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Area Tech Lead, Security Engineer



Sterling, VA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Grammarly is excited to offer a remote-first hybrid working model. Team members work primarily remotely in the United States, Canada, Ukraine, Germany, or Poland. Certain roles have specific location requirements to facilitate collaboration at a particular Grammarly hub.

All roles have an in-person component: Conditions permitting, teams meet 2–4 weeks every quarter at one of Grammarly’s hubs in San Francisco, Kyiv, New York, Vancouver, and Berlin, or in a workspace in Kraków. This flexible approach gives team members the best of both worlds: plenty of focus time along with in-person collaboration that fosters trust and unlocks creativity.

Grammarly team members in this role must be based in the United States, and they must be able to collaborate in person 3 weeks per quarter, traveling if necessary to the hub(s) where the team is based.

The opportunity

Grammarly is the world’s leading AI writing assistance company, trusted by over 30 million people and 70,000 professional teams daily. From instantly creating a first draft to perfecting every message, Grammarly’s product offerings help people at 96% of the Fortune 500 get their point across—and get results. Grammarly has been profitable for over a decade because we’ve stayed true to our values and built an enterprise-grade product that’s secure, reliable, and helps people do their best work—without selling their data. We’re proud to be one of Inc.’s best workplaces, a Glassdoor Best Place to Work, one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential Companies, and one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in AI.

To achieve our ambitious goals, we’re looking for a strong technical leader to join the Grammarly Security Engineering Team. These initiatives include developing solutions for reproducibly integrating security into our platform and accelerating our security automation and self-healing journey. This role is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in leading security efforts and a chance to grow and develop as a builder, maintaining a high-security bar for our enterprise customer data while empowering engineering teams to operate fast and safely.

Grammarly’s engineers and researchers have the freedom to innovate and uncover breakthroughs—and, in turn, influence our product roadmap. The complexity of our technical challenges is growing rapidly as we scale our interfaces, algorithms, and infrastructure. You can hear more from our team on our technical blog.

Your impact

As a Tech Lead Security Engineer, you will:

  • Explore cutting-edge techniques and develop innovative solutions to increase engineering efficiency while maintaining a high-security bar for our customers.
  • Drive company-wide processes and define the bar for engineering-wide quality and best practices to give the company a significant security advantage and shape the future of our security landscape. You’ll oversee the implementation of security measures across all Engineering Product Development (EPD) teams.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including all-stack developers, ML engineers, data scientists, and security operations, GRC, to integrate security improvements and best practices into Grammarly's development lifecycle, from quick wins to long-term investments.
  • Review security for the most business-critical and complex areas significantly contributes to the architectural designs for multiple teams.
  • Identify new high-level systems to meet strategic security objectives and influence leadership and C-suite to pursue.
  • As a Technical Lead Security Engineer, you will be at the forefront of our security efforts. Your work will not only provide the company with a significant security advantage but also shape the future of our security landscape. Your contributions will genuinely make a difference.
  • Scale their team by mentoring security engineers.
  • Represent Grammarly's security engineering within and outside of the company.

We’re looking for someone who

  • Embodies our EAGER values—is ethical, adaptable, gritty, empathetic, and remarkable.
  • It is inspired by our MOVE principles, which are the blueprint for how things get done at Grammarly: move fast and learn faster, obsess about creating customer value, value impact over activity, and embrace healthy disagreement rooted in trust.
  • Can collaborate in person 3 weeks per quarter, traveling if necessary to the hub where the team is based.
  • Has a proven record of security-focused contributions in both application/product security and securing cloud infrastructures as a security practitioner.
  • Operates primarily as a 'security builder, a role that combines security expertise with software development skills. They’ll design, implement, and operate services with a strong focus on security.
  • Is proficient in programming languages such as Python, Java, and Go and has experience with relevant CI/CD, Kubernetes, and Cloud Infrastructures (AWS/GCP/Azure).
  • Understands security fundamentals, such as threat modeling, vulnerabilities, and detection engineering.
  • Can scale themselves by managing a small team of software engineers if needed.
  • Effectively sets and communicates priorities for security initiatives across the company and leads execution.
  • Model a 'standard of excellence' that supports a 'culture of high-performance '. Consistently deliver high-quality work, set a positive example for the team, and foster a work environment that encourages innovation, collaboration, and continuous learning.

Support for you, professionally and personally

  • Professional growth: We believe that autonomy and trust are key to empowering our team members to do their best, most innovative work in a way that aligns with their interests, talents, and well-being. We support professional development and advancement with training, coaching, and regular feedback.
  • A connected team: Grammarly builds a product that helps people connect, and we apply this mindset to our own team. Our remote-first hybrid model enables a highly collaborative culture supported by our EAGER (ethical, adaptable, gritty, empathetic, and remarkable) values. We work to foster belonging among team members in a variety of ways. This includes our employee resource groups, Grammarly Circles, which promote connection among those with shared identities, such as BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ team members, women, and parents. We also celebrate our colleagues and accomplishments with global, local, and team-specific programs.

Compensation and benefits

Grammarly offers all team members competitive pay along with a benefits package encompassing the following and more:

  • Excellent health care (including a wide range of medical, dental, vision, mental health, and fertility benefits)
  • Disability and life insurance options
  • 401(k) and RRSP matching
  • Paid parental leave
  • Twenty days of paid time off per year, eleven days of paid holidays per year, and unlimited sick days
  • Home office stipends
  • Caregiver and pet care stipends
  • Wellness stipends
  • Admission discounts
  • Learning and development opportunities

Grammarly takes a market-based approach to compensation, which means base pay may vary depending on your location. Our US and Canada locations are categorized into compensation zones based on each geographic region’s cost of labor index. For more information about our compensation zones and locations where we currently support employment, please refer to this page. If a location of interest is not listed, please speak with a recruiter for additional information.

Base pay may vary considerably depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The expected salary ranges for this position are outlined below by compensation zone and may be modified in the future.

United States:
Zone 1: $350,000 - $450,000/year (USD)
Zone 2: $310,000 - $410,000/year (USD)

We encourage you to apply

At Grammarly, we value our differences, and we encourage all—especially those whose identities are traditionally underrepresented in tech organizations—to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, political belief, or any other characteristic protected by law. Grammarly is an equal opportunity employer and a participant in the US federal E-Verify program (US). We also abide by the Employment Equity Act (Canada).



All team members meeting in person for official Grammarly business or working from a hub location are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.