Ready to make an impact? Arctic Wolf is looking for a talented Team Lead, R&D to join our pack.

Arctic Wolf, the leader in security operations, is a fast-growing company in an exciting and fast-growing industry—Cybersecurity. How fast are we growing? Well, Arctic Wolf ranks #25 on the Deloitte Fast Technology 500 for North America in 2019!  We have doubled headcount, customers, and revenue for five years running. 

We are also cultivating a collaborative and productive work environment that welcomes a diversity of backgrounds and ideas to make our teams even stronger. In fact, we are considered among the 2020 Best Places to Work by  

At Arctic Wolf, we believe in corporate responsibility. Our offices across North America participate in volunteer programs throughout their communities, and we earned distinction from TravelWise for our efforts in promoting sustainable transportation. 


A Lead Developer - Security is both a cybersecurity expert and an experienced detections developer for endpoint, network or cloud. They research and curate alerts and reports for their surface area. They look at new and emerging threats to identify the investments we should be making to improve our threat detection capabilities. A Lead Security Developer is both a security expert in their source area and an experienced software developer. They have a strong security engineering and software development background that has a track record of developing high quality vulnerability and security posture management/analysis tooling and content for network, endpoint, and cloud. They look at new and emerging threats to identify the investments we should be making to improve our managed risk capabilities.Their overarching goal is to help us make security better for our clients every day. This role works with team members, Product Management, Security Services and various other specialists to continuously improve the coverage and efficiency of our MDR solution.

A lead security developer is responsible for providing the team technical direction to deliver high value detection capabilities. The lead security developer will provide technical and security guidance and direction to their team through the entire development lifecycle. They will also provide guidance on best practices for performing research and developing detections. This is different from a Team Lead. The Team lead is responsible for leading the team and projects that team works on.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Research and develop expertise in the various threat surfaces and telemetry available for them

  • Work closely with technical leadership across the Security Products team and the company to drive and deliver on longer term outcomes as well as immediate threats

  • Propose coverage and efficacy improvements to the detection surface

  • Work with team members to develop novel detections and continuously tune existing ones

  • Participate in the full software development life cycle

  • Build well-designed, testable, efficient and secure code

  • Build runbooks, reports and supporting material for detection surface

  • Document research findings and knowledge share with team and other departments

  • Troubleshoot, educate, and share information with non-technical people

  • Contribute to the growth and mentorship of other team members

  • Detailed knowledge in the inner workings of vulnerability scanners such as Qualys, Rapid7, Tenable, etc.

  • Experience with identifying product and market changes and needed analysis/detection coverage changes in your existing sources

  • History of identifying product and market changes and needed analysis/detection coverage changes in your existing sources

  • Experience with coding, preferably in python

  • Ability to troubleshoot, educate, and share information with non-technical people

We value a culture of sharing, so every team has the opportunity to share their work with the entire department during our monthly R&D Demos. Once a year we hold a department-wide Hackathon, teaming up across all R&D teams over four days to collaborate and build cool ideas outside the normal project scope. While innovation is the focus, some of these ideas do make it into our products.

About you

We use and train a variety of technologies in MDR. You should have a deep understanding of the basic workings of a security operation center. As a lead developer you bring a diverse knowledge base that you use to help the team solve complex technical and security problems.

Expert in the development of security products/systems with a focus on 3 or more of the following key areas:

  • SIEM detections

  • NDR/IPS/IDS detections/signatures

  • EDR detections/signatures

  • Sigma and Yara rules

  • Cloud security detections

  • Development of anomaly and behavioural based detections

  • Tuning and optimization of detections for all the above

Expert in at least two of the following Development Languages & Methodologies:

  • Python, Go, Java, and C/C++

  • Test Driven Development

  • Full understanding and use of DevOps methods/tooling

  • Full understanding/application of secure development practices

  • Cloud Development: AWS, Azure, and GCP using Kubernetes/Containers, IaaS, and key PaaS services

  • Agile (SCRUM/Kanban)

Expert in following security tooling:

  • NGFW (PAN, CISCO, Fortinet, etc.)

  • Open Source IPS/IDS/NSM (e.g. Bro/Zeek/Suricata)

  • SIEMs and Security Analytics platforms (e.g. Elastic, Open Source Big Data Stacks, Splunk, etc.)

In addition, you have proven leadership experience from previous projects, regardless of title held. You have the ability to perform programming tasks and large engineering projects with Independence and expertise. You will be responsible for guiding and mentoring other staff members and will regularly lead technical projects. You have a high level of mastery over software development best practices and building reusable design patterns.

You have a history of delivering successful projects, as well as some lessons learned from failures. Even if you haven’t worked with all of our specific technologies, you bring a diverse knowledge base that you use to help the team solve complex technical problems. You’ll receive all the security training you need during our onboarding process and through additional training on the job.

Interview process

The interview process is approximately as follows:

  • Phone pre-screening: A recruiter contacts you to briefly discuss your work history and provide an overview of Arctic Wolf. Approximately 30 minutes.

  • Technical assessment: A recruiter sends you a link to a straightforward technical assessment that is relevant to the role you are applying for. Approximately 1 hour.

  • Face-to-face interviews: Several team members conduct two interviews to learn more about you and provide more information about your potential role and team. Be prepared to collaborate on a technical problem and talk more about past projects and your career goals. Approximately 1 hour per interview.

Security Requirements

  • Conducts duties and responsibilities in accordance with AW’s Information Security policies, standards, processes, and controls to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of AW business information assets.

  • Must pass a criminal background check and an employment verification as a condition of employment.

Working at Arctic Wolf: 

Arctic Wolf recognizes that success comes from delighting our customers, so we work together to ensure that happens every day. We believe in diversity and inclusion, and truly value the unique qualities all employees bring to the organization. And we appreciate that—by protecting people’s and organizations’ sensitive data and aiming to end cyber risk— we get to work in an industry that is fundamental to the greater good.

All wolves receive compelling compensation and benefits packages, including:

  • Equity for all employees
  • Paid parental leave
  • Training and career development programs

If you're excited about this role, but do not meet all of the qualifications listed above, we encourage you to apply anyway. We review all applications and still may consider you the right person for the role or have another open position where you’re the perfect fit.

Arctic Wolf is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or any other basis forbidden under federal, provincial, or local law.

Arctic Wolf is committed to fostering a welcoming, accessible, respectful, and inclusive environment that ensures equal access and participation for people with disabilities. Please let us know if you require any accommodations by emailing

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