Backend Product Software Engineer, Privacy


Role Description

Our strategy starts with our mission: how do we build the right set of products that can help our customers work in a more enlightened way? If the first big problem Dropbox solved was getting your files in the cloud, the new problem we’re solving is helping you organize your life. At the same time, we need to decrease the complexity and cost while improving speed and completeness of programs that protect user privacy and comply with the law.
As we’re evolving the core business from syncing and sharing files, we are looking for Senior Software Engineers to develop technical solutions that operate efficiently at Dropbox's scale, protect user privacy and comply with the ever-evolving legal framework in all regions where Dropbox does business. An engineer in this team will spend its first 2-3 years dedicated to internal improvements, including building up internal tooling and enabling compliance with technical legal requirements. Once internal capabilities have been up-leveled, this function will take on external-facing projects as well, including building tooling to expand user privacy.


  • You will articulate a technical vision for a more enlightened way of working and work with multi-functional partners to deliver that vision
  • You will write code as we expect our technical leadership to be in the trenches alongside junior engineers, understanding root causes and leading by example
  • You will partner with Security and other Dropbox teams to build software or leverage existing technology to address privacy requirements.
  • You will partner with Legal’s Privacy team to develop solutions that meet their requirements.
  • You will partner with the Application Security team to advocate for privacy starting left in the development lifecycle.
  • You will develop and execute against both short and long-term roadmaps, making effective tradeoffs between business impact, user experience, and a high-quality technical foundation
  • You will improve the team and company – you will be an active participant in our culture (mentorship, interviewing, and new initiatives)
  • You will own relationships with other engineering teams and collaborate with other functions within Dropbox


  • BS degree in Computer Science or related technical field involving coding (e.g., physics or mathematics), or equivalent technical experience
  • 5+ years of software engineering and/or work related industry experience
  • Previous success developing and shipping a large-scale web application with a user-empathetic mindset
  • Skilled at building user-facing software and supporting systems and libraries for the web and/or desktop
  • You can handle full-stack projects and are able to build a minimum working product quickly