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Help Wanted – Security Consultant (CLOSED)

Update: This opening is now closed!

Oh hai!  Nice to meet you!

So SafeStack is growing again, you might have heard. We’re looking for another person to join our team. Specifically in Auckland this time around. We aren’t your normal security consultancy – we don’t test pens, and we don’t do system risk assessments or controls audits. If that is your jam, that is ok!

If you looking to venture out into the different area of security consulting, have a read of what you would be doing below and see if that sounds like you:


You live and breathe information or application security. You have been doing this long enough to know what you don’t know and have some real stories to share.

You can make other humans (real world, normal ones) understand and care about complex things without hurting their brains or making them feel bad. (We don’t mind if you over use analogies in the process so long as they extend past sports ball).

You are a hands on, pragmatic person that understands how important security is to growing an awesome company.

You like to go fast. You have experience in growing companies as well as companies that are already grown.

You have experience in helping companies, individuals or teams bring security to their world in practical ways regardless of their budget and experience.

You were probably a developer or worked close with developers in the past. You know what their world looks like and what their pain points are.

You’re not afraid to go and sell things (it’s not a dirty word, businesses have to sell things). You have some experience in doing this, and are open to getting some coaching on this so you can do it better.

You have experience training and coaching people. You avoid “well actuallys”, feigned surprise, and subtle -isms. (Credit to Recurse Center for some great social rules)

You appreciate simplicity over complexity.

You can write (not like poems and stuff but reports and executive summaries). You know how to write for the reader using language they understand.

You detest 70 page pdf reports that could have been condensed into 200 words and a well placed animated gif.

You know about failing at stuff, learning from it and avoiding past mistakes.

Perhaps you have worked on a small team or for a small company before, and understand the challenges of budget and resourcing.

You don’t mind getting stuck in and helping us grow.

You have a life outside of technology.

You have the legal right to work in New Zealand.

You live in the Auckland region and work remotely from your home office. You would be able to work on site with clients when the need arises.


We are 5 people spread across New Zealand and Australia.

We work remotely… we don’t have an office and that means we have adapted how we work to create culture and connection without a physical shared space.

We are a mix of developers, graphic designers, trainers and consultants and often work across roles and help each other out.

We work with over 80 customers in 7 countries – from 4 person startups to 4000 person enterprises with a few governments thrown in for good measure.

We like working together, funny gifs, cheesy TV shows, the ocean, cats, comic books, video games, family time, hats, movies, Les Miserables,  good food and a million things in between.

It has been less than 2 days since our last screw up. We will screw up again soon, but we believe in failure and blameless culture.

We try (really hard) to work no more than 37 hours a week, encourage good healthy habits and make work a nice place to come to.

We are happy to accommodate part-time or altered working patterns if you have other important things in your life like a family or commitments.

We sell security services, teach people, develop security products for small, fast moving firms and present research at international conferences.

If you made it this far, joy!

Do you think this sounds like you?

If so, we would love to talk to you. We don’t like CV’s very much. We do like animated gifs and a good old fashioned conversation.

We especially welcome applicants that make us more diverse, whether that be gender, religion, ethnic origin, age, physical ability or any other factor I will have forgotten to list here.

Stage one of our recruitment process is just a chat. We will get to the formal stuff later but right now let’s just say Hello and take it from there. Drop me an email at and introduce yourself.

I won’t reply to recruitment agencies or outsource companies. I don’t like generic emails and if you get my name or gender wrong it will make me sad.

Please include a funny picture in your email, an animated gif perhaps. My inbox is a terrible nest of dragons right now. By including the image, I will know you read this advert and perhaps we should talk.

We aren’t in a hurry here. So take your time. We would rather have an empty seat than the wrong person in it.