Lead Software Engineer, Offensive Security at Rapid7

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Rapid7’s offensive security team announced Metasploit Framework 6.0 availability this past August and released the Attacker Knowledge Base (AttackerKB) two months later. We’re looking to build the future of the world’s most influential open-source hacker toolkit (Metasploit!), as well as the community and shared-knowledge around current (and past!) vulnerabilities (AttackerKB!), all while continuing to inspire contributions and interest from a growing community.

To help us get there, we’re looking for a lead software engineer to join our ranks. As an engineer on the offensive security team, you will have the opportunity to work on AttackerKB, our open-data project, helping take it to the next level with new features/interactions/integrations to increase value for (and contributions from) our community users and customers. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on Metasploit development (including open-source Metasploit Framework and also Metasploit Pro, our commercial product), in concert with our Metasploit security research team and community of open-source users and contributors, on a team responsible for driving innovation across the core of the world’s most popular exploitation framework.


Opportunities working with AttackerKB, Metasploit, and more!

Help Rapid7 and the community work together towards improving the “security landscape” we find ourselves a part of.

With AttackerKB, you’ll have an opportunity as part of the development team to help define+drive+implement improvements aimed at increasing our user base and community-provided content+value, helping realize the full potential of shared security knowledge.

With Metasploit Framework, you’ll have an opportunity to work with a talented and diverse world-wide team to maintain and improve Framework, developing new features, and pushing the offensive security ecosystem forward. You will get to know the ins-and-outs of Metasploit Framework, the problems it solves, and how to improve it. You will have the opportunity to diagnose and understand user needs directly. The community is your customer!

We also have new projects directly on the horizon that you’ll have an opportunity to be a part of, as well!

You’ll contribute as a leader in a cross-functional team, ensuring commitments are met, and taking responsibility for the success of the team. You will develop and guide more junior developers, helping the team work toward goals on a day-to-day basis, showing continual progress and improvement.

Desirable Soft Skills

Interest in security, hacking, and hacker culture. You are curious about how things work and willing to figure it out.

Ability to learn and evaluate new technologies quickly. You’re comfortable with experimentation and uncertainty.

Willingness to learn and dig into code. Not everything is spelled out, but everything is discoverable.

Ability to work asynchronously and directly with a team of co-workers and volunteers from around the globe.

Ready to lead a team and hold them accountable for results.

Desirable Technical Skills

Experience with Metasploit Framework is a plus. You understand what it’s for, how to use it, and have opinions on how to make it better. Ideally you’ve hacked a module or two.

Ruby and Ruby-on-rails. Ruby is not necessarily important as your primary language, but it helps to be able to understand and extend the techniques that Metasploit embodies. You’ll learn a lot on the job.

Go/Golang. Go is not necessarily important as your primary language, but it helps to be able to understand and improve the code of AttackerKB and other projects.

Conversant in distributed and open-source project development. You can review, merge, and rebase with aplomb.

Understanding of what makes a good API, understanding a few different languages and how their libraries work (Python, Ruby, Go), and understanding interprocess communication.

Understanding of how the Internet works, routing, and infrastructure. Interest in modern networking and deployment tooling, such as Virtual Machines, Docker, AWS, Terraform, and Vagrant are a plus.

Have you contributed to open source projects? Written purpose-built tools that made your life easier? Show us what you’re passionate about, where your curiosity lies, and how you’ve tried to pull things together to solve problems for yourself and others.

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Rapid7 is conveniently located in downtown Austin, with plenty of restaurants, bars, and public transport close by.

An Insider's view of Rapid7

What’s the vibe like in the office?

It has all the perks of a startup but well structured, goal driven, and supported growth as an employee from start to finish. Several places to relax or wind down after a call, and working in one of the most iconic buildings downtown. Welcome to the Austin office!


Customer Success Representative

What are some things you learned at the company?

It’s not just the customer who benefits from the culture of compassion. Internally, Rapid7 employees look out for each other and work together to solve problems. Oftentimes, this ends up helping all parties.


Senior Manager, Customer Success Management

What are Rapid7 Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Rapid7 is led by a diverse management team that represent the security community we serve. We believe that we all have a responsibility to continuously improve our DE&I efforts.
Unconscious bias training
We believe in continuous learning, our in-house trainers conduct consistent diversity trainings. We advocate for diverse thinking and strive to cultivate a workforce that mirrors the best minds.
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We have so many amazing and organically created employee resource groups! These internal Rapid7 communities allow for an authentic experience where diverse employees and allies can come together.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We've taken the Parity Pledge, we reinforce strategic recruitment, we are committed to diversity partnerships, and we understand the importance in training around unconscious bias.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
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Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
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401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes full-time remote for specific positions, Work remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
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Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive unlimited hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive unlimited hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
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Some Meals Provided
Employees get free lunch during quarterly in-office Town Halls and some team meetings.
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
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