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Lead Software Engineer, Platform Security

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Posted 12 days ago

Job Type

Full Time


$175k - $215k




  • Contribute to building defense software supporting global security missions at Vannevar Labs

  • Lead the development of shared authorization and authentication services for a growing ecosystem of products

  • Drive the technical vision for platform security, balancing immediate impact with future expansion, offering professional growth opportunities


Vannevar Labs builds next generation defense software for the public servants keeping our country safe.  As a team, we exist because we believe in public service, and we think that our democracy and government improve only if we put serious, collective effort into improving them, including the technology our government uses.

This mission has become urgent. Ukraine is engaged in a war for survival with Russia. China regularly flies nuclear-capable bombers into Taiwan and Japan’s airspace. The US and our allies are fighting a war of deterrence with woefully outdated technology. We build software to support these missions, including providing battlefield information to allies, identifying malign activity, and helping the US deter and deescalate conflict.

We are a profitable growth startup with some of the best defense investors in the world, including General Catalyst, DFJ Growth, Point72, and enterprise tech investors Costanoa and Felicis.

About the role

We are expanding from one product (Decrypt) to an ecosystem of products. The Platform team is responsible for the shared services & infrastructure that power this ecosystem. In the short term, you'll help us build shared authorization and authentication services that work in multiple domains, including classified environments. In the long term, you'll drive the technical vision for the security of our platform and applications. As an early member of the team, you’ll have an outsized impact on the Platform’s evolution in support of our developers, forward deployed engineers, and end users. The decisions you make will have a direct impact on the company today and into the future. You know how to balance delivering immediate impact for consumers with designing for future expansions and capabilities.

What You'll Do

  • Design and build an authorization system that is flexible enough for multiple applications, and supports granular permissions on our data assets

  • Drive the technical vision for our existing authentication solution, particularly as we move to deploy our software on multiple production environments, including classified deployments

  • Partner with other engineers to identify and quickly deliver customer value

  • Stay up to date with emerging technologies, trends, and best practices, particularly within the authn/authz domain


  • Proven experience in software development – you have worked on business-critical systems that are deployed in production environments

  • You’ve successfully led the design or architecture of new and existing system(s), ideally within the authn/authz domain

  • A proven ability to work across teams to coordinate and solve engineering problems

  • Strong leadership, teamwork, and communication skills

  • Preference for a previous security clearance.

  • U.S. Person status is required as this position will require the ability to access U.S. only data systems


  • Health, dental, and vision insurance

  • 100% remote - work from anywhere in the US

  • 401k matching

  • Mental benefits

  • Flexible work environment - you manage your workday

  • Pet and child care reimbursement during travel

  • Unlimited PTO

The salary range for this position is $175,000-$215,000 + equity + 401K match. Within the range, individual pay is determined by experience, relevant education, and/or training.

Vannevar Labs is an equal opportunity employer, and qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status.

We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply, even if you don't feel like you're a perfect fit. If you're passionate about contributing to our mission, we'd love to hear from you!

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