Uptake is the actionable insights platform that makes the world more productive, safe, secure and reliable. We create products and solutions to achieve measurable results and outcomes to enable insight and predictive analytics across key industries by leveraging a common platform.

Principal Security Engineer at Uptake

What we do:

Uptake harnesses the power of underutilized data to empower businesses to make informed decisions. We partner with industry leaders to build a predictive analytics software platform that grows smarter in one industry because of what we learn in another. The result is a powerful platform that identifies problems before they happen, ultimately saving money, time and lives.

What you’ll do:

As a Principal Security Engineer, you’ll be responsible for the architecture of the complex security needs of a platform that is already changing the way large industrial companies manage their assets. A Principal Engineer understands cutting-edge tools, technologies and frameworks, and is able to determine what the best tools are for any given task. You will enable and work with our other developers to use cutting-edge technologies in the fields of distributed systems, data ingestion and mapping, and machine learning, to name a few. We also strongly encourage Principal Engineers to tinker with existing tools, and to stay up to date and test new technologies—all with the aim of ensuring that our existing systems don’t stagnate or deteriorate.


As a Principal Engineer on the Security team, your responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Build & setup secure-by-design infrastructure and datastores.
  • Build & setup highly scalable frameworks and middleware for identity and access management, data governance at web scale
  • Work cross-functionally with both the security team and the product team to produce world class secure software
  • Develop a web services based platform that can grow with the business


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field
  • 10+ years of system building experience with a focus on security
  • 5+ years of programming experience using JVM based languages
  • Understanding of key security concepts such as cryptography, authentication, authorization, security protocols, or security vulnerabilities
  • Experience with the OWASP framework
  • Knowledge of how to implement security controls in the development process
  • Direct experience with common security protocols - eg Saml, OAuth, OpenId
  • Direct experience with commonly used IDPs and other platforms - eg Ping, Auth0, Forgerock
  • Outstanding programming and problem solving skills
  • Strong passion for technology and building great systems
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work using Agile methodologies
  • Ability to work quickly and collaboratively in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Experience with service-oriented (SOA) and event-driven (EDA) architectures
  • Experience using big data solutions in multi-cloud environments (AWS, Azure, etc)
  • Experience with noSQL data stores: Cassandra, HDFS and/or Elasticsearch

Preferred skills:

These are skills that we value but are not required for this role:

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in related field preferred.
  • Experience as an open source contributor
  • Experience as an open source contributor
  • Experience with Akka, stream processing technologies and concurrency frameworks
  • Experience with Data modeling
  • Experience with Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Salt or equivalent
  • Experience with Docker, Mesos and Marathon
  • Experience with distributed messaging services, preferably Kafka
  • Experience with distributed data processors, preferably Spark
  • Experience with Angular, React, Redux, Immutable.js, Rx.js, Node.js or equivalent
  • Experience with Reactive and/or Functional programming
  • Understanding of Thrift, Avro or protocol buffers

If you think you would be a good fit for this role, and are interested in joining the best engineering team in Chicago, please provide your resume with a cover letter.


Company Reviews

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
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
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401(k) match
Open PTO policy
Parental leave
Commuter benefits
Speaker series
Lunch stipend
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