Security Engineer

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What Notion is looking for in applicants

About Us:

We're on a mission to make it possible for every person, team, and company to be able to tailor their software to solve any problem and take on any challenge. Computers may be our most powerful tools, but most of us can't build or modify the software we use on them every day. At Notion, we want to change this with focus, design, and craft.

We've been working on this together since 2016, and have customers like Pixar, Mitsubishi, Figma, Plaid, Match Group, and thousands more on this journey with us. Today, we're growing fast and excited for new teammates to join us who are the best at what they do. We're passionate about building a company as diverse and creative as the millions of people Notion reaches worldwide.

About The Role:

Millions of people use Notion — and this number is increasing every day. Our users depend on us to deliver a secure and trustworthy experience, and we value this more than anything. In this role, we are looking for a founding member of an elite security engineering team that is responsible for all aspects of ensuring the security of our platform and users. You will be one of Notion’s foremost security expert, understanding the full attack surface of our product and working with a broad range of teams to secure it.

What You'll Achieve:

  • You'll act as a liaison for multiple stakeholders across product, engineering, go to market, and security ops / compliance, to guide and prioritize the right security investments.
  • You'll help scale the engineering organization and mentor engineers on best practices in secure software design and architecture.
  • You’ll enable the growth of Notion’s business by building a secure foundation that earns the trust of Notion’s users.
  • You’ll design, implement, and (where possible) automate a software development life cycle that balances good vulnerability and risk detection coverage with developer velocity.
  • You'll participate in security assessments and advise on on both internal and customer security and privacy needs (e.g. SOC2, ISO 27001, GDPR, penetration testing, enterprise asks)

Skills You'll Need to Bring:

  • Security architecture and expertise: You have experience building systems to secure and monitor cloud architectures. You can contribute directly to our main codebase to raise the bar on security systems design and address vulnerabilities. You bring experience in a number of following areas:
    • Threat modeling
    • Securing a cloud-based infrastructure (e.g. AWS)
    • Designing a secure development life cycle (design reviews, CI / CD integrations, bug bounty program)
    • Application security consulting
    • Secure library and framework development
    • Vulnerability discovery and response
    • Implement core security features like authentication to detecting and mitigating malicious activity
    • Offensive thinking (e.g. pentesting, red teaming)
  • Working in production: You have experience debugging systems in production. You appreciate the skill and challenge of continuously improving production components with minimal user disruption.
  • Pragmatic and business-oriented: You care about business impact and prioritize projects accordingly — you model threat risks and balance the right security investments with the right bottom line outcomes.
  • Not ideological about technology: To you, technologies and programming languages are about tradeoffs. You may be opinionated, but you're not ideological and can learn new technologies as you go.
  • Empathetic communication: You communicate nuanced ideas clearly, whether you're explaining technical decisions in writing or brainstorming in real time. In disagreements, you engage thoughtfully with other perspectives and compromise when needed.
  • Team player: For you, work isn't a solo endeavor. You enjoy collaborating cross-functionally to accomplish shared goals, and you care about learning, growing, and helping others to do the same.

Nice to Haves:

  • You've been responsible for maintaining continuous controls and participating in audits in relation to our customer facing certifications (like SOC2).
  • You have experience leading engineering teams with a security focus.
  • You've managed, maintained, and monitored systems using technologies like Amazon Web Services, Datadog, Postgres, Redis, Memcached, and Elasticsearch.

Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for small businesses, you will find a home at Notion.

Notion is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or any employment decision based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other applicable legally protected characteristic. Notion considers qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Notion is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please let your recruiter know.


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