Security - Technical Lead


Elastic is a search company built on a free and open heritage. Anyone can use Elastic products and solutions to get started quickly and frictionlessly. Elastic offers three solutions for enterprise search, observability, and security, built on one technology stack that can be deployed anywhere. From finding documents to monitoring infrastructure to hunting for threats, Elastic makes data usable in real time and at scale. Thousands of organizations worldwide, including Cisco, eBay, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, The Mayo Clinic, NASA, The New York Times, Wikipedia, and Verizon, use Elastic to power mission-critical systems. Founded in 2012, Elastic is a distributed company with Elasticians around the globe and is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol ESTC. Learn more at

Our mission on the Elastic Security team is to protect the world’s data from attack. Through our free and open approach, we are building a community and a product that’s making a meaningful difference in the lives of our users. And because we’re built upon the Elastic Stack, we are fulfilling our mission with speed, scale, and relevance. Our practitioner heritage as a team means trust and transparency is at the core of how we communicate with each other and with our users.

The team is diverse and distributed across the world, and collaborates on a daily basis over GitHub, Zoom, and Slack. Thus, the ability to work within a distributed team is critical. You don’t always need to be the person with the answer or the person making the decisions, but instead should be able to guide discussions to help the team make decisions together.

As a Tech Lead for the Security Solution, you will be ultimately responsible for the technical architecture and quality of our Security Solution, built on top of the Elastic stack. You will be partnering and working closely with a VP-level Team Lead and Product Lead to ensure an inclusive, productive, and successful work environment for a large team (150+ people). You will be working closely also with peer Tech Leads from the other major teams in Elastic (Platform/Stack, Cloud, Observability) in order to ensure a consistent architecture and user experience across our products.

Some of the things you'll work on

  • Provide technical leadership for the Security team, working collaboratively with other Tech Leads in the team.
  • Learn the strengths and weaknesses of the Elastic stack and guide the Security teams to use the strengths and avoid the pitfalls.
  • Act as a contact point for the other Elastic teams for anything related to the technology built by the Security team.
  • Drive decisions on technical topics both within the team and across teams.
  • Ask questions and challenge the teams toward simplification and well designed architecture. Focus teams on achieving measurable outcomes. 
  • While direct code contributions are not generally expected at this level, staying hands-on is appreciated by the team. Lead by example by coding proof of concepts, doing benchmarks, and leaving thoughtful reviews.


  • Significant previous experience providing technical leadership for a team of senior engineers
  • Significant previous experience in an ownership role for technical direction and strategy
  • Previous experience working with stakeholders outside of Engineering
  • Experience with any of the following - SEIM, Endpoint, or building large distributed systems with Node.js and queues, etc
  • Experience developing and reviewing complex technical requirements, and translating them into actionable tasks for engineers.
  • Experience architecting and/or operating large data pipelines.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to drive conversations across multiple teams to a conclusion.

Nice to have

  • Experience with the Elastic Stack
  • Experience in the Security space, especially SIEM or Security Analytics products
  • Experience delivering open source products
Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations
  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles
  • Generous number of vacation days each year
  • Double your charitable giving - We match up to $1500 (or local currency equivalent)
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

Different people approach problems differently. We need that. Elastic is committed to diversity as well as inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to the principles of affirmative action. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation. If you require any reasonable accessibility support, please complete our Candidate Accessibility Request Form.

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