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Lead Software Engineer


Shape the next generation of VNC® remote connectivity technology.

The company RealVNC® is a highly successful software company based in Cambridge (UK) city centre. As the original developers of VNC remote access technology our software is used by hundreds of millions of users worldwide from the non-technical home user to IT professionals from global companies, such as Intel, IBM, NASA, Shell, DreamWorks and Philips.

The role

We're looking for someone to lead a small team of engineers working on the client side of our remote access products. You'll be joining our Viewers team, working on the local desktop, mobile and web applications that allow people to see and control remote computers.

The team of five developers and two embedded testers cover a wide range of areas, from efficient networking and protocol designs to creating an effortless and attractive UX. The team works with a diverse set of platforms, including Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, and HTML5, using platform-native code on top of a common C++ core.

The role is part technical leadership and part project management, with line management responsibility for the developers in the team. The team works in an increasingly agile way, so you'll be working with product management and key stakeholders to schedule and track the team's work, coordinate with the wider product engineering team, and steer the overall technical direction of the team itself when required.

As a line manager, you'll mentor and develop the members of your team, while your development experience means you can still pitch in and write code as needed. We have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and are looking for creative, flexible and collaborative approaches. We value the input of everyone working on our projects, and talented individuals can make a big difference. In exchange, we expect you to be highly motivated, willing to explore novel solutions, and able to make a valuable contribution to our products.


  • have previous team lead experience within commercial software teams
  • come from a software engineering background, ideally with C++ use, OO design skills and multi-platform experience
  • can estimate, prioritise and track workloads for you and your team
  • are familiar with agile methodologies such as Scrum and understand both their strengths and weaknesses
  • can juggle the needs of different stakeholders, while keeping them up to date and setting expectations appropriately
  • can bring out the best in people, and can develop them to go on to achieve even more
  • have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • have a good technical degree (or equivalent qualification / experience)

If you have any experience with mobile, web, networking or graphics technologies, that's a great bonus too.

Benefits Reporting to the Engineering Manager, this role offers a unique opportunity to join our Engineering Team, working for a successful, growing company with a recognised global brand and huge potential and vision.

If you’re successful, you’ll be compensated with an attractive package which will be appropriate to your skills and experience. We also offer generous benefits, including a contributory pension, childcare vouchers, and private dental and medical care. This is a full-time post, but we believe in a healthy work / life balance, so it’s 35 hours per week (Monday – Friday); we also promote flexi-time, with agreed core hours.

How to apply 

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy, please click on the ‘apply for this job’ button and fill in your details. Make sure you quote the reference LSRE1 in your covering letter to help get it to the right people!

RealVNC has a responsibility to ensure that all staff are eligible to live and work in the UK and if you’re invited to interview you’ll be requested to provide proof of your eligibility to work. RealVNC is an equal opportunities employer, committed to staff welfare and professional development. We will not consider agency applications for this post.

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