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S&P Global Director, Application Security Engineering in Virtual, Virginia

About the Role:

Grade Level (for internal use):


The Team

S&P Ratings Security team focuses on protecting our clients and users from all aspects of modern-day security threats. The mission of our team is to safeguard systems and data by developing innovative solutions for the biggest security challenges. We are looking for a Senior security engineer responsible for development and implementation of security architecture and engineering best practices across S&P Ratings technology platforms. This role will lead a team of security engineers and analysts to provide Security engineering and Security Architecture consultation to build and enhance security in S&P Ratings Applications and Services including GenAI applications.

Responsibilities and Impact

This position will work across software development, QA, SRE and Operations teams to identify component and system level technical risks, identify and evaluate critical failure points, determine technical security controls to mitigate risks, prioritize and schedule controls with application development timelines, and work with cross functional teams to implement remediations.

This senior level position combines managerial and technical capabilities and will drive the Secure SDLC roadmap and Cloud security architecture, assist with maturing the security engineering program, develop security tooling, mentor others and be hands-on partner to our software, SRE and QA teams to deliver innovative and secure applications.

A successful candidate for this position will provide technical leadership, and manage a team that: 

  • Provides architectural guidance on best practices regarding security in software development, shared services, user interface design frameworks, high performance messaging solutions, server-side development, integrations, tools and technologies

  • Drives and guides the specification and realization of a security architecture, with decisions driven by balancing security risks faced by the business along with customer or market requirements

  • Develop, implement and maintain Application security and GenAI security strategy

  • Perform threat modeling, secure code reviews, and secure design reviews for high risk applications, evaluate new technology stacks and frameworks

  • Perform vulnerability research, serve as technical security/risk advisor for new technology/applications developed by S&P Ratings

  • Determine testing requirements and develop strategies to automate security testing using a variety of scripting and open source tools

  • Assist developers in remediating vulnerability findings by providing line-by-line guidance

  • Coaches development teams on security disciplines like Threat modeling, Security code reviews, provide training and education to developers on software security best practices

  • Maintain knowledge of current and emerging technologies / products / trends related to security architectural solutions

  • Develops repeatable application security patterns to ensure that systems are placed within the relevant security zones based on the data they house and their purpose

  • Consults and assists with security incident response process

  • Consults on efforts to work with internal and external teams to effectively scope and drive Application Penetration tests that help identify and mitigate gaps in security controls

  • Guide development and SRE teams in building secure Cloud Native applications by incorporating Cloud and Microservices Security best practices and industry standards

Compensation/Benefits Information: (This section is only applicable to US candidates)

S&P Global states that the anticipated base salary range for this position is $125,000 to $220,000. Final base salary for this role will be based on the individual’s geographic location, as well as experience level, skill set, training, licenses and certifications.

In addition to base compensation, this role is eligible for an annual incentive plan.

This role is eligible to receive additional S&P Global benefits. For more information on the benefits we provide to our employees, please click here (https://spgbenefits.com/benefit-summaries) .

What We’re Looking For:

Basic Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, related field or relevant work experience

  • 6 or more years of progressive related experience in Security engineering roles

  • Experience managing security engineering teams

  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise in Application Security, Web services security, GenAI/LLM security

  • Experience with threat modeling, risk analysis and control design

  • Experience architecting and leading security for Cloud native applications

  • In depth knowledge of network security, authentication and authorization

  • Advanced understanding of vulnerability exploitation chaining, and vulnerability remediation

  • Demonstrated expertise in product/application security architecture – Service oriented architecture (SOA), Network security, application security, web services, JavaScript and Python

  • Security audit, Vulnerability assessment and packet analysis skills

  • TCP/IP stack knowledge, Encryption expertise, TLS, DTLS, ECC, PKI/Certificates

  • Identity & Access Management: AD/LDAP

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Programming expertise – Java, Python, exposure to the Agile SDLC process

  • Security Forensic analysis skills

  • Knowledge with AWS cloud architecture, and virtualization technologies, such as Containers, EKS, Kubernetes, and VMware

  • Experience performing threat modeling and design reviews to assess security implications and requirements

  • Experience in defining and documenting security reference architectures and standards

  • Experience with automation tools associated with DevOps and CI/CD pipelines, and with security integration into CI/CD

  • Familiarity with SAST/DAST/SCA tools like Fortify, Whitesource

  • Database, datalake knowledge – Postgres, Oracle, Databricks, Snowflake

  • Familiarity with Secure SDLC frameworks such as NIST SSDF, OpenSAMM/BSIMM

  • Experience with AI technologies and services (e.g., ChatGPT, Bedrock, etc.)

  • Expertise in the security of Gen AI models, including multi-modal models

  • Experience with the security of automation built around Gen AI inputs and outputs

Right to Work Requirements:

This role is limited to persons with indefinite right to work in the United States.

Return to Work:

Have you taken time out for caring responsibilities and are now looking to return to work? As part of our Return to Work initiative, Restart, we are encouraging enthusiastic and talented returners to apply, and will actively support your return to the workplace.

About S&P Global Ratings

At S&P Global Ratings, our analyst-driven credit ratings, research, and sustainable finance opinions provide critical insights that are essential to translating complexity into clarity so market participants can uncover opportunities and make decisions with conviction. By bringing transparency to the market through high-quality independent opinions on creditworthiness, we enable growth across a wide variety of organizations, including businesses, governments, and institutions.

S&P Global Ratings is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI). S&P Global is the world’s foremost provider of credit ratings, benchmarks, analytics and workflow solutions in the global capital, commodity and automotive markets. With every one of our offerings, we help many of the world’s leading organizations navigate the economic landscape so they can plan for tomorrow, today.

For more information, visit www.spglobal.com/ratings

What’s In It For You?

Our Purpose:

Progress is not a self-starter. It requires a catalyst to be set in motion. Information, imagination, people, technology–the right combination can unlock possibility and change the world.

Our world is in transition and getting more complex by the day. We push past expected observations and seek out new levels of understanding so that we can help companies, governments and individuals make an impact on tomorrow. At S&P Global we transform data into Essential Intelligence®, pinpointing risks and opening possibilities. We Accelerate Progress.

Our People:

We're more than 35,000 strong worldwide—so we're able to understand nuances while having a broad perspective. Our team is driven by curiosity and a shared belief that Essential Intelligence can help build a more prosperous future for us all.

From finding new ways to measure sustainability to analyzing energy transition across the supply chain to building workflow solutions that make it easy to tap into insight and apply it. We are changing the way people see things and empowering them to make an impact on the world we live in. We’re committed to a more equitable future and to helping our customers find new, sustainable ways of doing business. We’re constantly seeking new solutions that have progress in mind. Join us and help create the critical insights that truly make a difference.

Our Values:

Integrity, Discovery, Partnership

At S&P Global, we focus on Powering Global Markets. Throughout our history, the world's leading organizations have relied on us for the Essential Intelligence they need to make confident decisions about the road ahead. We start with a foundation of integrity in all we do, bring a spirit of discovery to our work, and collaborate in close partnership with each other and our customers to achieve shared goals.


We take care of you, so you can take care of business. We care about our people. That’s why we provide everything you—and your career—need to thrive at S&P Global.

Our benefits include:

  • Health & Wellness: Health care coverage designed for the mind and body.

  • Flexible Downtime: Generous time off helps keep you energized for your time on.

  • Continuous Learning: Access a wealth of resources to grow your career and learn valuable new skills.

  • Invest in Your Future: Secure your financial future through competitive pay, retirement planning, a continuing education program with a company-matched student loan contribution, and financial wellness programs.

  • Family Friendly Perks: It’s not just about you. S&P Global has perks for your partners and little ones, too, with some best-in class benefits for families.

  • Beyond the Basics: From retail discounts to referral incentive awards—small perks can make a big difference.

For more information on benefits by country visit: https://spgbenefits.com/benefit-summaries

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at S&P Global:

At S&P Global, we believe diversity fuels creative insights, equity unlocks opportunity, and inclusion drives growth and innovation – Powering Global Markets. Our commitment centers on our global workforce, ensuring that our people are empowered to bring their whole selves to work. It doesn’t stop there, we strive to better reflect and serve the communities in which we live and work, and advocate for greater opportunity for all.

S&P Global has a Securities Disclosure and Trading Policy (“the Policy”) that seeks to mitigate conflicts of interest by monitoring and placing restrictions on personal securities holding and trading. The Policy is designed to promote compliance with global regulations. In some Divisions, pursuant to the Policy’s requirements, candidates at S&P Global may be asked to disclose securities holdings. Some roles may include a trading prohibition and remediation of positions when there is an effective or potential conflict of interest. Employment at S&P Global is contingent upon compliance with the Policy.

Equal Opportunity Employer

S&P Global is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law. Only electronic job submissions will be considered for employment.

If you need an accommodation during the application process due to a disability, please send an email to:  EEO.Compliance@spglobal.com  and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate person. 

US Candidates Only: The EEO is the Law Poster http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf   describes discrimination protections under federal law.

10 - Officials or Managers (EEO-2 Job Categories-United States of America), IFTECH103.2 - Middle Management Tier II (EEO Job Group), SWP Priority – Ratings - (Strategic Workforce Planning)

Job ID: 304203

Posted On: 2024-07-06

Location: Virtual, New Jersey, United States