Senior Developer

Arctic Wolf

Arctic Wolf

Software Engineering
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2024

Arctic Wolf, with its unicorn valuation, is the leader in security operations in an exciting and fast-growing industry—cybersecurity. We have won countless awards for our excellence in security operations and remain dedicated to providing an industry-leading customer and employee experience.

Our mission is simple: End Cyber Risk. We’re looking for a Senior Developer to be a part of making this happen.

About the Role

Arctic Wolf’s Integration, Detection, and Response organization (IDR) is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Lead Detection Quality Assurance Developer to join our dynamic Managed Detection and Response (MDR) team. In this pivotal role, you will oversee the quality assurance processes to ensure our detection development meet the highest standards of performance, reliability, and security. This position involves strategic planning, development of test strategies, and hands-on quality assurance development.


  • Act as a member of our Technical Leadership Team, representing QA.

  • Architect a strategic technical vision for detection QA.

  • Oversee the quality assurance lifecycle for detection systems.

  • Develop and implement comprehensive test plans and test cases.

  • Establish and coordinate testing strategies with cross-functional teams.

  • Development and Automation

  • Design, develop, and execute automation systems (Python) for detection systems.

  • Implement and maintain test automation frameworks.

  • Ensure continuous integration flows are effective and maintained.

  • Mentor and guide QA team members and Detection Developers, fostering a culture of continuous learning.

  • Collaborate with development, product management, and security teams to integrate QA processes into the Agile development lifecycle.

  • Review and analyze system specifications and requirements.

  • Collect data to communicate status during weekly leadership roundtables.

  • Stay updated with new testing tools and test strategies in use throughout Arctic Wolf and externally.

Who you are

  • Demonstrable working knowledge of industry standard QA test frameworks, methods, and systems.

  • Extensive experience with QA methodologies, processes, and best practices.

  • Expert level knowledge of cybersecurity with a minimum of 2 years experience as either a SOC Analyst, Security Researcher, or Detection Developer.

  • Proven experience with CI/CD tools (e.g., Jenkins, GitLab) and configuration management systems (e.g., Git).

  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Python, Java, or JavaScript.

  • Experience with automation frameworks (e.g., Selenium, Appium).

  • Familiarity with secure network protocols and web architectural styles (e.g., REST, TLS).

  • Excellent written communication skills with a love of authoring effective playbooks / guides.

  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development environment.

  • Experience leading Agile/Scrum development cycles.

  • 5+ years of experience in software QA with a focus on detection systems or security applications.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A deep and demonstrable understanding of security related QA methods including Atomic Attack Scenario testing, detection/sensor/alert regression testing, attack scenario testing, usability testing, system performance testing, etc.

  • Experience with detection development tools such as Sigma, Suricata, Wazuh, and Kibana.

  • Experience in performance and/or security testing.

  • Leadership experience in QA teams.

  • BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related experience.

External influence and Training Role Objective

  • Be seen as a technical thought leader both internally and externally. Participate and lead internal knowledge sharing workshops, contribute to external publications, lead public events relevant to job role.

  • Attend training, seminars or webinars relevant to job role to enhance current knowledge base and skill set in order to improve job performance and efficiency. Attend at least one event a year. The training should not impact job/project deliverables.

Interview Process

The interview process is approximately as follows:

  • Phone pre-screening: A recruiter contacts you to briefly discuss your work history and provide an overview of Arctic Wolf. Approximately 30 minutes.

  • Interview with the Hiring Manager: This interview will touch on past projects, your career goals, and give you the opportunity to discuss functional and non functional requirements of the role. Approximately 1 hour.

  • Technical assessment: A recruiter sends you a link to a straightforward technical assessment that is relevant to the role you are applying for. Approximately 1 hour.

  • Technical breadth interview: You will meet with technical team members to evaluate your knowledge of our tech stack and experience in other associated, complementary, or substitute technologies. Be prepared to collaborate on a technical problem . Approximately 1 hour.

  • Technical depth interview: You’ll meet with technical team members to evaluate your depth in between 1 and 4 areas of speciality directly related to the role you’re applying for. Be prepared to collaborate on a technical problem and discuss previous technical assessments.

Location and Travel

  • Our teams are diverse, including our geographical locations. However, our team has chosen to operate in the Eastern Time Zone (GMT -5).

  • We operate in a hybrid model where some employees work from their home offices, others in-office, and some a combination of both. All employees within a 30 mile (48 km) radius, of an Arctic Wolf office must be present in office 3 days a week. Please ask for specific location requirements during your interview.

  • Quarterly planning sessions may be conducted in-person, requiring travel to Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

About Arctic Wolf

At Arctic Wolf we’re cultivating a collaborative and productive work environment that welcomes a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and ideas to make our teams even stronger as we grow globally. We’ve been named one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the world for 2022 (Fast Company)—and the 2nd Most Innovative Security Company. This is in addition to consecutive awards from Top Workplace USA (2021, 2022), Best Places to Work - USA (2021, 2022) and Great Place to Work - Canada (2021, 2022).

Our Values

Arctic Wolf recognizes that success comes from delighting our customers, so we work together to ensure that happens every day. We believe in diversity and inclusion, and truly value the unique qualities and unique perspectives all employees bring to the organization. And we appreciate that—by protecting people’s and organizations’ sensitive data and seeking to end cyber risk— we get to work in an industry that is fundamental to the greater good.

We celebrate unique perspectives by creating a platform for all voices to be heard through our Pack Unity program. We encourage all employees to join or create a new alliance. See more about our Pack Unity here.

We also believe and practice corporate responsibility, and have recently joined the Pledge 1% Movement, ensuring that we continue to give back to our community. We know that through our mission to End Cyber Risk we will continue to engage and give back to our communities.

All wolves receive compelling compensation and benefits packages, including:

  • Equity for all employees

  • Bonus or commission pay based on role

  • Flexible time off, paid volunteer days and paid parental leave

  • 401k match

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance

  • Health Savings and Flexible Spending Agreement

  • Voluntary Legal Insurance

  • Training and career development programs

Arctic Wolf is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or any other basis forbidden under federal, provincial, or local law. Arctic Wolf is committed to fostering a welcoming, accessible, respectful, and inclusive environment ensuring equal access and participation for people with disabilities. As such, we strive to make our entire employee experience as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for candidates and employees with disabilities and/or other specific needs where possible. Please let us know if you require any accommodations by emailing

Security Requirements

  • Conducts duties and responsibilities in accordance with AWN’s Information Security policies, standards, processes and controls to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of AWN business information (in accordance with our employee handbook and corporate policies).

  • Background checks are required for this position.