VP of Engineering (Europe)

All-in-one Analytics & Feedback

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**Note: **Although this is a remote position, we are currently only seeking candidates in time zones that align with Europe (UTC 0 to UTC +2, essentially between London and Eastern Europe).

About Hotjar

Founded in 2014, Hotjar is a fast growing all-in-one web analytics and feedback solution used on over 250,000 sites worldwide. We are a fully remote startup with over 40 team members based across Europe, US and Canada. As we work towards our ambitious product vision, we require a strong technical leader who can help us build and scale the resources needed to achieve our business objectives.

As Hotjar’s VP of Engineering, you will be:

  • Developing a growth strategy to identify key hires for our Product and Engineering department, according to our long term product vision and business goals.
  • Actively identifying, hiring, and retaining top talent for Hotjar through networking, partnerships, events and content marketing.
  • Owning and participating in the recruitment process for technical candidates and continually optimizing the way candidates are sourced, whilst improving our internal recruitment flow.
  • Partnering with stakeholders in product, engineering, and design to plan projects and set realistic roadmap goals according to the resources available.
  • Working closely with cross-functional teams to build and roll-out features and improvements on budget and on time.
  • Empowering teams to continuously optimise their workflow and experiment with new processes to improve efficiency and remove any obstacles to faster execution.
  • Proactively identifying and removing any obstacles that stand in the way of engineering productivity.
  • Participating in mentoring, coaching, 1-on-1s, and performance management to help the teams perform at a consistently high-level.
  • Developing the team’s industry knowledge, technical proficiencies and essential soft-skills whilst mentoring and empowering engineers to grow into tech leads or specialise in areas key to Hotjar’s success.
  • Building and managing onboarding programs for new team members as well as building training programs to maximise growth potential.
  • Creating and managing metrics and KPIs for measuring success within the Product and Engineering teams.

Main requirements

About the Role

Hotjar is looking for a strategic and hands-on technical leader based in Europe who is passionate about building and managing engineering teams. We are looking for an individual who aspires to build a world class engineering team by hiring the top talent in Europe. The ideal candidate is process driven and understands the importance of being lean and relentlessly focused on business-critical goals. The position reports directly to the CEO.


  • 5+ years experience working in tech SaaS startups or small companies.
  • 4+ years experience building and leading high-performing engineering teams.
  • 4+ years experience using agile methodologies and/or lean practices.
  • A good technical understanding of platform architecture which will allow you to understand and question technical decisions made by our platform team.
  • Desire and ability to manage a growing fully remote team growing to 50-70 people in the next 18 months.
  • Well connected with developer networks and communities in Europe.
  • Proven ability to hire and retain top performing developers in Europe.
  • Proven leadership skills and the ability to inspire others.
  • Understanding of SaaS metrics such as MRR, ARPA, churn, and LTV.
  • Excellent communicator with superior verbal, written, interpersonal, technical and presentation skills.
  • Analytical and process-oriented mindset.
  • Demonstrated desire for continuous learning and improvement.
  • Ability to think critically and problem-solve in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Must submit to a background check confidentially processed by our third party.

Nice to have

  • Experience in high growth SaaS startups
  • Experience with freemium models
  • Experience with global expansion
  • Python, PostgreSQL / HBase / S3 / Elasticsearch, front-end technologies.


  • Remote & flexible
  • Prestigious clients
  • Kindle + Personal development budget
  • Personal Home office budget
  • Make a difference
  • Only the best hardware and software
  • Work with a very talented team

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