Principal Security Engineer

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CLEAR helps create safer, easier experiences everywhere you go. We believe you are you and by using your biometrics – your eyes, face, and fingerprints – we keep you moving. Imagine a world where you can do virtually everything you need to – breeze through the airport, buy a beer at the game, check-in at the doctor’s office, access your office building, and more – without ever pulling out your wallet. CLEAR is currently available in 50+ airports, venues and more. Now with Health Pass, CLEAR securely connects a person’s digital identity to multiple layers of COVID-related insights to help reduce public health risk and restore peace of mind.

We’re defining and leading an entirely new industry, obsessing over our customers, and investing in great people to lead the way. Recently named on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List for the third year in a row and winner of the SXSW Interactive Innovation Award, CLEAR is providing innovative technology options for businesses and our 7+ million members to help create a safer environment no matter where you go.

We’re looking for an outstanding and passionate Principal Security Engineer. Successful candidates will be strong software developers and architects with an eye toward security and the ability to become evangelists and leaders.In this role, your primary focus will be ensuring and maintaining our high standards of security, specifically with regards to member data.

CLEAR is a fast and nimble company, so the ideal candidate will be able to leverage automation and data analysis to embed continuous security practices into our development and operational workflows. This role is hands on and technical while requiring a heads-up nature to identify gaps and drive the creative application of state-of-the-art security practices and controls 

What You Will Do:

  • Partner with the company’s Software Engineering, DevOps, and IT teams. 
  • Perform security risk assessments, threat modeling, security testing,  and code review
  • Automate security testing, code tools and pipelines, and create secure libraries and code launchpads to be used throughout the company
  • Work side by side with and educate developers on security best practices.
  • Lead internal and external penetration tests and code security audits
  • Triage issues with internal stakeholders for remediation.
  • Establish security standards and specifications to balance the needs of a more secure product offering with the needs of the business. 
  • Help develop and enable a secure by default culture

Who You Are:

  • 7+ years of experience in software development with interest or experience in security/secure coding
  • Ability to architect and design software applications 
  • Has excellent interpersonal communication skills and can take very technical issues and make them understandable to all audiences.
  • Personal passion for security and cutting edge security concepts.

Required Skills:

  • Experience coding web applications and web services.
  • Proficient in reading many different programming languages.
  • Experience writing in one or more of the following programming languages: C/C++, Java, Ruby, Python, and JavaScript.
  • Able to evaluate, deploy, and manage software tools and build strong vendor relationships.
  • Experience with a public cloud based provider (AWS Azure, or GCP)
  • Knowledge of containers (e.g Kubernetes, Docker, ECS).
  • Experience integrating with continuous integration tools and pipelines
  • Ability to listen for nuances, dig into details in order to understand systems deeply, and articulate technical details to business leaders.
  • Experience leading teams or projects or have functioned as a software development lead

Desirable Skills:

  • Understanding of and/or experience with OWASP Top 10
  • Previous experience on a Security team, coordinating responses to security incidents and/or writing and presenting application security assessment reports.
  • Background in application security including knowledge of internet security issues and threat landscape

Bonus Points:

  • Experience with mobile platform-specific security, privacy, and permission concepts for iOS & Android mobile platforms. (Intricate understanding of WebViews, TouchID API, Frida, Radare, etc.).
  • Knowledge of TCP/IP, HTTP, RESTful APIs and experience supporting service-oriented, asynchronous, and distributed application architectures.
  • Familiarity with one or more industry standards and regulations such as PCI, HIPAA, NIST 800-53, FedRAMP and ISO27001.
  • Participates in CTFs or actively contributes to the security community through exploitation development.

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We are in the heart of Downtown Austin near restaurants, bars, + so much more! Amenities include a rooftop patio, new lounges, and an attached garage.

An Insider's view of CLEAR

What projects are you most excited about?

Everyday I get to work on products that give time back to our customers; we leverage biometrics to let you be you so there’s less time spent in line. And as the technologies we use at Clear become more ubiquitous, we are on the forefront of ensuring the safety of our customers’ data and quality of their experience at every turn.


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What makes someone successful on your team?

Speaking up is the key to success on our team. There’s no need to break down silos because we don’t build them! Inclusivity and diversity are often HR terms. At CLEAR, we speak up. Everyone is heard. Everyone is included. Every voice matters. Every experience is valued. It is so refreshing to work somewhere that values speaking up!


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What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We constantly fight tech debt and have the buy-in from management and business to spend 25% of effort each sprint addressing tech debt. We call it the sustainability budget. This ensures the code is well designed, maintained and fun to work with. You'll do the best work of your career.


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What are CLEAR Perks + Benefits

CLEAR Benefits Overview

As a customer-centric culture, our goals are driven by anticipating and solving for our customers’ needs. Considering our team members are the ones who make it happen every day, we are equally focused on our team members’ needs. We believe that leading a full life is the key to happiness and success.

Friends outside of work
Daily sync
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
CLEAR provides premium access to When your regular care falls through during your scheduled work hours, CLEAR has you covered with backup care (up to 10 days/year) provided through
Generous Parental Leave
Remote Work Program
As CLEAR prepares to return to office in the fall, we will be moving to a hybrid work model with flexible time split between the office and work-from-anywhere.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
CLEAR offers an ongoing membership with Metro Bike free to all corporate team members.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
CLEAR provides breakfast and lunch daily in our Austin office!
Our office building, Norwood Tower, has an attached parking garage.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Online course subscriptions available
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