Engineering Manager, Application Security

Posted 12 January 2022
Salary Competitive
LocationSan Francisco
DisciplineCyber Security
Contact NameSpencer Adams
Remote working Remote

Job description

Over the next 10 years, biotech will fundamentally rewrite the way we live. Gene editing and cell therapy will dramatically change how we treat cancer and other major illnesses. Biofuels and biomaterials will transform the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the makeup of everyday objects. Crop science and synthetic biology will produce sustainable and ethical food. Benchling’s mission is to accelerate the research that propels us towards this future, and magnify its impact, through modern software.  

Every day, scientists around the world use Benchling in their efforts to solve humanity's most pressing problems. For these scientists, Benchling is the central technology they use to conduct their research.  

Benchling was founded by a team of MIT graduates and has raised funding from Benchmark, Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital, and Y Combinator. Our customers include pharmaceutical giants, leading biotechs, and the world's most renowned research institutes.  


As an engineering manager leading Application Security you will grow our application security program which is grounded in emphasizing real world security and embracing automation to keep up with the company as we experience hypergrowth. We’re looking for team members who are excited to apply their expertise to our mission of securing some of society's most sensitive data.   


  • Lead a team of talented security engineers who like to secure applications and tackle hard security engineering problems

  • Build a vision where the team talent can be scaled, improve the quality of Benchling code in an automatic, self-serve way by creating feedback loops that help us learn from the past and the present, to improve our future

  • With the help of your team members, iterating on best practices for building secure systems

  • Work across the organization to build relationships with other teams. Use their feedback and understand their goals to build and prioritize a roadmap for your org

  • Create and evolve sustainable processes and tools for operations through automation, self-service and reducing complexity

  • Provide continuous feedback, address underperformance, and recognize the individual strengths and contributions of your team members

  • Create plans for prioritizing technical and resourcing challenges in your organization

  • Instill a spirit of continuous improvement in the teams’ systems and processes

  • Work closely with the recruiting team to hire high potential candidates from diverse backgrounds

  • Partner with security leadership on the security strategy, goals and long term roadmap

  • Translate strategy into execution by developing and executing quarterly roadmaps with clear goals

  • Develop organizational culture, processes and tools around horizontal initiatives and operational work management

  • Identify opportunities to streamline interfaces and collaborations within and outside of security

  • Make Benchling a great place to work by actively supporting career development, growth, and mentoring of individuals, and by fostering a fun and inclusive team where everyone feels welcome


  • 1+ years of managing engineering teams in Security

  • 5+ years as individual contributor engineer in product security or security engineering

  • Past experience doing threat modeling, secure code review (Python and/or JavaScript), penetration testing against cloud environments (AWS) and/or mobile apps (iOS/Android)

  • Experience with vulnerability management and risk assessment processes 

  • Experience guiding teams through planning, prioritization, and execution of work

  • Ability to engage and partner with leaders across the organization in cross-functional roles

  • Strong communicator with the ability to translate technical security requirements and risks into terms that anyone can understand

  • Technical depth and experience in leading significant initiatives in either a IC or EM role

  • Technical leadership skills; you enjoy being a tech lead, mentoring technologists, and evangelizing security and privacy

  • Comfortable with complexity in the short term but can build towards simplicity in the long term