Site Reliability Engineer - SecOps


London, GB
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: IT
  • Industry: Open Finance
  • Post Date: 10/12/2021
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  • Company Address: 461 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA, 94108

About Zopa

We give our customers a fair deal as standard and our products are built so that we win when you win. We have handy tools to get stuff done and helpful people always at the end of a phone – meaning managing your money is no sweat. We’re built for the future and evolve as quickly as possible, we’ll always listen to what you want, and do our best to change to meet your needs.

We’ve built a bank. But we’re a FeelGood money company at heart.

Job Description

Our Story
Hello there. We’re Zopa.
Our diverse team is united in their mission of creating simple, fair and honest financial products that have the customer’s needs at their heart. We’re proud that this dedication is reflected in our excellent rating on TrustPilot.
We’ve always been unapologetically honest with our customers, and value the same in return. Their feedback helps us shape what we build, so we can provide a bank fit for today, and for the future.
We’re not the new kids on the block though - we’ve been a pioneering force in finance for 16 years. In 2005, we built the first ever peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company, giving our customers access to loans built for real-life and intelligent investments backed by cutting-edge tech. In 2020, we launched Zopa Bank, meaning we could offer more – like fixed term savings backed by FSCS protection and a credit card to help customers take control of their finances.
Today, our bank and our P2P business run alongside each other, with the same ethos and the same mission. We’ve lent out over £6 billion and are proud to have made money work better for over half a million people across the UK, whether they were looking to borrow, save or invest.
If you embrace being challenged beyond the norm, aren’t afraid to think differently and are motivated by working somewhere you can really make an impact, you’ll love life here at Zopa.­

What's the challenge?
As a Zopa Site Reliability Security Engineer you will help to remove inefficiencies in the way Zopa use (or don’t use) technology to drive value for the business, whilst ensuring everything we do maintains a strong security posture. This means proactively aligning our operations and infrastructure with our InfoSec policies and standards, and owning plans for remediation. You will be a champion for security both within the ZRE team, and in the wider business, helping to encourage a security mindset in everything we do. All the while automating consistently, and helping to design and support the technology infrastructure to help Zopa grow.

The ZRE team is responsible for evolving our infrastructure platforms to be drivable by our development tribes so that they can be more autonomous and agile, replacing tickets with APIs, designing properly reliable services whilst also supporting the security processes that are required in an FCA audited environment.

Day to day, your focus will be to seek out and drive improvements to platform security, with a big focus on AWS & Kubernetes. You will help shape new designs and solutions ensuring security concerns are given due weight and importance. Also, as a member of the wider ZRE team you will also work on automating infrastructure deployment to our cloud environment with Terraform, improving our application release processes and pipelines, or upgrading/improving our Kubernetes stack.
About you:

        Have a minimum of 3 years SRE experience
        A passion for Information Security, ideally with experience applying this to operations workloads.
        You have in-depth knowledge of AWS (especially EKS, IAM, KMS, GuardDuty, Cloudtrail, Config)
        Experience with Hashicorp Vault (operations, ACL management)
        You have hands on experience with IaC using HashiCorp Terraform
        You have a well-rounded understanding of security concepts, best practices and how to apply them. Such as Threat Modelling, OWASP Top 10 & common vulnerabilities, PKI, TLS, Data Encryption
        Experience in securely integrating Linux and Windows environments
        You have strong knowledge of Linux containers and orchestration (Kubernetes, Docker)
        You have experience with Linux administration (Flatcar a plus)
        Operational experience with Kafka/RabbitMQ
        Comfortable with scripting languages - e.g. Bash & Python
        Good understanding of Networking & Protocols

Nice to have:

        AWS Certifications e.g. SysOps, Solutions Architect, Security Specialisation
        Experience with CDNs
        Experience with Go
        Knowledge of security best practices in Active Directory

Flexible working? Yes please!

We’re currently piloting a new flexible working scheme. This means that whether you want to come into our open-plan, riverside London Bridge office or work from the comfort of your own home (or both!), you’ll be able to decide on an approach with your manager, looking at what works best for you, your role and your team.

Not only that – the new model also includes the option of working from abroad for up to 90 days a year!* But no matter where you are, we’ll make sure you’ve got everything you need to thrive, both in your work and home life, from day one.

*Subject to having the right to work in the country of choice

To thrive here, you’ll need to:
Champion our customers. Whatever your role, you’ll be close to our customers. We care passionately about doing the best for them.
Help us make fearless choices. Our environment is fast-paced, agile and open. You’ll solve interesting and challenging problems, and be trusted and empowered to bring your ideas to life.
Walk the talk. Like us, you’ll be honest, stick to your promises and face the tough moments head-on.
Win smarter. You’ll be always on the lookout for a better way of doing things, going beyond ‘good enough’ and welcoming different points of view.
Be in it together. You’ll join an ambitious, diverse and all-round approachable team with a mix of ideas and talents who inspire each other to be better every day.

Zopa is proud to offer a workplace free from discrimination. Diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to great products and unique company culture. We simply can’t expect to empower our customers to better manage their money without challenging the current status quo. Creating the best place for money is no easy task, which is why we need talent from all walks of life.

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