Lead Software Engineer

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent full-time, TemporaryContract

Salary Not disclosed

Updated 6 days ago

Reference 1392762

 Job Description

We are hiring a highly motivated Lead Software Engineer to assume a key role in an energetic, results-oriented Engineering team in Belfast, working closely with our global Product Management team and our staff based in Silicon Valley headquarters.

Company Overview

At Proofpoint, we have a passion for protecting people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. We hire the best people in the business to:

  • Build and enhance our proven security platform
  • Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture
  • Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel
  • Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity—and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

The Role

We are seeking a highly motivated Lead Software Engineer to assume a key role in an energetic, results-oriented Engineering team.  The successful candidate will make a highly visible contribution to the end-to-end delivery of a multi-million dollar product offering.  They will work closely with local Engineers in Belfast, global Product Management, and staff based in our Silicon Valley headquarters, as part of an Agile team driving rapid growth through high-quality, on-time feature releases that meet and exceed the expectations of our customers. 

Do you enjoy working with the latest technologies?

Do you want to learn and apply new skills on an ongoing basis?

Do you love working with big, complex and scalable applications that support millions of users?

If you answered yes to the questions above, then we want to talk to you!

Your day-to-day  

  • Assume the role of a key technical lead on a team working on the leading Email Security product suite on the market
  • Play a vital role in the delivery of ambitious new features and products from Engineering through to Production
  • Collaborate with Engineering and Product Management resources to analyse and refine requirements
  • Contribute to the build out of our CI/CD software delivery process to support the end-to-end delivery of world class software

What you bring to the team


  • Expertise in, or a strong desire to learn, a wide range of technologies, including:
    • Perl
    • AWS
    • SQL
    • Java
    • JavaScript
    • MIME
    • SMTP
    • Linux
    • Puppet
  • Experience in working collaboratively with Product Management, QA and Operations teams
  • A track record for delivering high performance, scalable software
  • Ability to mentor and lead software engineering teams
  • A desire to own and oversee the delivery of complex, high value projects
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Extensive Linux experience
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills


  • Exposure to SaaS-based product delivery
  • Experience working in a product-focused development environment
  • Experience working as part of an agile software development team
  • A keen interest in the cybersecurity domain
  • In depth knowledge of email technology, including MTAs (e.g. Postfix), MX records and SMTP
  • Experience of parsing and/or manipulating MIME messages in any language

Why Proofpoint

As a customer focused and driven-to-win organization with leading edge products, there are many exciting reasons to join the Proofpoint team. We believe in hiring the best the brightest and cultivating a culture of collaboration and appreciation. As we continue to grow and expand globally, we understand that hiring the right people and treating them well is key to our success! We are a multi-national company with locations in 10 countries, with each location contributing to Proofpoint’s amazing culture!