GitLab Director of Security, Application Security

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This position is remote based.

The Director of Security, Application Security role extends the Security Manager role.

The Director of Security, Application Security will lead a globally distributed, growing team of Security Analysts, Engineers, Researchers, and Managers and will report to the Vice President of Security. 


  • Manage a growing organization that includes Application Security, Security Development, Security Research, and Security Automation.
  • Hire a world class team of managers, security analysts, security engineers, and security researchers 
  • Secure our self-managed (on-prem) project and products: GitLab CE/EE
  • Secure our user-facing SaaS:
  • Assess and mitigate constantly changing threats
  • Hold regular skip-level 1:1's with all members of their team
  • Create a sense of psychological safety on your teams
  • Drive technical and process improvements
  • Drive quarterly OKRs
  • Develop strategies that improve the security of our products and services
  • Develop and maintain strategy for improving application and product security
  • Promote new and innovative security features for GitLab’s product and services
  • Developing strategy for and promoting secure coding practices across an engineering org
  • Own and develop GitLab’s bug bounty strategy
  • Evaluate and improve security of GitLab’s CI/CD pipeline
  • Work to scope and plan key deliverables with business stakeholders and development teams to ensure successful delivery
  • Build strong, collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Actively assess and evaluate new security technologies and threat intel to advise a robust roadmap
  • Ensure our engineers and contributors from the wider community run a secure software development lifecycle for GitLab by training them in best practices and creating automated tools.
  • Respond to security and service abuse incidents
  • Evangelise GitLab Security and Values to staff, customers and prospects


  • 8+ years of experience leading teams of Security Analysts, Engineers, Researchers, and Managers. Preferably, experience leading globally distributed teams 
  • Strong commitment to talent development, training and coaching to acquire and retain key security talent
  • Significant application and SaaS security experience in production-level settings
  • Familiarity with common security libraries, security controls, and common security flaws that apply to Ruby on Rails applications
  • Experience and understanding of common application security tools and technologies such as SAST, DAST and vulnerability scanning
  • Considerable knowledge of operating SaaS products and services in a cloud space
  • Experience with (managing) incident response.
  • You share our values, and work in accordance with those values.
  • Leadership at GitLab
  • Ability to use GitLab

Performance Indicators

Security Management has the following job-family performance indicators.


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