Head of Security

We're looking for a talented engineer with fantastic security instincts, looking to take on a leadership role at a fast growing startup.

This role will begin with hands-on technical work as you find your feet and develop a deep understanding of Stile's systems, and security environment. Once you're oriented you'll lead the design of a security roadmap, then make it real, both by building things yourself and by setting technical direction for the broader engineering team. Over the next few years, as security and compliance continue to grow in importance, you'll spend more of your time developing people, processes and organisational structures to keep Stile secure as effectively and efficiently as possible, freeing up your time to drive technical standard setting in the education technology space and setting longer term strategic direction.

Over the next few years, you'll be responsible for:

  • Defining a strong security posture across the organization
  • Designing tools and systems to keep Stile secure as we grow into a more prominent target with increasingly challenging requirements in different markets
  • Leading the changes you need to make, both in the engineering team and the broader organisation
  • Building a great team to respond to our security needs as we expand

You'll have the opportunity to learn Stile's management style from your peer managers and from DRP, our CTO.

At Stile Education, we create incredible, engaging science lessons and couple them with an intuitive and flexible teaching platform that encourages a dialogue in the classroom. We back it up with a dedicated Support and Teaching team to help teachers use effective pedagogies, regardless of their level of computer savvy.

We’re a small team — 12 engineers — but we’re having a big impact. Stile is used by 1 in 3 Australian high schools and (nearly) 1 in 2 students in our target years (7-10). This is a rare opportunity to have a big influence on a team, and make a significant long-term change to education, critical thinking, science literacy, and the security & privacy landscape for educational technology.

If that appeals to you, then send us an email.

We have:

  • a highly-motivated and talented team with many experienced engineers

  • a genuine commitment to the professional development of each engineer through training, coaching, regular feedback and increasing responsibilities

  • a daily release cadence, involvement of engineers in the design process, and a willingness to take risks

  • a large base of real customers as well as growth opportunities overseas

  • enormous respect for our employees’ work-life balance reflected in our parental leave policy, flexibility and sustainable project pace

  • a highly ethical and mission-driven company

  • a modern web tech stack featuring React, TypeScript, Ruby with strongly typed API boundaries using protocol buffers, and a highly-available, auto-scaling containerized deployment.

You can find out more about our product at https://stileeducation.com, and more about our company at https://stileeducation.com/who-we-are/join-the-team/.

We’ve already helped half a million secondary school students in Australia learn science. In the next few years, we’re striving to perfect our product within New Zealand and Australia and bring our lessons to the rest of the world.

About you

You find it easy to think like an attacker. You love thinking about creative ways to break any system you touch.

You lead by example, enjoying an opportunity to get your hands dirty.

You don't get lost in the details: you're a critical thinker who sees the system as a whole, and finds ways to cut to the core of the issue.

You love thinking about people, processes, and systems for continuous improvement, even when the solution doesn't involve technology.

You have a strong desire to improve things around you rather than just getting today's job done.

There will never be enough time to do everything. You think about the value of competing projects and priorities, and enjoy finding the balance between things that are urgent today, and things that will set us up for success in the longer term.

Our process

Successful candidates will need to complete a coding challenge, technical interview and past experience interview, allowing them to demonstrate:

  • Ability to solve complex problems involving people as well as code.

  • Resourcefulness and initiative, leading to high impact at past jobs.

  • Ability to ask the right questions, learn quickly, and tackle difficult engineering challenges.

  • Focus on the user experience, while balancing it against cost, security and scalability considerations.

Experience indicator for applicants (these are advisory only and will vary for each candidate):

  • Many years of experience in the industry.

  • Has probably held technical leadership positions before, or has contributed a lasting impact on their workplace through other means.

  • Broadly knowledgeable about the industry as well as technology.

  • Deeply knowledgeable on many technical areas.

How to apply

Send us an email including:

  • A cover letter addressed to Daniel Rodgers-Pryor telling us why you’re the best candidate for the job and also a paragraph on which Behaviours of an Effective Stile-ist most resonates with you or which you disagree with and why. Your cover letter should be no more than 2 pages long.

  • Your resume.

Email applications to jointheteam@stileeducation.com

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