Cambridge, UK

Lead Application Security Engineer

The Opportunity

Featurespace are building an exciting new Application Security team from the ground up, to sit within the Engineering function of our business, based in our head office in Cambridge.

In your role as Lead Application Security Engineer you will be joining Featurespace as the first member of the Application Security Team, and will be integral in working with Engineering Management to establish, grow, and manage the team. You and your team will be responsible for driving application security best practice across the engineering teams developing ARIC, our real-time platform for monitoring and preventing fraud and financial crime.

Day to Day

  • Championing application security best practices through the full software lifecycle across Featurespace Engineering
  • Working with development teams to build security into all steps of application development from specification and design through to build, test and deployment
  • Own the design of security critical aspects of ARIC’s architecture such as authentication, authorization, data protection and encryption
  • Collaborating with the Engineering Technical Communication team to educate engineers on common security threats (e.g. OWASP top 10), tooling and methodologies
  • Work closely with Release Engineering to adopt and automate security tooling as an integral part of our Continuous Integration process
  • Manage the engineering process around triaging, evaluating and responding to incoming security issues and questions. This often includes CVEs, customer security reports and penetration testing results
  • Leading the response to active application security incidents affecting the ARIC product, both internal and raised by customers
  • Collaborating with Featurespace IT and Corporate Security teams
  • Keep up to date with emerging security trends, threats and practices
  • Management and lead responsibilities surrounding the Application Security team
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About you

Must haves

  • Familiarity with common security vulnerabilities and the ability to judge their severity and impact to the business
  • Practical experience with Application Security relating to Linux, Java and Web Client development
  • Experience creating and rolling best practice guidance and training to software engineers
  • Knowledge of source control and continuous integration systems
  • Comfortable working in an organisation using agile/scrum working practices
  • Ability to manage and prioritise your own workload
  • Experience with line management and running a team of Security Engineers


Great to haves

  • Familiarity with Kubernetes and Container security
  • Experience with applying cryptography in application development. Use of Java Cryptography Architecture and TLS in particular
  • Knowledge of enterprise authorisation and authentication technology such as SAML, OAuth and OpenID Connect.
  • Familiarity with security and data compliance standards such as GDPR, PCI DSS and PCI SFF

Personal Qualities

The work is often challenging and fast paced. As such we are looking for someone who has the following qualities:

  • Attention to detail, excellence and quality
  • A focus on personal achievement and responsibility
  • Passion to learn new skills and technologies
  • Ability to share knowledge
  • Enthusiasm and an open mindset
  • Can-do attitude
  • A passion to work for one of the fastest growing fraud prevention technologies in the world


And most importantly, a small-company attitude: willingness to adapt to a variable role, wearing many different hats from day to day.

As well as competitive salaries, we offer a range of benefits, including flexible working..

How to apply

If you think you’re a good fit for the role above, we would love to hear from you.

Fill out the short application form, upload your CV and one of the team will get back to you.

If you have any questions or queries regarding this role, or life at Featurespace, please contact [email protected]

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