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VP of Engineering

Software Engineering
Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2023

About Us:

The wholesale distribution industry is ready for a revolution, and Proton is leading the charge. The world relies on distributors to sell nearly every physical product, but despite its massive contribution to the global economy, this industry has been left behind in terms of technology. Proton is changing that. With AI-powered sales software, we’re breaking through the complexity of selling millions of products and making it easier for distributors to anticipate customer needs. Our mission is to bring the distribution industry into the modern age and the results speak for themselves. Distributors using Proton see 10x ROI, faster new hire ramp-up, and happier sales teams.

In 2022, we raised a $20M Series A backed by Felicis Ventures (investors in Twitch, Shopify, Opendoor, and many others) and Battery Ventures. This year, we’re laser-focused on driving customer growth. If you’re excited about the opportunity to wear multiple hats, and continuously learn and experiment, now’s the time to join the Proton team.

The Role:

Proton is looking for an experienced Head of Product and Engineering to join our fast-growing SaaS team! Reporting directly to our CEO, the Head of Product and Engineering will direct our product management and engineering efforts, be the custodian of the product vision, own the product roadmap, establish repeatable prioritization, planning, and execution processes, and will be part of our highly collaborative process in forging our overall strategy.

We're looking for a product and engineering leader who has a track record of leading, developing, and scaling a world-class product and engineering team who can execute on the product vision. This is a career-defining opportunity to have a direct impact on the growth and expansion of Proton as we disrupt the $7 trillion distribution market.

This role will be based in Boston with a hybrid schedule (3 days in office, office located in Kendall Square).

What you’ll do:

  • Customer Understanding: Be the expert on our customers. Understand their needs, collect feedback, and convey product features. Regularly engage with sales and customer success calls, in-person sessions, and user research.

  • Product Vision and Strategy: Define the product vision and strategy, starting with the customer and working backward. You will be the owner of our product roadmap.

  • Engineering Leadership: Set the technical direction, design and oversee the development process, and ensure the quality and reliability of our product. You will be responsible for technological choices, system architecture, and adherence to quality standards.

  • Product Team Leadership: Drive the end-to-end ownership of our product, including management over the people and process for product conceptualization, design, development, testing, and launch.

  • Cross-functional collaboration: Work closely with other departments to ensure that our product meets customer needs, is marketed effectively, and achieves financial targets.

  • Team Management: This includes hiring, mentoring, setting goals for the team, fostering a positive work environment, and managing performance.

You'll be a great fit for this role if:

  • You are a proactive, customer-centric leader who is not afraid to roll up your sleeves and jump into the weeds when necessary.

  • You have experience in an early-stage SaaS startup environment, ideally joining at seed or A and staying through B or C.

  • You have a track record of building highly successful products and a technical background (CS in college min, would be great to get an ex-engineer

  • Long-term Customer Focus: You are skilled at thinking beyond what customers ask toward solving their long-term challenges and are proficient at drawing out customer pains through interviews and fast prototyping.

  • Feature Prioritization and Roadmap Planning: You are adept at feature prioritization and road map planning.

  • Technical Proficiency: You can map customer needs to technology solutions and are able to advise on high-level architecture questions.

  • Management & Leadership Experience: You are an effective team leader who can build processes, gain consensus around change, and upskill a team.


  • Competitive Salaries + Company Stock Options - we want to pay you well (and equitably!) and make you feel like an owner.
  • Flexible Schedule - we think high levels of autonomy, responsibility, and working asynchronously foster an amazing workplace.
  • Unlimited PTO + 10 Company Paid Holidays - we even have tools implemented to detect burnout to make sure folks recharge regularly.
  • 401k with Employer Contribution (US only, for now!) - we know work isn’t forever, so we contribute up to 3% of your salary to help you prepare whether you directly contribute or not.
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance - we cover one medical plan 100% in the USA and cover a premium plan 100% for international employees (for US- this includes a HSA!) and cover 50% for dependents on all our medical plan options.
  • $450 Quarterly Remote Working Stipend - to iterate and upgrade your WFH setup, cover cell phone/internet bills or even to go towards Coworking space!
  • 12 Weeks Fully Paid Parental Leave - that goes for primary and secondary caregivers; even if you’re adopting or fostering!
  • Biannual Company Paid Off-sites - time for us to be together, brainstorm, and make magic happen.