Principal Security Architect at ThoughtWorks

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We are a global software consultancy and a community of passionate, purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients' toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change.

As a Principal Security Architect, you will help ensure secure software practices from inception to delivery, balancing the tradeoffs between risk and agility. You will be a critical negotiator in aligning the needs of the ambitions of the business and technology with the controls of the security organization, and work with our delivery teams to ensure secure delivery.

This is a new role for us, so we are looking for someone comfortable with ambiguity and willing to dive into a diverse range of security concerns involving traditional application security and the architectural aspects of identity and access management. A software development background is a must, and an ideal candidate is willing to occasionally roll up their sleeves and help out key security and identity concerns in code.

You’ll spend time on the following: 

  • Ensuring technical approaches to enterprise identity management align with client needs and modern good practices, especially in legacy environments as they transition to modern authentication and authorization practices
  • Modernizing authorization approaches in service mesh infrastructures, for example, with policy as code
  • Working with delivery teams to do appropriate threat modeling
  • Helping to secure the software supply chain in application delivery, including vulnerability scanning, dependency management techniques, and automated controls in a CI/CD pipeline
  • Working with delivery teams, architecture, and security to ensure healthy secrets management
  • Guiding delivery teams and providing oversight on managing security requirements for cloud infrastructure provisioning

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • 10+ years of experience in technology, with 3+ years focused on security and/or IAM
  • First and foremost: the ability to understand the needs of software delivery teams, including a solid understanding of agile and an ability to balance the tradeoffs of risk vs agility
  • Experience in architecting or implementing identity management concerns in code, which could include modernizing legacy solutions to a centralized identity provider and/or cloud migration
  • Strong understanding of OpenID Connect and OAuth 2.0
  • An understanding of distributed systems runtimes (e.g. kubernetes, istio) and managing authentication and authorization across a microservices architecture
  • Experience with security controls inside a CI/CD pipeline
A few important things to know:

While we’ve traditionally been a traveling consultancy, travel is not required for this role at the moment. We anticipate the need for travel to our client locations in the future when it’s deemed safe.

Not quite ready to apply? Or maybe this isn’t the right role for you? That’s OK, you can stay in touch with AccessThoughtworks, our learning community (click "contact me about recruitment opportunities" to hear about jobs in the future).

It is the policy of Thoughtworks, Inc. to provide a work environment free of discrimination. The Company will take affirmative action to ensure applicants and Thoughtworks employees are treated without regard to race, color, religion, sex/gender, national origin, ethnic origin, veteran or military status, family or marital status, disability, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. This also includes individuals who are perceived to have any of the aforementioned attributes. Thoughtworks will adhere to all federal, state, and municipal laws and regulations governing employment.

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Location

Across from Chicago's iconic Millennium Park, our office offers indescribable lake views and access to some of the city's greatest attractions.

What are ThoughtWorks Perks + Benefits

ThoughtWorks Benefits Overview

Personal development programs and training tailored to the career path that you choose
Allowances for books, conferences & training, cell phone, local transit, and high-speed internet
Opportunities for global assignments/travel
Internal conferences & community events

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Employee-led and driven groups created as a way to help connect underrepresented employees with each other for support, networking, and relationship building.
Daily sync
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Diversity, equity, and inclusion have the power to create transformative social change.
Unconscious bias training
An interactive session where participants will learn what unconscious bias is, where it comes from, how to spot it, and how it can have an impact in the workplace.
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Communities of passionate individuals committed to growing diversity, equity and inclusion at ThoughtWorks
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We strive to be equitable, reflective, and inclusive of the society we live in. Home to all: regardless of age, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, background or identity.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Mental Health Benefits
Behavioral Health Program is a free, confidential service to all employees to help with everything from mindfulness and managing stress to planning your new home purchase.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401K with Employer Match up to $4500/Year. Roth (post-tax) and Traditional (pre-tax) options available.
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
All permanent employees are granted Stock Appreciation Rights (SARs) upon their hire date.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
$100/year for parenting classes
Generous Parental Leave
Birth mothers are eligible for twelve (12) weeks. Birth fathers, adoptive parents or parent through surrogacy are eligible for (6) weeks.
Remote Work Program
While we’ve traditionally been a traveling consultancy, travel is not required at the moment. We anticipate the need for travel to our client locations in the future when it’s deemed safe.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Generous Vacation Accrual Beginning Day 1 with Year-Over-Year Rollover
Sabbatical
12 week paid sabbatical after 10 years of employment
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
7 personal/sick days per year
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Up to $130/month to cover public transportation and bicycle expenses when working in your home office.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Employees get free lunches on Friday when in their home office.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
$1650/year to support your unique career development needs
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

Allowances for books, conferences, cell phone, local transit, and high-speed internet
Personal development programs and training tailored to the career path that you choose

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