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Technical Program Manager

| Chicago
Kenna Security is revolutionizing cyber risk with a SaaS-based platform that uses data science to combine vulnerability data with exploit intelligence to measure risk, predict attacks and prioritize remediation. We are leading the way in helping enterprises reduce their risk while increasing their efficiency and preventing attacks. Kenna Security was recently named one of the top 10 hottest start-ups and named to the Inc. 500 fastest growing companies list.
Kenna Security is looking for a Technical Program Manager to work within Kenna PMO supporting the SRE and Systems teams. In this role, you will be responsible for driving tactical and strategic projects and programs that enable our organization to operate more efficiently and effectively.
SRE partners closely with product and development teams to ensure our systems, products and features are built with a high degree of craft excellence and resilience and are monitored and measured with advanced metrics and systems to keep our users productive and able to achieve their goals. Our innovative solutions and ability to scale are vitally important as Kenna continues to grow. SRE TPM will lead the way in managing and directing our most critical and demanding initiatives, projects, and programs for SRE and Systems.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated solid leadership in leading and managing project teams and programs to deliver successful outcomes. This candidate is expected to lead programs and projects of varying levels and partner with key business and technical leaders to define, prioritize and drive projects to successful and impactful delivery. The candidate will have an excellent balance of people, organizational, and technical skills, and can execute and deliver successfully in situations where authority is not a given. Influence, collaboration, and leadership across functional lines are essential.
The TPM role is highly diversified and includes initiating, planning and executing intermediate to large scale, cross-functional and company-wide programs.
**Preferred location is Chicago but open to remote employees**


  • Lead complex, multi-disciplinary engineering projects using your engineering expertise. You plan requirements with internal customers and usher projects through the entire project lifecycle. This includes managing project schedules, identifying risks and clearly communicating them to project stakeholders. You're equally at home explaining your team's analyses and recommendations to executives as you are discussing the technical trade-offs in product development with engineers.
  • Using your technical and leadership expertise, you run Engineering-focused projects that are well-defined under supervision.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders to manage, track and control project challenges and ensure timely delivery of products for the systems, SRE groups
  • Exercise technical judgment to keep goals for programs, projects and products attainable within a given timeline.
  • Lead and develop plans for key initiatives, projects, and programs (includes partnering with product and development teams on their key goals and objectives)
  • Work closely with development partners to coordinate and deploy features to production
  • Track and report on product availability and other metrics, derive key insights, and drive initiatives to conclusion based on those insights
  • Provide leadership and guidance for SRE teams with agile practices, including backlog grooming, standups, and retrospectives
  • Manage and maintain project backlogs and ensure forward momentum with project execution
  • Partner with senior leadership on project execution and team efficiency
  • Partner cross functionally across the company, including R&D, Information Security, and other SRE teams.
  • Help SRE teams go from fighting fires to avoiding them
  • Help teams be more efficient, see the big picture and ensure processes scale appropriately with the company
  • Create a collaborative work environment that fosters autonomy, transparency, mastery, innovation, and learning
  • Lead efforts to resolve project conflicts and establish appropriate resolution paths
  • Manage dependencies between multiple projects
  • Mentor individuals in best practices for planning and execution
  • Develop strong partnerships with technology and business leaders
  • Assess and mitigate risk exposure
  • Manage resource planning


  • B.S. or B.A. in an engineering or technical field, or equivalent practical experience
  • 3+ years of experience managing projects/programs within an infrastructure implementation and operations environment or related discipline
  • 2+ years of experience managing projects using Agile Methodologies (e.g. Scrum, Kanban)


  • 3+ years of experience with project management and operational tools such as JIRA
  • Understanding of infrastructure technologies in systems, network and data center domains is a plus
  • Solid understanding of the software development lifecycle
  • Strong cross-functional and cross-organizational communication skills
  • Excellent balance of people, organizational, technical, and communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent major projects
  • Experience developing roadmaps and resource plans with senior management teams
  • Strong bias for action and an intrinsic ability to deal with ambiguity


  • Experience with some or all of our software stack: Ruby, Rails, MySQL, Elasticsearch, Redis and Postgres
  • Experience with some or all of our current or future systems stack: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Fedora/RHEL, Ansible, Docker, Kubernetes, Vagrant
  • Experience with scalability, deployment, monitoring, alerting, and other aspects of running large-scale distributed systems in a public-facing production environment

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

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Located in the heart of West Loop close to Restaurant Row, unique shops and attractions.

An Insider's view of Kenna Security

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Working at Kenna Security is...FUN! The people definitely make the difference. We are supportive of one another—respectful, motivating, challenging, creative, and diverse in every single way. This is what makes us unique, inspiring, inviting, friendly, honest, and challenging at the same time.


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What projects are you most excited about?

I have a deep passion for and understanding of technology and how it can enrich our lives. Developing the Prioritization to Prediction research series has been an incredibly rewarding project. I get to work with some of the brightest minds in the security industry and help spread new knowledge to the greater cybersecurity community.


Director of Corporate Communications

What are some things you learned at the company?

I take a consultative approach in the sales process which enables customers to fully understand not only the WHAT of the solution, but also the HOW and WHY. Every day, I get to take my passion for security and data analysis and engage in conversations with really smart folks—and discuss ways to improve their approach to vulnerability management.


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How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

The support system at Kenna is second to none. In addition, we have a team of extremely smart people when it comes to the engineering department and I am in awe of how much I learn from them every day. Flexible work schedules allow me to work at the best times for me and in the most convenient places.


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What are Kenna Security Perks + Benefits

Kenna Security Benefits Overview

We offer our employees a full suite of benefits ranging from health and wellness plans, wealth management programs, flexible work arrangements and professional development opportunities.

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Kenna offers standard and roth 401k plans with a broad selection of stocks, bonds and international index funds to choose from.
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
We offer employees Free on-site garage parking.
Pet Friendly
Acme Co.'s pet policy is Occasional bring your pet to work days.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
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