Architect, Security

Full Time
Lehi, UT
Areas of Interest: Systems Security Architecture
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Ancestry is looking for a strong, hands-on technology leader to join our Architecture team to help shape our next generation application platform. A successful Software Architect at Ancestry lives and breathes distributed systems and the latest software stacks, and has a passion for finding innovative ways to deliver business value. Ancestry has a culture of getting things done, and demands exceptional collaboration across its engineering and product teams. Experience in formal software design processes is expected and a premium is placed on providing the technical leadership needed to rapidly turn ideas into high quality code using agile development methodologies.

The architect in this position will focus on marketing technologies, specifically starting with Salesforce Marketing Cloud and related integrations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Mentor others and provide architectural guidance to teams building innovative applications.
  • Interface directly with other architects across Ancestry Engineering to establish common standards and practices.
  • Drive common vision, practices and capabilities across teams and evangelize architectural standards.
  • Stay up to date with technologies to ensure the correct toolset serves Ancestry presently and into the future.
  • Develop Proof-of-Concept projects to validate new architectures and solutions.
  • Interface with Product and business stakeholders to discover needs.
  • Examine and make recommendations for new technologies and methodologies.
  • Assist software engineers with technical issues.


  • BS in Computer Science, or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Graduate degree is a plus.
  • 10+ years’ experience full-stack coding experience on a large, scalable, applications.
  • Excellent understanding of .Net, Java and JavaScript. Node.js, React and rich web application
  • (SPAs) experience preferred
  • Strong experience with Microservice or other distributed architectures.
  • Experience with cloud solutions and migrations.
  • Strong understanding of application security standards and practices.
  • Experience in internationalization as well as best practices in creating geo-aware solutions.
  • Solid foundation in Computer Science, with strong competencies in data structures, algorithms and software design.
  • Brilliant problem solving, analysis, design, and testing skills.
  • Knowledge and experience in developing software using agile methodologies.
  • Proficient in authoring, editing and presenting technical documents.
  • Ability to communicate effectively via multiple channels (verbal, written, etc) with technical and non-technical staff.
  • Ability to organize information and have attention to detail and accurately follow procedures.
  • Ability to maintain self-motivation and to work independently and in team environments.
  • Experience with assessment, development, implementation, optimization, and documentation of a comprehensive and broad set of security technologies and processes (secure software development (Application Security), data protection, cryptography, key management, identity and access management (IAM), network security) within SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, and other cloud environments.
  • Working knowledge of common and industry standard cloud-native/cloud-friendly authentication mechanisms (OAuth, OpenID, etc)
  • Experience with deployment orchestration, automation, and security configuration management (Jenkins, Chef, etc) preferred.
  • Experience performing threat modeling and design reviews to assess security implications and requirements for introduction of new technologies.
  • Experience in enterprise cloud security architecture design and implementation

Additional Information

We’re a cutting-edge tech company with a very human mission—to help every person discover, preserve, and share the story of what led to them. Combining the rich information in family trees and historical records with the genetic details revealed in DNA, we create unique experiences that give people a new understanding of their lives, because connecting all the pieces of our family story can give us the deepest sense of who we are.

For more information on what we do and why you would want to work at Ancestry, visit our careers

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means . 

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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Ancestry is the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnessing a powerful combination of information, science, and technology to develop new experiences to help everyone, everywhere discover the story of what led to them. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, ProGenealogists, and Fold3.

AncestryDNA is the world's largest consumer genomics database providing consumers insights into their ancestral origins. The service enables customers to not only uncover their ethnic mix and rich family stories, but discover distant relatives with a common ancestral match, and help solve the toughest family mysteries.

Ancestry by the numbers:
  • Since 1996, more than 20 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 80 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites.
  • More than 4 million people genotyped in the AncestryDNA database.
‚ÄčThe company has more than 1,400 employees in locations across the globe. Headquartered in Utah, Ancestry has offices in San Francisco, Dublin, London, Sydney, Munich, and Stockholm.

There’s power in knowing who you are and where you come from. This is the driving force behind everything we do. We’re passionate about using technology to create simple, useful, and delightful experiences that enrich lives and connect families. We’re continually looking for talented, hard-working individuals who are passionate about bringing this mission to life.

Consumer genomics, Family history, Data science, and Handwriting recognition
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