VP of Security Engineering

San Carlos

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We believe that everyone benefits from their biological information. It’s our mission to empower every person to improve their life through DNA.

With our high-quality, trusted partners and state-of-the-art lab, we’ve created the first platform of personalized products and services powered by genetics. From advanced cancer screening to custom fitness and nutrition plans, the world of DNA learning is becoming more accessible and more valuable than ever.

Our big vision comes with big responsibility. That’s why we’re building a team of experts in the field of genetics, engineering, design, business development, and beyond to help bring actionable insights to our customers. We’re looking for the best and brightest minds who are passionate about our mission and are excited to work on a truly diverse team.

The Helix Security Engineering team is responsible for one of the company’s most important values: ensuring trust and security of consumer DNA data. As the leader of the team, you’ll define the security strategy, deliver on the goals, and recruit the talent for the security team. You’ll work closely with engineering, operations, product, and science teams to create solutions, as well as our platform partners. Bring your deep security experience into a new and innovative field with incredible potential. If you like the idea of working with some of the most important consumer health data, devising novel solutions to protect privacy, and enjoy working with incredibly passionate colleagues in a startup environment, then this is the ideal opportunity for you.

Helix’s engineering culture emphasizes:
  • Curiosity - we are all passionate about the possibilities enabled by having access to your own genome
  • Responsibility - we have an obligation to people and our partners to operate with highly credible research guided by well respected advisors, with clear and effective communication about our products
  • Agility - flexibility and a desire to be nimble, smart, and effective are important to the Helix culture
  • Experience - we’re building a team with amazing track records of achievement in multidisciplinary environment
As the VP of Security Engineering, you will:
  • Establish and drive the overall Helix security strategy including technology and process, and be the leading voice for security at Helix
  • Safeguard sensitive personal health information and genomic data across our hosted and cloud-based platform, rigorously protecting data privacy for our users
  • Build a world-class security team responsible for infrastructure, tools, and information security
  • Take a leadership role advising Helix’s partners to ensure secure partner integrations
  • Leverage your security knowledge in the new field of bioinformatics and big data genetics infrastructure, keeping abreast of the latest security developments in the field

Required background:

  • A passion for improving people’s lives through access to better information about their DNA
  • 10+ years of security management experience in positions of increasing scope of responsibility
  • Track record hiring and building world-class security teams
  • 8+ years of software development experience of tools and infrastructure in Python, Java, C++, and/or Golang
  • 5+ years experience developing security solutions for distributed systems and cloud-based infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure)
  • 8+ years experience working with network security architectures and implementations
  • Deep familiarity with security protocols
  • Deep familiarity with security policy frameworks, security audits, compliance, and regulatory approaches
  • Diverse domain expertise such as e-commerce, financial, wireless, and healthcare security implementations and techniques
  • Deep understanding of threat models for large, high-scale production platforms
  • Familiarity with EU Data Protection Directives, HIPAA, PCI, SOX, and ISO 27001 desired
  • Affinity for an engineering culture that emphasizes Agile, DevOps, and continuous delivery
  • BS+ in Computer Science required; coursework in cryptography, genetics/bioinformatics a plus

What Helix can offer you:

  • Competitive compensation, including meaningful equity
  • Great benefits, including medical, dental and vision
  • 401k with employer matching
  • 12 weeks paternity and maternity leave
  • Generous vacation policy
  • Commuter benefits
  • Gym subsidies