We're Hiring a Humbly Assured Senior Safety Engineer

About Us and Why We’re Hiring

We construct “You Want a Price range,” the perfect budgeting software program and academic assets round. (These within the know name us YNAB, which is pronounced “why-nab.”) For greater than a decade, folks have been shopping for YNAB after which telling their pals what a distinction it has made of their lives. Google us, or learn a few of our opinions on the app retailer, and also you’ll see what we imply. We love constructing one thing that has an enormous constructive impression on folks’s lives.

We’ve taken the stance that it’s greatest to make safe practices and selections a sensible a part of our firm tradition from day one. Consequently, we've a variety of applications and practices in place that we’re happy with, and you may examine a few of our public-facing ones in our safety coverage. However safety is a journey, and though we've loads of individuals who get obsessive about safety, we’re on the level in our journey the place we would like somebody who will get to obsess about safety all day, daily. And that’s the place you, our new safety engineer, are available. You like serving to these round you make good selections round safety and are skilled in serving to construct belief and comprehension round greatest practices. You're a important thinker with an open thoughts, you cause/debate with empathy, have robust communication abilities, and have deep respect for the ability of collaboration.

We've one overarching requirement in relation to becoming a member of our group: our Core Worth Manifesto has to actually click on with you. In the event you’re nodding emphatically whereas studying this, you’ll most likely prefer it right here, and we will’t wait to attach with you!

In fact, we've some agency* necessities too, like 5 years of expertise concerned in constructing software program, with no less than 3 years devoted to a security-focused function.

*Properly, firm-ish. If you’re an ideal match for this function however fall somewhat in need of the five-year requirement, we encourage you to go forward and apply. We don’t want you to be the right candidate on paper. 

On an analogous word, we all know impostor syndrome could be a highly effective power and will discourage unbelievable folks from making use of. Please apply anyway. Many people right here have it too, so that you’re in good firm.

Okay, let’s speak about life at YNAB, after which we’ll go into element about what we’re in search of. 

Who You’d Be Working With

You’ll naturally work with engineers, however you’ll additionally incessantly work with everybody in our cross-functional product groups: Designers, Product Managers, and Buyer Help. And since your safety suggestions will usually apply to how we work internally, you’ll work with workers in advertising, training, and operations too.

All of our workers have one factor in widespread: They’re a pleasure to work with. You gained’t discover heated arguments and raised voices right here. We save our aggressive spirit for YNAB’s exterior rivals (or the occasional spirited board/online game session), however internally we construct up our teammates and have a good time their successes.

We're all keenly conscious of our work’s impression on prospects and the corporate, and we acknowledge safety and privateness are a necessary a part of each function, no matter title. 

So, safety isn’t a tough promote round right here. All of us work and sleep somewhat bit higher once we know architect a system that's safe by design, and once we know that an errant click on on that attachment isn’t going to destroy the corporate. 

And when certainly one of us does make a safety mistake, we’ll admit it as a result of we blame defective processes, not folks.

How You’ll Work at YNAB

We additionally work actually laborious, collectively, to make working at YNAB a tremendous expertise, and we had been (humbly) proud to be named Fortune’s #1 Finest Small Firm to Work For the final two years. We've a group of actually distinctive folks—the sort you’ll be excited to work with. Right here’s how we function:

Duty and Empowerment

YNAB appreciates, respects, and trusts the experience and judgment of our engineers. We empower them to do what they assume is true. 

We additionally work collaboratively. We repeatedly search the correct amount of construction and unity essential to maximise productiveness. The place it is sensible, we designate somebody to make a name. 

Though our individuals are proper rather a lot, it’s okay to make errors right here. Exploration and calculated dangers are important to velocity and progress. We freely admit once we’re improper. If one thing doesn’t go as anticipated, we study, bounce again, and make corrections. 

You gained’t be alone; others can be there to assist, evaluation, reassure, and again you up. We personal our processes and collective outcomes as a group.

Reside (Nearly) Anyplace You Need

We’ve all the time been a completely distant group, and have folks all around the world. For this function, you’ll must be positioned someplace between the Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8) and the Central European Time Zone (UTC+1). As an illustration, North America and most of Europe work properly. Wherever you're, simply be sure to have a dependable web connection.

No Outrageous Hours

We wish everybody to have a full life exterior of YNAB, and we seldom work greater than 40 hours per week. There have been a number of events the place issues bought busy and folks needed to put some additional time in. However then they took some additional time without work, so all of it balances out. We work laborious and good, however we’re on this for the lengthy haul.

Take Trip (Critically)

We wish you to take trip. In actual fact, we've a minimal trip coverage of three weeks per yr. 5 weeks feels about proper (plus two additional weeks for our company-wide December break). It’s vital to get loads of downtime and get out and do one thing. We’ll look ahead to seeing footage of your adventures in our #office_wall Slack channel.

The YNAB Retreat

When the pandemic isn’t retaining us from touring, we get the entire group collectively annually to atone for spreadsheets and powerpoints in a Finest Western convention room. Simply kidding. Thus far, we’ve performed Costa Rica, a gigantic cabin within the mountains, a seaside home within the Outer Banks, a ranch in Montana, and most not too long ago, Laguna Seashore. We do actually enjoyable issues at these retreats, however the spotlight is inevitably simply being collectively and having a blast.

Up Your Recreation

We’re critical about serving to you enhance your craft. We finances for it (hey-o!). Suppose conferences, Lynda/Skillshare subscriptions, books, and devoted time away from work to study one thing new. We like to see our folks develop.

Worldwide is Completely Okay

Our group is unfold throughout the globe, together with Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, the UK, and all around the United States. We arrange group members within the US and UK as workers, and people in different international locations as impartial contractors. 

As talked about above, we've a while zone restrictions for this function, however so long as you’re between UTC-8 and UTC+1, we’re good!


We provide glorious well being, dental, and imaginative and prescient insurance coverage for our US workers, the place we cowl 100% of the premium for you and your loved ones. No must examine your imaginative and prescient, you learn that proper—100%. Though if you happen to did must examine your imaginative and prescient, we’ve bought you lined!

We even have a Conventional and Roth 401k possibility. YNAB matches your contributions, as much as six p.c of your paycheck. Matches vest instantly. (Are you a private finance junkie like our founder Jesse? He arrange YNAB’s 401k to have the bottom price construction potential, the place all plan prices are paid by YNAB, not your retirement nest egg. The funding funds accessible are unbelievable, passively-managed, ultra-low-cost index funds. Not a PF junkie? Belief us, it’s superior.) For UK workers, we additionally contribute six p.c to your pension.

We additionally supply beneficiant paid parental go away for all full-time group members. Right here’s to rising the world’s budgeters, one baby at a time!

Aggressive Compensation

The beginning wage vary for this place is $142,000-$170,000 USD yearly, relying on expertise. We contemplate raises yearly, and have a bi-annual profit-share bonus. YNAB wins, you win—that form of factor.

Different Tidbits

  • When you begin, we DEMAND (in a pleasant, ALL CAPS IS YELLING approach) that you simply fill out your “Bucket Record” spreadsheet with 50 objects. (That’s tougher than it sounds!) 
  • The bucket checklist actually helps in deciding what we must always provide you with on your birthday and the vacations. 
  • We’re all adults. There’s no must punch a clock or ask for permission to take off early one afternoon to go see the physician. We take a look at what you accomplish, not how lengthy you sit (have you ever tried standing?) in entrance of a pc.
  • We’re at present trialing a four-day work week! For us, this implies 4 common days of labor adopted by a three-day weekend…each week. That is new to us, and we’re studying rather a lot, however we’re enthusiastic about what it may imply each for the corporate and our group members. 
  • We wish you firing on all cylinders so we’ll set you up with a top-of-the-line pc and can exchange it frequently.
  • Did we point out we make an enormous, constructive distinction on this planet? 

If this seems like your very best setting, learn on as a result of now we wish to speak about you. You'll play an enormous half in constructing one thing simple and joyful to make use of that helps tens of millions of individuals uncover budgeting as a necessary monetary and life-planning device. You will change lives

You, Our New Safety Engineer


Once you learn the next checklist, you’re most likely going to assume, “This sounds nice. I may actually assist in these areas,” after which a number of bullet factors later, you’ll assume, “Wait, that is an excessive amount of for one particular person,” and that’s virtually actually true. Fortunately that is solely the primary place we’re filling for our safety group. We'd like your assist to determine the main points, however as we study extra we will speak about rising that group the place essential. As well as, you’ll have:

  • The popularity that simply since you’ll act as our foremost marketing consultant in these areas, you gained’t essentially be the primary implementer.
  • Cheap expectations concerning timelines.
  • The expertise essential to know the place to prioritize your power first, based mostly on stable threat evaluation of threats, their chance, and their impression.
  • The authority to advocate construct out and rent our safety group as we develop.
  • The flexibility to assume strategically and long run, and switch that considering into tactical progress/accomplishment.

So though we’re trying to find a safety unicorn with a large depth and breadth of information, we’re not anticipating you to be a magical unicorn! 

Shield YNAB – The Product

  • We've skilled, security-savvy engineers, and you'll assist guarantee they observe safe improvement practices and construct rigor round our software program improvement life cycle to make it safe. 
  • Triage incoming bugs from our ongoing Bug Bounty Program with the suitable software engineers.
  • Help and prepare us in performing security-focused code opinions.
  • Make the most of your expertise in developing techniques which are safe by design to behave as the first safety marketing consultant for our engineers as they architect new techniques.
  • Examine intrusion/ATO makes an attempt utilizing our software monitoring stack, and advocate infrastructure enhancements to make subsequent intrusion makes an attempt simpler to determine and block.
  • Make significant suggestions for Safety Info and Occasion Administration (SIEM), and know what that might seem like for a completely distant SaaS firm.
  • Preserve abreast of greatest practices and vulnerabilities to make sure that we don’t fall behind as attackers innovate.
  • Consider and Coordinate with third social gathering auditors to carry out penetration checks and code audits. (And whenever you learn their report, you may simply distinguish between the advertising fluff and the scary stuff.)
  • Advocate automated checks to assist detect vulnerabilities earlier than we ship them.
  • Introduce safety requirements which are enforced via strong documentation and empathetic steerage.
  • Cause clearly about safety and product tradeoffs and stability such priorities in selections.
  • Discover enhancing engineering requirements, tooling, and processes rewarding.

Shield YNAB – The Firm

  • Consider and increase our Inside Safety Insurance policies and Governance Paperwork.
  • Know discover the stability between insurance policies that make us extraordinarily safe, however paralyze the group, and lax insurance policies which are extraordinarily environment friendly, however go away us one click on away from a business-ending ransomware assault.
  • Work with Operations/IT to:
    • Guarantee we've configured our inside enterprise purposes accurately and securely.
    • Advocate cloud suppliers for security-sensitive operations, like id administration, account provisioning, and many others.
  • Carry out Inside Danger Assessments to assist guard towards essentially the most possible safety threats our enterprise faces.
  • Consider and advocate inside safety coaching supplies which are really helpful.
  • Assess our present infrastructure, from bodily asset practices to community settings.
  • Reply to safety questionnaires from potential distributors.
  • Assist navigate new legislative necessities concerning knowledge privateness.
  • Determine threats and vulnerabilities in a completely distant SaaS setting.
  • Put together for potential threats that would disrupt operations.

Shield our Prospects and their Knowledge

  • We assist our prospects to make safe selections by default, and you'll assist enhance our present techniques designed to: stop dangerous/breached passwords, encourage enabling 2FA, resist phishing and self-XSS makes an attempt, and many others. You'll coordinate with the product and engineering groups to guage our efforts and make suggestions to enhance them.
  • Seek the advice of with our Head of Product, Head of Know-how, Operations, and attorneys to assist reply to, and probably automate our (uncommon) GDPR/CCPA requests.
  • Area inside and exterior safety questions concerning the remedy of delicate knowledge.
  • Preserve our exterior safety and privateness insurance policies updated.

A bit extra about you:

You've a powerful technical background with no less than 5 years of expertise associated to constructing, transport, and securing software program. Ideally in a SaaS setting.

We acknowledge that folks get into software program “safety” by many paths, so it’s tough to boil our expertise necessities right down to an ideal checklist of bullet factors, however you're the particular person we’re in search of if you happen to:

  • Should not solely undaunted however excited in regards to the above checklist of tasks and appropriately assured in your skill to sort out most of them.
  • Are a collaborative group participant, but additionally comfy working independently with plenty of autonomy.
  • Have sufficient expertise to be shocked to see us go away sure issues out of the above job description, and look ahead to educating us.
  • Have broad sufficient abilities to have the ability to make best-practice safety suggestions for our group as an entire, whereas having deep sufficient abilities to have the ability to acknowledge and probably even exploit prime OWASP vulnerabilities like SQL injections, XSS, and many others.
  • Labored on, and probably led a safety group earlier than with a title like Software Safety Lead or Software Safety Engineer.
  • Are a superb written and verbal communicator.
  • We divorce administration experience from technical experience right here, and it is a technical function. Though you don’t must know the way or need to handle folks, you should be extraordinarily personable and capable of effortlessly be a liaison and champion of safety and coverage between all groups and ranges at YNAB.

Felony Data:

In case your path to the world of data safety concerned “hacking”, and you've got a felony report because of this, we’ll nonetheless contemplate you relying upon the circumstances. Tell us upfront so we will speak about it moderately than be shocked when doing our background checks.


YNAB is an equal alternative employer. We imagine a range of backgrounds, beliefs, talents, and experiences is important to our success. We're keen about making a welcoming, supportive, and collaborative setting for all workers. All are inspired to use as we proceed to develop a sensible, skilled, and various group that loves working collectively to construct one thing that issues.

Methods to Apply

  • Apply by filling out this way. You’ll must log in to your Google account to entry it.
  • The deadline is 11:59 pm PT on Sunday, July 10, 2022. 
  • Our objective is to make the hiring course of as accessible as potential. If we may help you with an accessibility want, e mail us at  at [email protected] Make sure to point out within the topic line that you simply’re making use of for the Senior Safety Engineer place. (Please word that this inbox is simply monitored for messages associated to lodging.)

We’re excited to listen to from you!

P.S. In the event you’re not on this place proper now, however know somebody who could be, we’d admire you passing this alongside!

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