takealot.com is hiring a

Software Security Engineer - Takealot

Cape Town, South Africa

takealot.com, a leading South African online retailer, is looking for a Software Security Engineer to join our team in Cape Town. 

We are a young, dynamic, hyper growth company looking for smart, creative, hard- working people with integrity to join us. We offer a market related, Total Remuneration Package which allows full flexibility according to your needs, a great work environment and a promise that you won’t be bored as long as you are prepared for a challenge and want to build something great.

This position reports to the Engineering Team Lead (Software Security)

Your responsibilities will include the following: 

  • Architecting and implementing technical solutions to support defensive security
  • Mentoring and coaching security within the organization
  • Deploying, operating, and monitoring SIEM, IPS/IDS
  • Responding to Security Incidents
  • Expanding security auditing and monitoring capabilities
  • Developing custom applications to monitor red flag situations
  • Working with DevOps to secure the platform, hardening servers, networks, Kubernetes
  • Working with Application teams to secure code, consulting on implementations
  • Working with Infrastructure to secure the physical environments (office networks, etc.)
  • Hardening servers, and building security into the platform
  • Developing automation so we can focus on the hard problems
  • Developing glue code to extend or integrate systems

Attributes required: 

  • Is passionate about technology and security
  • Is curious, always learning, and keeps up to date with the industry
  • Is a team player, an active listener, mentor, and able to communicate well
  • Shows solid reasoning and decision making
  • Possesses the ability to work under pressure

Qualifications and experience: 

  • Has either a degree in computer science
  • Can write code (we use Python)
  • Experience with Kafka, Apache Beam, Apache Metron, Apache Spark
  • Experience with Google Cloud, or another cloud provider
  • Experience with Kubernetes, Docker (or containers in general)
  • Experience with Build Systems (Jenkins, Gitlab, Spinnaker)
  • Experience with defensive systems (SIEM, IDS/IPS, Canaries, Fail2Ban, etc.)
  • Solid understanding of Networking (TCP, UDP, IP, nmap, wireshark, etc.)
  • Experience with Linux administration (Processes, Networking, Disks, Security)
  • Experience with a configuration management system (Puppet, Chef, Ansible)

The Environment:

  • takealot.com employees are entrepreneurial and dynamic, smart, customer-centric, fun and have the shared ambition of takealot.com being the leading e-commerce company in Africa.
  • We have fun, work hard, take ownership, work in teams to create solutions, and are always open to direct feedback/new ideas on where we can improve.
  • We are short on ego and high on output.
  • We are doers and not only thinkers, it’s all in the execution after all.
  • We love what we do and what we are creating.

We seek to Employ an Extra Ordinary Mind who:

  • is forthright but respectful
  • is an expert at doing, who can not only design but also execute
  • is analytical, able to use data to make decisions
  • is competitive, self-directed and strive to be the BEST (GREAT requires a lot of work and does not only happen during business hours
  • is passionate about the potential of e-commerce and delivering a world-class customer experience
  • is entrepreneurial, thrives under change and accepts it is a constant and always looks for solutions to do something better and faster
  • is able to think about problems from a business perspective using technical and product input
  • is curious and challenge the status quo
  • is innovative and enjoys iteration
  • is collaborative
  • will be at the cutting edge of developing new concepts for takealot.com.
  • thinks like an owner of the business.
  • is SMART, has INTEGRITY and is HARDWORKING

If you meet the above you are an Extraordinary Mind so come and join us!

Takealot is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from the previously disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities will be given preference.