Security Engineering Team Lead

Hootsuite, Vancouver, BC.

We are more than a social media company

We’re looking for a Security Engineering Team Lead to lead our security engineering team, and help secure our product and corporate technologies. This is a hands on role in which you’ll be coaching the team, grooming the backlog of security work, aligning & prioritizing work based on larger corporate priorities and guiding architectural decisions. The role also requires working on identifying and recommending fixes for security bugs, designing, developing and deploying security technologies, performing code reviews & penetration tests and providing advisory & guidance on security solutions. You will have the opportunity to grow within one of Canada’s largest cloud centric environments. While based out of our Vancouver office you will report to the Director, Information Security. 


  • Groom the backlog of security tickets and help with operational prioritization.
  • Mentor & develop the team, and provide in the moment guidance in making architectural design decisions.
  • Translate organizational strategic objectives into operational priorities.
  • Work closely with software development staff to develop tools and practices to support Hootsuite’s Secure SDLC and controls framework
  • Develop significant security engineering components from inception to production with minimal oversight and guidance
  • Support the technical components of our incident response team by executing operational runbooks as required
  • Support and advise the Production DevOps teams in the design and implementation of a secure cloud hosting platform
  • Recommend and deploy tooling to manage security in the delivery pipelines as well as production systems
  • Conduct security assessments of applications by doing code reviews and provide mitigation recommendations
  • Perform penetration tests of applications using manual and automated methods to identify vulnerabilities
  • Provide advice on security bug remediation to development staff and other security staff
  • Provide security awareness training to highly technical development and development operations staff
  • Participate in Hootsuite’s security incident on-call rotation schedule



  • Degree or Diploma in Computer Science or Engineering, along with cloud engineering certifications or willingness to obtain
  • 6-8 years of experience with at least 2-3 years of experience in a similar role, and 3+ years of prior experience in one or more of the following roles - application architect, system architect, software developer, system administrator
  • The candidate must be skilled in at least one programming language such as Python, PHP, or GoLang, with prior experience as a software developer being an asset
  • Experience working in a cloud (preferably AWS) environment with CI/CD along with extensive familiarity with Unix / Linux based operating systems
  • Solid understanding of application and database security concepts and architectural principles around authentication, authorization, session management, configuration management, data handling and cryptography
  • Thorough understanding of web and mobile application security vulnerabilities, including but not limited to the OWASP Top 10 list of vulnerabilities
  • Experience in providing solutions to and leading numerous security vulnerability remediation activities
  • Specific experience in dynamic application security testing using techniques and tools like Burp Suite, Nikto, Appscan, Paros, Fiddler, WebInspect, Skipfish, etc.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork: works with others to deliver results, meaningfully contributing to the team and prioritizing group needs over individual needs
  • Creativity and Innovation: seeks new and better ways of doing things, generates original and imaginative ideas, products, or solutions
  • Customer Focus: demonstrates a desire to proactively help and serve internal/external customers meet their needs
  • Open Communication: clearly conveys thoughts, both written and verbally, listening attentively and asking questions for clarification and understanding
  • Problem Solving: uses an organized and logical approach to find solutions to complex problems. Looks beyond the obvious to understand the root cause of problem
  • Challenges and supports others to create results but also develop new capabilities. Successfully develops the capacity and capability of team and individuals on the team


  • Tenacious. You are determined to succeed, and you are motivated by the success of customers, colleagues and the community.
  • Curious. You are always learning and seeking ways to make things better.
  • Conscientious. You keep your promises, taking your commitments to others seriously, and you have strong integrity.
  • Humble. You lead with humility and empathy, respecting and learning from the perspectives of others. 

Share our values: We champion the power of human connection. We’re united globally by our shared values of innovation, grit, humility, and passion for customer success.

Make an impact: Working at the speed of social, we create value for our customers by delivering solutions that power relationships at scale. Our pace of work enables fast learning and fosters an environment where you can stretch yourself and make an impact.

Learn and grow: We’re committed to growing the capabilities of our people. We are building a learning community where you can work with diverse individuals, explore new ways of thinking, and expand your capabilities. Our employees are teachers and learners who work out loud and share their knowledge to enhance each other’s growth.

We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring. Our purpose is to champion the power of human connection and the heart of connection is inclusion. You belong here.

Accommodations will be provided as requested by candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


About Hootsuite

About us Hootsuite is the most widely used social media management platform. We have 15+ million customers and are recognized as a leader in social media management by Forrester, one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world. Our battle-tested technology, extensive ecosystem, and social DNA help organizations create human connections at scale.

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