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Senior Security Architect

Berlin, Germany

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Open source is our beating heart and it’s something that fuels our work and our culture. It’s where we began. It’s where we’ll always be. Our vision is to become the trusted open source data platform for everyone. We are a Cast of over 400 individuals (‘Crabs’) located across the globe. Why Crabs? Because we believe in thinking sideways. And right now, we’re looking for sideways-thinking Senior Security Architect.

We rely on our Infrastructure and Security Team to keep our physical and digital assets secure and functioning smoothly.

On the digital side, that means our IT systems and networks, while robust security is an essential element of our core offering, of course.

But our physical assets are just as important, with office locations in 10 different countries across four continents. In addition, many of our team members work remotely, adding further security challenges.

We employ a wide range of real estate and workplace managers, network engineers, cybersecurity specialists and IT administrators. Technical and communication skills are all part of their remit, along with an ability to think (and work) around problems. We are currently looking to add a Senior Security Architect to our team.

Who we are

So, how do we become the trusted open source data platform for everyone? By listening closely to our customers and taking action to ensure they achieve their business goals. You see, the software we create is merely a means of delivering value. Our thinking is customer-first. That’s why our customers are at the front and center of all we do. And in the spirit of sideways thinking, we’re by their side as well. Actively helping them solve their challenges. Collaborating. Sharing. And innovating. In other words, it really isn’t just about who we are. It’s about who our customers are – and where they want to be.

Our values

We want individuals who can embody our values of ownership, courage, and openness.

What does that mean in practice?

We take ownership of the problems we solve. What we do is about improving life for our customers, enabling them to meet their goals. So we own our decisions and mistakes. Sometimes that takes courage. But we don’t falter – we take on challenges with confidence. And right at our heart is openness. We’re always open to new ideas – from wherever and whoever they come.

The Role:

We are looking for a talented Security Architect to join Aiven’s Security organization!

This role will be responsible for designing and implementing security solutions to protect our platform and services across our offerings. The Security Architect will work closely with cross-functional teams across Aiven’s engineering organistions leading efforts to ensure the security, integrity and availability of our platform.

Information Security is critical for success in our business and has a strong mandate from the company leadership. We hold ISO27001:2013 certification and are SOC2 compliant.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Design and aid in implementation of security controls and guardrails in our cloud-based platforms and services
  • Review designs of new products and features at regular architectural review meetings in collaboration with engineering and architecture teams
  • Collaborate with engineering and operations teams to design and implement security best practices and projects
  • Design and aid in implementation of Customer facing security features and information sources
  • Stay abreast of the latest security threats, technologies and research as it applies to Aiven’s products and services

What We're Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or related field, or proven equivalent work experience
  • Experience with Python and SQL
  • Experience with one or more other programming languages a plus
  • Experience building or reviewing threat models
  • Experience in a multifaceted cloud-based environments including multiple cloud hyperscaler providers, with experience in multiple deployment and platform scenarios
  • Strong knowledge of database and runtime security principles, controls and environments and the relevant threats they face
  • 5+ years of security architecture and/or product security experience
  • Excellent communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills
  • Proven technical leadership skills (projects, virtual teams, advisory roles)

What we value

  • You are self-educating and self-motivated through curiosity
  • Driven by openness and willingness to share your knowledge and experience
  • Experience working with compliance, privacy, IT, networking or related functions
  • Experience with PostgreSQL
  • Exposure to PCI-DSS
  • Significant expertise configuring and securing IaaS services on more than one major cloud such as AWS, GCP, Azure, or OCI
  • Experience with security code review and clear-box security analysis
  • Published contributions to the security community (projects, blog posts)

Don’t worry if your experience doesn’t line up perfectly – we still encourage you to apply! We believe in investing in our crabs’ professional growth.

Our Offer

If you ask us what’s the best thing about working for Aiven, many will probably say it’s the high concentration of talent from around the world that we have here. Enjoy the agile environment of a hyperscale scale-up where you can truly make an impact and have fun while at it.

We invest in you

  • Participate in Aiven’s equity plan.
  • With Aiven locations spanning the globe, we want all of our crabs to find the right balance with our hybrid work policy.
  • Get the equipment you need to set yourself up for success.
  • Step up your career game with real employer support (use one of our learning platforms, annual learning budget, and more).
  • Get holistic wellbeing support through our global Employee Assistance Program.

Make a difference at Aiven

  • Contribute to open source projects that you find meaningful outside of work - and get paid for it! Our Plankton program recognizes extra work to the open source ecosystem for developers and non-developers alike.
  • Use up to 5 days per year to volunteer for a good cause of your choice.
  • Join one of our team member resource groups - empower yourself and others in missions that resonate with you.

What else?

  • Your wellbeing matters: we provide professional massage at the office as well as health and fitness benefits through Urban Sport Club membership
  • Love breakfast? So do we! Join us at our monthly team breakfast
  • Know someone who would be the perfect fit for Aiven? You can benefit from our referral bonus programme as soon as you join.

Amazing! What’s next?

If you think Aiven is the place for you, send us your CV, and we’ll get in touch!

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