Security Operations Engineer

Security Engineer in Los Angeles, CA , West Hollywood, CA

Posted 2019-10-25

Protecting our global users' and employees' information is very important to us; so is maintaining a creative, flexible, and efficient work environment.

Grindr is looking for a Security Operations Engineer expert to keep our data and intellectual property secure from all internal and external threats, both human and technological.

The ideal candidate will have experience managing the roll out of enterprise-wide security solutions; architecting solutions with both SbD and PbD principles, the technical expertise to lead implementation minimizing impact to operational requirements; and the ability to work with various stakeholders across the company on key milestones and to anticipate potential roadblocks. The candidate will also have the ability to collaborate with other teams, and the discipline to oversee third-party service providers.


Provide architectural consultancy by collaborating with internal teams to secure our AWS environments, Kubernetes clusters and the systems running within them
Develop/Deploy/Support Application and Infrastructure security checks and guardrails throughout the software development lifecycle (pre-commit, commit, build-time, acceptance, Prod/Post-production)
Perform security design reviews for infrastructure and frontend-related projects
Document and communicate security configuration and hardening guidelines for infrastructure components
Craft automated security auditing and monitoring software and infrastructure related to the above
Administer security-related infrastructure and applications
Support infrastructure needs for other parts of the security team
Assist in auditing third party partners


2 - 4 years of experience in Cloud Security
Hands-on experience with cloud platforms specifically AWS administration/architectural experience
Experience with vulnerability management processes and tools (e.g. Nessus)
Recent and meaningful work in securing containers and container orchestration frameworks- Kubernetes and Docker
Knowledge of AWS native security tools (GuardDuty, SecurityHub, Shield)
Offensive security-oriented mindset
You possess a deep understanding and recent experience with Linux system administration and hardening experience
You are proficient in scripting languages, such as Python, Bash or Golang
You have knowledge of cryptography including x.509 certificates, encryption algorithms, and their practical applications
You have experience performing threat modeling for systems and infrastructure to identify potential security issues
(Preferred) Experience with Splunk log analysis
You are dedicated to protecting the integrity of our security environment
You love providing mentorship to internal teams surrounding security best practices
You thrive in a fast-paced, start-up environment
(Preferred) Industry-accredited certifications such as AWS Certified Security-Specialty, GCP Professional Cloud Security Engineer, Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge, Security+, etc.
(Preferred) Knowledge of or experience operating under regulatory, legal, and security best practices including the General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), USO 27001/27002

Why Work at Grindr?

Since 2009, Grindr has built the world’s largest social network for gay, bi, trans, and queer people. Now more than just an app, we’re a family of lifestyle brands with the shared mission to connect LGBTQ people with the world around them:

Grindr – The location-based social app that started it all. Over 3 million people use Grindr daily, from every country on the planet.
INTO – A video content platform dedicated to queer perspectives: news, culture, social, commentary, and more.
Grindr for Equality (G4E) – Our social mission to promote justice, health, and safety for LGBTQ individuals around the globe.
Gaymoji – A one-of-a-kind collection of over 500+ stickers available on iOS, Android, and in the Grindr app.

Behind the brands, Grindr is an inclusive and passionate family of thinkers, innovators, leaders, and most importantly, doers. We’re fueled by endless curiosity, constant collaboration, and a knack for crossing every finish line – all within an agile growth environment. We also enjoy tons of perks, great social events, and stunning views from our HQ in West Hollywood.

Benefits & Perks

100% covered medical, dental and vision insurance
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Time Off Policy
Competitive Salaries
401(k)- Matching
Catered daily lunch
Stocked kitchen
Free on-site parking
Casual dress environment
Grindr is an equal opportunity employer

*Recruiting firms that submit resumes to Grindr without first entering into a written contract will not be entitled to any compensation on candidates referred by that firm.

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Company summary

Grindr is an inclusive and passionate family of thinkers, innovators, leaders, and most importantly, doers. Our platform is built on the power of connections, and it guides us in everything we do. We are fueled by endless curiosity, a friendly and collaborative work environment, and a knack for crossing every finish line, all within an agile startup environment. We also have tons of perks and plenty of great snacks.

Come hang with us. Check out our open positions and become part of a company that’s all about bringing an ever-growing community together.


100% covered medical, dental and vision insurance
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Time Off Policy
Competitive Salaries
401(k)- Matching
Catered daily lunch
Stocked kitchen
Free on-site parking
Casual dress environment
Dog-friendly office

Tech Stack

Java, Scala, AWS, Swift, Kotlin

Interview process

In our initial introduction call, there are 10 questions from the team that I will ask, and we'll use a shared Google Doc for you to type in your answers. These questions are around your own experience with the technologies related to the role.

In the next step, you will have a phone interview with a senior member of our team, and for certain roles, we'll include a video conference for a shared screen coding exercise.

For the on-site interview, you will interview with a senior member of the team for a pair programming session, one of our Product Managers on workflow, and the hiring manager for another deep technical session.

If you're here over lunchtime, you will have lunch with members of the team, and lastly, you will wrap up with your recruiter!

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