Senior Penetration Testing Engineer

Arlington, Virginia, USA

Full Time Senior-level / Expert USD 175K - 236K
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Job summary
We are looking for a Senior Penetration Testing Engineer to join our team.

**This role is open to alternative locations including: New York, NY – Boston, MA – Seattle, WA - Vancouver, BC Canada - Herndon, VA – Arlington, VA – Baltimore, MD – San Luis Obispo, CA – Atlanta, GA

Do you enjoy reading source code and finding unique security concerns? Do you enjoy writing proof of concept code to demonstrate the potential impact of an issue by demonstrating it? Do you enjoy protecting customers at scale? On the AWS Penetration Testing team, we enjoy doing it all.

Our team is responsible for the manual assessment of all products, services and software released by AWS. We specialize in digging deep to find security issues that static analysis tools can’t, and write the tooling to help with these goals. The AWS surface area is large and diverse, and we use results found in manual analysis to help improve our enterprise-wide automation to proactively spot and fix potential security issues to protect customers.

On this team you will be reading and manually reviewing source code in Java, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, Rust, C, and other languages to look for security bugs. On this team you’ll be writing proof of concept software to clearly demonstrate impact of an issue. This is not a software development engineering nor is it a red team position, thus you'll need to feel very comfortable reading and writing code.

Responsibilities:
  • Manually audit the source code of web services and software authored in house by Amazon
  • Write proof of concept code to demonstrate the severity of a potential security issue
  • Provide clear communication on issues to developers that suggest and help to test the fix
  • Partner with AWS developers to drive improvement in application security as a result of security review engagements
  • Provide actionable long term risk mitigation guidance
  • Conduct independent vulnerability research pertaining to AWS relevant technologies

About Us
Inclusive Team Culture
Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences. Amazon’s culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 16 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.

Work/Life Balance
Our team puts a high value on work-life balance. It isn’t about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it’s about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We offer flexibility in working hours and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal lives.

Mentorship & Career Growth
Our team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and we’re building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded professional and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.

Basic Qualifications


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Customer Security, or equivalent professional experience can be used in lieu of a degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in source code auditing, bug hunting or CTF experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with manually auditing source code (One or more of: Java, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, Rust, C, others) to find security issues.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience scripting in Python or other equivalent interpreted languages.
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience with security engineering practices such as in web application security, network security, authentication and authorization protocols, cryptography, automation and other software security disciplines.

For more information, please reach out to to AWS Recruiter, Robert Cahill (cahirobe@amazon.com)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with AWS technologies and services (e.g. S3, Lambda, EC2, KMS, IAM, etc.)
  • Experience with bug hunting, bug bounties, capture the flag, software development
  • Experience with multiple programming languages
  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s leadership principles requirements for this role
  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role

The pay range for this position in New York is $175,100 - $236,900 however, base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. A sign-on bonus and restricted stock units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the position offered. This information is provided per the New York Pay Transparency Law. Base pay information is based on market location.


Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/disability/us.

Tags: Application security Auditing Automation AWS C Cryptography CTF EC2 Java JavaScript Lambda Network security Penetration testing Python Red team Ruby Rust S3 Scripting

Perks/benefits: Career development Conferences Salary bonus Signing bonus

Region: North America
Country: United States
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