performance management, coaching, remote interaction, on-boarding & maintaining ‘A’ performers. Demonstrated ability to lead diverse & remote teams (10+ engineers).
    • Familiar with agile product development processes... but also understand when to deviate from what's prescribed based on what makes sense for the business.
    • Our ideal candidate will be passionate, energetic, optimistic and results-driven with deep experience and comfort in cross-collaboration with product, sales, marketing, and HR organizations.


    • BA/BS University degree (Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent preferred)
    • Familiarity with the corporate/enterprise virtual networking ecosystem 
    • Proven track record in hiring, developing, and managing software engineering and operations teams from diverse and remote backgrounds
    • Strong technical product orientation – ability to embrace “the whole product”
    • Strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills 
    • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and potentially internationally


    • Remote work (Pacific Time preferred)
    • Stock Options
    • Generous employer-paid health insurance, including preventative dental care for adults
    • 401K Plan
    • Flexible PTO policy
    • Maternal and paternal leave
    • Career Enhancement Funds
    • Employee Referral Bonus

ZeroTier develops software that automatically handles the complexities of networking across physical network boundaries, dealing with mobility and unifying cloud & edge to free customers from spending time building their projects and focus on running their business.  Our network virtualization technology delivers the power of enterprise software-defined networking to every device, service, and application whether it’s located at the edge or in the cloud. It’s capable enough for large businesses with complex networking needs but easy enough that tens of thousands of regular people use it to do simple things like play games online or connect to their home PC from their mobile device. We work to solve the hard technical problems underlying decentralized application development so you can deliver applications that offer a positive low-friction user experience while avoiding the cost, liability, and security/privacy impact of a large highly involved cloud presence. 
ZeroTier was founded by Adam Ierymenko in 2015. In 2020, the team went remote permanently and members are currently located across the US and in Europe.
For more information about us please visit our website at
PLEASE NOTE:  Individuals seeking employment at ZeroTier are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Direct applicants ONLY. Any recruiter/3rd party submissions we receive will be considered a gift.  Written CV’s and Cover Letters are encouraged.  No calls please.