Senior Software Engineer (Desktop)

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. Having recently secured PE investment, we are entering the next chapter in our growth journey and are looking to expand our team.

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our Desktop team, which is responsible for creating the client software that forms a key part of our Connect product and implements the core RFB (Remote Frame Buffer) protocol that VNC is based upon, covering Windows, Linux and Mac platforms.

As part of the team, you will help us take the desktop clients in new directions, and to build new products based on them. You’ll be keeping up to date with the latest OS changes – our products support all major desktop platforms, so you should have a broad experience of the various desktop OSes, and platforms like Raspberry Pi. Most development will be building on our core C++ technology, and there will be the opportunity to cover a wide range of disciplines from deep integration with the OS, through protocol design, networking, all the way to creating the UI our customers will use every day.

We have a 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 strong C++, and object-oriented design skills
  • Have a proven track-record developing for a variety of modern desktop platforms
  • Have had exposure to Python
  • Can demonstrate a clear understanding of networking technologies, protocols, and security principles
  • Have a track-record of solving the problems of more open-ended or ambiguous projects, with excellent attention to detail
  • Have some experience taking a leading or coordinating role for specific features or areas
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Can work well both independently, and as part of the wider product team

Anything else?

If you have experience of any of the following, we’d love to hear about it!

  • Other languages or platforms & their APIs
  • Wayland, and Xorg, and window managers
  • Implications of cryptographic cipher/algorithm choices
  • The latest generation of video and audio codec


Reporting to the Lead Software Engineer, 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, EV car leasing scheme, and private dental / medical care and maternity package.

We understand that people work differently, so our employees can work flexibly around our core hours, and we expect some flexibility in return. We have introduced a hybrid work environment where employees combine working remotely and working from the office. You will therefore need to be able to commute to our Cambridge office for meetings as required.

How to apply

If you’d like to join RealVNC as Senior Software Engineer (Desktop), please click on the ‘apply for this job’ button and fill in your details.

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.

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