The Smarkets exchange is a multi-billion pound trading platform with a rapidly growing ecosystem of sophisticated users who apply financial trading techniques to the world of betting. We’re creating a new security function, so this is the perfect time to join and be there at the beginning!

We believe that effective, low-margin exchanges are integral for proper price discovery in prediction markets. Our strength is technology and trading, with a passion to push the boundaries of real-time financial technology. We’re looking for people to help us integrate security into everything we do.

This is a software engineering role where you’ll need to be comfortable reviewing code for subtle traps as well as designing service architecture or hardening the engineering pipeline.

What you'll do in this role:

  • Understand the Smarkets’ security landscape - you will be our first dedicated security engineer and so you’ll be comfortable reviewing current practices and evangalising changes where needed
  • Keeping our infrastructure and customers secure and fortifying the systems against future threats
  • Collaborating with engineers to review and enhance security measures
  • Instilling the security mindset across the company
  • Reviewing threats and investigating anomalies
  • Developing tooling to improve visibility of potential security issues

Engineers at Smarkets:

  • Proactively evolve things across the company and positively contribute to the engineering culture by sharing knowledge and discussing solutions with colleagues
  • Advocate for code quality. We all believe in the power of code reviews, test driven development, continuous delivery (we deploy to production several times a day) and most importantly, we’re interested in continuously improving
  • Define their role in the context of self management (we’ll help you with this)
  • Contribute to what direction of the company the company goes in - our teams decide on what’s important to work on  

About you:

  • You’ll be comfortable coding in Python (or a similar language)
  • You have an in-depth understanding of network, systems and application security
  • You’re deeply interested in defensive security
  • You have proven experience in instilling “best in class” security practices
  • Knowledge of how to scale security

Bonus skills:

  • Professional paranoia!
  • Distributed systems experience


The salary range for this role is between £75,000 to £100,000 with some stock options and other benefits. Your salary will be determined by peer review and we’ll have open discussions with you about this. We are committed to pay parity and as such we are transparent about salary information internally.

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