Sr. Security Engineer

3+ months agoRemote


Amazon Payments processes millions of transactions every day across numerous countries and payment methods. Over 100 million customers and merchants send tens of billions of dollars through our systems annually. We are re-inventing the vision of our platform to provide our internal and external clients the best payment gateway service, benchmarked against the top external alternatives.

Paramount to our success is ensuring that customer data is secure across Amazon Payments including at subsidiaries. Payments Subsidiary Security Team is uniquely focused on helping our subsidiary continuously assess the end-to-end security posture of payment services and environments. You will help each subsidiary raise-the-bar with their layers of defenses. You will proactively seek opportunities to scale security at subsidiaries.

A Security Engineer in Amazon will be strong in multiple security domains and sought out for advice on technical issues. Efficient time management skills are required along with the ability to deliver results in the face of uncertainty.

Engineers in this role must show exemplary judgment in making technical trade-offs between short versus long term security and business goals. They must also demonstrate resilience and navigate difficult situations with composure and tact. The successful candidate must be one that can handle several difficult challenges and problems, can make risk-based assessments founded on data and facts.

Additionally, the successful candidate will be:
• Methodically empirical and experimental in approach and evaluation without being bound by over paralysis-by-analysis;
• Work ceaselessly to improve knowledge of the security field, threat landscape, security intelligence, moving proactively toward prevention and detection of threats;
• Be an enthusiastic learner and curiosity seeker, focusing on what can be done rather than hindered by notions of what cannot be;
• Possess effective verbal and written communication skills, be passionate about sharing knowledge, tactics, strategy, as well as advocating for the project mission;
• Have excellent time management skills along with the ability to deliver results in the face of uncertainty; and
• Evangelize security within and be an advocate for customer trust.
A successful candidate will be a deeply curious individual who brings technical expertise, and ability to work within a fast-paced startup culture in a large company that has broad business impact. This is a unique opportunity to start with Amazon Payments and innovating and scaling security at subsidiaries.


• BS in computer science, networking, information systems, computer engineering, or 6+ years' equivalent experience
• Minimum of 5 years' experience in identifying security issues and risks, and developing mitigation plans
• Minimum of 5 years' experience in software architecture, design, implementation, support, and evaluation of security-focused tools and services
• Minimum of 5 years' experience in three or more of the following areas: cryptography, application security, authentication, web and network protocols, data structures and algorithms, software development, threat modelling, pen tests, or vulnerability assessments
• Minimum of 2 years scripting or programming experience in Java, Python, Perl, Scala, or other languages
• Minimum of 2 years' experience in executive communications or technical writing; clear, concise, and thorough written and oral communication skills
• Results oriented, high energy, self-motivated


• Hands-on knowledge of evaluating, assessing and integrating with payment processors (e.g., Stripe, PayPal, Chase).
• Hands-on knowledge of information security technologies such as security design review, threat modeling, secure code review, risk analysis, and penetration testing
• Experience with vulnerability risk and impact assessment
• Ability to make concrete progress in the face of ambiguity and imperfect knowledge (avoid "analysis paralysis")
• Strong information security risk-based prioritization abilities
• Information security professional certifications encouraged (SANS GIAC, CISSP etc.)
• Excellent written communication skills, with a focus on translating technically complex issues into simple, easy to understand concepts
• Excellent attention to detail
• MA/MS in computer science/related field
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The pay range for this position in Colorado is $336,700 - 508,400[hr/yr]; however, base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. A sign-on bonus and restricted stock units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the position offered. This information is provided per the Colorado Equal Pay Act. Base pay information is based on market location. Applicants should apply via Amazon's internal or external careers site.

Job ID: Amazon-1378480