Backend Engineer, Secure

Backend Engineers at GitLab work on our product. This includes both the open source version of GitLab, the enterprise editions, and the service as well. They work with peers on teams dedicated to areas of the product. They work together with product managers, designers, and frontend engineers to solve common goals.

The Secure Team (previously known as the Security Products Team) is responsible for the security checks features in the GitLab platform, and maps to the secure transversal stage. You can learn more about our approach on the Secure Vision page.

The primary goal of the person in this role is to ensure all Secure features are able to run within a GitLab instance deployed on an Openshift environment. While remaining in the same team, you’ll work with multiple teams covering a large breadth of tools and knowledge. When there is no specific Openshift focused work, you’ll work on regular dev tasks from the Composition Analysis roadmap.


Significant professional experience with Ruby on Rails or Golang
Deep understanding of Openshift environments (usage, constraints, best practices)
Proficiency in the English language, both written and verbal, sufficient for success in a remote and largely asynchronous work environment
Demonstrated capacity to clearly and concisely communicate about complex technical, architectural, and/or organizational problems and propose thorough iterative solutions
Experience with performance and optimization problems and a demonstrated ability to both diagnose and prevent these problems
Comfort working in a highly agile, intensely iterative software development process
Demonstrated ability to onboard and integrate with an organization long-term
Positive and solution-oriented mindset
Effective communication skills: Regularly achieve consensus with peers, and clear status updates
An inclination towards communication, inclusion, and visibility
Experience owning a project from concept to production, including proposal, discussion, and execution.
Self-motivated and self-managing, with strong organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to work closely with other parts of the organization
Share our values, and work in accordance with those values
Ability to thrive in a fully remote organization
Ability to use GitLab
Comfort and familiarity with our code review process


Experience in a peak performance organization, preferably a tech startup
Experience with the GitLab product as a user or contributor
Product company experience
Experience working with a remote team
Enterprise software company experience
Developer platform/tool industry experience
Experience working with a global or otherwise multicultural team
Computer science education or equivalent experience
Passionate about/experienced with open source and developer tools


Develop features and improvements to the GitLab product in a secure, well-tested, and performant way
Collaborate with Product Management and other stakeholders within Engineering (Frontend, UX, etc.) to maintain a high bar for quality in a fast-paced, iterative environment
Advocate for improvements to product quality, security, and performance
Solve technical problems of moderate scope and complexity.
Craft code that meets our internal standards for style, maintainability, and best practices for a high-scale web environment.
Conduct Code Review within our Code Review Guidelines and ensure community contributions receive a swift response.
Recognize impediments to our efficiency as a team (“technical debt”), propose and implement solutions
Represent GitLab and its values in public communication around specific projects and community contributions.
Confidently ship small features and improvements with minimal guidance and support from other team members. Collaborate with the team on larger projects.
Participate in Tier 2 or Tier 3 weekday and weekend and occasional night on-call rotations to assist troubleshooting product operations, security operations, and urgent engineering issues.


To view the full job description and its compensation calculator, view our handbook. The compensation calculator can be found towards the bottom of the page.

Additional details about our process can be found on our hiring page.

Country Hiring Guidelines: GitLab hires new team members in countries around the world. All of our roles are remote, however some roles may carry specific location-based eligibility requirements. Our Talent Acquisition team can help answer any questions about location after starting the recruiting process.

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