Uptake is a platform of answers built for industry, with industry. We are looking for smart, curious and insanely talented people who can help us break into new territory, take on massive problems and build fast. If that sounds like you, we’d like to hear from you.

Application Security Engineer at Uptake

What We Do:

Uptake is a Chicago-based predictive analytics SaaS platform provider that empowers major industry leaders to optimize performance, reduce asset failures and enhance safety. At Uptake, we combine our strengths—machine learning, analytics, data visualization and software development—with the expertise of our industrial partners. The result is enormous savings in development time and resources for Uptake’s partners and a proven industrial grade software platform that delivers value to partners and their end customers.

What You'll Do:

As an Application Security Engineer, you’ll work on the Information Security team to lead the development of security controls and security defect remediation on our engineering teams. You’ll also help to foster a culture of security within the developer community.


  • Advise engineering teams on the best ways to prevent security issues
  • Acquire an overall understanding of codebase and establish roadmaps to remediate gaps
  • Serve as a trusted adviser for development groups
  • Maintain skills with new and evolving security frameworks
  • Evaluate reusable code and libraries for their ability to securely perform features like authentication and session management
  • Respond to key risk indicator questions during the SDLC process
  • Drive the adoption of techniques and processes for developing secure applications
  • Build secure-by-design frameworks and middleware libraries to promote reuse of secure code
  • Identify and close organizational knowledge gaps based on vulnerability trend information
  • Provide security consulting and mentoring to internal development teams
  • Provide application contextual knowledge to the security point of contact to accurately categorize severity of issues identified by the Information Security team
  • Provide input on risk acceptance decisions to the Information Security team
  • Build internal knowledge for software security including reference material


  • University or college degree
  • At least 2 years of development experience with an emphasis on secure coding best practices and manual code review
  • At least 2 years of experience with the following languages: Java, Java Web Services, HTML5 /JavaScript and Python
  • Proven track record in implementation of security controls in the development process
  • Familiarity with various OWASP frameworks, standards and cheat sheets
  • Knowledge of cloud and virtualization technologies and platforms
  • Experience in software development continuous integration and continuous deployment environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and expert team player with demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships
  • Ability to effectively execute and drive cross functional teams in a fast paced startup environment

Preferred skills:

  • CSSLP certification
  • Active member of the information security community
  • Be bad-ass in what you do.

Company Reviews

It’s inspiring to see, in real time, how our collaborative work is impacting people for the better.
Jess Sattell
at Uptake
What binds us is a passion for tackling hard problems and having a lot of fun along the way.
Nick Singh
UX Researcher
at Uptake
I love it here because I get to lead by example. I believe in our vision and our mission, and I get to share it everyday, both internally and externally.
Nusreth Baig
Business Development Manager
at Uptake
We have access to resources the moment we need them, and we can tap into an amazing talent pool at a moment’s notice.
Brad Nicholas
Lead Innovation Architect
at Uptake
I loving being the first person who welcomes new employees to the team and answer any and all of their immediate questions.
Bridget McInerney
Office Manager
at Uptake
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Perks & Benefits
Health/dental/vision coverage
401(k) match
Open PTO policy
Parental leave
Commuter benefits
Philosophy class
Speaker series
Lunch stipend
Catered Friday lunch
Winter party
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