Senior Director Security Architecture and Engineering


Upwork ($UPWK) is the leading tech solution for companies looking to hire the best talent, maintain flexibility, and get more done. We’re passionate about our mission to create economic opportunities so people have better lives. Every year, more than $2 billion of work is done through Upwork by skilled professionals who want the freedom of working anytime, anywhere. Top companies connecting with extraordinary talent around the globe? Upwork is how.

Upwork’s Sr. Director Security Architecture & Engineering will lead the Security Architecture & Engineering team and will be responsible for crafting our overall security architecture, including cloud, network and endpoint environments, you will lead a team of engineers with a hands on approach setting strategies in conjunction with our cloud, endpoint, legal and privacy teams.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement a comprehensive strategy to deliver continuous improvements on our infrastructure and systems security posture

  • Inform and lead all aspects of the development and execution of a comprehensive strategy for our cloud infrastructure

  • Partner cross-functionally with key business partners to influence and ensure alignment and support for the Security Architecture and Engineering mandate

  • Align and collaborate with fellow leaders of our Global Security Operations and Risk and Information Protection teams on a strategy to support their functions with technical solutions and expertise

  • Research, evaluate, and recommend security technologies that can be applied to technology solutions being developed or maintained internally or externally

What it takes to catch our eye:

  • Experience in progressive security architecture and engineering leadership and management experience in multi-disciplinary environments

  • Demonstrable experience managing a security engineering function in an organization with a large cloud footprint

  • Solid security engineering background, with expert level knowledge of infrastructure security concepts including networking devices, identity services, web application security, encryption, penetration/vulnerability tools and endpoint security

  • Maintain hyper-current knowledge of threat landscape, attacker techniques and mitigations

  • Demonstrable track record of delivering security solutions within tight time frames, in collaboration with multiple partner groups and contending priorities

Come change how the world works.

At Upwork, you’ll shape talent solutions for how the world works today. We’re a remote-first organization supported by offices in Santa Clara and Chicago, working together to create exciting remote work opportunities for a global community of professionals. 

Our vibrant culture is built on shared values and our mission to create economic opportunities so that people have better lives. We build amazing teams, put our community first, and have a bias toward action. We encourage everyone to bring their whole selves to work and grow together through development opportunities, mentorship, and employee resource groups. Oh yeah, we’ve also got amazing benefits.

Check out our Life at Upwork page to learn more about the employee experience.

Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 

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