Kin Insurance
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Security Engineer at Kin Insurance (Remote)

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Kin is the home insurance company For Every New Normal. Because of our proprietary technology and direct-to-consumer model, we provide affordable pricing without compromising coverage, even in areas most impacted by climate change. We’re proud to offer fully digital homeowners insurance with an elegant user experience, accurate pricing, and fast, high-quality claims service.

We are also proud to be recognized as Built In’s 2021 Best Midsize Companies to Work For in Chicago and Forbes 2021 Best Startup Employers in America. We are growing super fast, and we need forward-thinking, inspired game-changers like you to help lead the way.

So, what’s the role?

As the Security Engineer at Kin, you will be a core member of the security architecture  review board and of the office of information security. You will be responsible for designing and building infrastructure across multiple security domains.  You will be making technical decisions specifically taking into account trade-offs between short versus long term security and business objectives. You will  handle several difficult problems, make risk-based assessments backed up with data and demonstrate resilience while managing difficult situations. 

A day in the life could include: 

  • Designing and executing on architecture plans, and bringing engineering solutions to reality with a DevSecOps mindset & culture
  • Thriving in an immutable infrastructure and git-ops driven environment.
  • Collaborating with various stakeholders in multiple technical disciplines: including developers, business intelligence, data engineers, devops, quality assurance, and architects to support existing and implement new security solutions
  • Designing, building, operating, and maintaining a data protection/data loss prevention practice
  • Performing industry research on new security protocols, and methodologies
  • Serving as a technical advisor to management concerning the planning, development, design, procurement, maintenance and implementation of security for enterprise-level systems
  • Creating and implementing information systems cloud security best practices and mentoring company personnel 
  • Mentoring engineering team in secure software development methodologies and best practices.
  • Helping to build and configure plans, code pipelines and automated solutions that can be re-used and/or scale.
  • Monitoring and evaluating audit and compliance industry trends and third-party tools
  • Analyzing industry specific regulatory requirements, and contributing to policies and procedures
  • Functioning as a core member of the security architectural review board, and office of information security

I’ve got the skills… but do I have the necessary ones?

  • 4+ years working in system, network, and/or application security
  • 3+ years of working knowledge doing security and/or infrastructure solution architecture
  • 5+ years of expertise engineering and building weapons grade secure cloud architecture with AWS solutions
  • Experience and strong understanding of terraform, immutable-infrastructure, git-ops, automation, CI/CD pipelines, and orchestration
  • Background deploying web and service-based applications in dockerized environments
  • Working knowledge of a configuration management tool (Ansible, Chef, Puppet, etc)
  • Experience with monitoring tools like Cloudwatch, Splunk, DataDog etc.
  • Proficient with multiple programming languages like Java, C++, Ruby, Python, Perl, etc.)
  • Understanding of containerization (Docker) and various runtime environments like Fargate, EKS etc.
  • Working knowledge of IP networking, VPN's, DNS, load balancing, security groups, VPC’s,  WAFs and other cloud  detection/protection systems, NAT and packet filtering
  • Proficient with various compliance and security control frameworks like NIST, ISO 27001/27002, COBIT, ITIL, CSRC
  • Previous work experience at an organization that develops web-based application software
  • Demonstrated project management skills & strong attention to detail 
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to convey technical concepts to individuals with varying levels of technical understanding
  • Highly self-motivated with the ability to work independently
  • Ability to organize time and project work efficiently
  • Bachelor’s degree + certifications, technical training, or other audit and compliance relevant work experience

Oh, and don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance (including 100% employer-paid plans)
  • Flexible PTO policy 
  • Very generous equity options and 401K
  • Parental Leave
  • Continuing education and professional development 
  • Disability and Life Insurance 
  • Onsite gym membership - when we return to the office (Chicago office only) 
  • The excitement of joining a high-growth Insurtech company and seeing your work make an impact
About Kin

In an industry that hasn't budged in more than 100 years, our technology transforms the user experience, cuts inefficiencies that waste billions of consumer dollars, and customizes coverage homeowners want. We believe insurance was always meant to be a digital product – we’re making that a reality. 

Our approach to the industry makes us unique, and the people at Kin help us excel. We’re a team of problem solvers, collaborators, builders, and dreamers who are passionate about creating positive change in the lives of our customers and in our industry. Kin is more than just our name – it’s how we treat each other. That’s one of the many reasons we’ve been recognized as a great place to work by Built In, Forbes, and Fast Company.

EEOC Statement

Kin is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We don't just accept difference – we honor it, nurture it, and celebrate it. We don’t discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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Where we are

Directly off of the Brown and Purple Line stop, our office sits in the Chicago loop at the historic Merchandise Mart

Technology we use

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    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • Red ShiftDatabases

What are Kin Insurance Perks + Benefits

Kin Insurance Benefits Overview

Being in the insurance industry, we recognize the importance of comprehensive benefits for you and your family. That is why we provide a variety of options and coverage levels that alloy you to customize a plan that is right for you!

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
For our Chicago employees, we have an onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

An Insider's view of Kin Insurance

What's something quirky about your company?

Everything has been unique about my time at kin. My role has changed and grown in many ways. With start ups, things are constantly changing and you have to adjust to those changes with a positive attitude, which I think my team does very well! Working at kin has been quite the adventure.

Isabel Peralta

Customer Service Supervisor

What does your typical day look like?

I start my day with a mandatory fresh pot of coffee because Richard runs on Dunkin. After clocking in for showtime, I check in with my team for some positive energy and goal setting for the day. I reach out to my clients, find the best solutions, problem solve with my team, and wrap up my day, ready to do it again tomorrow.

Richard Smith

Sales Consultant

How does the company support your career growth?

Kin takes pride in its employees and provides opportunities for them to grow their skill set. At a fast-paced start-up, there are limitless opportunities to grab ahold of. If something interests you, you can dig in and run with it. I started my career at Kin in sales and jumped at a new opportunity to work on compliance-related projects.

Holly Rousseau

Product Manager

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

I think what I like most about working here is the sense of trust - both up and down. I can trust (and hold accountable) the people I’m asking to help me get things done, and I am also trusted (and held accountable) by the people asking me to help them. That feels good, but it also feels right. Freedom is key to real creative problem solving.

Kael Shipman

Engineering Manager

What makes someone successful on your team?

Ultimately, to be successful on a team you first need to know how to be a good team player. It is my belief that good team players are full of positive energy and enthusiasm, regardless of the situation. I’m an optimistic individual who is always thinking about the best possible outcome of every interaction. That really encompasses the Kin culture.

Jorge Ortiz

Sales Consultant

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