Senior Security Engineer, Coinbase


+ Target bonus and target equity

Senior level
Remote in US

The world’s leading exchange for digital currencies

Be an early applicant


The world’s leading exchange for digital currencies

1001+ employees


Be an early applicant


+ Target bonus and target equity

Senior level
Remote in US

1001+ employees


Company mission

Their mission is to create an open financial system for the world and to be the leading global brand for helping people convert digital currency into and out of their local currency.


Who you are

  • We look for candidates who will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, and disrupt ourselves
  • We expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work
  • We seek people who are excited to learn about and live crypto, because those are the folks who enjoy the intense moments in our sprint and recharge work culture
  • You’ve got positive energy. You’re optimistic about the future and determined to get there
  • You’re never tired of learning. You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3.0
  • You appreciate direct communication. You’re both an active communicator and an eager listener - because let’s face it, you can’t have one without the other. You’re cool with candid feedback and see every setback as an opportunity to grow
  • You can pivot on the fly. Crypto is constantly evolving, so our priorities do, too. What you worked on last month may not be what you work on today, and that excites you. You’re not looking for a boring job
  • You have a “can do” attitude. Our teams create high-quality work on quick timelines. Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission
  • You want to be part of a winning team. We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone
  • At least 5 years of experience in software or security engineering, security architecture, or application security
  • At least 2 years of experience developing software or SaaS integrations in support of vulnerability management
  • At least 2 years of experience using SQL and/or Python to analyze vulnerability data and/or deliver operational metrics
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • An execution-focused mindset, capable of navigating through ambiguity and delivering results
  • Your passion for building an open financial system that brings the world together drives you to excel in this role


  • You have designed, built, and operated a vulnerability management program with measurable risk reduction
  • You have implemented security controls in developer platforms like GitHub Enterprise and Artifactory
  • You have worked with Golang, Docker, Airflow, and AWS or GCP

What the job involves

  • Coinbase Infrastructure Security is seeking a subject matter expert to lead security engineering for the Vulnerability Management (VM) team
  • As a hands-on leader of VM infrastructure you will help define technical requirements for vulnerability risk reduction and work with engineering teams to build the required systems and integrations
  • This includes scanners, developer platform integrations, reporting systems, and automations that simplify remediation
  • You will operate from first-principles, defining simple but effective solutions that delight developers and provide the greatest risk reduction
  • You will use a data-driven approach to validate the efficacy of VM controls, identify opportunities, and engage with security and engineering leadership on program strategy and technical direction
  • Deliver technical solutions in support of the Coinbase Vulnerability Management (VM) program in partnership with the VM engineering team and cross-functional stakeholders
  • Work backward from developer experience to design practical security controls that align with risk appetite
  • Own metric and OKR development for the VM program and be accountable for risk reduction outcomes
  • Brief and engage with engineering leaders in operational reviews and written updates

Otta's take

Theo Margolius headshot

Theo Margolius

COO of Otta

Coinbase allows its users to create their own crypto wallets and start buying or selling cryptocurrencies by connecting with their bank accounts. It also provides a series of merchant payment processing systems and tools that support transactions with many popular websites.

Coinbase has recently made a big push to broaden its services away from consumers and they want to cater services from institutional investors.

Coinbase currently offers one of the largest selection of cryptocurrency assets - over 10,000 but does not allow trading on all of them. The company wisely keeps such offerings to the most stable assets however, the list is always expanding. Coinbase see a much wider adoption of cryptocurrency and tokens in the future, and plan to expand potentially to millions in the future. It speaks volumes to Coinbase's goals of wider global adoption that former UK Finance Minister George Osborne is now an Advisor at the company.

Coinbase's lofty ambitions paid off in it being the first crypto listing on the NASDAQ. The company has weathered several bull and bear runs in the cryptocurrency industry through diversification of its offerings, including wallet-as-a-service technology for crypto platforms, and has acquired healthy coffers of cryptocurrency assets. The aim is to eventually operate independently of the volatility surrounding cryptocurrencies.


Led by a woman
Top investors

Some candidates hear
back within 2 weeks

-24% employee growth in 12 months


Funding (last 2 of 8 rounds)

Oct 2018



Oct 2018



Total funding: $633.4m

Company benefits

  • 12 weeks maternity/paternity leave
  • Vision and dental care
  • Commuter benefits
  • Learning and development budget
  • Unlimited paid time off policy
  • Work from home opportunities
  • Health insurance

Company values

  • Clear Communication - Share information efficiently, improving collaboration and productivity. Practice active listening while. Being candid and kind
  • Positive Energy - Be optimistic about the future and determined to get there. Co-create solutions and work together to get there
  • Continuous Learning - We view every situation as an opportunity to learn, We value giving and receiving regular feedback
  • Efficient Execution - We complete high quality work quickly by working smarter, not harder. We prefer automation over manual work
  • Act like an owner: We take 100% responsibility for achieving the mission. We seek to improve all aspects of our company even in ways that are not explicitly part of our job. We run through brick walls.
  • Customer focus: We are deeply focused on solving our customers’ problems with technology, by enabling them to acquire, store and use crypto. We strive to be the easiest to use, most trusted and most secure platform. In every decision we make, we ask, “How does this create more value for our customers?”
  • Repeatable innovation: We are builders, leveraging technology to improve the world, constantly shipping ideas vs just discussing them. We know that companies must continually reinvent themselves to avoid stagnation. We have a high tolerance for failure, investing 10% of our resources in venture bets that are uncomfortably ambitious

Company HQ

Civic Center, New York, NY



Previously founded, also worked as a Software Engineer at AirBnb

Previously held various head positions, including VP at GE Healthcare, Director at Merrill Lynch and CFO at CIT Bank and Oz Management

People progressing

Joined as a Compliance Analyst, promoted to Compliance Partnerships Senior Associate in 15 months. 2 promotions later, she is now a Financial Crimes & Compliance Manager.

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